A robot bug from 1820
I don't know why I found this appealing. Maybe because I get to be a robot. And it seems to be as accurate as any other astrological system.
ChartsBin is a great source for visualizing data.
Also, they allow anyone to create their own.
It reminds me of the InfoNation app I helped create at the United Nations
Commencement speeches are their own genre, one that I like. In a way they are no better than any other self-help truisms, but people who give such speeches seem to tend to pay more attention to the language in the advice, making the advice more clear and more true.
David Foster Wallace is one of my favorite writers now. I only really "discovered" him after his death. He was a care and clarity with words that make everything I've read of his compelling.
And this speech is worth reading also because Wallace tries to transcend the genre of commencement speech and talk about what many other speeches fail to address.
Now with rumors that the heretofore undiscovered Higgs-Boson may have been detected, it's time to understand how that detector actually works.
From the site: "In October, 1868, Laura Jernegan, a 6 year old girl from Edgartown, Massachusetts set out on a three year whaling voyage with her father, mother, brother and the ship's crew to the whaling grounds of the Pacific Ocean."
The journal in particular gives a fascinating look at the realities of life in those days, in that situation - some of the details are surprisingly banal and others just surprising. It's a great example of history made accessible to the public.
Honolulu sept, 1870
it has blown real hard for two days. Prescott cut his foot last night it bleed. I am in Honolulu. it is a real pretty place. Mama is making a dress for me. papa is up north where it is cold. he will come back pretty soon. I have two kittens here and one aboard the ship. good by for today.
Clayton Boyer makes some fantastic wooden clocks and other kinetic sculptures at his shop in Hawaii.
As if I needed another reason to move to Hawaii
He sells plans for building your own as well
Fred Eerdekens is a Belgian sculptor who works with light and shadow.
This piece crates words from the shadow of bent wire.
"Could suggest something..."
Copper, light source
14 x 220 x 18 cm
Upon the advice of Uncle Kone and Cousin Emily, I watched The Good, The Bad, The Weird and it was probably the most awesome movie I've seen in years. It's a mix of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly + Raiders of the Lost Ark + Kill Bill but with a Korean cast and set in 1930s Manchuria.
I enjoyed it with a Stovepipe Porter from Otter Creek Brewery out of Middlebury , VT and some German Tilsit that was so ripe and stinky that I had to open a window.
It's a perpetual, one-sided comic strip. Video and more info here