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Future Slice

23 Mar

A miner climbs on excavated rocks after a giant drill machine broke through at the final section Sedrun-Faido, at the construction site of the NEAT Gotthard Base Tunnel March 23, 2011.This is a quick grab from BoingBoing, but I defy anyone to look at this image and deny we live, at least partially, in the science fiction future which we were supposedly promised.

(Click the photo for the full size, it’s worth it.)


19 Mar

I don’t believe I’ve posted this image before, from a New York Times gallery, but I’ve been deriving a lot of inspiration from it in the last while.

I can’t recall where I originally came across it, but there’s a high chance it was somehow via Jim of Relic Radio.
Hindenburg in New York, 1936 or 1937 -

My Friend, Hume.

11 Mar

Earth & the moon

A friend of mine is undertaking a sekret projekt, which I usually avoid talking about, but some of his recent posts are too good not to spread around.

What do you get when you’re tasked with the creation of the universe? Some interesting observations, and a universe.

Call it the principle of proportional bewilderment. As your imagination works through a power sequence, you can become accustomed to each jarring change of scale, but when a new power is introduced, the feeling is temporarily intensified. – Hume Speaks


4 Mar

Hummingbird vs Pit Viper from

Nothing much to add – I found this image while doing some follow-up work on the last post, and just can’t stop staring at it.

Historical Bondage

3 Mar

Were you aware that Cary Grant was seriously considered as the first James Bond?

A Pigheart Christmas

22 Dec

Our favourite pirate, Captain Pigheart, has found time in his busy plundering season to regale us with a tale of holiday mirth.

How Not To Make Money (Newton Force)

18 Dec

Whatcha gonna do?
Everyone knows Sir Isaac Newton for his work on physics, but were you aware that he also did a lot in the field of criminal law?

All of this post’s quotes are selections from the Wikipedia:

As warden of the Royal Mint, Newton estimated that 20 percent of the coins taken in during The Great Recoinage were counterfeit. Counterfeiting was high treason, punishable by the felon’s being hanged, drawn and quartered. Despite this, convicting the most flagrant criminals could be extremely difficult. 

When I first heard this I assumed he was just a figurehead, or at least simply the creative mind behind certain measures. (For example, he had an inscription placed along the rim of British coins to stymy “clippers”, folks who would trim the edges of silver coins for the metal’s value.) Further reading proved this out somewhat – the title was intended as mostly ceremonial.

Gravity: It's the LawClick the image for an interesting side-trip into the history of The Gravity Poster

Still, something funny happened: Sir Isaac Newton didn’t take the position lightly, and instead decided to get his Steven Seagal on.

Disguised as a habitué of bars and taverns, he gathered much of that evidence himself. […] Newton had himself made a justice of the peace in all the home counties. Then he conducted more than 100 cross-examinations of witnesses, informers, and suspects between June 1698 and Christmas 1699. Newton successfully prosecuted 28 coiners. 

I love the idea of a bewigged Newton prowling from gin joint to bordello, his eyes on other men’s money. Did he carry some weapon for his own protection? A knife in the pocket, in case things should go sour? Was there some point where the father of modern physics was clutching at the hilt with a sweaty palm, ready for action, only to have the tension of the moment broken by his potential foe breaking into a smile and declaring he was “just kiddin'”?

It seems he even had an arch-nemesis of sorts:

One of Newton’s cases as the King’s attorney was against William Chaloner. […] Chaloner made himself rich enough to posture as a gentleman. Petitioning Parliament, Chaloner accused the Mint of providing tools to counterfeiters[…] He petitioned Parliament to adopt his plans for a coinage that could not be counterfeited, while at the same time striking false coins. 

Newton actually brought Chaloner to trial, but couldn’t make the charges stick after the counterfeiter’s connections pulled some strings.Newtonian LawIt was at this point in my reading that I realized Newton, like some high-sock wearing Dirty Harry, was not a fellow to be messed with.

Newton put him on trial a second time with conclusive evidence. Chaloner was convicted of high treason and hanged, drawn and quartered

Good News & Bad News

12 Dec

The good news is that friend of the site, Ray, has posted up the first in his series of Walker Journals!

Click through, subscribe, and give the man encouragement for his hard work.

The bad news is that FlashCast 02 is being delayed due to holiday-related commitments. Hopefully we’ll be able to record it after tomorrow’s Flash Pulp, but, if not, it may have to wait till Tuesday.

By Sky or Sea

2 Dec

I’ve once again fallen in love with a technology that doesn’t yet exist.
aircraft/sail boatYelken Octuri, the creator, works for a plane manufacturer based in Toulouse, but in his spare time he designs fantastic craft that deserve a life of their own.

Normally I try to avoid chasing rainbows that will likely never come to fruition, but there’s something so intuitive about the design that it feels like this is closer to reality than most of the other digital daydreams that I run across.
plane modeI can only hope for a future where fishermen and pleasure-seekers flit over the glass surface of a summer lake like dragonflies.

Quick Snap

29 Nov

by Sveinn Steinar BenediktssonI’ve been greatly enjoying the photography of Sveinn Steinar Benediktsson, and wanted to share.

His work often has the feeling of capturing scenes from a Nordic post-apocalypse.