Terri Windling writes:
“Years ago I wandered into Etherton Gallery in the downtown arts district of Tucson, Arizona, and found myself surrounded by the work of photographer/painter/collage artist Holly Roberts. I’d never encountered her art before and it hit me with the force of a revelation: glowing on the walls with colors so rich, yet so subtle, I could have stood there forever.
I’m glad I first saw Robert’s work this way, for the reproductions in books and online — beautiful as they are — don’t begin to convey the power of the originals. Built up in layers of photography and paint, the images glimmer with an otherwordly light and contain hidden depths that reveal themselves slowly over time. Sometimes complex, sometimes simple as children’s drawings, and filled with mythic and personal resonances, they touched the same place in me as good magical realist fiction: highlighting the mystery of the everyday world.”
Read her entire post here.
Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,
The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.
It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…
It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying
My jaw is legit on the floor right about now :D
THIS IS A HOAX based on some Europeans making shit up. The so-called “original Arabic number system” wasn’t written like this:
(eastern, western Arabic numerals written right to left, 800-900 CE, from The Hindu-Arabic Numerals, David Eugene Smith, gutenberg e-text)
Nor were they originally Arabic. The Arabic mathematicians who introduced Hindi numerals to the west acknowledged their origins in their book titles:
- Al-Khwarizmi - On the Calculation with Hindu Numerals (825 CE, original manuscript only survives in Latin translation, “Algoritmi de numero Indorum”)
- Al-Kindi - Ketab fi Isti’mal al-‘Adad al-Hindi, “On the Use of the Hindu Numerals” (830 CE)
- Kushyar ibn Labban - Kitab fi usul hisab al-hind “Principles of Hindu Reckoning"
Here’s the number 260 in the Hindi script (“Gwalior”):
Chaturbhuja Temple at Gwalior, 876 CE (CCarlstead, Creative Commons)
I checked snopes.com and they have not written anything up. But they should, cause math is fun!
(as close as I could find)
Digital Amnesia, a Dutch documentary on archives….
About the film:
Our memory is dissipating. Hard drives only last five years, a webpage is forever changing and there’s no machine left that reads 15-year old floppy disks. Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are shredded and lost to budget cuts because we assume that everything can be found online. But is that really true? For the first time in history, we have the technological means to save our entire past, yet it seems to be going up in smoke. Will we suffer from collective amnesia?
This VPRO Backlight documentary tracks down the amnesiac zeitgeist, starting at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, whose world-famous 250-year old library was lost to budget cuts. Out of that event, 400,000 Books were saved from the shredder by Ismail Serageldin, director of the world-famous Library of Alexandria, who is turning the legendary library of classical antiquity into a new knowledge hub for the digital world.
Images as well as texts risk being lost in our current ‘Digital Dark Age’, but efforts to stave off this threat are under way! In an old McDonald’s restaurant in Mountain View, CA, retired NASA engineer Dennis Wingo is trying to retrieve the very first images of the moon. In upstate New York, Jason Scott has founded The Archive Team, a network of young activists that saves websites that are at risk of disappearing forever. In San Francisco, we visit Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive that’s going against the trend to destroy archives, and the Long Now Foundation, which has put the long-term back on the agenda by building a clock that only ticks once a year and should last 10,000 years as an attempt to reconnect with generations thousands of years from now.
Directed by Bregtje van der Haak / produced by VPRO Backlight, The Netherlands
You can watch the Dutch episode here: http://tegenlicht.vpro.nl/afleveringen/2014-2015/digitaal-geheugenverlies.html
youtube version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZxI3nFVJs&feature=youtu.be
Good news bad news best news
The good news:
I found my favorite old jacket while sorting through my old stuff
The bad news:The last time I wore it I was nine years old
The best news:
I am the anime now
During the hey day of K/S fan fiction Spock’s penis came in a huge array of sizes and shapes. Gayle F was the Queen of The Bells - she had Spock with a penis that came in the shape of five bells, and that will always haunt me. And yet… ribbed… for Kirk’s pleasure. Hmm…
The classic fannon that was thoroughly adopted and turned up everywhere was the ‘double ridged’ penis. That is, Spock’s glans had a, er, kind of double echo thing, another set of ridges just underneath. A subtle nod to the alien penis and the fans’ love affair with same.
I’m pretty sure there were a load of self-lubricating penises in the stories - because you could so totally get away with that in fandom. And why not? A self-lubricating penis is logical, dammit, Jim!
There was one story (sadly, I never found this one, only heard about it in horrified whispers from friends) where Kirk had been raped and had developed a fear of penises (other people’s, one assumes, not his own), but that was just hunky dory as Spock didn’t have one. He, instead, had a hundred tiny tentacles that all sort of came together to do the job. How perfect is that? I wish I could find that story, because it’s just like mini-hentai! Hundreds of tiny tentacles! Adorable! Although I think it would make giving Spock head an adventure in eating spaghetti. “Hey, Kirk, you want parmesan on that?”
Oh, and there was this really great novel, I forget what it was called, but it was huge, where Spock’s nuts were on the inside. In fact, he may have had a couple of sets… no, wait, I remember, his nuts where accessible from the back, like, um, near his kidneys or something, so he really, really enjoyed massages, and then his scrotum just filled up with juice prior to coming. Or something. Anyway, it was hot. Back nuts.
My absolute favourite, though, was the extreme alien penis presented by Leslie Fish (Ah, Leslie, your zines are still my sugar bunny comfort fic). Spock’s genitals could best be described as a kind of hairy orchid. When he became aroused, the petals unfolded, revealing a studded (with emeralds) green shaft (again, ribbed for Kirk’s pleasure!), and two little whippy tentacles that just joyfully joined in the fun. 
He replaced the idea of wanting to be liked with the idea of becoming accomplished. Instead of being interested in being popular, he became interested in being intelligent. And instead of wanting to be powerful, he became interested in being useful.
He said to himself: ‘Not everyone will like me. But there will be those who will accept me just for what I am. I will develop myself to such a point of excellence, intelligence, and brilliance that I can see through any problem and deal with any crisis. I will become such a master of my own abilities and career that there will be a place for me. People of all races will need me and not be able to do without me.’ And that’s just what he did.