Failure | A diary of a third year medical student.
Life | An autodocumentary by Miles Hochstein.
to Cuba by Canoe | "I screamed. I was sick of being wet. I
wanted some decent sleep. This was torture. Saltwater ulcers were
flaying me, my hands were puffing up and turning white, and every time I
thought I was going to get to land something came up and prevented it.
Waves kept splashing me at random intervals. This was supposed to be
fun. What had I done wrong?"
and Aerial Photography
Atlas of the Universe | Includes the Hertzsprung-Russell
The Nine Planets |
A multimedia tour of the solar system.
Quarks to Quasars, A
Question of Scale | For another great site on scale, see The
The Blue Marble
| Global imagery at 1 km resolution.
The Degree Confluence Project
| A project to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer
degree intersections in the world.
| The changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1100
Digital Orthophoto Browser
Most Beautiful Experiment in Physics | associated
Causes of Colors
| The fifteen fundamental physical causes of all color.
Pitch Drop Experiment
Engineers | "... a list of the tragic and failed... Most
were brought down by their own characters, some by bad luck or
LED Museum | From ultraviolet
Museum of Unworkable Devices | "Marvel at the
ingenuity of the human mind, as it reinvents the square wheel in all of
its possible variations." Also see the History
of Perpetual Motion Machines.
Median Isn't the Message, Stephen Jay Gould | Gould wrote
this essay in 1982 upon being diagnosed with mesothelioma,
a rare form of abdominal
cancer with a
median mortality of eight months. I remember reading it in Discover
magazine; it was one of my first experiences with the counterintuitive
nature of statistics. "I looked at the mesothelioma statistics
quite differently... I knew how to read the data properly and not
despair." Gould indeed lived another two decades (he died in 2002
second, unrelated cancer).
Accidental Entrepeneur, Gordon Moore | "As another
illustration of his motivating skills, one day [transistor inventor and
Nobel laureate Bill] Shockley asked a group of us what we would like to
do to make the job more interesting. Would we like to publish some
papers? We said, 'OK,' so as a way of satisfying this demand he went
home that night and worked out the theory of an effect in
semiconductors. He came back the next day and said, 'Here. Flesh this
out and put your name on it and publish it.'"
Richard Feynman and The Connection
Machine, Danny Hillis
| Includes some great anecdotes about Feynman. See
to the Rogers Commission Repot on the Challenger Accident
concludes with the aphorism that has graced my whiteboard at MicroCHIPS
must be thousands of websites with introductions and summaries of these
two topics. Here is a collection of sites that I have used in daily
research and design.
Properties of Semiconductors
of Semiconductor Devices
Physics of Sputtering
Technology's Plasma Cookbook
Materials and Defects
of Chemical Vapor Deposition
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom,
of Creation, K. Eric Drexler
Lab Research Review
The Visual Table of
Periodic Table of Elements
The Wooden Periodic Table Table
Periodic Table of Funk
quotes, writing, language
Education, Science, and Mathematics
Logical Fallacies Index
of Art Quotations
Meal Requests and Last
Words | associated Metafilter discussions 1,
Everywhere | Mr. Winter has taken photos of over 3500 Starbucks
stores. Stores I've spent some time in: Alexandria,
VA (next door to a bakery/cafe where I briefly worked); Friendship
Heights in Washington, DC; College
Park, MD; Newbury
Street in Boston, MA; just
north of Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA; Belmont,
Properties of Specific Numbers
Write the Right Stuff
Stanford Prison Experiment
of Culture-Bound Systems by Culture
Walk Travel Adventure
of the World's Animals
Martin's Side Effects | "If
bowel movements become greater than twelve per hour, consult your
doctor, or any doctor, or just anyone who will speak to you."
I Am King
to Say When Losing a Technical Argument
and Roll Confidential: The Hall of Douchebags
Law of the Playground