October 12, 2016

Miscellany #48

The Jesuit who invented hypertext
If you surf the internet, it's thanks to Father Roberto Busa, a professor of Thomist philosophy who mastered Latin, Greek, German, French, English and Spanish in addition to his native Italian.  He spent 50 years and completed an index and concordance of the writings of St Thomas Aquinas, a work in 56 volumes of almost a thousand pages each.  Then

...he met with the founder of IBM, Thomas Watson, in order to produce a digital version of the Index in which a researcher could effectively search for related concepts in Aquinas’ work. Watson told Busa that the computers they had back then could not relate the contents included in the Index in any way. But Busa, of course, insisted.This conversation gave birth to the hypertext project: a structure for sharing and linking information between different sources, through links.


Mark Twain's List of 60 American Comfort Foods He Missed While Traveling Abroad including "Ice-water—not prepared in the ineffectual goblet, but in the sincere and capable refrigerator".

Greatest Doctor's Note Ever


Galapagos Tortoise Saved His Species From Extinction by Having Tons of Sex

When there were only 14 members of the Chelonoidis hoodensis species left, horny tortoise and noted sex hero Diego had his work cut out for him. Luckily, he was up for the challenge. And he has 800 tortoise children to prove it.

A Macro Timelapse Highlights the Micro Movements of Spectacularly Colored Coral   Mesmerizingly beautiful reminder that corals are living things of fantastic strangeness.


Interested in documenting one of the oldest animals on Earth, Barcelona-based production company myLapse set to capture the minimal movements of brightly colored coral, recording actions rarely seen by the human eye. The short film took nearly 25,000 individual images of the marine invertebrates to compose, and photography of species, such as the Acanthophyllia, Trachyphyllia, Heteropsammia cochlea, Physogyra, took over a year.

The Mesmerizing Glow-in-the-Dark Bike Path in Poland made of small crystal-like particles of phosphor called ‘luminophores’ that charge during sunlight hours and can glow for up to 10 hours.

 Illuminated Bikepath

Posted by Jill Fallon at October 12, 2016 9:19 PM | Permalink