Archive for November, 2007

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

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I have no idea what’s going on, but I found it here.

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design movement motion kinetic ben hopson

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Ben Hopson’s amazing kinetic work is best illustrated by his movies, especially the “foam” series.

design movement motion kinetic ben hopson

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Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark’s clock | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Monday, November 26th, 2007

The Pantheon in Paris

Four members of an underground “cultural guerrilla” movement known as the Untergunther, whose purpose is to restore France’s cultural heritage, were cleared on Friday of breaking into the 18th-century monument in a plot worthy of Dan Brown or Umberto Eco.

For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon’s unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid “illegal restorers” set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building’s famous dome. Under the supervision of group member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Only when their clandestine revamp of the elaborate timepiece had been completed did they reveal themselves.

Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark’s clock | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

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Eighth wonder of the world? The stunning temples secretly carved out below ground by ‘paranormal’ eccentric | the Daily Mail

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Eighth wonder of the world? The stunning temples secretly carved out below ground by ‘paranormal’ eccentric | the Daily Mail

light fantastic

Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret – one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the Italian government.

For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away.

Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet – Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet.

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NPR : Robots Infiltrate, Influence Cockroach Groups

Monday, November 19th, 2007

NPR : Robots Infiltrate, Influence Cockroach Groups

When they put these robots in with the living roaches, they all began to interact. Before long, the robots and cockroaches were huddled together under the same roof. “The robots and the cockroaches behave as a group,” Halloy said.

So then the scientists decided to reprogram the robots and change one of their rules. “We change their preference for darkness,” Halloy said. “We make the robots prefer lighter places than darker ones.”

Cockroaches and robotic roaches rest under a shelter.A cockroach and a boxy robot coated with cockroach scent.

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Dream Anatomy: Gallery: Fritz Kahn: Man as Industrial Palace, 1926

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Dream Anatomy: Gallery: Fritz Kahn: Man as Industrial Palace

Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace)

Stuttgart, 1926. Chromolithograph. National Library of Medicine.

Fritz Kahn (1888-1968)

Kahn’s
modernist visualization of the digestive and respiratory system
as “industrial palace,” really a chemical plant, was conceived
in a period when the German chemical industry was the world’s
most advanced.


high resolution here

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Virtual Typewriter Museum

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Virtual Typewriter Museum

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125 years of direct current electricity service ended in New York

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

125 years of direct current electricity service

Tesla finally tops Edison in the War of the Currents

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Time Piece (1965), An Experimental Short Film by Jim Henson

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Jim Henson (yes, that Jim Henson) explores what it means to be trapped by time and machines.From the IMDB listing for “Time Piece”:

Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject.”

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Vintage TV sets

Sunday, November 18th, 2007



More vintage TVs

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