Guy Ottewell has left his digs in South Carolina and has moved back to England. Universal Workshop Home Page
I like this well-written Seven wonders of the web list in the Guardian. Blogger makes their list; it makes my list too.
I enjoy reading New Scientist magazine, but my local newsstand has stopped carrying it. So I have to remember to look at the web site more often.
Is it true that all things are contained in a long enough string of randomness? Use NERSC: Pi-Search Results to search for strings in the first billion or so digits of pi. It’s pretty easy to find a short string, like “gulley” (search string found at binary index = 203616973). So naturally I went looking for bigger game. Suppose your search string is “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”
30-bit binary equivalent = 10101001101111010000011000101100101 01011000100000110111111100100100000 11011101101111111010001000001110100 11011110100000110001011001010111010 01000001110100110100011000011110100 01000001101001111001101000001110100 character pi : at&3..01tdTo be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Help! I am a monkey trapped in a pi-making machine ad9.439$^daive9-
We are sending a coded message to potential intergalactic neighbors. If you received such a message, how would you decode it? See http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991757 for an introduction to the problem. I’ve taken a stab, using MATLAB, at decoding the alien message. Take a peek. If you want to know exactly what the message codes for, look here. Turns out the whole thing is being guided by two Quebec physicists.