New Article: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Fermi? (November '14)

Experts say that effective web-branding requires you post a new blog article at least once a year. Here at timeblimp, we nearly double that rate! We've got a new one for you, right on schedule -- check out our review of Fun With Fermi Problems!

Quick! How many people in the world have the same number of hairs on their head as you? How long would all the DNA in your body be, if you stretched it all out end-to-end? How big is a mole of moles? Find out more, in our compilation of our favorite Fermi Problems!

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New Article: Esoteric Programming Languages (October '14)

Do you find computer programming depressingly easy and straightforward? Too many useful commands in your current language? Tired of writing concise source code for simple tasks? You may want to consider making the switch to an Esoteric Programming Language -- working, functional programming languages that are designed with usability, clarity, and efficiency in mind -- they don't do ANY of that stuff.
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New Article: Fun With Number Theory (July '14)

Tired of hearing about the same topics in number theory? Sick to death about the mysteries of prime numbers? Well, have we got what you need -- come on by to our new post, Fun With Number Theory. Which mathematical concept is named for Hank Aaron? Want to see a formula that's correct to 42 decimal places, by coincidence? And why aren't there more references to Top 40 radio in recreational number theory? Read my new post to find out!

TimeBlimp: Get Your Geek On

Welcome to Timeblimp!

“Oh hey, I didn’t see you there!  Welcome!”

Ugh, that kind of intro is so hackneyed, that making fun of it is now also hackneyed.

You’ve found one of the foremost sites on the web for information you really don’t need.  This is where people go to arm themselves with facts to annoy others at parties.  No, we don’t mean political discussions, or how to make a better faux-hawk — the harmless facts, the interesting trivia that make life interesting.  The facts that sound better described using a nasal voice.  The dorky facts.

Math          Yeah, that’s right.  Math.
Science     She blinded me with bursts of coherent photons to the face!
Nature      That’s why we call them animals!
History     And leather elbow patches.
People      Feeling good about yourself lately?  Cut that crap out.
Culture     We drain the fun out of the art you love.
Opinion     Opinions are like mitochondria, everyone’s got about 10 billion.
Original Research    Why yes, that is a Macarthur Genius Grant that I’m picking my teeth with.
    We’ve hunted around for the interesting stories that we think are really cool.  Not just what techno-geeks and supreme academics will think of as cool  — I for one have heard how the transistor works one too many times — but the really cool stories about the world that even the algebra-disadvantaged could appreciate.And we’ve tried to find relatively obscure topics, stuff not covered by yer typical PBS show or Popular Mechanics article.  You’re not going to see much here on the causes of the Civil War, or on Relativity Theory.  The History Channel has pretty much wrote the book on World War II, and I think everyone on earth now knows that to a topologist, a doughnut is identical to a coffee cup.  But did you hear about the insects that understand prime numbers?  Or the day that America had no government at all?

  


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