A little new year sketch: random bytes scraped from images on my computer.
A NOAA weather satellite image captured through SDR (via RTL-SDR).
Letters drawn at sub-atomic scale by researchers, , and – carbon monoxide atoms placed carefully on a copper substrate, whose interference patterns resolve into letters. A very cool addition: the letters S and U (for Stanford University, where the research took place) are actually encoded on top of each other.
See this NSF page for a video explaining the process in detail.
I’ve been ruminating lately about when the idea of analog was born. It seems so pre-digital and of the “real world,” but it turns out is actually very much tied to the rise of computers as a way to describe their opposite. A quick NGram search shows this pretty clearly: around the late 1940s (birth of the modern digital computer era) we see both these terms explode, but basically zero uses of analog at all before this time.
We could also see analog as related to the literary term analogue, meaning an analogy. If the digital is a representation of something (discreet samples in digital audio, for example), then digital is an analogy of its physical, real-world counterpart.
An image from this paper on machining at the nano-scale. Apparently, it’s possible to simulate molecular- and atomic-level interactions, which is what the small circles in the image are.
A 4x11cm cylinder of polycrystalline silicon, the material used to make solid state hard drives (image via ).