Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 32)

I am a former Cirque Du Soleil Acrobat

It was nearly ten years ago, which seems far too recent to me, when I first thought of Cirque Du Soleil. Well, I had heard of their shows, mostly from friends of mine on the Cal team who suggested that the things they had seen at Cirque shows were "impossible", and I had never considered the idea of joining Cirque. The idea had literally never entered my mind because in my mind, I was a decent gymnast but never capable of doing the impossible.

Zuckerberg only eats what he kills

When he's not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new "personal challenge," as he calls it. "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," says the Facebook founder and CEO.It's an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, "I'm eating a lot healthier foods. And I've learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals," he says. "It's easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.

Project Icarus

The best helium-3 supply in the solar system is from the "Gas Mines" of Uranus.That the planet which is the butt of so many poor jokes should be relatively rich in methane as well is purely coincidental, but as a mining site it has several advantages. The surface gravity, which is defined from the 1 bar pressure level in a gas giant's atmosphere, is 90 percent that of Earth's and the speed needed to reach low orbit is lowest of all the gas planets. Uranus's rings are also high, thin and not showering the atmosphere below with a hail of meteors, unlike Saturn's.

Google's Python Class

Welcome to Google's Python Class -- this is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding. These materials are used within Google to introduce Python to people who have just a little programming experience. The first exercises work on basic Python concepts like strings and lists, building up to the later exercises which are full programs dealing with text files, processes, and http connections. The class is geared for people who have a little bit of programming experience in some language, enough to know what a "variable" or "if statement" is. Beyond that, you do not need to be an expert programmer to use this material.

Tevatron's mystery signal grows stronger with more data

If physicists weren't jumping up and down with excitement in April at the announcement that an unknown particle had been glimpsed at Fermilab, they are now.The news of a possible particle sighting in the debris of proton-antiproton collisions at the Illinois accelerator had been met with a mix of curiosity and scepticism. It was based on an analysis of eight years of data collected by Fermilab's CDF experiment that looked at collisions that produced a W boson, carrier of the weak nuclear force, along with two jets of quarks.

Effective Practice

If you distilled all the new science about talent development into two words of advice, they would be "practice better."That's it. Practice. Better.Forget everything else about your genes, your potential -- it's all just noise. The most basic truth is that if you practice better, you'll develop your talent -- and you won't develop your talent unless you practice better. Period.

Wikipedia And The Death Of The Expert

In a traditional encyclopedia, experts write articles that are permanently encased in authoritative editions. The writing and editing goes on behind the scenes, effectively hiding the process that produces the published article. Most people focus on the "finished piece," ie. the latest version of a Wikipedia article. In fact what is most illuminative is the back-and-forth that occurs between a topic's many author/editors. I think there is a lot to be learned by studying the points of dissent.