You should read What If

I just finished reading What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by 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.

Testing Dictation in Mountain Lion

Actual Text:

The feature about OS X Mountain Lion that excites me the most is dictation. It allows me speak and have it automatically transcribed into text. This is me testing it out right now. So how did it do?

Transcribed Text:

The future about sex
Ours is dictation
To speak and have it automatically transfer that this is me testing it out right now so how did it

Not horrible, but still not something I can use for anything of importance. Double tap the function key while you are focused on a text area to try it for yourself.

Bacon Typography: A Delicious Use of Oink And Paper | Co. Design

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.

via Bacon Typography: A Delicious Use of Oink And Paper | Co. Design.

RFS: Music

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.