Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Friday!

From Zazoo: “Macaulay Culkin and Michael Jackson. What's surprising is that they had a completely normal friendship...” 

For Holly: This may be the oldest surviving print of the periodic table! 

I knew some of Mary Oliver’s work, but never realized she was from Ohio and also lived in Massachusetts. No wonder her world seems familiar! 

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. We’re off on Monday but will be back Tuesday.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Yesterday was Museum Selfie Day, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History observed the day with some animal friends. 

Quiz time! How well do you know Edgar Allan Poe, and can you tell the difference between his writing and emo lyrics? I got 12/16 right (with the comment: “You know your Poe—and are very in touch with your emotions. *Applauds somberly*”).

If you want a more personal quiz, there’s yet another personality test out there. According to this, my openness to experiences score is 75 out of 100. My extraversion: 17 out of 100. Ha! (It’s true.)

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has online exhibits as well as in-house displays, and this online exhibit of different fabrics is super interesting.

You may have heard that China sent a robotic lander to the far side of the moon. But do you know the significance of the Chang’e name? (The Wikipedia article is short on mythology, but completely worth reading for the section on the  1969 Apollo mission conversation.)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hello! Today’s my birthday, and I found a painting expressing my attitude toward middle age (and 2019 in general) perfectly.

Many thanks to Cassandra for her birthday sentiments. I agree! 

Also many thanks to Julie for this long, super fascinating article on CERN’s plans for an even larger hadron collider! (I mean, what could possibly go wrong?)

Lynsey Addario’s photos of life during wartime are heartbreakingly beautiful. Definitely worth a look.

Via Retronaut: Female motorcycle riders! Including Amelia Earhart on a scooter and an amazing English mail carrier with enviable shoes on a Triumph.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Occasionally I go on about how the Hadron Collider has (unintentionally, I hope) split us off into an alternate universe akin to Back to the Future II, where anything goes. I don’t really believe that, but I am fascinated with the Collider and with CERN, and was delighted to discover that there’s an arts residency at CERN! Who knows what secrets could be unlocked? 

In the meantime, however, we are stuck in the present. A theory about Bird Box (including spoilers, be warned) suggests that the monsters are really social media. Oooo, interesting.

Fortunately, there are places like Hookland, accessible via both social media and our imaginations, full of mystery and potential.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Happy Monday! Please enjoy the Embroidered Computer, and consider adopting a HeroRat! 

(These two things are not connected, I’m just pressed for time today.)

Friday, January 11, 2019

It’s Friday! It’s also the first day of my phone being out of commission (temporarily, hopefully), and wow, do we get used to technology fast. I feel totally unmoored, albeit not in an entirely bad way. (Obviously, if you want to get hold of me over the next few days, email me!)

Via the always entertaining Now I Know: The VA has a wide variety of emblems for tombstones, depending on one’s beliefs. There’s even a Druid symbol! (Also one which looks very Star Trek, but is actually the Kohanim Priestly Blessing…although Leonard Nimoy used it as the inspiration for the Live Long and Prosper gesture!)

The London Transport Museum is giving overlooked female artists their due in an exhibit showing their work for the public transit network. I really like Dora Batty’s art! 

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Confused by world events? Well, there’s not much I can do about that, but I can point you to a handy A-Z explainer of the Brexit chaos, at any rate. (For the US chaos, WTF Just Happened Today is still one of the best I’ve found.)

If you live in New York City or know someone who does, chances are you can find the building in these property tax photos from the 1930s and 1940s, now fully digitized by the NYC Municipal Archives. 

“Virtually unraveling” does not mean having a nervous breakdown online…or, at least, not always. At Cardiff University, they’re using this method to rediscover damaged materials. 

What would you wear at your funeral? Some morticians have stories! (If the zombie apocalypse happens, people will be…badly dressed, apparently.)