Category Archives: Science

5 More Reasons Ghosts Don’t Exist

A while back I wrote a post called Top 10 Reasons Ghosts Don’t Exist. It remains, without question, the most popular thing I’ve written on this site. Thank you to everyone who has read it!

I recently re-read my own article and found my arguments to be a bit weaker than I remembered, and this meant that I had to go back to the drawing board and bolster my thoughts. With that in mind, I decided I’d throw a few more reasons onto the pile to make my point even clearer.

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Fish Parade

As a follow-up to my previous post, Fresh Fish, I created a second, shorter time-lapse, which was filmed from a different location in Stony Brook. Just for the sake of differentiation, I named this one “Fish Parade”. The music is a wholly different creation altogether, and was an attempt at forming sound from the visual of the fish swimming in a tight circle. In it, a tone rises gradually over a pulsating beat, that I felt was reminiscent of the increasing urgency of their task. A basic arpeggio represents the many fish, each with their own survival at stake, but uniform in their course. Or maybe I’m just making this up as I write it. You be the judge.

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Fresh Fish

Every year a spring migration of alewives takes place in rivers and streams along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. A charming mill village named Stony Brook in Brewster, Massachusetts plays host to such an event. During a recent visit there, I filmed the short (and blurry!) time-lapse below. I created an optimistic and rhythmic piece of music to accompany the video, that I felt was reflective of the nonchalant pace at which these intrepid fish move up stream. Predatory gulls lurk at the water’s edge, and yet they swirl carelessly in large pools like the one pictured as though it’s a commute to work. Enjoy!

What Will Replace Passwords?

I’ve been experimenting with some alternative password management schemes lately, which got me to thinking: what will replace passwords? They’ve been around a very long time, and yet remain largely unchanged as a mechanism, despite their ubiquity. They’re a little like toilet paper: they’re antiquated, they’re a pain in the ass if you use them too often, and they usually aren’t strong enough. Think of all of the things that have advanced so much in society over the last one thousand years, and passwords are still just some junk you remember. So what can be done about the fact that the only thing protecting out secrets is only as good as toilet paper?

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You Can Make Real Ghosts In A Lab

Everyone knows that ghosts are faked by our imaginations, but now you can make real ghosts in a lab! And they’re infinitely more real than anything ever reported before, since actual ghosts don’t exist at all.

How to Make a Ghost