The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
-The Hound of the Baskervilles
Chapter 3: “The Problem”
At Idle Worship (at Lethal Amounts) - Photography Exhibit
There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
Oldest Known Musical Notation from Mesopotamia
Although no lutes are preserved from the Old Babylonian period in Mesopotamia, this tablet records a notation system for the four-stringed lute. The notation records two ascending heptatonic scales (i.e., a scale with 7 pitches per octave, like the major scale) to be played on the lute, and tablet has headings labelled “intonation” and “incantation”. Aside from being the oldest known record of musical notation, the tablet attests to the use of frets whose tones were purposefully calculated and to the presence of a musical curriculum in education. (Source)
Old Babylonian, c. 2000-1600 BCE.
Schoyen Collection, MS 5105.
"If science teaches us anything, it teaches us to accept our failures, as well as our successes, with quiet dignity and grace." - Young Frankenstein (1974)
Mood of the day: Tones On Tail - Performance
Sometime around now (at Venice Beach)
Video Games & Movies: How real do we want them to be PT1 by Rob Ager
Detailed study of the sensory and conceptual aesthetics of how games and movies compare with reality and to what extent consumers want these media to become more realistic. By Rob Ager. Full 15 chapter article can be read at
Once-Majestic Cities That Sank Beneath The Ocean
No great metropolis stands forever. Eventually, every city falls. Some due to war, others to disaster. But the saddest and most poignant ruined cities might be the ones which have been swept under the ocean. Here are some of the most beautiful submerged cities.
Stunning Time-Lapse Video From Space
A new video released Tuesday by the European Space Agency (ESA)
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)