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Monday, November 30, 2015

erikkwakkel: Eating a book These three objects can hardly be...


Eating a book

These three objects can hardly be called books. Yet they are, although they are not what you’d expect from such objects. These so-called “hornbooks” were used to teach children to read, roughly from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. To this end they presented some “light” reading, such as the alphabet, the Lord’s Prayer and other short texts. Some of these hornbooks were particularly clever. The one in the middle, dating from the eighteenth century, features an abacus and supports simple calculations. The one at the bottom, also the eighteenth century, is a particularly delicious specimen: the wooden slab could be used to bake a gingerbread. It is the ultimate “book” to get children to do their schoolwork: when you’ve shown to be able to read a word, you can bite it off and eat it.

Pics: Washington, Folger Library, Stc 138136 (top, 17th century); Washington, Library of Congress, 102.3 (middle, 18th century); New York, Columbia University, Plimpton Hornbook 6 (bottom, 18th century). More on hornbooks in this longer blog post I wrote a while back.

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carolynporco: Linger long on this week’s image from Cassini,...


Linger long on this week’s image from Cassini, taken this past summer, of a crescent Enceladus with its ghostly geysers floating above the glowing rings of Saturn, and be moved. Water World

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Raymond Chandler set.

Raymond Chandler set.

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communicants: The Major obstacle for amateur film-makers is...


The Major obstacle for amateur film-makers is their own sense of inferiority vis-a-vis professional productions.The very classification of “amateur” has an apologetic ring. But that very word - from the Latin amator, “lover” - means one who does something for the love of the thing rather for than economic reasons or necessity. And this is the meaning from which the amateur film-maker should take his cue. Instead of envying the script and dialogue writers, the trained actors, the elaborate staffs and sets, the enormous production budgets of the professional film, the amateur should make use of the one great advantage which all professionals envy him, namely, freedom - both artistic and physical.

Maya Deren, “Amateur versus Professional”

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soundofpsylence: itscolossal: Alexandre Dubosc’s Newest...



Alexandre Dubosc’s Newest Animated Zoetrope Cake, ‘Melting Pop’

Excuse me. This is a cake. It spins and becomes an animation. I just thought you should know.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

mawoftriskaidekathon: loppytaffy: laclefdescoeurs: My Wife’s...




My Wife’s Lovers, 1891, Carl Kahler

God I hope I am immortalised by my husband for having 40 cats

Fun facts:

  • It cost $5,000 in 1888 to have this painting made, which is more than $120,000 in today’s money.
  • I say 1888 because it took three years for Kahler to complete, reportedly because he spent most of the time studying and sketching each cat to get a feel for their personality.
  • It was painted for Kate Johnson, the title was her husband’s idea though, proving him the most patient and good-humored husband in the history of crazy cat ladies.
  • Speaking of cat ladies, the picture actually contains 42 cats. Or more specifically, Mrs. Johnson’s 42 most favorite cats. She had 350 in total.
  • It sold at auction via Sotheby’s a few days ago for over $800,000 dollars, vastly more than its $200,000-$300,000 estimate.
  • The buyer is a private collector in California.
  • Probably someone who really, really likes cats.
  • I mean, really likes cats.

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Mr. Hill

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015