français o español

written french is so much easier compared to spoken french. ugh. all o'them french words sound the same, at least to my untrained ears.

me thinks spanish is straightforward and easier to understand, whether it is written or spoken.

i will learn you both, in due time.

for now, good vibes muna! ;)

snowflakes, ferns & dragons

from snowflake, to fern, to dragon:

The interpolation here is made from Koch snowflake to Barnsley's fern, from Barnsley's fern to Heighway's dragon and finally from Heighway's dragon to Koch snowflake (made by jfrusciantetube).

how to make the dragon fractal:

why i translate

TED & Global Voices have starkly different themes: TED is generally a global venue for sharing cutting-edge ideas across scientific & artistic disciplines (it can pass off as elitist, truth be told), while Global Voices is a dynamic online citizen media outlet about current events & news stories that traditional media sometimes ignore (a grassroots community with a grassroots orientation).

At the end of the day, however, their missions are one and the same: to spread worthy ideas across borders, including the barrier that is language, in which people are inherently varied.

coke, pop or soda

Edwin Chen posted this interesting post in his blog. Edwin Chen is a data scientist at Twitter.

Coke, soda, or pop? copyright Edwin Chen 2012

It shows which parts of the world use the word "coke", "soda", or "pop".

I think I'd like to suggest a corollary to this neat piece of geographical data. How about putting this data alongside a map of the prevalence of diabetes mellitus type 2 per country?  Notice how Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines are filled up with red dots? While most of Africa and China are spared? Would the prevalence of both disease and soft drink actually have a correlation? That'd be something awesome!

florence nightingale's pies

While researching about anesthesiology, I found out that Florence Nightingale was probably the pioneer in critical care medicine, having served as nurse in military camps in the Crimean War in the 1850's.

I also found out that Nightingale was an astute statistician! She was the first woman to be elected into the Royal Statistical Society (in UK) and she later became an honorary member of the American Statistical Association.

If anything, she could very well be called the mother of graphical representation of data. One of her works is this pie chart known as the polar area diagram, the Nightingale rose diagram, or what we now call as the circular histogram.

florence nightingale's report on the causes of army morbidity circa 1854-1856 (source: Wikipedia)

An intensivist and a statistician at the same time! Wow.

lost and found

Marco Bagni's short 1-minute videographic on Getting Lost elegantly sums up the philosophy behind a purpose-driven life:

"Getting lost is the only way to find your own path".

I hope you like it as much as I do.

CERN finds Higgs boson

CERN has finally figured it out: the Higgs boson is real.

Higgs bos-whut? PhDComics lays it down.

The Higgs Boson Explained from PHD Comics on Vimeo.

Okay, let me quantify that a bit: with a certainty approaching almost 100% that it's not a fluke, CERN researchers have isolated a new particle with a mass of 125.3 ± 0.6 GeV at 4.9 σ significance.

This is consistent with models predicting the so-called 'God particle', which gives some, but not all, of the mass of other elementary particles in the cosmos.

Two teams of scientists at CERN have confirmed the discovery of a new subatomic particle, which may well be the elusive Higgs boson.

"I can confirm that a particle has been discovered that is consistent with the Higgs boson theory," said John Womersley, chief executive of the UK's Science & Technology Facilities Council. The result is still preliminary, but "it's very strong and very solid," according to Joe Incandela, spokesman for one of the two teams hunting for the Higgs particle (from Russia Today on YouTube).