Category: Random Notes

Woops. 850,000 Phones Fell in the Toilet Last Year

Cell Phone in the ToiletMy friend consistently looses her cell phone in odd places. Parks, classrooms, bars – but I don’t think she ever lost anything in the toilet. Probably because she’s not British. Here’s a report on the different ways people smash, loose and water-log their phones:

Brits Drop 850,000 Phones Down the Toilet – Each Year

I’ve been telling everyone about the importance of backups for a while. Make sure you have your virtual little-black-book backed up otherwise you might lose the number of that hottie in the green dress you saw the other night at The Art Bar.

Take the advice of my friend: She keeps the number of her husband taped to the back of her cell. She must have lost and found it 5 times this way. Good thing there are honest people around.

Pi Art by an Autistic Savant

My friend just forwarded me a piece of artwork that was produced by an autistic savant.

[Danial Tammet can] calculate huge sums in his head in seconds and instantaneously recognise prime numbers, but he finds emotions difficult to understand and has trouble telling left from right. One of fewer than fifty such people living worldwide, Daniel is unique in his ability to articulate his savant experience.

He describes his visual experience of numbers as complex synaesthetic shapes with colour, texture and motion. Thirty-seven is lumpy like porridge, while eighty-nine reminds him of falling snow. Sequences of digits form visual landscapes in his mind.

In March 2004, Daniel set a European record when he recited the famous mathematical constant Pi from memory to 22,514 decimal places in a time of 5 hours.

Here’s his Original Artwork of a Pi Landscape. It’s only £250 (About $495.95 US).