Kuala Lumpur twin towers: the world’s tallest twin towers

I was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last week and had a chance to visit and photograph the Petronas Towers.  At 1,483 feet tall, they were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, and they remain the world’s tallest twin buildings ever built. Photo taken from the front entrance area of the Petronas Towers Taken from inside the “skybridge” on the 42nd floor.  It’s a double-decker skybridge, with the 41st floor being for tourists while the  42nd floor is reserved for tenants and their guests.  At 558 feet, it is the highest 2-story bridge in the world.  Per wikipedia, the … Read more

Slovenia and North Korea on top in 2012 Olympic Medal Count

While the US and China are vying for top honors in the 2012 Olympic Medal Count overall, I had been thinking that country-comparisons on total medal count is a bit unbalanced way to look at it since, well, they’re both very populous countries!  What if we account for this by weighting the medal count by population…or what about wealth? Huffington Post did just that here. As of the morning of August 2nd, it turns out that Slovenia comes out on top in population-weighted medal count: And North Korea comes out on top in GDP-weighted medal count: It will be interesting … Read more

“It’s just this sense that you got something to say,” and other things Bob Dylan didn’t really say

The fall of science journalist and author Jason Lehrer was precipitated by his fabrication of one or more quotes by Bob Dylan, among other things.  See this New York Times story for details. Outspoken author, intellectual, and neuroscientist Sam Harris commented on Lehrer’s career cliff-dive in this blog post.  Says Harris, “I consistently meet smart, well-intentioned, and otherwise ethical people who do not seem to realize how quickly and needlessly lying can destroy their relationships and reputations. This is why I wrote a short ebook on the subject. Since it contains more or less everything I want to say in … Read more