Saturday, 10 November 2012

Sunny Saturday trivia to captivate your interest and maybe be educational as well

Casting a New Dream of Old Age
via Big Think by Joseph F Coughlin
When societal change happens there is rarely a moment of thunderous applause. Real change is typically incremental and then one day a shift in attitudes or lifestyles is so apparent that historians start reverse engineering dates or events marking “when” the change occurred.
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Lenny Bruce taught Zappa, Mailer, and Roth how to be macho. But his fury was not merely nihilistic; Bruce was trying to save the world... more

Blitz Wedding, 1941
via Retronaut by Chris

So brave!

Bacteria on Skin Enhances Immune Cell Function
via Big Think by Orion Jones
Article is written by guest writer Rin Mitchell
According to researchers, the harmless bacteria living on the skin is key in fighting disease-causing microbes. “The skin’s surface is home to surprisingly diverse communities of bacteria, collectively known as the skin microbiota.”
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Ryszard Kapuscinski was evasive in person, and he had much to evade. His reporting was full of fictions; he was a Communist spy… more
WOW – spent too much time reading this but ...

Pike’s Peak: 1901
via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive – Vintage Fine Art Prints by Dave
Pike's Peak: 1901
Colorado circa 1901
“Station and hotel, summit of Pike’s Peak”
8x10 inch glass transparency, Detroit Publishing Company
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This, as an image, in one of my favourites from the Shorpy catalogue.

Secret Peek Inside The New Naturalist Series
via Reading Copy Book Blog by Beth Carswell
Want to see the gorgeous images that live inside a volume from the New Naturalist Series?
Check out our video showing off just that.

Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Francis Crick used it and saw a double helix. Steve Jobs said it was among the most important things he’d done. Does LSD have a bum rap?... more

Digital Upgrade – Decoded
via How-To Geek by Asian Angel
In this game you get to play a Tetris-style game and unlock a mystery at the same time. Can you advance far enough to unlock the secret history of the young girl who was “locked away” or will it all remain a mystery forever? There is only one way to find out!
Read Asian Angel’s walk-through here [and, incidentally, glance at the adverts that keep How-To Geek free at point of use] or go straight to the game here.

Architectural Slants: Tilting Towers and Leaning Buildings
via Flavorwire by Alison Nastasi
Earlier this week [as at 17 August], we learned about the leaning houses of Canada's Dawson City – the second largest city in Yukon. Website Boing Boing explained the reason for the architectural anomaly:

Dawson City exists in a subarctic climate, the sort of place with a lot of permafrost– soil that remains frozen year round. In order for permafrost to happen, the mean annual temperature has to be colder than 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). But, in Dawson City, as in other parts of the Arctic, climate change has brought with it warmer mean temperatures. That means melting permafrost, a problem that affects the structural integrity of buildings built on the once-solid ground.
Many slanted structures shift because of natural phenomenon, but others were intentionally designed to tilt. Bent on exploring this architectural slant, we rounded up other leaning buildings.
The pictures found are:
  • Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
  • Gate of Europe, Madrid
  • The Dancing House, Prague
  • The Montreal Tower, Montreal
  • The Klein Bottle House, Mornington Peninsula, Australia
  • The Bella Sky Hotel and Conference Center, Copenhagen
  • Leaning Tower of Suurhusen, Germany
  • Puzzling World and the Leaning Tower of Wanaka, New Zealand
  • Leaning Tower of Nevyansk, Russia
  • Neuer Zollhof, Düsseldorf
  • Strandkanten, Tromsø, Norway
  • Menzis, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Polaria Museum, Tromsø, Norway
I could not decide which image to use to illustrate this story and settled for the only one I’ve seen in real life. Madrid – a place I have been to three times for short breaks and would be very happy to re-visit!

You can see the rest of the pictures, each of which has a short description, here.

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