Monthly Archives: October 2010

Fractal Landscapes in R: Part Two

My last post showed how, with some simple R code, it is possible to generate a surprisingly realistic mountainous profile, as if seen on the horizon. This was done by taking a two points, calculating their midpoint, offsetting it by … Continue reading

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Fractal Landscapes in R

The past few days I’ve gone on a bit of a fractals kick. It’s partly been motivated by the recent passing of Benoit Mandelbrot, the iconoclastic mathematical genius who coined the term “fractal” and profoundly shook up a number of … Continue reading

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Le Commandant Cousteau on “What’s My Line?”

Another old video, this one from a few years before Dick Dale. Jacques Cousteau stumps the chumps on “What’s My Line?”, 1956. “World’s foremost underwater explorer.” Would that they still gave out titles like that. Hat tip to Adventures of … Continue reading

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Surf Rock Sunday

Raddest of songs, in lamest of videos: Dick Dale playing Misirlou, taken from the 1963 film “A Swingin’ Affair.” The video does not really go where the first fourteen seconds could lead you to believe it would. The filmmakers seemingly … Continue reading

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Ocean Bloggers United for Education

Starting today, the ocean blogosphere is launching a funding drive for ocean science projects on DonorsChoose.org. For those not familiar with this organization, it takes requests from public school teachers around the country for books, materials, and teaching supplies, and … Continue reading

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Matching Management to Fish and Fishers

There are no truly universal laws in ecology. Every pattern and process takes place on its own scale in time and space, and truths that hold at one scale do not necessarily hold at another. This is a fact of … Continue reading

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