Oh God Yes
Here’s PHD Comics with a great explanation of the HUUUUGE physics news this week.
" (…) In this kind of thinking—often called Fermi estimation—all that matters is getting in the right ballpark; that is, the answer should have about the right number of digits. In Fermi estimation, you can round all your answers to the nearest order of magnitude”
Valve is releasing a competitive Portal board game
Last week, veteran board game maker Cryptozoic — which tends to make games and trading cards for a ton of licensed properties — announced that it’s developing an official Portal board game. However, in this case, Valve created the majority of the mechanics itself, then handed it over to Cryptozoic for polishing and production.
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This is too good an idea to not happen
Where we’re going, we actually will need roads. Roads and cities, mostly.
You could see the flames and the outer skin of the spacecraft glowing; and burning, baseball-size chunks flying off behind us. It was an eerie feeling, like being a gnat inside a blowtorch flame.
-Bill Anders, regards lift-off of the Saturn V, undated quotation credited by the International Space Hall of Fame
It was a thunderingly beautiful experience—voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Playboy magazine interview, regards the Apollo launches, July 1973
The vehicle explodes, literally explodes, off the pad. The simulator shakes you a little bit, but the actual liftoff shakes your entire body and soul.
-Mike McCulley, Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years, 2002.
January 24,1890: After months of public attention and anticipation, Nellie Bly, a reporter for the New York World, arrives in New York, completing her round-the-world trip in 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes, beating the pace set in Jules Verne’s fictional Around the World in 80 Days.
McLoughlin Bros., Round the World with Nellie Bly [board game], 1890. New-York Historical Society, The Liman Collection, 2000.44.