February 15, 2011 Comments Off on Polar Opposites
I have always preferred the North Pole to the South Pole (Ice bears > penguins*), but I’d still love to visit Antarctica’s Dark Sector… A place without light pollution or radio wave interference – and a view like that:
Be sure to check out the Boston Globe Big Picture post on Scenes from Antarctica, where the above picture was taken from…
The BBC is currently producing a series about the polar regions called The Frozen Planet. The very interesting reports and pictures by Chris Watson can be read, viewed, and listened to here. And now, with Shackleton’s whiskey from his hut on Ross Island being thawed, why not revisit his tales from the South Pole?
1. My South Polar Expedition by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (mp3, Project Gutenberg, 3:43)
2. A Journey South by Chris Watson (mp3, Touch Radio, 50:20)
*Penguins aren’t that bad, actually…
January 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
A tumblr well worth following: Vintage National Geographic Scans (mainly from the 1950s to early 60s)
December 14, 2010 Comments Off on Doug Aitken “Migration”
Still from Migration (2008)
December 10, 2010 Comments Off on Madam Satan
December 2, 2010 Comments Off on Harmonia Macrocosmica (feat. Tycho Brahe)
Care to see Tycho Brahe’s skull, currently being exhumed to learn more about his life and finally solve the mystery of his death – kidney stones? Mercury poisoning? Murder by Kepler?… More pictures on the official site.
Brahe was a pretty eccentric astronomer/alchemist. He kept a dwarf called Jepp as a court jester, had him sit under the dinner table, and thought he was able to tell the future. Brahe famously lost his nose in a duel with a Danish nobleman and had a piece of metal attached in its place. He also had a pet elk, which supposedly was given too much beer (!) at one of the many social gatherings at Brahe’s, and fell down the stairs to its tragic death… Biopic, anyone?
Here are Scans from the Harmonia Macrocosmica by Andreas Cellarius (1660/1). The first one shows Brahe’s system of planetary orbits, and in the bottom right corner, Brahe himself – nose still intact.
November 30, 2010 Comments Off on Ville Lenkkeri “The Place of No Roads”