Because Quails Are Awesome

Happiness and Misery must inevitably increase with increasing Power and Knowledge. The translation from the one course to the other is essentially miraculous, while the progress is natural - James Clerk Maxwell

has anyone noticed how, if you keep looking at this long enough, the screen starts warping around wherever your central focus happens to be?

has anyone noticed how, if you keep looking at this long enough, the screen starts warping around wherever your central focus happens to be?

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Every once in a while, this city has something done to it. Unsurprisingly, it is only after mass evacuations take place when one feels it breathe a tangible sigh of relief, a burden hoisted off, with immediate manifestations.

#dhaka (at Kuril Flyover)

Absolute wonder.
The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels

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A brand new video essay from delve.tv

It was the change that no-one saw coming: the idea that we could take a book, a painting or a song and send it through cables and wires and even thin air to the other end of the world - and it would be identical on the other side. But this idea underpins everything about the Information Age we live in.

How did we make such a mind bending transition into the digital world? And how does it work? It turns out it’s all based on a concept that is surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. This short video essay explores what that idea is and tells you about the man who figured it all out.

Computers are everywhere and control almost every aspect of our lives. In the next 6 minutes you’ll find out how they really work.

// DELVE DEEPER:

Curious? Read Andrew Lih’s quick explanation of Information Theory
edge.org/response-detail/11486

Even more interested? Spend an hour learning Information Theory with this Cambridge Professor videolectures.net/mackay_course_01/

Super interested? Read “Information: a history, a theory, a flood” by James Glieck
amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004P1JEY8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B004P1JEY8&linkCode=as2&tag=adammeetsworl-21

A maths person? Read Shannon’s original 1948 paper which changed the world: magmamater.cl/MatheComm.pdf

// PREVIOUS VIDEO ESSAYS

The Long Game Part 1 - delve.tv/the-long-game-part-one/
The Long Game Part 2 - delve.tv/the-long-game-part-2/

// TRANSCRIPT

Want to translate this into your own language?
Here’s a transcript of this essay - message us with a .vtt file and we’ll create captioning in your language.
delve.tv/wp-content/uploads/Delve_3_Transcript.pdf

// CREDITS

STOCK VIDEO: Beachfront B-roll / Dissolve.com / Mitch Martinez
ARCHIVE: Prelinger Archives, San Francisco / Charles and Ray Eames
IMAGES OF CLAUDE SHANNON: MIT Museum Boston / Nixdorf MuseumsForums, Paderborn
CROUPIER: John Ngo
PIANIST: Steph O’Dea
ANIMATION: Adam Westbrook
MUSIC: James Brett, Min-Y-LLan, Hugo ‘Droopy’ Contini
STORY DESIGN + DIRECTION: Adam Westbrook
PUBLISHED BY: delve.tv

This video essay is released under a Creative Commons Licence for Non-commercial Attribution: share, remix, remake - but please give credit!

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buzzfeed:

The people on this website are so, so weird.

Hahaha xD

digg:

FINALLY: WHY BOOKS DO THE BOOKS THINGS

Too good :D

digg:

FINALLY: WHY BOOKS DO THE BOOKS THINGS

Too good :D

What does it mean for a scientific truth to be "beautiful"?

jtotheizzoe:

Here is physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed’s take:

It’s not fashion, it’s not sociology. It’s not something that you might find beautiful today but won’t find beautiful 10 years from now. The things that we find beautiful today we suspect would be beautiful for all eternity. And the reason is, what…

egelantier:

more sergey yuhimov’s lotr illustrations, slightly different style.

(wow, i remember this illustration of curled up, naked frodo, and it did things to my childhood psyche. and check out this eowyn!)

Holy shit that’s scary.

(via thisistheverge)

rockpapercynic:

Postcards from cities in A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones.

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