nightdog_barks: Five golden heads of wheat against a white background (Wheat)
Bread dough in a warm oven for first rising, used orange blossom honey as the sweetener, 10-grain cereal and sunflower seeds.

Here's something cool -- 16th-century ostrich egg globe first to depict New World.
nightdog_barks: An accordian-flex wall lamp extends over the back of a chair (Wall Lamp)
1) Head cold is almost completely gone. It hung on for a while, adding to my general foul mood and crankiness.

2) Read Hilary Mantel's Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir, and by god it is brilliant. Mantel is a writing god.

3) Started Americanah, by a Nigerian writer named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is about a Nigerian blogger (bloggess?) who's been living in the U.S. (in Princeton) and who decides to return home. There was a positive review of it in the NY Times and so far it is excellent.

4) And speaking of Nigeria ... this Nigerian-American singer reminds me very much of Adele:



Four things make a post.
nightdog_barks: (Red Devil)
Halloween 1958, From http://www.shorpy.com/node/13881

A schoolteacher's snapshot of his or her class, 1958. A Shorpy's photo that reminds me of a Diane Arbus. Also note the Superman in the back, on the left, holding onto the fence. Think he wants to go home? :-)

Thursday

Sep. 6th, 2012 12:36 pm
nightdog_barks: (Sunflower)
Here, have a fantastic photo of a tornado over North Dakota.

Thursday

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 http://www.photogravure.com/collection/searchResults.php?page=1&artist=ParkeHarrison,%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.
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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
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

Sep. 5th, 2011 02:36 pm
nightdog_barks: (Red Bird)
It is 81 degrees (27.2 degrees Celsius) and we have the back door and all the windows open. Oh my god it is so WONDERFUL.

Medical thing ...  )

Meanwhile, in the category of Beautiful Things, isn't this the most awesome knitted cap EVER? Scroll down a bit for the equally awesome animated GIF.
nightdog_barks: (Barred Spiral)
Remember this post I made a while back, where a group took images from the Heliospheric Imager in the NASA STEREO project, strung them together and made a mind-blowing little film? Yeah, this is like that. Except this time it's from the Cassini Mission spacecraft, and it's Saturn.

Watch this. Please. Via Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy, it is beautiful, and astounding, and deeply eerie, and ... yes, mind-blowing. It's like ... space. Dreaming. :-D

Sunday

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: (House In Library)
Yes, today is 3.14 so it's Pi Day. *g* The link takes you to a wonderful Guardian page, with another link to a pi-search engine you can use to look for Important Numbers within pi. For instance, my birthday occurs at the 270,527th position of pi. HOW EXCITING IS THAT? :-D

Sunny and much cooler today -- 53 degrees (11.7 degrees Celsius), with a light wind out of the north.

Not much else at the moment, but here's a passing that might cause House himself to take note -- Owsley Stanley is dead.
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.
nightdog_barks: (Barred Spiral)
Got out and felt better for it -- these menopausal mood swings are no fun, and that's the truth. The moon was already rising as I was on my way home, pale grey in a blue sky. Went by Barnes & Noble and picked up three books -- Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars, Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, and Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety. Then had lunch, got online, and saw this, posted on Boingboing today ...

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nightdog_barks: (Puccini)
A photo from a Spanish summer festival -- July 29th is the feast day of Santa Marta, virgin and sister of Mary Magdalene and Lazarus. According to tradition, the procession includes people who have escaped death during the year, who lie in coffins as a way to thank God for keeping them alive. A little more information can be found at this site.

Procession of the Shrouds

I found this photo both haunting and beautiful. A larger version can be found here (photo credit: Miguel Vidal, Reuters).
nightdog_barks: (Barred Spiral)
Let's try this again ... sorry for blowing up everyone's monitors before. I don't know why I can't resize these the way I want in Photobucket (I'm probably getting too sleepy), but let's just say these are a taste of some truly amazing photo shots. Grrr.

Photos from the Super Kamiokande neutrino detector in Japan. Un-fucking-believable. This is like the biggest representation ever of a Fibonacci sequence gone wild.

Not so large photos under the cut ...  )

All from here and here, via Neatorama.

Just ... wow.
nightdog_barks: (Puccini)
Interesting ephemera from Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities, which is the Beinecke Library at Yale University. The items are rent party cards, and I have to admit I wasn't quite sure what they were at first, so I read up on them here.

They're not great artworks, but it was fun to see some of these names -- Lucille and Minnie, Pollie Frink, Viola and Fannie, the Apex Girls of the Wayside Casino. And if you went to Bobby & Hazel's Mid-Summer Party, Fats Waller would be there playing the piano.

These cards and others may be found here.

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