What a Tease

A recent Wired article cites the following: The pitches in musical scales are likely derived from language. Turns out, aspects of spoken English and Mandarin correlate to the intervals between notes in a chromatic scale (the black and white piano keys in an octave). Unfortunately, there’s nothing more than this offered as proof.  What a… Continue reading What a Tease

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Hard Times A’Coming?

I’ve noticed three interesting things in New York over the past few weeks. 1) I don’t get nearly as much junk mail as I used to.  In fact, a few days this week I’ve had no mail at all (don’t know if that should make me happy or sad).  My guess is that the credit… Continue reading Hard Times A’Coming?

Emerging Complexity

One of the most fascinating scientific developments of the past 20 years has been the emergence of the field of complexity.  With the advent of computers, scientists can now model massively complex systems – many of which tend to form from remarkably simple interactions. A case in point was revealed in a New York Times… Continue reading Emerging Complexity

Behind the Bench

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that the Celtics blew away the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals to win their 17th championship – and first in 22 years. A lot has been made about the structure of the team and how management built a team around the three stars… Continue reading Behind the Bench

Err Lingus

I recently went to Dublin for my brother’s graduation from med school (photos) and to visit a friend (photos).  Imagine my surprise when I came upon the following map while reading the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine: Upstate New York, Vermont and Maine have all moved a little further north than they should be.  Here’s a… Continue reading Err Lingus