Heh, let’s make this thing for our next origami activity!
I realized that I had made a few posts about divergent thinking and that I never really posted anything that actually talked about divergent thinking and its significance. Also, owing to the principle of duality, you have probably figured that if divergent thinking exists, then so does convergent thinking. And you would be right.
Here’s an easy-to-read article that discusses both types of thinking and how they are believed to influence creativity.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little, just a little, obsessed with the idea of convergent vs. divergent thinking.
Want to learn ruby on rails? Why not ruby on rails for zombies? A really interesting programming course:
I’ve never been particularly good at speaking or learning new languages, but I like how algorithmic and stepwise this approach is. Maybe someday…
The lumiBots are small, autonomous robots that react to light. They can leave glowing traces which slowly fade away, so that older, darker trails are visible as well as newer, brighter ones. This way, generative images that consistently change are generated. They are appealing just for the glow effect, but also have a deeper meaning for the robots: They can follow the lines with their light sensors, and amplify them whilst preferring brighter (newer) and broader (more often used) trails.
Baroque.me visualizes the first Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suites. Using the mathematics behind string length and pitch, it came from a simple idea: what if all the notes were drawn as strings? Instead of a stream of classical notation on a page, this interactive project highlights the music’s underlying structure and subtle shifts.
More details at
Tell Cris Benton to go fly a kite. He’ll return with breathtaking photographs taken from seemingly impossible vantage points. As a young architect, Cris wanted sharp images of his buildings’ upper reaches, so he pioneered the art/science of of aerial kite photography. Now a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley, Cris is still a leader in the aerial kite photography community, constantly developing new ways to rig remotely controlled cameras to customized kites for stunning results. Also, see the centuries-old technique of using kites to lift people in the air!
”Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do?
See the results here.
Since most of you are computer science, I wanted to know…what program is better to use for project boards…Illustrator or Photoshop? I’m accustomed to photoshop and need to learn illustrator anyway.
Himanshusahni’s post reminded me of a most excellent parody of Harry Potter. What if he was reasonable?
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
Reading it is free and so is laughing