nightdog_barks: Actor Tom Mix dressed as a cowboy (Movie Poster -- Tom Mix)
I know at least a couple of you guys will be interested in this ...

Here's a short article (I wish it was longer) from The New Republic about a cache of silent films (dating from the 1910s to the '20s), discovered buried under a hockey rink (!) in Dawson City, Yukon Territory (!!!), Canada. A documentary has been made about the discovery and the films, and the trailer for that movie is included in the article (it looks terrific).

Link to the article and trailer


Aug. 9th, 2012 02:43 pm
nightdog_barks: (Crow Eye cocked head)
Hot and sunny again after our bare minimum of rain yesterday.

Here, have a photo that is giving me all kinds of delight:

Edison's Light, 1999 photogravure by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison.  From,%20Robert%20and%20Shana&view=medium
Edison's Light, by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. 1999 photogravure. You can see more ParkeHarrison works here, here, and especially here.
nightdog_barks: (White Dog)
Recently came across a wonderful photography blog called Luminous Lint. Here's one of the many photos on the site, with two more under the cut:

Girl with Polka Dot Dress
Girl With Polka Dot Dress, unknown photographer, circa 1870

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Hot again today, many housely things to take care of.
nightdog_barks: (Cave Wall Oryx)
Warm and humid after thunderstorms rolled through last night, but we did (and do) need the rain.

Saw this on my Twitter feed this morning (retweeted by Neil Gaiman) -- ancient cave paintings show moving animals. Now, I think we'd actually known that before now, but here's something that was new to me: thaumatropes were discovered in the caves. What's a thaumatrope? It's like a button or a coin -- a disk of thin stone or bone, with a different image carved on each side. A hole was drilled through the middle, and a bit of twine or sinew threaded through, and then when you pull on or twirl the string, the "coin" flips back and forth, and ... the two images "move." It's animation, on a very small scale. Here's the Wikipedia page on thaumatropes, with a 19th-century example, and here's a tiny little video (page down) of a paleontologist making and demonstrating a copy of one of the ancient thaumatropes. The video is in French, because that's who's been doing the research, but it's pretty easy to follow. *g*

Anyway. Thousands of years ago. Thousands of years ago, animation. Animals standing, running, leaping, by the light of flickering torch strobes. The persistence of vision in little bone buttons. So much beautiful wonder. :-D


Nov. 28th, 2011 03:01 pm
nightdog_barks: (Winter tree)
Bright sun, our first real freeze of the season last night. 55 degrees now (12.8 degrees Celsius) -- Chango keeps going outside, picking up one of her (many) tennis balls, and bouncing it on the deck. *g*

So, what else? How about some high-speed photos of water droplets? Beautiful, like tiny modern glass-works.
nightdog_barks: (Horse Weathervane)
1) Cold, overcast, and very windy today.

2) Had a small glass of sparkling wine with Thanksgiving dinner. It was from (of all places) New Mexico, but it was very nice. Tasty and cheap reasonably priced. *g*

3) Made this recipe for applesauce-spice cake yesterday. Substituted rum-soaked raisins for the walnuts and did not make the frosting. It was still delicious!

4) This sounds SO AWESOME. (It's the daily Audubon Page-Turning at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.)

There. Four things make a post. :-D
nightdog_barks: (Over the Shoulder (MK))

ZOMG I love these guys. They make me smile, as does this story from the BBC about a Canadian senator who wants to change the national emblem to a polar bear, and describes the current symbol, the beaver, as a dentally defective rat. :-D

Monday ...

Jul. 4th, 2011 01:39 pm
nightdog_barks: (Puppy Toss)
... and a happy Fourth of July to folks who are celebrating. We're observing the holiday by hiding from the heat and doing laundry. Oh, and watching the Law & Order marathon on TNT. *g*

Fascinating obit from the Telegraph today -- Otto von Habsburg, last heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire dies, aged 98. Otto's father (Karl) was the last official Emperor; Otto was Crown Prince but never assumed the throne. When Otto was born, an Austrian newspaper said that he “will be called upon to steer the future of Europe in the last quarter of the 20th century.” Which means that in an alternate version of history, there would still be an Empire in the center of Europe, and a lot of people might be carrying passports issued Im Namen Seiner Majestät Franz Joseph Otto, Kaisers von Oesterreich, Königs von Böhmen, etc etc., and stamped with an imperial black double-headed eagle. AUs, I love 'em.

I should pick up a good history of the Empire. I've read A Nervous Splendor but not much else.


Jun. 27th, 2011 12:41 pm
nightdog_barks: (Armor Girl)
Warm and humid -- 91 degrees at the moment (32.8 degrees Celsius), but with the humidity it feels as if it's 96. Still, need to get out and run a couple of errands. Bleh.

Something that did make me smile this morning -- from the Guardian, childrens' book illustrator Oliver Jeffers teaches us how to draw a penguin. Step 1: borrow a penguin. :-D

Also, [personal profile] l_eremita, are you around? I think you would really like these icons. Other folks probably would, too, so take a look at those and the other collections in the journal.
nightdog_barks: (Compass)
I know because I saw one of these guys while I was out:

Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Tyrannus forficatus, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.

(Not my photo -- it's from the Texas Parks & Wildlife folks.)


May. 8th, 2011 12:34 pm
nightdog_barks: (Thumbelina)
[personal profile] danalwyn, you around? I was reading the May 2nd issue of The New Yorker yesterday, and in their "Annals of Science" series there was an article on David Deutsch. It was fascinating -- quantum computing, bits, qubits, multiverses and the many-worlds theory, Shor's algorithm and the "where is the computation taking place?" conundrum ... oh my god, so much my brain was melting and SO SCARY COOL. And he's a House fan, which made me smile. Just an amazing read, even if I could barely wrap my mind around even half of it. :-D I'd link to the article online, but it's one of those "subscriber-only" things. If you'd like, I can try to scan the actual pages and make a PDF.

Otherwise ... sunny and warm. Enjoyed Doc Martin and Doctor Who last night. On the sports front, stunned that the Mavericks are up 3 - 0 on the Lakers. Who woulda thought? And still reading At Home and enjoying it greatly.


Mar. 27th, 2011 01:01 pm
nightdog_barks: (Thumbelina)
First things first -- a rec for an absolutely fascinating article in Slate. It's a long excerpt from the original in The Paris Review, and is about ancient cave art in the U.S., specifically in the Cumberland Plateau (mostly in Tennessee). This is a terrifically atmospheric piece of writing, and it came close to giving me goosebumps as I read it late last night. Some of you may find it a little too heavy on the woo-factor, but it's still a very, very interesting report -- America's Ancient Cave Art, by John Jeremiah Sullivan.

Cloudy and much cooler today, but no rain. Almost finished with The Poisoner's Handbook, which has also been an excellent read.
nightdog_barks: (Sesame Nightdog)
Warm and very humid. It rained a bit this morning -- we were supposed to have a lot of rain but instead it developed into a storm line east of us after it had already come through. 69 damp degrees (20.6 degrees Celsius) with a breeze out of the south southwest.

A few things that have made me happy this morning ... hearing the gurgly, mournful call of a white-winged dove. Watching a squirrel try to break into the squirrel-proof feeder (HA!). An interesting article in SFGate on books about Mexico. The discovery of Genki Sudo and his World Order:

Okay, I cannot recommend these guys enough. Their vids are terrific, and the music, while a bit J-Poppy, is also pretty good. Some of the moves that Sudo pulls, in this vid in particular, remind me very much of David Byrne zoning out in his Big Suit in Stop Making Sense. They're funny, clever, hypnotic ... these vids make me happy. Really happy. Two other great vids are here and here. Give them a try -- they really are amazing. An interesting side note is that Sudo is a former Mixed Martial Arts and kickboxing champion, which pretty much means he could kill someone with his little finger. Sara Hess, one of the writers for House, Tweeted about these guys, and that's how I found them.

So. Onwards.


Oct. 5th, 2010 12:23 pm
nightdog_barks: (Yellow Chair)
Bright sun and a bit warmer -- 69 degrees (20.6 Celsius), with robins, woodpeckers, and doves in the backyard. A wren paid a brief visit inside the house, exploring the kitchen table and chairs, and then flew out again.

Here is another excerpt from The Lacuna, in which the narrator talks about the speech patterns of one of his neighbors in North Carolina in 1946 ...

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And here's something cool -- 700 ambrotypes and tintypes of Civil War soldiers donated to the Library of Congress. The LoC has managed to digitize 379 of the photos so far, and they are available for viewing here. Fascinating stuff.


Sep. 19th, 2010 12:43 pm
nightdog_barks: (Sunflower)
Still sunny, still (too) warm for the season. 89 degrees, 31.7 Celsius. Mr. (or Ms.) Opossum was in the backyard again last night, snuffling around under the bird feeders. Chango was mightily roused, and huffed and puffed and growled and snarled at the intruder. I wouldn't let her out, and after another moment the possum used a nearby tree as a ladder and trotted away along the fenceline.

Laundry day, etc. Have been spending the morning paging through some of the photo galleries in Art Daily -- a particularly nice shot of a sea bird is under the cut ...  )
nightdog_barks: (Nancy D.)
I'm thinking this is a useful advertisement.

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May. 23rd, 2010 12:48 pm
nightdog_barks: (Oak Leaves)
Hazy sun, warm, 86 degrees (30 degrees Celsius). Mr. N is engaged in a lot of paper-shuffling because he's going to Miami tomorrow evening for a couple of days. My thumb and wrist feel a lot better (although they're still sore). This is another weird thing about all this -- whatever hurts will hurt ferociously for about a day and then ... just go away.

Not much going on yet, so have an absolutely amazing nature photo. It's from the Telegraph and is totally work-safe -- it's a confrontation between a jackal and a vulture, and was taken at Giant's Castle Nature Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
nightdog_barks: (Default)
Okay, no more spam after this. But this is so cool --

Forensic anthropologists potentially identify 14th-century warrior buried in Stirling Castle. Lots of fascinating information, including a facial reconstruction. On the other hand, there's this:

However the identity of the woman buried next to him will probably never be known as women were not deemed important enough for their deaths to be recorded.


Sep. 17th, 2009 12:10 pm
nightdog_barks: (Rain)
More rain, cool and breezy. So I guess more housely stuff today, and maybe spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.

Here's a couple of cool things ... a gigantic, hand-knit pink rabbit in the Italian Alps. For real. This thing is huge, and it looks exactly like some gargantuan toddler just tossed it down five minutes ago. It took a group of four artists five years to knit. Amazing.

And, under the cut ... Bunny Wave! )


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