Monday, 29 July 2013

10 useless items which may interest you as much as they did me

Scheduled for yesterday but then I found that it only had NINE items in it!!

Style Show: 1922
via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive – Vintage Fine Art Prints by Dave
Style Show: 1922
June 17, 1922. Washington, D.C.
“Group winners at Tidal Basin bathing beach”
On the right we have eternal Shorpy sweetheart Iola Swinnerton; the others are interchangeable nonentities who serve only to emphasize her many charms. In the background is the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Yelp, Amazon, and the like have upended the idea of critical authority. On those fronts now seesaws the battle for the future of taste and expertise… more


The True Science of Parallel Universes

Do you believe in the existence of parallel universes or in a single universe only?
What do you picture things ‘being like’ if you believe in the concept of parallel universes?
MinutePhysics presents an awesome overview of three distinct proposed multi-verse models and a brief look at a new super-model in this terrific explainer video.

For almost every day last month (that would have been March 2013) Malaysian artist/architect Hong Yi (who often goes by the nickname Red) created a fun illustration made with common (and occasionally not so common) food. Her parameters were simple: the image had to be comprised entirely of food and the only backdrop could be a white plate. With that in mind Yi set out to create landscapes, animals, homages to pop culture, and even a multi-frame telling of the three little pigs. The project, which still appears to be ongoing, has been documented heavily around the web, but if you haven’t seen it all head over to her Facebook [link no longer available?] and read an interview on designboom. Photos will also be appearing on her Instagram at @redhongyi.
Here is my favourite (I think).
Artist Hong Yi Plays with her Food for 30 Days food

Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Oscar Wilde in America. Though little known when he arrived, he was supremely confident. “I  have nothing to declare except my genius”… more

The Oldest Star in the Universe
via How-To Geek by Asian Angel

When it was first measured in 2000, 'HD 140283′ also known as the 'Methuseleh Star' appeared to be approximately 2 billion years older than the universe. Obviously something was amiss and SciShow explains how the mystery was eventually solved by scientists in this terrific video.

1960s : John Lennon having a cup of tea
via Retronaut by Chris Wild

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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Diederik Stapel’s psychology experiments produced eye-opening results – all fabricated, it turns out. “It was a quest for beauty instead of the truth”… more

The trial of a 14th century female doctor
via Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker
In November 1322, Jakoba (or Jacoba) Felicie stood trial in her native Paris for the crime of practicing medicine without official sanction. Over the course of the trial, it became clear that her work as a doctor had been excellent. But Dr. Felicie was stuck in an unfortunate catch-22. She could not legally work as a doctor without first getting professional training. And she could not get professional training because she was a woman.
The ScienceZest blog tells her story.

Caught Our Eyes: A Giant Bat Roost?
via Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos by Barbara Orbach Natanson
Bat Roost, San Antonio
This photo caught many eyes when we shared it in the Library of Congress Flickr account.
"Bat Roost, San Antonio." Photo by Bain News Service, between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920.
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It's enormous!!

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