Sunday, 24 February 2013

Saturday's Spectacular (no, it's not you that lost the plot it's me!)

Air Travel: 1902
via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive – Vintage Fine Art Prints by Dave
Air Travel: 1902
Iowa circa 1902
“Chicago & North Western Railway – steel viaduct over Des Moines River”
8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Benjamin Britten, workaholic. Not even a need for heart surgery could pull him away from his desk. “My destiny is to be in a harness and to die in a harness”... more

Predicting group partitions in mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs)
I just happened to see this article in the International Journal of Communication Systems (26(2)).
A group partition in group mobility may cause communication interruption in MANETs. A group partition prediction algorithm is used to predict group partitions. This paper proposes such an effective algorithm to predict group partitions in MANETs.
The words didn’t mean very much to me but the visual ... aaah!
Thumbnail image of graphical abstract
And then I discovered that if you put MANETs as a search term into Google you find lots more patterns!

11 of the Most Beautiful Museum Libraries in the World
via Flavorwire by Emily Temple
We’ve shown you many beautiful libraries from around the world, and we’ve shown you some of the most fantastic museums, as well – so what about gorgeous museum libraries?
Well, because many museum libraries are strictly utilitarian, meant for easy browsing and not necessarily planned to be easy on the eyes. That said, some standouts manage to be both, and since we’re always on the lookout for lovely architecture, preferably lovely architecture that incorporates books, we thought we’d round a few of them up for you here. After the jump, check out 11 of the most beautiful museum libraries from around the world, and as ever, let us know if we missed your favourite in the comments.

The Library in the Charles Dickens Museum, London, England
And you can visit the museum online here
More images from Emily here

Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
The Classical Tradition is an impressive work of great ambition. The trouble can be summed up in three words: “The”, “Classical”, and “Tradition”... more

The Cultivation of Fear of Sexual Violence in Women: Processes and Moderators of the Relationship Between Television and Fear
an article by Kathleen Custers and Jan Van den Bulck (University of Leuven, Belgium) published in Communication Research Volume 40 Number 1 (February 2013)
Even though sexual violence has become more prevalent on television and is the crime women fear most in real life, the association between viewing and fear of sexual violence has received scant attention.
Structural equation modelling of data from a random sample of 546 Flemish women supported a model in which fear of sexual violence was predicted by perceived risk, perceived control, and perceived seriousness.
Flemish crime drama viewing predicted higher perceived risk.
This relationship was stronger in women with high socioeconomic status and in those with no direct experience with crime. This suggests that identification may be an important mediator. News viewing predicted lower perceived risk.
It is hypothesized that the relative lack of exemplars in news and victim blaming gives viewers the impression that the risk of sexual victimization does not apply to them.

Hammermill Paper’s jobs-of-1950 collage
via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

I love everything about this old Hammermill Paper ad – it’s part Richard Scarry jobs-you-can-do collage, part propaganda for the wonder of paper, and all awesome.
Hammermill Paper
I wonder if any readers are old enough to understand the reference to 5,000 copies from one stencil or mimeograph paper.

Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
From time to time, the god of fiction deserts Ian McEwan. His disbelief won’t – can’t! – be suspended. Then a detail, a phrase, a story returns him to the fold... more

decomposing in the sun
via 3quarksdaily by Morgan Meis
Aaron Gilbreath at the Paris Review

The entrance to Los Angeles’ original subway system lies hidden on a brushy slope next to an apartment building that resembles a Holiday Inn. Known as the “Hollywood Subway”, the line opened in 1925; ran 4,325 feet underground, between downtown and the Westlake District; and closed in 1955. After Pacific Electric Railway decommissioned the tracks, homeless people started sleeping in the old Belmont Tunnel. Crews filmed movies such as While the City Sleeps and MacArthur in it. City officials briefly used it to store impounded vehicles, as well as first aid and 329,700 pounds of crackers during part of the Cold War. By the time the entrance was sealed around 2006, graffiti artists had been using it as a canvas for decades, endowing it with legendary status in street mural culture, and earning it numerous appearances in skateboard and other magazine shoots. Now the tunnel sits at the end of a dead-end street, incorporated into the apartment's small garden area, resembling nothing more than another spigot in Los Angeles's vast flood control system.
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Growing Up Gay in 2013: Joe Schwartz, the teen in Oddly Normal
via Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
My friend John Schwartz at the New York Times wrote Oddly Normal, a wonderful book about how he and his wife Jeanne worked through challenges to learn how best to support their son Joe, who is gay.
In the Atlantic, Alice Dreger interviews Joe, who is now 17 years old, “to expand on some of the themes explored in the book and answer some questions raised by people who have commented on it”.
Joe is a really interesting person, and the interview is terrific. Go have a read.

Photo: John and Joe, shot by Ethan Hill for the NYT

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