Archive for May, 2010
When reading a sextant, you must account for the height of your eye above sea level (known as “dip”). This is done by calculated at 0.98 x square root of (height of eye above sea level in meters x 3.28)
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GIF animations of marbles by Jürgen Kintscher.
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The Arecibo message, which seems quite indecipherable to me. I would like to hear a vocalization of this where the 0′s are read as “oo” and the 1′s as “ee”.
Photographs of paintings with the painting itself cut out, leaving only a border of wall:
An eBay search for “sextant” (a traditional tool used for nautical navigation) is apparently related to things like “sexytrash”, whatever that is. I think that tools like this are sexy, but not the kind eBay thinks.
Above is a diagram, released by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in late 2009, showing the “surge” strategy for Afghanistan. Primarily criticized as a demonstration of how complex (read: impenetrable) our strategy for Afghanistan is (and I certainly find it difficult-to-impossible to decipher, when seen at the small scale above it has a certain water-current quality.
Perhaps like this drawing by DaVinci, which I love as a kind of early data visualization (not to mention amazing drawing):
X-rays reveal that three dedicatory objects have remained sealed inside the hollow torso of the wood figure for 800 years. The three interior objects–all potent Buddhist symbols associated with memorials–are tied together with a bronze wire. They comprise a large wood placard with a finial in the shape of a five-element pagoda (or gorin-to, literally “five-wheel pagoda”), a small crystal gorin-to and a crystal gem shaped as a round ball emulating a lotus bud mounted on a bronze lotus pedestal. The gorin-to shape is unique to Japan and came into fashion in the late twelfth century as a grave marker; its five parts correspond to the five elements–earth, water, fire, wind and space. The wooden plaque is likely to be inscribed with the date of the dedication and the name of the temple or donor, as well as that of the sculptor. The x-ray shows that the plaque is suspended at the center of the interior of the sculpture from bronze wire stretched from either side of the interior chest cavity through a hole drilled in the plaque. The crystal ball (shingachirin), placed in the approximate position of the heart, represents the spirit of the sculpture.
This sold in 2008 at Christies for $14,377,000. There’s a catalog out there somewhere with much better images.
“According to Santiago’s theory, cognition is not a representation of an independent, pregiven world but rather a bringing forth of the world. What is brought forth by a particular organism in the process of living is not the world but a world, one that is always dependent on the organism’s structure.”
Fritjof Capra, “Web of Life“, pg. 270
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