Author: Mike Garrity

We Choose the Moon 0

We Choose the Moon

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the JFK library has put together a neat website. It presents data from the mission in real time, but with a 40 year...

Tall Ships 0

Tall Ships

The tall ships were in Boston this week. We went down to see them this afternoon. They had large ships from all over the world. That’s the Sagres from Portugal in front and the...

So Many Books 0

So Many Books

The Millions has a list of some of the books that are coming out this year. There are several I’m really looking forward to. There’s a new Richard Powers, a new Thomas Pynchon, and...

Bees 1

Bees

Here’s another processing sketch we did about the same time as planets and ships. It’s very similar except that the ships are now bees and the cursor is the object that they’re attracted to....

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Planets and Ships

This is a Processing sketch that Peter and I wrote a while ago. You should see a black square with a bunch of colored circles. Each circle is a planet. Now click to launch...

Poem for Today 0

Poem for Today

I don’t know how many people in the world want Legos, Greek science, and anagrams mixed with their poetry, but if you do, then The Great Order of the Universe by Christian Bök is...

Balanced Ternary Clock 0

Balanced Ternary Clock

Here’s a short clip of a balanced ternary clock I wrote using the MATLAB class I posted the other day. In this clock, the green dots represent 1, the red dots represent –1, and...

Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse 0

Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse

You’ve probably heard that Betelgeuse has recently been showing signs of instability. This might be a sign that it’s going to become a supernova. Yesterday, Ctein considered the question of how bright it would...

Add Sugar and Sell It 0

Add Sugar and Sell It

For the 4th, Stephen Fry posted a lecture he gave a while back that tries to capture what it is that makes America unique. A lot of people have tried that in the past,...

Mulberries 0

Mulberries

Every year in June, one of the trees in our yard starts shaking. If you look closely, you’ll see that it is full of squirrels and birds. You’ll see bluejays, goldfinches, rose breasted grosbeaks,...