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Venham pela capa, fiquem pela música

11.03.12

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"Big River"

11.03.12

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"However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light."

10.03.12

 

 

Algo me diz que esta entrevista foi feita pelo correio. 

Still cool though.

 

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"These are the days of miracle and wonder"

08.03.12

 

 

In 1961 Rolf Landauer linked information and thermodynamic entropy by showing that erasing or combining bits of memory must be accompanied by an increase in entropy. For the first time since then, a team of physicists have experimentally verified this principle.

According to Landauer’s principle, any logically irreversible transformation of information results in, at best, some small dissipation of heat. The specific amount depends on the operating temperature—per bit, it amounts to around 3×10-21 joules at room temperature. This energy is the Landauer limit, and controls the maximum energy efficiency of computers (it's similar to the Carnot efficiency in heat engines, both of which are related to entropy).

Measuring such a tiny amount of energy in a memory storage devices is, to say the least, challenging. But now, a team from École Normale Supérieure, the University of Kaiserslautern, and the University of Augsburg has managed to do so.

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Uma vantagem de envelhecer é este avolumar de música fixe que vais tendo na memória

06.03.12

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Tens um minuto?

05.03.12

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Se tiverem tempo procurem um fotografia destes meninos

05.03.12

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"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"

04.03.12

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On a Azeiteiro kind of mood...

04.03.12

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"Forget Your Past"

04.03.12

 

 I first heard about the Buzludzha monument (pronounced Buz’ol’ja) last summer when I was attending a photo festival in Bulgaria.  Alongside me judging a photography competition was Alexander Ivanov, a Bulgarian photographer who had gained national notoriety after spending the last 10 years shooting ‘Bulgaria from the Air’.  Back then he showed me some pictures of what looked to me like a cross between a flying saucer and Doctor Evil’s hideout perched atop a glorious mountain range.

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Sure enough, 6 months later amidst the worst winter weather the country had experienced for many years, I was back in Bulgaria, and with the help of my friend Kaloyan Petrov we drove the 250km from Sofia to the edge of the Balkan Mountain range in which this magnificent building is located.

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Buzludha is Bulgaria’s largest ideological monument to Communism. Designed by architect Guéorguy Stoilov, more than 6000 workers were involved in its 7 year construction including 20 leading Bulgarian artists who worked for 18 months on the interior decoration. A small, compulsory donation from every citizen in the country formed a large portion of the funds required to build this impressive structure that was finally unveiled in 1981 on what was the 1300th anniversary of the foundation of the Bulgarian state.

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Today, this incredible derelict building stands as an iconic monument to an abandoned ideology.

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