Friday, 26 December 2014

Trivia (should have been 21 September)

Na-Ti-On-Al Life: 1905
via Shorpy Historical Photo Archive – Vintage Fine Art Prints by Dave
Circa 1905
“Williamson Building, Cleveland”
Bonus points to the first person to transcribe all those windows
8x10 inch glass negative
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10 Amazing Paper Tricks to Amaze Your Friends With
via How-To Geek

Are you looking for some fresh tricks to amaze your friends with? Then you will definitely want to watch and learn from today’s video featuring ten awesome tricks you can perform with ordinary paper!

Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
How to Stop Time
We treat procrastination as pathology, but why? Idleness, loitering, dawdling – these are often the keys to creativity… more

Gorgeous 18th C sample books from Norwich
via Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

In the 18th century, the great textile mills of Norwich produced beautiful sample books that set out their range of wares.
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Meadicine man
via Prospero
In 1720, George I’s Privy Council asked Richard Mead, an eminent physician, to prepare a paper on how best to prevent the spread of bubonic plague to England. A serious outbreak of the disease in the southern French port of Marseille, caused by the arrival of an infected ship from the eastern Mediterranean, was evidence that no trading nation was safe.
Mead’s snappily titled, "A Short Discourse Concerning Pestilential Contagion and the Methods to be Used to Prevent it", advocated a more compassionate approach to containing the disease. Shutting the sick and healthy up together in their homes and waiting for nature to take its course was unjustifiably cruel, he wrote, and a move away from this draconian system was required. Mead's recommendations were incorporated into the Quarantine Act of 1721. The original paper is now on display as part of a small but fascinating new exhibition at the Foundling Museum in London.
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Dinosaurs on the ark?
Behind the animatronic Adams and sexpot Eves that attract visitors to the Creation Museum is a humourless Australian named Ken Ham. … more

Did Neanderthals Have Minds Like Our Own?
via Big Think by Bog Think editors
Researchers believe this cave painting may turn out to be over 40,000 years old, old enough to outdate modern humans. That also means this artwork could have been created by Neanderthals, and that would represent compelling evidence that these cavemen had minds like our own, capable of abstract thinking, symbolism and even art.
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David Hockney's illustrations of Grimm's Fair Tales
via Boing Boing by David Pescovitz
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Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm with illustrations by David Hockney was first published in 1969 and recently reissued as a lovely slim hardback.
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Arts & Letters Daily – ideas, criticism, debate
Madness and the muse
That tenacious stock character, the depressed writer. Hemingway, Woolf, Wallace: We divine a link between creativity and madness. But is it a fiction?… more

Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Ago
via 3 Quarks Daily
In the early 1950s, archaeologists unearthed several clay tablets from the 14th century B.C.E.. Found, WFMU tells us, “in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit,” these tablets “contained cuneiform signs in the hurrian language,” which turned out to be the oldest known piece of music ever discovered, a 3,400 year-old cult hymn. Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, professor of Assyriology at the University of California, produced the interpretation above in 1972. (She describes how she arrived at the musical notation—in some technical detail—in this interview.) Since her initial publications in the 60s on the ancient Sumerian tablets and the musical theory found within, other scholars of the ancient world have published their own versions.
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