March 16, 2018

Miscellany #93

Drones as Aerial Light Sources
Photographer Reuben Wu uses modified drones as aerial light sources that illuminate obscure landscapes in a way that makes each appear new and unexplored in his ongoing series Lux Noctis.

 Ruben Wu' Drone Illuminated Mountaintops

Ingenious way Finns cruise in the winter

Poop Visible From Space Helped Scientists Find a Remote 'Supercolony' of Penguins

In 2014, Stony Brook University's Heather Lynch and NASA's Mathew Schwaller identified guano stains in satellite images of
the Danger Islands, a rocky archipelago off the Antarctic Peninsula. The visible guano marks signaled that a large population of penguins was living there. When the scientists launched an expedition to the islands to learn more, and counted birds by hand and with a camera-equipped drone, they discovered a "supercolony" of more than 1.5 million Adélies.

The Life of a Parent in a Single Painting by artist Andrei Popov of St Petersburg

 Popov Parent Single Painting

The Rise and Fall of the Waterbed

Time, which first reported on the popularity of the waterbed in 1971, published an article in 2012 about the trend of buying waterbeds for cows. Yes, cows. Apparently this unconventional accommodation helps to reduce sores and infections, and is less likely to grow bacteria than beds of traditional materials like wood chips. There are entire companies devoted to producing waterbeds for cows. As one Oregon farmer put it: "Happier cows, happier milk."

Turning architectural details into visual puns

 Don Quixote

The Science of Crunch - Why We Crave Loud and Crunchy Foods

Why isn't this mandatory equipment on all town and city snowplows?

Another reason why I love Switzerland

"She read me the Riot Act"   Where It Came From and What It Means

First passed by British Parliament in 1714 , the Riot Act - when read aloud - served as formal notice that the parties involved were overstepping their bounds....Typically, the raucous formation would be given 60 minutes to take a hike. If not, their just punishment would be prison, labor, or death.

A Who's Who of the 19th century in a Quilt  Adeline Harris’ masterpiece signature quilt is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
It took almost 2 decades to collect the autographs and stitch together the quilt in an extraordinary achievement of craftmanship.


The signatures include congressmen, governors, Union Army generals, an astonishing eight presidents of the United States (Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant) and two vice presidents (Schuyler Colfax and Henry Wilson). There are also notable academics, university presidents, journalists and editors, actors, reformers, scientists, artists, poets, essayists, novelists, folklorists, clergymen from numerous denominations. Rubbing shoulders on this extraordinary quilt are the autographs of Samuel Morse, Horace Greeley, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Julia Ward Howe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Cullen Bryant, Alexandre Dumas, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Makepeace Thackeray and Charles Dickens.

Where does all the FAT go when you lose weight?

The most common misconception, by far, was that fat is converted to energy... Some respondents thought fat turns into muscle, which is impossible, and others assumed it escapes via the colon. ...The correct answer is that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. You exhale the carbon dioxide and the water mixes into your circulation until it’s lost as urine or sweat.  If you lose 22 lbs of fat, most of it (18.5 lbs) comes out through your lungs and the remaining 3.5 lbs turns into water. In other words, nearly all the weight we lose is exhaled.  This surprises just about everyone, but actually, almost everything we eat comes back out via the lungs.

World Map with the Literal Translations of Country Names

 Literal North America

Canada is "The Village" while Brazil is "Red Dyewood".  Here are some more

Ethiopia: Land of Burnt Faces
Egypt: Temple of the Soul of Ptah
Spain: Land of Many Rabbits
Hungary: 10 Arrows
Qatar: Land of Tar
Israel: He That Striveth with God
Thailand: Land of the Free
Nauru: I Go to the Beach
Australia: Southern Land
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