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March 03 2017



If you froze an egg and threw it through somebody’s window while they’re not in, they would come home to a broken window and a raw unscathed egg and wonder how the hell it happened…

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What I like to call my “innovation wall.” These are mostly original/rough ideas and proofs for theorems etc I’ve dreamt up at 3am or some other ungodly hour.

March 02 2017

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“Black Hole”. Oil on canvas. 97x195cm. Painting by Pablo Alfaro. Commission work.


EBS Project


The game is to find a well-known person who has published academically, released a song, and been involved in a movie or TV show. Their Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath number counts the papers, movies, and songs it takes to connect them to Paul Erdős, Kevin Bacon, and Black Sabbath, respectively. Anyone with a well-defined EBS number must have many talents and a fascinating backstory, but they turn out to be more numerous than you might think! The goal of this website is to discover these Renaissance men and women and to tell their stories.



My moss terrarium that I made with my Grandmother’s old tea kettle that she gave to me. In the terrarium are mosses, grasses, rocks, and clovers. One clover decided to sprout through the spout :)

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Common and Very Difficult To Get Rid Of!



Compute your Erdös number - The Erdös Number Project- Oakland University


The first step in computing your Erdös number should be to search the Erdos1 file to see whether you or your coauthors are listed. If you are a coauthor of Paul Erdös, then presumably you know it. If you are a coauthor of a coauthor (i.e., you have Erdös number 2), then you will find your name listed in that file under the Erdös coauthor with whom you have written; do a search with your browser. If that doesn’t work, then search for your coauthors in that file; if you find one, then your Erdös number is 3 and you have the path. If this fails, then read on:

If you would like help in determining your Erdös number, write us and we’ll do our best to find a short path of coauthorships (no guarantees, but we have pretty good data and automated search methods). If you have published a paper reviewed in Mathematical Reviews, we should be able to find you (send us a complete name and cite a publication or two). If not, you’ll need to send the full names (and cite a publication or two, if possible) of your mathematical coauthors. Much appplied mathematics, operations research, theoretical physics, mathematical economics, and computer science is included in MR, as well as pure mathematics.

It’s probably much more fun, however, for you to try to find the links yourself, using MathSciNet if your institution has access. (If it doesn’t, then bug them to subscribe!)


The Six Types of Middle-Earth Names


1. Characters whose Names are Secretly Insults: 


Samwise: means “Half-wise” or “Half-wit.” He is Stupid Gamgee

Faramir: Boromir’s name means “steadfast jewel”, but Faramir’s name just means “sufficient jewel.”


Denethor took one look at baby Faramir and thought “eh I guess he exists or whatever” which is very in character

 2. Characters who Have Way Too Many Names


Examples include Aragorn son of Arathorn son of Arador heir of Isildur Elendil’s son, descendant of Numenor,  Thorongill,  Eagle of the Star,  Dúnadan, Strider,  Wingfoot, Longshanks, Elessar, Edhelharn, Elfstone, Estel, Hope, The Chieftain of the Dúnedain, King of the West, High King of Gondor and Arnor, and Envinyatar the Renewer of the House of Telcontar

Wait I’m sorry did I say “examples” plural

Cuz that was all one guy

3. Characters whose parents must’ve been prophets


-Frodo means “wise by experience.” His story is about becoming wise by experience
-A lady named Elwing turns into a bird (geddit)

4. Characters whose families were so lazy that they copy-pasted the same first half of a name onto multiple people


Éomer/ Éomund/Éowyn/Éorl
Elladan/Elrohir/Elrond/Elros/Elwing/Elenwë/Elendil/Eldarion (the laziest family) 

5.Characters whose Names are Expertly Designed so that Newbies can’t Remember Who is Who and Feel Sad


All the people mentioned in number 4
Celeborn, Celegorm, Celebrimbor, Celebrian
All the rhyming dwarf names in the Hobbit
Sauron and Saruman
Arwen and Éowyn

6. Name so nice, you say it twice


Legoas Greenleaf: Legolas’s first name means “Greenleaf” in elvish. Legolas is Greenleaf Greenleaf (thranduil really likes green leaves ok)

King Théoden’s name means King in Rohirric. Tolkien decided to name his name his king “King.” All hail King King

 this is what the fanbase means when we say tolkien was a creative genius with language

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Monster concept by Veli Nyström



Sea otters and giant river otters are like if someone got two artists to design a giant otter, but ended up with two very different ideas on what they should look like cause one draws hello kitty fanart and the other was a nihilist.


Floof face and nope face.

We draw the lines and we forget we put them there, we think our belief system is an exact representation of an objective and unchanging world, which is the hallucination that Korzybski tried to cure. Don’t believe totally in anyone else’s BS (Belief System) and don’t believe totally your own BS. When you believe in your BS, you end up in Self-Hypnotic Ideational Trance or S.H.I.T. - and you don’t want to walk around with a head full of S.H.I.T.
— Robert Anton Wilson /




one time i was reading about early Christian monasticism and how monasticism was so popular early on you actually had people worried about society because all these young people were deciding to withdraw from interacting with society and werent interested in getting a real job or having a family and it was like holy shit these are 4th century NEETS

Our current NEETs are more like anchorites, we need cenobitic NEETs

Imagine living a simple, peaceful life in a communal dormitory complex with your bros, making money to keep the place going by brewing beer, keeping bees, tutoring local schoolchildren, and taking care of the sick and elderly, while dedicating most of your time to gaming and anime instead of prayer

That’s NEETdom for the 21st century

of course dipshit ancaps think medieval monasteries were in any way self-sufficient, instead of subsisting primarily off of (1) periodical large donations from wealthy nobles, many of whom used monasteries as residences or would take up monastic life if there was trouble at home, and (2) the vicious extraction of tithes and taxes from the hapless peasantry, who by and large fucking hated monks

show me the money pal!




A new school of art grows from the fear and blood of a Great-ified Nation. Manifestos, manifestos everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

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Kichizaemon VII, Chônyû (1714-1770), tea bowl / chawan. With a splendid kintsugi technique. Japan. Via André Kirbach Gallery

A celebration of damage. Kintsugi is the art of mending broken pottery, based on Zen Buddhism and “wabi-sabi“, a spiritual awareness of beauty. The golden joinery illuminates the imperfection, underlines the “scars” and resurrects the life cycle of the object. The repair endows the old artifact with a new design, even more refined as the original.

The master craft kintsugi is around 500 years old. The craftsmen used laquer resin (milk from a tree) and mixed it often with powdered gold, silver or platinum. Once applied it is durable and food safe.

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Der Reichsparteitag der AfD ist für den 22. April 2017 im Maritim Hotel (Neumarkt) geplant. Wer ohnehin schon immer mal nach Köln wollte und an dem WE noch nichts vor hat …

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