23
Feb

Yesterday’s Google Doodle was an homage to Heinrich Hertz. The man’s work touches all of us, in developed countries at least, on a daily basis, if not more often. Wikipedia says:

“He was the first to conclusively prove[1] the existence of electromagnetic waves by engineeringinstruments to transmit and receive radio pulses using experimental procedures that ruled out all other known wireless phenomena”

The scientific community saw fit to name the unit of frequency in honor of his work.

Electromagnetism propagates in waves, and so does sound through materials. Numerous other phenomena exhibit cyclic behaviour and frequency measurements are used in dozens of fields of human endeavour. You could write a grimoire on the art, science and culture touched by cyclic patterns, so I’ll stop here before that project takes over my life.

I’m a day late so I missed my chance to take a screen shot of the doodle – it was an amplitude modulated sine wave in the corporate colour-scheme. You get a nice spread of hits if you Google his name.

04
Oct

This was so exciting I had to break my usual practice of only writing about music or computing… A father & son team from the US have launched an HD video camera tied beneath a weather balloon into space! They tracked its flight and descent as best they could using mass-produced GPS equipment and were able to recover the footage once it crash/landed.

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

A good friend, Mat Connolley from web design partnership Iteracy, brought this to my attention, by linking up the story here.