I just finished reading What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questionsby Randall Munroe. I expected a funny book with interesting information and it exceeded expectations. Much like the What If Blog, the book answers absurd questions in a completely serious manner and does scientific reasoning to answer them. This seems like a great way to introduce scientific reasoning to a kid while remaining highly entertaining for adults.
It’s not just walls of text though, the simple cartoons that first made Randall well known are in the book as well. They often illustrate the absurdity ideas in the answers to completely ridiculous questions.
The bite size format of the book made it perfect for commuting and travel. I was never more than a few moments away from finishing a chapter. Each chapter provided a natural break point, though I always wanted to read just one more.
If you’ve always wanted to meet someone who brings home the bacon, look no further than Henry Hargreaves. And this has nothing to do with Hargreave’s successful career as a model for famous fashion houses including Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, and Jil Sander. The model-turned-photographer simply decided one day to dabble in pork fat and create a bacon alphabet.
A guy in NYC got a ticket for riding his bike not in the bike lane. His reaction was to make this video showing what happens when you ride your bike only in the bike lane. Make sure to watch till the end.
This is an RFS, or Request for Suggestions for music. Tomorrow is a hackathon at work and I’m going to spend 24 hours working on something fun. I need some music to power me through those small hours of the morning. I’m looking for something with a good beat. If you let me know a suggestion, I’ll let you know what I think of it.