Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
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Coastlines are fractals. Old news. But this news story based on this paper in Nature says that now we know why coastlines are fractals: because that's the geometry that preserves the coastline, because it maximally damps the force of the waves. In other words, coastlines are the products of evolution. The coast line that is most likely to be preserved is that which is most effective at damping the erosive nature of waves, and that's a fractal.
via Signal + Noise

It looks like Venusian mountains are covered with lead snow. Damn. That's so cool. Poisonous, but cool. Do you think the snowflakes are cubic?
via A Voyage to Arcturus


meaning: labor, toil

労働者 == roudousha == laborer, workman
労功 == roukou == meritorious deed

Originally 'strength/effort' (力) topped by flames. This character meant 'doing labor by torchlight'. Now it means 'work' in a more general sense. Henshall suggests taking the top radical as a 'ornate roof', and as a mnemonic: 'Labor with effort under ornate roof.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database

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