Sure, knot theory
is an interesting subject with a storied past
, and self-avoiding walk theory
takes it a bit further in describing real-world ropes, lines and wires, but can it be usefully applied to the knotty problem of spontaneously forming tangles? Robert Matthews
of Aston University
has suggested that there's a simple solution to avoiding tangles in all our computer cables, headphone cords and Vectran cored double braid halyard lines: make them into loops [pdf]
. It's plausible, but not proven. Enter The Great British Knot Experiment
which aims to provide "compelling empirical evidence to support the Loop Conjecture – and thus for its role in solving one of life's little irritations." [more inside]
of Russia's city of Volgograd closed a 7 km-long bridge across the Volga River late Thursday after strong fluctuation
in the construction was detected. [more inside]
On July 4, Funkmaster Flex
of New York's Hot '97 played a five hour marathon set of classic 90s hip-hop. Listen to or download the set commercial free in four parts here
. XXL mag coverage and video here.
"We probably don't want your business. Go away."
That actually seems to be the message here. I don't recall such a hostile advertisement before. (Via HardOCP