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September 2009

Heading towards Yosemite. Taking a week of sanity break.

Science! And pipe organs!

A hundreds-of-years-known problem in pipe organ building provides breakthrough insight into the physics of noise cancellation: http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com/2009/09/surprising-physics-of-pipe-organs.html It’s related to the same physics of why 5 metronomes, out of sequence, will synchronize when placed on a surface that reacts to motion:

Go away.

So I’m in my computing containment device this morning (the cube) and am playing Mozart’s requiem as a polite signal for people to leave me the hell alone. I wonder if it will work. Why Mozart’s requiem? Mostly for one verse of the Dies Irae: Confutatis maledictis, flammis accribus addictis Depending on how flowery your […]