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Animated Version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream

(Video Link) Norwegian artist Edvard Munch explained his iconic painting by writing: I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the [...]

Virtual Monkeys Recreate the Works of Shakespeare

The infinite monkey theorem proposes that a group of monkeys, or even a single one, could reproduce the collected works of William Shakespeare by hitting random keystrokes if given sufficient time. It is, however, hard to prove this theorem with an experiment that uses actual monkeys. So computer engineer Jesse Anderson created a simulation that [...]

Infinite Jest’s Eschaton in Video Form

Attention, fellow David Foster Wallace nerds! Fellow DFW nerd band The Decemberists have released a new music video reenacting a game of Eschaton from DFW’s novel Infinite Jest. For those not in the know, Eschaton is a fictional game of thermonuclear war, played in turns on a tennis court by lobbing tennis balls [...]

Tropical Island Infinite Photo

A couple of years ago we posted about an infinite photo called As Seen on Earth. National Geographic has a new infinite photo project called Tropical Island. At the link, you can select a piece of the image and click to zoom in on more images, and then click again to zoom in to yet [...]