October 7, 2013


Mr. Chemex: The Eccentric Inventor Who Reimagined the Perfect Cup of Coffee


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October 6, 2013


Elusive Giant Squid Washes Up on Spanish Beach

Quite a discovery.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0lMJcAfzU4

Check yourself before you effect yourself.


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August 26, 2013


Future Cities Report - Discover the World's Greatest Internet Cities | Future Cities

Glad I’m in one of the world’s greatest internet cities.


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August 25, 2013


Oxford English Dictionary – the future | Technology | theguardian.com

Trouble brewing with the digital OED.


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Dr. Blankenstein, the Mad Scientist of Analog Synthesizers and Atari Punks | Collectors Weekly

Building electronics builds brain cells.


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February 1, 2013


theoriginaljoefisher:

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theoriginaljoefisher:

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repeat from the original joe fisher.

May 5, 2012


Perhaps the greatest description of a musical album ever:

3. David Bowie, Station to Station
On the title track of David Bowie’s Station to Station, he proclaims with strangulated difficulty, “It’s not the side effects of cocaine” — but stories of the album’s fabled 1975 recording sessions in Los Angeles suggest the contrary. Bowie’s diet is said to have consisted of cocaine, peppers, milk, and four packs of Gitanes cigarettes a day, leading to a bizarre state of paranoid delusion and classic signs of cocaine psychosis. He suspected musicians of being FBI agents or vampires, referred to Hitler as the first rock star, claimed his semen was stolen by witches, and engaged in Crowley-influenced black magic, all of which informed the record’s dense lyrical content. — Sam Lefebvre

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/2012/05/the_top_15_most_cocaine-influe_2.php?page=6 (via unbeknowsttome)

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repeat from Touch Me Right Here

January 23, 2012


scanzen:

Winston’s shell. Designer Graham demostrates Winston Churchill’s personal pressure chamber, created to enable him to make high-altitude flights safely. In: Life, 10 Feb 1947.
To protect the precious bulk of Winston Churchill in wartime a special one-man pressure chamber was built for the personal plane which carried him many times across the Atlantic and to Casablanca, Moscow and Yalta. Churchill was warned by his doctors that it was dangerous for a man of his age and physical condition to fly above 8,000 feet. The solution was a pressure chamber complete with ash trays, telephone and an air-circulation system good enough to prevent smoke from the ubiquitous cigar from fogging the atmosphere.

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Winston’s shell. Designer Graham demostrates Winston Churchill’s personal pressure chamber, created to enable him to make high-altitude flights safely. In: Life, 10 Feb 1947.

To protect the precious bulk of Winston Churchill in wartime a special one-man pressure chamber was built for the personal plane which carried him many times across the Atlantic and to Casablanca, Moscow and Yalta. Churchill was warned by his doctors that it was dangerous for a man of his age and physical condition to fly above 8,000 feet. The solution was a pressure chamber complete with ash trays, telephone and an air-circulation system good enough to prevent smoke from the ubiquitous cigar from fogging the atmosphere.

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repeat from scanzen

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December 6, 2011



Sculptor Sara Asnaghi has produced a series of sculptures of the human  brain molded from various foodstuffs, called “What have you got in your  head?” The series includes pieces made from barley, chilis, hemp seeds,  candy balls, black rice, canary chow, bread crumbs, sugar, and hay.

Sculptor Sara Asnaghi has produced a series of sculptures of the human brain molded from various foodstuffs, called “What have you got in your head?” The series includes pieces made from barley, chilis, hemp seeds, candy balls, black rice, canary chow, bread crumbs, sugar, and hay.

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December 3, 2011


nevver:

Fabien Mérelle

nevver:

Fabien Mérelle

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repeat from this isn't happiness.

December 2, 2011


The Antikythera Mechanism in Lego from Small Mammal on Vimeo.

Behold it’s LEGOnificience. 


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November 29, 2011


All Up in That Voynich

The entirety of the Voynich Manuscript has been illustrated and put online. Yes please.

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November 24, 2011


Books Books Everywhere and What a Lot to Think

I have a large library by most normal standards. Seemingly I’ve arranged my life in order to acquire as many books as possible. I worked for three years right out of college in a large secondhand bookstore — where I was, all by myself, the paperback department — then for a literary review where I raided the mailbag on a daily basis. Over the decades I’ve spent a lot of my free time in book barns and flea markets and charity bazaars and estate sales. I review books, and sometimes have served as a judge for literary awards, and now and then have books sent to me speculatively by publishers and occasionally authors. And I’m bilingual; when I travel to a French-speaking country I literally need an extra suitcase for the books I bring back. Meanwhile I’ve moved around, often; only once did I live in a single place for as long as 10 years (and it was possibly the rattiest of all my residences). I lived in New York City in that bygone era when as soon as you got a $20 raise you’d move to a slightly bigger apartment. My older friends probably still suffer joint aches from helping carry my hundred boxes up six flights on multiple occasions.

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