Flatland is a novel by Edwin Abbott Abbott, published in 1884. It's written as a biography by "A. Square," a two-dimensional creature who is literally a living square, thinner than a sheet of paper. He lives with other two-dimensional creatures on a surface called Flatland. In the book, Mr. Square tells of his adventures in worlds of different dimensions: Pointland (zero dimensions), Lineland (one dimension), and Spaceland (three dimensions) all inhabited with creatures suited for their respective worlds. Abbott does a wonderful job of world building, explain how the society (a satire of the Victorian society) and infrastructure of Flatland works. Even though the book was written 135 years ago, I found it very easy to read. Amazon is selling the Dover edition of Flatland for less than the price of a cup of coffee. I just bought it for my daughter.
Githubber rvizz shows off a few nifty examples of some code he wrote to rotate images recursively. As the recursion reaches the one-square pixel point, it then appears to reassemble the image turned 90 degrees. You can learn more and try it yourself over on GitHub at rvizz/rotate. Image: youTube / rvizz READ THE REST
Veritasium takes a deep dive into Kepler and Penrose to examine the infinite pattern that never repeats. The overlay at about 9 minutes in is especially cool. His videos are always good, but this is one of his very best in terms of introducing a complex concept to a general audience. Image: YouTube / Veritasium READ THE REST
In the latest issue of my newsletter, The Magnet, I wrote about some of my favorite old kids' science books: A long time ago I read a good piece of advice in The Whole Earth Review: read a children's book to learn about a topic. Ever since then I've been adding kids' science books to my… READ THE REST
3D gaming seems to grab all the headlines these days, but don't think that 2D games are down for the count. In fact, Unity, the world's most popular game engine, still has a dedicated arena for helping game creators fashion more 2D games than any other game technology around. Even though 3D commands a lion's… READ THE REST
Starting a business is anxiety-inducing enough. But if you really want to get a new entrepreneur hyperventilating, just remind them they aren't only launching a small business. They're creating a brand. So what shape does that brand take, particularly in the largest advertising venue on the planet — the worldwide web? Having a defined, thoroughly… READ THE REST
Admit it…there's really nothing too good for your dog, right? You pamper and coddle and let them get away with stuff that no human could ever get away with, including your own kids. Don't worry. We're not gonna rat you out. We do it too. In that spirit, here are 10 little treats to help… READ THE REST