Born of something that struck me as unexpected, but actually quite obvious once you've seen it, here is a random observation I've not seen before:

Working in the reals ... the transcendental numbers are those reals that are a different distance from every algebraic.

by the way the Museum of Mathematics is putting on a lecture about the mathematics of bird flight at avianzoom.momath.org/

Tim Hunkin is starting a 'secret life of components' series; for those who don't know him, he's a nicely crazy artist/mech hacker who does weird automaton/games, and has presented a series on 'the life of machines' (mostly home white goods) many years ago. Recommended.

youtube.com/watch?v=FZN0PBBzEH

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I still want to listen "We Will Rock You" in the original Klingon.

Hello everyone, my name is Tamara (she/her), I am a PhD student in cultural anthropology and my research focusses on the development of artificial intelligence in the context of humanoid robotics. To really get a grasp of what is going on, I also study computer science and program parts of the robots’ software myself.

I am new here and would love to connect with people working on similar or related topics!

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Don't ever let anyone tell you that fairy tales aren't real. I drink a potion made from magic beans every day, and it brings me back to life. -- Nanea Hoffman

Every now and then I am reminded of this:

English: great minds think alike.
German: Zwei Dumme, ein Gedanke (roughly: two idiots, one thought)

What I find fascinating here is that it embodies two completely opposing views on a kind of spontaneous consensus. The British mindset apparently sees it as a suggestion that there is something to it, while the German reacts with suspicion.

The matter is complicated -and simplified - by the fact that both expressions are often used to describe the ...

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Some passes of the visible from the UK overnight - I'll tweet/toot warnings closer to the time

I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. -- Isaac Newton

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