What a trippy idea: astronomical photography w/ a tilt-shift filter. I’m getting a bit of a God complex staring at these.
Listening to the Hogwood recording of Messiah and all of a sudden … Emma Kirkby. WTF, amazing.
Pretty cool that there’s a video of the performance on YouTube. Kirby starts at 13:43.
The mid-19th-century astronomical drawings of Étienne Trouvelot
Remix genius: Homeland reimagined as vintage jazz album covers by designer Ty Mattson.
Aw I love this. This season has been really good too.
Phillip Stearns makes “knit wall hangings and blankets whose patterns are generated using images taken with short circuited cameras and other unorthodox digital techniques, including data visualization aided by the use of tools developed for digital forensics”. See more and buy his stuff at Glitch Textiles.
Anyone thinking of going to Big Ears in Knoxville? It’s back after a 3-year hiatus. Lineup was just announced so it’s still a little thin, but it already looks good.
wp-boiler - A Git-friendly foundation for building new WordPress sites
Just a little framework and workflow I put together for super-quickly spawning new WordPress sites in a way that can be easily managed and updated with Git.
For myself, my contractors, and my friends. :)
Ivan Aivazovsky's beautiful 19th century seascapes beautifully capture the translucence and energy of the ocean
Before They Pass Away | Jimmy Nelson
The purity of humanity exists. It is there in the mountains, the ice fields, the jungle, along the rivers and in the valleys. Jimmy Nelson found the last tribesmen and observed them. He smiled and drank their mysterious brews before taking out his camera. He shared what real people share: vibrations, invisible but palpable. He adjusted his antenna to the same frequency as theirs. As trust grew, a shared understanding of the mission developed: the world must never forget the way things were.
Inflating a set of cat lungs
Lungs are by most accounts mundane. Everybody has them, few give it much thought. But sequestered within darkness of the chest cavity, enveloping the fluttering heart, there’s an incredible wonder to this oddly inflatable organ.
Dissection is a destructive process. Rudely excised from membranous mooring and nourishing vessels, the deflated lungs appear little more than bloodied meat; amorphous and exposed…….until a breath of air unfurls its secret glory.
Here, a set of cat lungs is inflated with a straw. Comprised of hundreds of millions of microscopic air sacks called alveoli, mammalian lungs harbor air capacity that is difficult to believe unless seen. The color of the entire organ lightens into a soft pink, as each microscopic sac fills with air.
A debt of gratitude is owed to cyborgraptor for her assistance in creating these gifs, as well as the students that helped me film this demo.
Kids, don’t try this at home, OK?
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