Apping your personality

By Sonja Nikcevic

(See what I did there? Hilarious. I know.)

Once upon a time, not too long ago, the contents of your purse, or pocket, could tell you a lot about your personality, and life situation. Sadly small coins, pieces of lint, and library card usually meant student, while a mix of pop-up books, diapers, lipstick and day planners meant Supermom. Now zip back into the technologically-charged present and you’ll see that not much has changed. The content of your pocket and bag can still tell the world who you are, but now, all that content has been neatly wrapped up into a smartphone shaped super-gadget/mirror into your soul.

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Credit: nightdeposits.blogspot.com

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Your friend is late, it’s his fault, isn’t it?

by Martin Jani

You are supposed to meet your friend at 6 pm. It’s 6:05 and your friend is still not coming. You have been standing there for almost 10 minutes. 5 more minutes, he’s nowhere around and it looks like it’s going to rain. He should at least text saying he’s not going to make it on time, right? What are your first thoughts going to be like? Are you getting upset? Or are you rather worried about your friend? Maybe your friend is irresponsible or careless, and he does things like that all the time, he’s just that kind of person, you know. On the other hand, something might have happened to your friend, something that he was unable to influence whatsoever. For example, what if he got stuck in traffic and his battery died? So, is he an asshole or a victim? In that case, is the actual asshole you?

credit: Nazzen at Flickr

credit: Nazzen at Flickr

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How about some extra endorphins?

by Michael Seckler

“From a biochemical perspective happiness is nothing more than the release of endorphins in the brain. Love, music, a nice sculpture or chocolate can cause that, but also complex mathematical constructs”. If math professor Christian Hesse was telling the truth in his interview with good impact magazine we seem to miss out on loads of endorphins all the time. Noort Bakx showed it with dating the other day: There is more math in your everyday-life than you might expect. You don’t think so? Maybe a look at this extremely average Wednesday of mine can convince you of the contrary (Do I already sound like the math teacher you hated? Good!): 

The Travelling-Salesman-Problem (Picture: dogonews.com)

The Travelling-Salesman-Problem (Picture: dogonews.com)

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Mathematical dating

By Noort Bakx

There are more than 7 billion people in the world. Half of those are male, and about 1/7 of them my age. Meaning a bunch of about 500.000.000 is left. Start finding Mister Right. Continuing with numbers, say you can meet about 50.000 in a lifetime, you need to live 10.000 lives to meet every single one of them, and consequently, be sure there is no better one out there. Apparently, a classical mathematical problem that can be solved with a simple formula.

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Michael Tompsett – Fine Art America

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Plugged in – are we becoming too dependent on our beloved technology?

By Sonja Nikcevic

Since this week’s posts have dived straight into the technology debate of iPhones vs. phones you can play Snake on, and have caused clans to form in our editorial line, I think it’s time I joined in.

Because  I do have a phone that is from this century, and that sadly, does not have the option of spending countless hours pretending to be a snake eating bits of pixel  (hmm, maybe I should go the app store and double check though), I think this puts me firmly in the comfortable, techno-conformist camp.

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