Saturday, July 25, 2015

Time is the most valuable thing...

The University of Virginia is putting the people and places of William Faulkner's fictional Yoknapatawpha County online.

Agnes Martin, Untitled #3, 1974
A nice write-up of the Agnes Martin exhibition at London's Tate Modern: "the greatest paradox being the tough determination of the singular vision behind the delicate mind."

What are the 10 commandments of eating and drinking in Texas? #9 Pay your respects to Joe T. Garcia's.

Remember in Jurassic Park when the kid has to restart the computer on her own and it dawns on her "It's a Unix system, I know this!"? What they showed as she interacted with the computer was not some Hollywood BS computer system; it was a real 3D graphical interface to the file system call FSN (fusion) on Silicon Graphics IRIX workstations. This was back in the day when SGI was pushing to get their boxes in as many films as possible. (See also Twister.) Anyway, I had used FSN prior to seeing Jurassic Park and it was completely cool and completely useless.

If you know what ESTJ is, skip this paragraph. Otherwise, read on for a little background on the Myers-Briggs personality test and find out what  type you are. I'm an ESTJ meaning Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging and you can read the details here.

There's a lot of Stuff in Space. See for yourself - click, zoom, rotate.

During the Cold War, the Soviets had creepily ultra-precise maps of Western cities.

During the Cold War, the U.S. saved about $2 billion based on the work of one Soviet spy alone. (Who was later discovered and executed based on the revelations of Aldrich Ames.)

Two new video archives are now appearing on YouTube: those of the Associated Press and British Movietone.

The image processing by Google's Dreamscope is disturbing.
Science solves the top problems of every day and age. In 1902 it was mapping human hair streams.

...a man can spend. ~Theophrastus

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