Link Collection #17
John Boswell put together this breathtaking video that takes us from the present day to the literal end of time by doubling the amount of time that passes every five seconds.
A must watch.
Everyone gets drilled with certain lessons in life. Sometimes it takes repeated demonstrations of a given law of life to really get it into your skull, and other times one powerful experience drives the point home once forever. Here are 88 things I’ve discovered about life, the world, and its inhabitants by this point in my short time on earth.
One of my good friends is an engineer trained in Canada. I had noticed over the years that she always wears a plain silver ring on her pinky, but I never asked if it had any special meaning to her. Recently I learned that it’s her Iron Ring, something worn by all Canadian engineers on the pinky finger of their working hand to remind them of their responsibility to the public. When they write or draw, the ring hits the surface of the paper and the facets provide a “sharp reminder” of engineering ethics and the engineer’s obligation to make things that are useful and safe.
Stuff in Space is a realtime 3D map of objects in Earth orbit, visualized using WebGL.
And not just realtime, but interactive. You can filter for certain objects using the controls in the upper right, and even click on individual objects to get more information about them.
There’s a lot of stuff up there!
SoulPancake on The Science of Happiness:
What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join us as we take an experimental approach on what makes people happier.
Well worth seven minutes of your time.
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