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When minimalism goes too far…

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Conheci o senhor em questão através do documentário Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things, do qual foi o director. Desde aí, passei a seguir o Matt D’Avella através das redes sociais, nomeadamente no seu canal do YouTube.

Este fim-de-semana que se passou estive a colocar em dia os vídeos que tinha em atraso. Este é um dos que vi.


Fontes / Sources:

YouTube – Matt D’Avella

Patreon – Matt D’Avella

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things

Table Assembling – World Snooker Championship

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Hoje partilho convosco um excelente vídeo que mostra como é montada uma mesa de snooker, no caso em particular, no Reino Unido, onde está sediado o Campeonato do Mundo, em Sheffield.

Today I share with you a great video that shows how it’s assembled a table of snooker!

Cristiano Ronaldo – Tested to the limit

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Um documentário impressionante, a explicar um pouco o fenómeno que é Cristiano Ronaldo! Uma autêntica “máquina”, fruto de muito trabalho e talento!


A great documentary about Cristiano Ronaldo. An amazing “machine”, result of an awesome work, dedication and talent!




Why paper cuts hurt so much?

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Aconteceu-me há uns dias atrás e hoje encontrei isto!

It happened to me a few days ago and today I found this!

First, our fingers and hands are loaded with sensitive nerves. When you get a paper cut the nerves send pain signals to your brain.

Plus, a paper cut is not a clean cut. If you look at the edge of paper under a microscope you’ll see it’s jagged, sort of like shark teeth.

This leads to messier, more painful wounds. Lastly, paper is made from wood and chemicals. So, that wood and chemical combination can get stuck in the skin. This can irritate the cut and bother you for days.



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Written by Nuno França

31 de Julho de 2018 at 18:31

25 foods you’ve been eating wrong

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Isaac Asimov – Master of Science

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Isaac Asimov didn’t have a birthday. Nobody knew the exact date of his birth, so he picked one for himself at a young age–and that choice, quite possibly, was what gave us one of his best creative periods.



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Yello Jacket WASP

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Written by Nuno França

29 de Junho de 2018 at 18:32

Valtteri Bottas feels the G Forces

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Why do phones and calculators have different numpads?

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Take into account all the places that utilize the number pad and you’ll notice a disparity that’s quite odd but humanity seems to have made peace with.

The number pad. You see it everywhere, from your dialer, to your calculator, to your PIN bypass on the phone unlock screen. You’ll see it on the right of your keyboard on your computer (if you’ve got a numpad), and you’ll see it in your ATM machines, cash registers, card readers, security systems, and if you’ve still got one, your landline phone. The numbers, for obvious reasons, are the same… but the layouts aren’t. Phone dialers and ATM machines have it starting at the top with 1, going down to 9 and ending with a 0 at the base, sitting between the asterisk and the hashtag; but you look at the calculator, the cash register, or the computer’s number pad and it’s the other way around. The zero or the lowest value sits at the bottom and it increments moving upwards, ending with nine right at the top. It’s always bewildered me that we’ve had these two separate systems for separate machines, even today. There’s no fixed reason for the difference in layout, but there seem to be a few interesting theories to define exactly how we arrived at this bizarre predicament.

My favorite theory takes us on a time-traveling trip. The reason the two keypads have different layouts today is because they were two completely different products, using different technologies, for different purposes. Long before the modern day touch-tone phone, we were used to the rotary phone, which arranged the numbers from 1 to 0 on a circular dial that you’d rotate (the zero was actually treated as a 10. I explain why a little later*). With the advent of touch-tone hardware in the 50s, companies decided to stick roughly to the current layout, having the 1 at the starting, and the 9 and 0 (or ten, as they called it) at the end. They followed the calculator’s 3×3 matrix for the 1 to 9 (arranged from left to right), putting the 0 at the bottom, between the * and #.

The calculator, on the other hand, had been designed long before the modern phone, and used a format with 789 at the top. The design of the calculator was based on that of the cash register. The keypad’s layout wasn’t an evolutionary one like the telephone, but a functional one. The 0 was placed intentionally at the bottom of cash registers because with the currencies that were used, the 0 was pressed much more often than any key, so it made sense to keep it within hands reach. Having currencies with the denominations 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 etc, it also made more sense to keep these lower numbers towards the base too. So the 1 and 2 were placed immediately above the 0, making the cash register easier to operate. The calculator simply followed this functional format.


A rotary telephone and a calculator (or an adding-machine)


*In the days of rotary dials the pulse signaling system was known as ‘loop-disconnect’. Each digit dialed produced a series of quick disconnections in the ‘loop’ just milliseconds long. Dialing a 1 creating one disconnection, dialing 2 created two disconnections in the loop. The telephone exchange (or the central office) could detect these disconnections and step the electro-magnetic mechanical switches that then connected you to the number you dialed. Dialing a 0 would create 10 disconnections in the loop, so what looked like a 0 was actually a 10, if you count the number of disconnections in the loop.

The second theory also seems interesting because it talks about creating two separate counter-intuitive, reversed layouts on purpose. The calculator was invented long before the touch-tone telephone and was used for data-entry. Data-entry professionals using these calculators had gotten into the habit of crunching numbers at incredible speeds. The touch-tone phone, however, couldn’t operate at those speeds and oftentimes would end up missing a number or two. Phone companies then decided to reverse the layout to “confuse” people, allowing them to take more time to dial the number correctly, giving the telephone enough time to register the number dialed. Marvelous, isn’t it?! It’s a shame that none of these theories can be claimed as the one-true reason we have different keypads.

It’s worth also noticing how in the phone, the 0 falls after the 9 since it’s actually considered to be a 10, and how on the calculator the 0 falls before the 1 because it’s treated as a 0 or a number with no value. In both their formats, the 0 finds itself at its appropriate place, according to the value assigned to it! I still find it silly that we’ve held onto this strange past all these years, but the history lesson (and its share of speculative theories) that comes with it definitely makes me look at this strange duality with awe!



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Written by Nuno França

26 de Março de 2018 at 19:01

60 second adventures in Microgravity with David Mitchell (Combined)

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