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May 25
theleagueofmoveabletype:

Ostrich Sans
May 25
smokeporch:

Follow this blog, it’s like LOVE AT FIRST SITE.
May 25
crookedindifference:

The “Most Important Algorithm Of Our Lifetime” Could Change This Modern World

Math breakthroughs don’t often capture the headlines—but MIT researchers have just made one that could lead to all sorts of amazing technological breakthroughs that in just a few years will touch every hour of your life.
Here’s a quickie explainer: Fourier transforms are a mathematical trick to simplify how you represent a complicated signal—say the waves of sound made by speaking. They work by reducing the complex wave pattern to a simple and pretty short list of numbers that, when run through the system again, result in a very good approximation of the original signal. FFTs (Fast Fourier Transforms) are simply a way of making this magic happen in a digital computer, but the combination of math and machine means the FFT has revolutionized science and many industries that have technology at their core. Which is why it’s been labeled the “most important algorithm of our lifetime.”
Now, you should remember that sound waves, and both picture and video signals, are all handled by processors in your TV, PC, and phone, and that the radio waves that whizz through the air to keep us all connected to the Internet need digital processing too. That’s every compressed sound signal that you listen to as an MP3 or similar format, most every image that you snap with your smartphone or DSLR, every image frame in the video you’re watching on your TV streamed over the Net, many images—such as those from an MRI—your doctor uses to diagnose your disease and every burst of radio that connects your cell phone to the nearest tower or your PC to its Wi-Fi router. 
So calculating FFTs up to ten times faster is a big deal. It means that if you use existing hardware to do the math, it’ll be quicker at solving the problem you’ve set—so you need less compute time to do the task. If you’re talking about a portable computer like the one in your smartphone, that means it can spend more time doing other things instead. And with the valuable computing and battery resources of these portable devices under such pressure (you wouldn’t want your phone to be laggy now, would you?) that’s a good thing.

crookedindifference:

The “Most Important Algorithm Of Our Lifetime” Could Change This Modern World

Math breakthroughs don’t often capture the headlines—but MIT researchers have just made one that could lead to all sorts of amazing technological breakthroughs that in just a few years will touch every hour of your life.

Here’s a quickie explainer: Fourier transforms are a mathematical trick to simplify how you represent a complicated signal—say the waves of sound made by speaking. They work by reducing the complex wave pattern to a simple and pretty short list of numbers that, when run through the system again, result in a very good approximation of the original signal. FFTs (Fast Fourier Transforms) are simply a way of making this magic happen in a digital computer, but the combination of math and machine means the FFT has revolutionized science and many industries that have technology at their core. Which is why it’s been labeled the “most important algorithm of our lifetime.”

Now, you should remember that sound waves, and both picture and video signals, are all handled by processors in your TV, PC, and phone, and that the radio waves that whizz through the air to keep us all connected to the Internet need digital processing too. That’s every compressed sound signal that you listen to as an MP3 or similar format, most every image that you snap with your smartphone or DSLR, every image frame in the video you’re watching on your TV streamed over the Net, many images—such as those from an MRI—your doctor uses to diagnose your disease and every burst of radio that connects your cell phone to the nearest tower or your PC to its Wi-Fi router. 

So calculating FFTs up to ten times faster is a big deal. It means that if you use existing hardware to do the math, it’ll be quicker at solving the problem you’ve set—so you need less compute time to do the task. If you’re talking about a portable computer like the one in your smartphone, that means it can spend more time doing other things instead. And with the valuable computing and battery resources of these portable devices under such pressure (you wouldn’t want your phone to be laggy now, would you?) that’s a good thing.

May 25
elle:

Clear Winners
From toothpaste to tretinoin, we’ve tried it all. Here, the country’s top dermatologists weigh in on what really works to get a flawless complexion.
Photo: IMAXtree

elle:

Clear Winners

From toothpaste to tretinoin, we’ve tried it all. Here, the country’s top dermatologists weigh in on what really works to get a flawless complexion.

Photo: IMAXtree

May 25

Dear Tumblr

oatmeal:

If you’re going to go down, you might as well blame it on an imaginary animal like Twitter did with their infamous Fail Whale. I’ve taken the liberty of creating this animal for you:

Please use it. 

Please oh please. 

-The Oatmeal

Update:  Tumblr used the TumblBeasts!  Check it out :D

May 25

savorytheme:

The Mast Brothers Chocolate

Scout magazine documents the love, dedication and adventure that the Mast Brothers put into their artisan chocolate.

The Mast Brothers Chocolate factory occupies only three rooms in a nondescript building in Williamsburg. The first doubles as a storefront that opens on the weekend to customers with much of the equipment fully exposed to the public. It’s a different story during the weekdays, it is there that the process of making their bean to bar chocolate begins and end. From sorting out the cacao beans to wrapping each bar by hand, the operation starts from one room to another and back again until the final product.

Read more from The Scouta new lifestyle and design site highlighting experiences in New York City.

May 25
taleoftales:

Tale of Tales VS Naughty Dog! On Thursday 27 October 2011, at the Game City festival in Nottingham, Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn will be discussing the influence that Tale of Tales’ work has had on Richard Lemarchand’s work at Naughty Dog and the challenges of making narrative focused games for different kinds of audiences. What does a AAA developer of mainstream games such as Jak & Daxter and Uncharted have in common with an independent studio creating artistic experiments such as The Graveyard and The Path?
Thursday October 27, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Council House Ballroom, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT

taleoftales:

Tale of Tales VS Naughty Dog! On Thursday 27 October 2011, at the Game City festival in Nottingham, Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn will be discussing the influence that Tale of Tales’ work has had on Richard Lemarchand’s work at Naughty Dog and the challenges of making narrative focused games for different kinds of audiences. What does a AAA developer of mainstream games such as Jak & Daxter and Uncharted have in common with an independent studio creating artistic experiments such as The Graveyard and The Path?

Thursday October 27, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Council House Ballroom, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT