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miscellany

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When I was a child, it was believed that animals became extinct because they were too specialized. My father used to tell us about the saber-tooth tiger’s teeth — how they got too big and the tiger couldn’t eat because he couldn’t take game anymore. And I remember my father saying, with my brother sitting there, ‘I wonder what it will be with the human beings that will be so overspecialized that they’ll kill themselves off?’

My father never found out that my brother was working on the bomb.

Richard Feynman’s sister, Joan (via historical-nonfiction)

Well, then.

(via jtotheizzoe)

*tugs at collar awkwardly*

(via clarabeau)


Apr 10

Apr 7
pourmecoffee:


Fuck the King.

pourmecoffee:

Fuck the King.


Apr 5
“A scholar is just the library’s way of making another library.” Daniel Dennett (via dill)

Apr 4

nprmusic:

Preach. —Lars


Apr 2

zenalien:

illumnus:

unlovde:

tardis-are-y0u-drunk-again:

fairytalefaker:

Do you know the horrors that happened where you’re standing?

Life goes on, strange isn’t it?

goosebumps

This is so chilling but fascinating

These were just too intriguing to not reblog

(via hawthorn-tree)


Mar 31
tenaflyviper:

If you can’t find a place on your blog for Patrick Stewart in a bathtub dressed like a lobster, then your blog probably doesn’t deserve such majesty anyway.

tenaflyviper:

If you can’t find a place on your blog for Patrick Stewart in a bathtub dressed like a lobster, then your blog probably doesn’t deserve such majesty anyway.

(via clevermanka)


Mar 26

likeafieldmouse:

Mika Tajima - Negative Entropy (2012)

Negative Entropy is a series of abstract woven portraits. These works are simultaneously images and material records of their own production. The subjects are aging factories using industrial textile Jacquard looms (a precursor to digital technology) and server colocation centers that comprise today’s cloud computing infrastructure.

Tajima recorded production sounds at several locations in manufacturing areas of Pennsylvania, once a booming industrial region, which included a few remaining textile-related factories in the area as well as a data center network in Philadelphia.

The recordings were then transmuted into digital image files, and then physically translated by a weaving designer into a Jacquard fabric.

The final woven textiles were stretched over custom acoustic panels to function as sound deadening tiles, the same type used in recording studios to isolate sounds made by individual performers.

The looms inscribe their own death, producing a mute visualization of vacant factories and the ascendant industry of immaterial abstractions.”

(via cshalizi)


“I suddenly feel a vague pity for all those writers who have to ply their trade from sleepy American suburbs, writing divorce scenes symbolized by the very slow washing of dishes.” Teju Cole (via rockstarchinaman)

(via pushinghoopswithsticks)


(via dill)


theparisreview:

Vladimir Nabokov on James Joyce.

theparisreview:

Vladimir Nabokov on James Joyce.


Mar 25

flapperorslapper:

Doctor Who AU dark musical comedy in which several companions conspire to kill various versions of the Time Lord who wronged them

And now the six merry murderesses of the Stormcage Containment Facility in their rendition of The Cell Block Tango…

They had it coming

(via clevermanka)


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