Amazing Papercuts out of A4 Paper

Check out these amazing works of art that Peter Callesen has cut out. They are 2D and 3D objects he’s cut into and out of A4 paper. Taking something so ubiquitous as this type of paper in our everyday lives and turning it into something so meticulous and darn right beautiful in some cases just blows my mind.

Here are 3 examples below.

Skeleton Papercut Footprint and Snail Shadow Temple

Here’s a link to his other galleries of art besides the A4 Papercuts.

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Why People Probably Don’t Understand Probability

On NPR today, Robert Siegel talks with Columbia statistics professor Andrew Gelman. Gelman is the co-author of the book Teaching Statistics: A Bag of Tricks, which includes an age-old statistics experiment that demonstrates how people misunderstand probability when it comes to the coin toss.

They also talk about the fact that the Superbowl coin flip has come up ‘Tails’ for 10 straight years now!

You can listen to the story on NPR from here.

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Nokia Does Something Right

Nokia Aeon

Everyone’s getting fanatical about their cell phones these days. Especially if concept phones like Nokia’s very own Aeon ever make it into the mass consumer market. The Aeon will feature a full touchscreen surface that does away with the standard keypad, giving you an extremely sleek and sexy look that is guaranteed to turn heads each time you answer a call. One thing’s for sure though – unless Nokia knows how to perfect a material that does not attract fingerprints like ants to sugar, you’ll probably spend half your time wiping the Aeon.

And despite it good looks, it comes jam-packed with current technology, plus a few new ones – such as Nokia’s wireless concept, called “Wibree”.  Wibree is a prototype open technology offering connectivity between mobile devices or personal computers, and small, button cell battery power devices such as watches, wireless keyboards, toys, and sports sensors. The technology enables new use-cases and growth potential in this market segment.

So, sign me up!  I’d easily drop a few bennys for this slick unit.  I’ll monitor this phone’s development – even though it seems that Nokia might not actually release it as a consumer phone.  This is one rumor I hope is proven wrong in the months to come.

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Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple

Hans Bethe

Quantum theory is probably the most important discovery of the 20th century. It made it possible to understand atoms, then to understand chemistry (the chemistry bond is important to biology), particle physics and electronics.

Cornell University is hosting a series of video lectures on Quantum Mechanics presented by one of it’s principal architects – Hans Bethe.

They were taped in 1999 when he was 93 years old, 6 years before he passed away. Hans was a refugee from Nazi Germany in 1935, started up the Cornell Department of Physics into the top rank, became a key figure in the Manhattan project and eventually launched the United States into the field of high energy elementary particle physics.

These videos are suitable for experts and non-experts alike, they cover the basics of Quantum Theory as well as its historical perspectives, enjoy.

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How do you dial 1-800-FLOWERS?

Mike Calligaro is a developer on the Windows Mobile team. He has a great article explaining some of the challenges that have arisen in the latest mobile phones with QWERTY keyboards and trying to dial some of those marketing phone numbers like 1-800-FLOWERS. In a standard 12 key type phone, there are groupings of letters that map to the a number like ABC assigned to the number 2 so T9 interprets the dialing appropriately. But now the QWERTY keyboards have the letters and mapped out to individual keys so you can’t simply dial 1-800-FLOWERS as you did before.

Read the backstory and details here.

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