notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-02-10

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2014-02-03

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A selection of animated GIFs taken from a video uploaded by Alex Holcombe which

shows how the owl’s vestibular system allows its neck to quickly counterrotate to compensate for the body’s movement

From GrrlScientist in the Guardian:

we watch a geeky NASA scientist move an owl’s body around a number of axes in space to show how effortlessly the bird stabilises its head.

This video was part of a research project into the vestibular sensory system of owls, conducted by NASA.

If you have access to academic papers, here’s The vestibular system of the owl by K E Money and M J Correia.

2014-01-31

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Left: 24 hour rainfall totals to 09:25 PST, 30 January, San Francisco Bay Area. “The Bay Area saw its first rain since early December with scattered sprinkles late Wednesday and early Thursday.”

Right: month to date rainfall as a percentage of 1981-2010 average, United Kingdom. “Parts of England have had their wettest January since records began more than 100 years ago, figures show.”

2014-01-27

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Two slides from a GCHQ presentation on mobile phone data interception, from the Guardian story, NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data.

(Source: theguardian.com)

2014-01-22

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Wallace Henning:

I think these must be the coolest beer mats I have ever seen!

The fact that they are printed in day glow colours and the design is so simple.

Why would you promote fibre optics on a beer mat? Where were they put? Who were they aimed at? Strange.

Nice though.

Mmm Helvetica.

2014-01-21

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toffeemilkshake:

From the British Library’s Flickr account: ’The Unification of London: the need and the remedy’ (PDF).

I got hung up on stacking and aligning these before posting them. Oops.

The original book is more than a little bonkers- you can read more about it at Mapping London.

2014-01-20

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Look Magazine’s cover story on computer dating, February 1966.

You’ve got to love that modernist san-serif headline type.

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c86:

Triple whammy of David Lynch, William S. Burroughs and Andy Warhol exhibitions now on at The Photographers’ Gallery

Unknown Photographer - Burroughs in the Villa Mouniria Garden, Tangier
David Lynch - Untitled (England), c. late 1980s / early 1990s
Andy Warhol - Young Man Holding a Glass 1976-1987

Reblogged for the Londoners (and also, pylons!). I’d love to visit.

2014-01-16

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Illustrations from the patent US 3454279 AApparatus for playing a game wherein the players constitute the game pieces, via Holly Gramazio:

(In case you hadn’t worked it out, it’s Twister.)

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