Intersection of programming, maths and art

In the realm of colourimetry, some form of chromaticity diagram is a convenient tool to see and understand what coordinates in a given colour space mean and how they relate to each other. Colour is inherently three-dimensional, but by transforming the space such that one of those dimensions represents luminance, it can be reduced to […]

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You’ve heard of Kruger and Dunning’s famous Effect, right? Wherein people who are really bad at something think they’re real hotshots? In fact, let’s ask the internet for some graphical aid: And this isn’t just some internet nobody’s conception of human behaviour – they’re all citing Kruger & Dunning (1999) (but usually less explicitly). Well, […]

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By this point you are perhaps vaguely aware of the presence of feathers on these animals called birds. Does this accurately describe you? Read on! These feathers didn’t come from just nowhere, and it turns out that at least a dozen dinosaur taxa more basal than birds are preserved with some sort of filamentous integumentary […]

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A common objection when it comes to discussion of modern dinosaurs is always phrased the same way: “birds aren’t dinosaurs; they’re descended from dinosaurs.” It’s exactly as helpful, meaningful and accurate an assertion as insisting “birds are descended from animals.” It’s true, but what actual point is it trying to make? Presumably the problem is […]

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It’s long been an established scientific just a theory fact that Rhamphorhynchus was the cutest pterosaur to have ever lived. Unfortunately the general public seems largely unaware of this, responding with criticisms like “what’s a rhamphorhynchus,” “what’s a pterosaur,” or “how do I even spell that?” Well it’s really quite simple: a pterosaur is any […]

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Uranium

This is a book review. Not something I ever expected to write, but I picked up a book on a whim and was so genuinely engaged by its content that I read it all and am now writing about it. The book in question is Uranium, by Tom Zoellner (ISBN 9780670020645), subtitled “War, Energy, and […]

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