More rain today... Man, has this been a wet winter, or what? And in Holland it is snowing. Global warming, indeed! Anyway, here's what's happening...
So what do you do during a long, cold, winter? You make an ice sculpture, of course! And then you climb it. Wow. Keep clicking through until you reach the part where it is 120 ft. high. Excellent. [ via Kehaar ]
Here's another possibility, you can make an ice pirate ship. This one is 56 ft. tall and 52 ft. long. Also excellent. [ via Cory Doctorow ]
PhysicsWeb reports that the classic "double slit" experiment has been performed in a novel new way, by Gerhard Paulus, who separated the electrons in time. Now this is even weirder than the original experiment. You might know, light waves passing through adjacent slits in a wall will "interfere" with each other and cause a pattern of dark and light bands. The original double slit experiment showed that electrons will do this, too, and in fact it only takes a single electron to do it, essentially interfering with itself. That's a bit odd, but now in this new variation the "slits" are actually consecutive crests of a wave, separated in time. I don't have any intuition for this, but it sure is cool.
It looks like those small humanoid fossils discovered in Indonesia, and popularly dubbed "hobbits", might have been from a heretofore unknown homo species, homo floresiensis. An article in Science, summarized in Nature, presents brain scan evidence. Pretty cool, these little guys were around as recently as 18,000 years ago...
Did you watch the Oscars? I didn't, I never do; I don't have the patience. I did read where Chris Rock apparently offended some people who subsequently tuned out. So be it. But did you know that the Academy also succeeded in offending the country of Uruguay? Indeed, read all about it. Whew.
This is a classic: Queen to Rock Stars, Who are You? Rock legends Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Brian May meet the Queen. I'm sure I'm not the only one to think she's aged better than they have. Eic Clapton looks like a philosophy professor, which I guess in some ways one might say he is :) [ via Adam Curry ]
Wired ran a puff piece about Adam and podcasting. If you're new to the idea of podcasting, this might be a decent introduction, although the history seems wrong; Dave Winer's key role in developing this technology seems to have escaped mention.