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Universcale

15 years and 8 months ago · listen

Following the path from Earth Guide, Nikon has decided to build a website that help us to put the all universe in perspective. It's hard to explain the concept, so here it is the explanation from the website itself:

We are able to view all entities, from the microworld to the universe, from a single perspective. By setting them up against a scale, we are able to compare and understand things which cannot be physically compared

It's an amazing experience, so try it out here and enjoy.

The real hustle

15 years and 8 months ago · listen

Warning: the following material could lead you to a addictive behaviour (for 2 to 3 days).

Last Thursday, I went to YouTube and searched for bar tricks, you know, those proposition bets where you bet you can do something, which seems impossible, do it and earn some free beers (like in free software).

While surfing the YouTube search results, I found this BBC series named "The Real Hustle". Is this series, 3 con artists make some scams and extract some money from the marks (aka the victims). The basic idea of the show is to educate viewers about the different types of scams and how to avoid becoming a victim. After the scam, all the victims have their money returned and the con/scam explained.

If you are interested in topics such as social engineering, hacking, card and bar tricks, personal security and such, you will want to watch (all) the videos in YouTube. There are more than 30, with an average of 5 minutes each. The best way to watch them all is to begin by searching for all the movies uploaded by the user kamranakthar and then searching for "The real hustle".

But be aware, once you start, it will be difficult for you to say no to the next one. You have been warned.

Coding for kids

15 years and 8 months ago · listen

A new software, developed at MIT's Media Lab, makes very easy for anyone to build relatively complex computer programs. After all, the software is aimed mainly at kids, so it is reallu simple to use.

Called Scratch, the software lets you build online programs, including animations, games and interactive artwork, by moving around simple drag-and-drop components. You can see it in action in the following video:

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Earth guide

15 years and 8 months ago · listen

From the Japanese Science and Technology Agency, check Earth Guide, one of the best sites I have seen concerning the Earth, the Sun, the Solar system and even the Milky Way galaxy.

The graphics are astonishing, the data very well put on perspective, and all the navigation and looks of the site are extremely well accomplished. Again, great great site!