It's in Spanish, unfortunately. You have to click on the tiles to activate them and they'll start pulsating. If you have Flash, there'll be sound.
The link is:
I'm tempted to open the gifs and check the frequency.
I have looked at GIF format: http://www.onicos.com/staff/iz/formats/gif.html
Then I opened the image with fhread and found the offset for the delay time. Look for: Delay Time (1/100ths of a second). ( Since the delay time has only 2 bytes reserved that means the max delay would be 65535. That is why some gifs have more frames than the other, when by logic all would need to have the same count )
Then I opened the image with photoshop which shows every frame on a separate layer.
Then you just multiply the delay with the number of frames.
I got the ratio of 3786.72 to 1 for earthquake-1 to earthquake-4. e1 is about ~3s so that would make e4 occur every ~3 hours.
The ratio should be correct. But my seconds calculation was off by a factor of 4 for some reason. Maybe I missed some format specific stuff. You can try it for the rest of the GIFs if you want.
A very quick estimate, looking in the other files:
hole-in-one: ~50 minutes
old faithful erupts: ~4 hours
Wiki says 45 to 125 minutes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Faithful
for i in *.gif; do eval "print -f '%-21s %7.2fs\n' $i \$(($(gifsicle --info $i | sed -n -e 's/.*delay \(.*\)s/\1/p' | tr '\n' +)0))"; done
The fun part is doing it yourself and learning something in the progress. I downloaded a .gif editor, but decided to not use it.
(ImageMagick's identify program outputs the frame delays when you give it -verbose. Units are hundreths of seconds.)
He must have a really rich inner life.
And I'd like to thank him for sharing his insights with us regularly.
How can something with twice the mass of the sun spin a thousand times a second. An equator speed of 24% light speed...
The Universe is so strange...
Most of the angular momentum stayed with the core, and there you are.
The radius of neutron stars is measured in small multiples of the Swarzschild radius for the mass of the star. That is, the radius at which the star would become a black hole.
It should be noted how it's done, they are a bunch of individual gifs with different cyclic times. Genius.
One thing it does nicely is display things properly, because it (the "reader") doesn't display anything at all, it just points to an updated feed. When you follow the link, it just goes to the page and displays it like any other page.
that's something that always intrigued me. why mine and the one from the car in front of me never matches? I wonder if there's a reasonable explanation other then "by chance".
Even two cars of the same type never seem to match up. They will often sync for a while, but then gradually get out of synch until they are 180 degrees different.
I suppose it is down to minute differences in lighting circuits, bulbs and all sorts of other things.
Somewhere out there is a population of cars with the same exact turn signal frequency as yours. But the chances of you stopping behind it at a set of lights while you are both signalling to turn and noticing are very, very small.
Back in the old days, turn signals were actuated by bimetallic thermal relays - a simple and highly reliable device. They were constructed with a range of frequencies by manufacturers and sold mixed together, so cars might receive the same part number but with an essentially random on/off period. This part would also mechanically create the familiar clicking sound of a turn signal actuating.
These days indicators are controlled electronically and I assume the randomness is programmed in.
Old hazard lights, like the ones in rows along construction sites, used to blink more-or-less in time despite not being manually synced. The lightbulb itself would act as a weak photo-diode, so when a neighboring light was on, it took a minutely smaller time to charge the circuit. Eventually they would sync up :)
That was a great effect, prolonging the initial experience. Its important in UI to pay attention to the time element - how the experience progresses for the user as they explore.
Now they are all in the cache so they appear right away. You have to clear cache to get the initial effect again.
When you click on a feed to subscribe, it places the feed in the bookmark system and when you see it in your bookmarks it shows an RSS icon.
To see what happens with this XKCD, I cleared my cache and history and everything, then subscribed to the feed, then clicked on the latest entry in that feed, Frequency.
It was interesting to watch it develop. It starts as a grid of elements, each displaying the word FREQUENCY. (You can see the same effect by forcing a reload of the page, but I wanted to see how Live Bookmarks would display the page, hence the tedious trip report to this point).
Each element's gif gets turned on row by row and (I think) column by colum. The first row is turned on immediately, the second soon after, and the rest of the FREQUENCY elements are transformed into animated gifs little by little, row by row.
If I close the tab and come back to it, they're all animating right away.
So that's how Firefox Live Bookmarks RSS reader handles this page.
Side note: some of you will have seen the effect of transforming from a grid of FREQUENCY elements to animated GIFS right away when you viewed the page. Others, like me, might never have seen it. I'm one of those people who queues up a handful of tabs to read, and then goes through the tabs one by one. By the time I got to my Frequency tab it had already gone through its transformation.
Alternatively... Amelia - Put away the Pepsi Max, and save a kitty.
Some huge war, plague, or famine is your most likely bet for getting the death rate up. I don't think anyone's pining for that though.
Despite having more people than it's ever had, there is less poverty and disease in the world than at any other time since we started keeping track.
http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/ does a good job debunking the myth that things are always getting worse all the time.
There has never been a better time to be alive.
And don't get me started on Bill Gates' bullshit arguments. These are long-term trends, his recent "it's been getting better! (for the last 40 years)" cannot be extrapolated over the next centuries.
The world currently produces enough food for 11 bn people. World population is expected to expand to about 9 bn in the middle of this century. This is using current production techniques.
In 2013, Apple sold ~150 million iPhones. 21% rate of screen breakage?
Enlightening link, thank you for posting.
Which did somewhat confuse me as well until I looked at the actual website.
Does anyone know enough about I-frame frequency limits in H.264 or WebM to tell us weather Randall could have included the pitch drop experiment?
Looks like there's scope for a startup or two around vibrators with the size of that market.
I'm a little surprised at the number of sharks being caught.
I don't think we nearly have enough mockingbirds (or pet cats) on our planet by three orders of magnitude.