Tuesday, November 10, 2015

This morning, I learned about Illig’s phantom time hypothesis, which posits that most of the Middle Ages didn’t exist. Wow. Down the rabbit hole I go!

I also learned that Jacob Riis, photographer and muckraker extraordinaire (and also subject of a current exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York) had a somewhat odd love story with his first wife. You never hear anything about Elisabeth Riis; I’d love to know her story.

A time capsule from the 1950s includes some movie footage from administrators at a mental hospital, talking about their ideas for future advances. Frustratingly, the film is damaged, so a lot has been lost. Argh!

And finally, if you haven’t checked out MRX Designs, you should – from Lovecraft photocreations to phonograph reproductions, there’s a wealth of information and ideas there.

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