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The Last Question

The Last Question
The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way: Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. As well as any human beings could, they knew what lay behind the cold, clicking, flashing face -- miles and miles of face -- of that giant computer. They had at least a vague notion of the general plan of relays and circuits that had long since grown past the point where any single human could possibly have a firm grasp of the whole. Multivac was self-adjusting and self-correcting. For decades, Multivac had helped design the ships and plot the trajectories that enabled man to reach the Moon, Mars, and Venus, but past that, Earth's poor resources could not support the ships. The energy of the sun was stored, converted, and utilized directly on a planet-wide scale. "Sure you are.

How To Make Friends in Your 20s: The 15 Types of New Friends You'll Make After College The minute you graduate college is the very moment your social life inevitably tanks. You go from effortlessly surrounding yourself with people you love 24/7 to most likely moving back in with your parents in a town you now find totally alienating and barren. Or, perhaps you luck out and find an awesome job in a city… only to move there and realize you know no one except that one girl who was in your AP English class in high-school. For the first time ever, you don’t belong to any institution that fosters lifelong friendships. Elementary school, high-school, and college all encouraged socialization; that’s what those terrible ice-breakers and orientations were for. Worst of all, in our 20s, the friends we do have seem to keep scatter like pool balls. So, where to find new friends? your Coworkers you mostly only hang out with while drinking Your coworkers’ friends you can’t remember the names of They meet up with you guys a few hours in, and now you’ve met them too many times to ask.

Top 10 Space-Saving Household Projects Whether you live in a tiny apartment or just have too much stuff, there's likely a lot of space you aren't using, like your walls, your ceilings, or the nooks and crannies in your furniture. Here's how to use it most efficiently.P 10. Hang Your Bike on the WallP SExpand If you're in an apartment, you probably don't have a lot of great places to store your bike outside, and it can take up a lot of floor space just sitting around. 9. If you've already exhausted the storage nooks under your bed, the ceiling is ripe with unused space. 8. If floor space is at a premium, you can maximize it by moving those bookshelves up onto the wall, freeing up the floor for storing other things (and making it easier to clean). 7. Whether you're trying to pack light for a trip or just fit as many clothes into your dresser as you can, proper folding technique is key. 6. Most animals are pretty small, but it seems like their stuff takes up as much space as yours. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1.

What is MAT? | Muscle Activation Techniques MAT™ is a technique that helps athletes recover from competitive stress quickly and help them prevent future injuries. MAT™ prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at high intensity levels. The goal of MAT™ is to address the weakness before an injury occurs. MAT™ not only helps to prevent injuries, but it can also assist a rehabilitation process. “The benefit of MAT™ is that the changes can be immediate” says Greg Roskopf, the founder and developer of MAT.

John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative by Maria Popova “Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”) A few more quotable nuggets of insight excerpted below the video. Creativity is not a talent. We need to be in the open mode when pondering a problem — but! Thanks, Simon Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr

An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Paul Anthony Jones October 16 is World Dictionary Day, marking the birthday of the great American lexicographer Noah Webster. Born in Connecticut in 1758, Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English. The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. Despite all of his efforts, Webster's dictionary sold just 2,500 copies on its publication and he was compelled to mortgage his home in New Haven to fund a second edition in 1840. AFTER-WISE (adj.) BABBLEMENT (n.) DAGGLE-TAIL (adj.) EAR-ERECTING (adj.) FOPDOODLE (n.) GASTRILOQUIST (n.) HUGGER-MUGGER (n.) ILLAQUEATION (n.) JACKPUDDING (n.) KISSING-CRUST (n.)

Holon (philosophy) A fractal is close to the idea of holon, as it is a part that represents a whole at the same time.[citation needed] Do seeds contain trees or do trees contain seeds? We could say both are true, because 'trees and seeds' is an example of a holon. Parable of the two watchmakers There once were two watchmakers, named Bios and Mekhos, who made very fine watches. The watches consisted of about 1000 parts each. Now, the watchmakers were each disturbed at the same rate of once per hundred assembly operations. Herbert Simon, quoted by Andrew Koestler (1967) A holon is maintained by the throughput of matter–energy and information–entropy, connected to other holons; it is a whole in itself but also, at the same time, it is nested within another holon and is thus a part of something much larger than itself. The work of modern physicists designed to discover the theory of everything (TOE) is reaching deep into the microcosm under the assumption that the macrocosm is eventually made of the microcosm.

Condition Called Tetrachromacy Allows This Artist To See 100 Million Colors It’s always been fun to discuss whether or not people perceive colors in the same way. That can be tricky enough when dealing with individuals with normal color perception, but those who have various degrees of color blindness have a limited range. But what about those who have a greater range? The human eye is packed with millions of cone-shaped cells that allow for color to be perceived. Antico, who now lives in California, is an impressionist. The genes responsible for red and green cone cells are located on the X-chromosome. Even though tetrachromats’ eyes may be able to interpret a wider range of the electromagnetic spectrum, most vision really happens in the brain. Testing for tetrachromacy can be a bit difficult, as most tests are based on trichromatic vision. Antico has been working closely with a team of researchers investigating human tetrachromacy. Concetta Antico’s condition and artwork can be discovered in further detail on her website. [Hat tip: Popular Science]

My hero: Mary Shelley by Neil Gaiman The cold, wet summer of 1816, a night of ghost stories and a challenge allowed a young woman to delineate the darkness, and give us a way of looking at the world. They were in a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva: Lord Byron – the bestselling poet, too dangerous for the drawing rooms of England and in exile; his doctor, John William Polidori; Percy Shelley, poet and atheist, and his soon-to-be wife, 18-year-old Mary Shelley. Ghost stories were read, and then Byron challenged everyone in the group to come up with a new story. He started, but did not finish, one about vampires; Polidori completed "The Vampyre"; and young Mary, already the mother of a living child and a dead one, imagined a story about a man who fabricated a living creature, a monster, and brought it to life. The book she wrote over the following year, initially published anonymously, was Frankenstein or, The Modern Prometheus, and it slowly changed everything. Ideas happen when the time is right for them.

Your Brain on MDMA MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine) is a popular party drug called Molly, and can be mixed with caffeine to make Ecstasy. It has an ability to temporarily boost mood, energy, and mental acuity through a dramatic upswing of the neurotransmitter serotonin. However, this upswing does come with some consequences as the body eliminates the excess serotonin. While MDMA might be considered negative because it can be abused, responsible and controlled use of the chemical is being explored as a potential treatment for serious mood disorders. Check out this video by AsapSCIENCE that explores the power of MDMA as well as the hazards that can come from long-term exposure. Read this next: Baby Sloth Delivered Via C-Section For the First Time