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31 3 / 2014

odditiesoflife:

Incredible Vintage Animated Gifs

Nearly 155 years before the first animated gif appeared in 1887, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of the vision principle to create the illusion of images in motion.

The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.

Though Plateau is credited with inventing the device, there were numerous other mathematicians and physicists who were working on similar ideas around the same time, and they too were building on the works of Greek mathematician Euclid and Sir Isaac Newton who had also identified the principles behind the phenakistoscope.

source 1, 2, 3, 4

21 3 / 2014

staceythinx:

Photos of the very unusual mantis shrimp by Roy Caldwell from Wired’s Absurd Creature of the Week feature. Check it out for plenty of fun facts about this “honey badger of the sea”.

11 3 / 2014

artdetails:

Diego Velázquez, Infantina Margarita Teresa in White, 1656

22 2 / 2014

thisistheverge:

'Tron' designer creates a real-world superbike
Lotus has a new superbike called the C-01. Designed by Daniel Simon, whose work you’ll know from Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, and Captain America, the bike balances the Lotus form of old with a decidedly modern finish. Although Simon is better known for his concept work, and the C-01 certainly looks like a designer’s wild fantasy, the bike will actually go on sale: the British company plans to produce 100 in partnership with German manufacturer Kodewa. Previously, the two companies worked together on a number of auto-racing projects.

23 12 / 2013

レイモンド・チャンドラーの短編「待っている」という話を読んだ。読んだのはこのリンク先でも紹介されている稲葉明雄訳のもので、「よくわからない」とは思ったものの、一連のチャンドラーの話の中ではどこか異質にロマンチックな感じがして印象に残ったのだった。

登場するホテル付きの探偵トニー・リゼックは「顔色がわるく、腹のつきだした、小柄な中年男」でポーランド系だそうである。このキャラクターに興味が湧いたので他の作品への出番はないのか検索してみた結果見つけたのが上記のページ。

確かにわかりにくい話ではあったのだが、それ程疑問も持たずに読み流してしまったことを後悔した。因みにトニーはこの作品だけの登場のようである。

23 12 / 2013

odditiesoflife:

Dreams in Blue - Hitachi Park, Japan

Each year these blossoming blue fields attract thousands of tourists. Hitachi Park is located in the Ibaraki Prefecture on Honsyu in Japan. It’s a beautiful spectacle during the flowering of the nemophila. Nemophilas are annual flowers. The word is a combination of the Greek words “nemos” (small forest) and “phileo” (love). The Japanese word “hitachi” translates to dawn. Taken together: “small forest love in dawn.” A blue heaven on Earth.

source 1, 2

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04 12 / 2013

indypendent-thinking:

The Sphinx, circa 1850, Giza, Egypt

indypendent-thinking:

The Sphinx, circa 1850, Giza, Egypt

01 12 / 2013

"法というものは、世に出るとひとり歩きするものだからの。時には庶民に対して無慈悲な力をふるうことがある。さようなことになると、天下の乱れを呼びかねない"

「よろずや平四郎活人剣」藤沢周平