The Mandelbrot link above points to his 24/7 talk at the 2006 Ignoble Awards. That's 24 seconds to talk comprehensively about something than matters, followed by a 7 second executive summary. Poor old Benoit blew it on the talk (any rambling or parenthesis and the time-up whistle comes before you've finished the first sentence) but summarised his huge contribution to the understanding of our world as "Beautiful, damned hard, increasingly useful, that's fractals". Like with Globish, such constraints force us to think about what we really mean to say. Eric Lander, a good showman, has clearly thought about and practiced his nanolecture on the Genome and thought about his summary "Genome, bought the book, hard to read". And although her talk on Biology is too wordy and technical I like Dany Adams' summary "If it can get infected, it's biology".
La Bandera Astoriana which Wikipedia says is an alpha and omega suspended from a golden (Pantone PMS 109 yellow) Cruz de la Victoria on a blue (Pantone PMS 829) ground? Because . . . there is no such colour as PMS 829! I've asked El Asturiano about this anomaly but he took a lurch sideways to tell me about The sacred cave of Covadonga and King Favila who was killed by a bear. The Bear is celebrated by Asturian Republicans, which is rather like the Catalans celebrating the Fall of Barcelona in 1714. More discussion on the Asturian flag's blue tone.
And thanks to The Blue (Metafilter) for starting me down that rabbit hole.
1. Los colores de la bandera del Principado de Asturias especificados en el Sistema Internacional CIELAB, serán los siguientes:ReplyDelete
Color Tono H en º Croma C Claridad L
Azul 260,0 45,0 50,0
Amarillo 85,0 35,0 60,0
Gracias! Wikipedia has got it wrong again; but I'm still curious about how that wrongness crept in. We looked at whether 829 was really 289 or 529 or B59 but no simple explanation seemed to hold water.ReplyDelete