I’m sharing a lot of cool STEAM-related stuff over on this tumblr for the STEAM Club at Brown I’m in.
Too many freakin’ transit cards. this is what I get for being forgetful and hopping between New York, DC, Chicago, and Boston frequently.
(L to R: Metro temp card, DC smartrip card, CTA, CharlieCard x2, MetroCard x2)
(for the record, I am now back in Providence and am a research assistant under Martin Maxey)
I don’t watch House of Cards, but my friend Kevin told me about this scene.
Took some photos with friends around Providence. Thanks to Jacob, I now have an analog camera and hope to get good with it this summer. (Though this pic was taken with a friend’s.)
This is an image of a Montessori Binomial Cube, one of their slew of “sensorial materials.” It illustrates how (a+b)^3 = a^3 + 3•ab^2 + 3•ba^2 + b^3. A friend of mine introduced me to this as he worked in a Montessori school for a short time.
These kinds of toys are really fascinating to me because I’ve been thinking a lot about how to represent mathematical ideas in ways other than the weird, abstruse language we use nowadays (abstract symbols whose shapes have almost no relation to their use). Instead, how can we convey these ideas in other visual ways (or, in this case, tactile ways too!).
Would love to see these kinds of things expanded upon, outside of just blocks.
If anyone gives a toot, here’s my current working draft of a paper I’m writing on how people perceive space (and thus identity) in video games. It’s a .docx right now.
No, I haven’t done all the bibliographic details yet…
I think this is really important. It’s also something I thought a lot about during the events in Boston. I think people were thrown off by how disconnected from it I was—I didn’t look to find any information on what all happened until a few days after it was all over.
It makes me want to preen all my internet news sources (the only places I get news, really).
I only check tumblr (for more than 15 seconds or so) once a week, which is a development I’m proud of. If I could do the same for twitter or the new york times homepage, I’d be happy.
But I do love finding the juicy long-form stuff. And to find that, too often, I have to wade through a lot of bullshit news. I would love for some suggestions for blogs or resources on how to do that better.
hastily-made posters for events i’m leading. hopefully this will happen this weekend…
Retrograde — James Blake
The universe is indifferent. But it’s filled with candy and sexy people, so that’s okay.