Every since the Radiohead song of the same name popped up in my iTunes shuffle today, I’m feeling the telex love. Above is the Siemens T100 machine which, if anyone is wondering what to get my for my birthday, this would be it 😊
Another shot of the T100.
A Siemens and Halske “fast-acting type printing telegraph; average 2000 characters in a minute” from 1905.
And a German stamp from 1953 celebrating the telex.
A photograph from the mid 1930s of the Sound Effects Department library at 20th Century Fox Studios, Building #41. Via this post (by a different Jeff Thompson!)
Via this great article on why bots should be more like plants:
Unlike previous generations of pseudoscientists, [Monica] Gagliano is not looking to see if plants like Mozart, but rather trying to understand what “listening” might actually mean for them. In a call for studies on acoustic communication in plants, she wrote: “The specific sensory mechanisms available in plants for detecting sound are still unclear, although they are likely to be an aspect of the multifaceted phenomenon of mechanosensing, the intrinsic ability to sense and respond to mechanical perturbations.” So plants might not “listen” so much as respond to vibrations at specific frequencies.
I particularly like the idea of “mechanosensing”.
Wonderfully vacant, low-res interior from “Mind Castle,” a PC spelling game from 1991. Image (cleaned up) via old-games.com.
A cleaned up 3D reconstruction of a piece of dust, digitized using an electron microscope. Rendered in glossy pink plastic, because why not?
Examples of local auto thresholding in ImageJ, producing such crazy, psychedelic swirls.
Motion tracking of the first hour of embryo development of the nematode C. elegans, via ImageJ.
A microscopic piece of dust, sliced by a focused ion beam inside an electron microscope. The dust is coated in a one-micron-thick layer of pure platinum to “seal” it in place before slicing. Created at the Center for Multiscale Imaging at Stevens Institute of Technology.
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