larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-22 01:43 pm

"How do you spell 'He blew up the Dnieper Dam'?" "I never do."

As usual, three links make a post:

This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Name Guinea Pigs. (via)

In Japan, robot battles often take place in small sumo rings and are incredibly fast -- these videos are real-time. (via)

Woodswimmer: stop-motion animation of successive cross-sections of wood. "There's a lot going on inside wood." (via)


Subject quote from 'Pogo," Walt Kelly.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-16 08:27 am

"Open wide the mind's cage-door, / She'll dart forth, and cloudward soar"

Sometimes, all you come up with is random links:

A selection of photos from this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition. Full-screen this one. (via)

New Study Bolsters the Lead-Crime Hypothesis. (via)

It's been a long time since I've played Words with One Beat, so I'll just link this and say no more: History of the United States in Words of One Syllable by Helen Pierson.


Subject quote from "Ever let the Fancy roam," John Keats.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-13 07:52 am

"in violent times / you shouldn't have to sell your soul / in black and white"

Three great posts from Jason Kottke:

The 100 best solutions to reverse climate change, ranked.

Michael Lewis and the parable of the lucky man taking the extra cookie.

Systemic racism in America explained in just three minutes.


Subject quote from "Shout," Tears for Fears, which is about political protest not primal scream therapy yes if i could change your mind i'd really like to break your heart.
larryhammer: drawing of a wildhaired figure dancing, label: "La!" (dancing)
2017-06-04 11:18 am

"loud hills shake with its mountain-mirth / As if they did rejoice o'er a young earthquake's birth"

Fractal, a timelapse of supercell thunderstorms with GORGEOUS lighting (and lightning). Bonus: music by Avro Pärt. (via)

An aurora called Steve. (via)

7 ways to maximize your misery. (via)


Subject quote from "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage," Canto iii, Byron.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-06-01 09:06 am

"But I sat and heard / The night-hawks rip the air above my head / Till midnight"

Links content alert: hitting fish.

18 science facts we didn't know at the start of 2017. (via)

Narwhals use their tusks to hunt -- specifically, to tap and stun fish so they can eat them. (via previous link)

Bats argue a lot. (via)

And in conclusion: narwhals are codbonkers.


Subject quote from "The Wanderer," William Ellery Channing.
larryhammer: Yotsuba Koiwai running, label: "enjoy everything" (enjoy everything)
2017-05-11 09:51 am

"Blind with thine hair the eyes of Day;/ Kiss her until she be wearied out,/ Then wander"

Four links for the price of three. Get them while they last!

A portal to over 1600 high-resolution maps of US national parks, monuments, recreation areas, and seashores. Search the whole collection or just start with the curator's favorites. (via)

The white ravens of Vancouver Island. (via)

The consequence of napping. Oh so very yes. (via)

Timelapses of spring flowers blooming and autumn leaves turning. (via)


Subject quote from "To Night," Percy Shelley.
larryhammer: text: "space/time OTP: because their love is everything" (space/time otp)
2017-05-02 10:05 am

"In front, the sun climbs slow, how slowly! / But westward, look, the land is bright."

Is it time for a post of links? Yes, it is time for a post of links. Let us link:

Timelapse from the cockpit of an overnight flight from Zurich to São Paulo. (via)

Are speed limits frequently too low? Spoiler: arguably yes, at least in the US. (via)

Portal post reorganizing Wikipedia's list of cognative biases based on what problem each is trying to solve. (via?)


Subject quote from "Say not the Struggle Nought Availeth," Arthur Clough.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
2017-04-21 09:07 am

"We, in some unknown Power's employ, / Move on a rigorous line"

Three obviously related links of awesomeness:

The motion of 2 million stars over 5 million years. (via)

All of NASA's photos and videos in a single, searchable website: Aw, yisssss. (via)

Prince and Muppets. You're welcome. (via)


Subject quote from "Stanzas in Memory of the Author of "Obermann"," Matthew Arnold.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (enceladus)
2017-04-14 12:42 pm

"Beautiful over the housetops, ghastly, phantom moon, / Immense and silent moon"

More links:

Why shoelaces eventually come undone. Short answer: when your foot comes down, the sudden stop tugs a very tiny bit on the free ends of the bow, and the tiny tugs build up. (via)

A solar-powered device that condenses water out of low-humidity air. Mind you, that 20% humidity is pretty moist for a desert: our evaporative cooler works effectively only below that, which is most of the time outside of rainy season. Good stuff anyway.

There is heat below the surface of Enceladus. (via)


Subject quote from "Dirge for Two Veterans," Walt Whitman.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
2017-04-13 10:52 am

"today i don't need a replacement / tell them what the smile on my face meant"

Meanwhile, have some linkies:

A complete rotation of the moon, stitching together high-resolution photos from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.* So you can see the back side in HD. (via)

Making a dugout canoe by hand. (via)

Beautiful trolling. Feel free to poke around at some of the other explanations.

* One of the few robots in space that TBD isn't interested in ... the name is not exactly small-child-friendly.


Subject quote from "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (spirals)
2017-02-14 08:10 am

"No, my lord, unless I might have another for working days"

Links, links, my bedroom for some links.

How Iceland reduced teen drinking and drug use, as in from 42% of teens drinking to just 5%. (via)

Timelapse of sunset at Griffith Observatory.

NCG 2936 a.k.a. the Porpoise Galaxy.


Subject quote from "Much Ado About Nothing," II.1, William Shakespeare.
larryhammer: a woman wearing a chain mail hoodie, label: "chain mail is sexy" (warrior babe)
2017-02-01 09:50 am

“What is the word that, over and over, / Sings the Scythe to the flowers and grass?”

Wednesday for a reading. More meme. Combined with Poetry Monday, this makes more than half my posting these days memeage. Ah, well.


Child of Light (光之子) by Tang Jia San Shao in a semi-official translation, a fantasy (magic academy flavor) in a genre roughly equivalent to a Japanese light novel, with all the benefits (quick brainless read) and annoyances (annoying "hero" getting worse over time) this implies. Got four volumes in but I won't be continuing any time soon, if ever, because I started ...

In progress:

... I Shall Seal the Heavens (我欲封天) by Ergen, also in semi-official translation. This one is a much more congenial xianxia, a genre blending wuxia with Taoism, Buddhism, and Chinese mythology -- what happens when Chinese fantasy writers use their rich (read: old) local traditions for worldbuilding. Lots of spiritual cultivators getting their qi on as they strive to become immortals. This book in particular is praised for its literary gravitas, a quality that carries over in this translation -- and much preferable over the bluster-based humor of so much Chinese popular fiction. That said, at around chapter 125, I seem to have wandered into an extended tournament arc (?!). At least it's a race against an obstacle course instead of a battle tourney. This one will take a while: there's over 1200 chapters available in English -- Alexandre Dumas, eat your heart out.

The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn, reread of a YA fantasy -- or in theory, I'm still in progress on this: I was halfway through when I mislaid the volume. (It's around here somewhere, I know it, lose my head next.)

Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel & Adventure ed. Carroll and Maclean, an original publication from Dover Books (they do that sometimes). Some nice discoveries here, as well as some interesting choices. It's a cheap volume, too, well worth tracking down if you need poetry browsing of a long evening (or middle of the night).

And speaking of poetry browsing, for those with smartphones, a recommendation: the Poetry Foundation's Poetry app is excellent for thematic browsing as well as searching for old favorites. There's a generous selection of modern as well as classic poems, the former slanted somewhat towards those appearing in Poetry magazine (I'm guessing because rights were easier). Accessing bios requires a connection, but not browsing itself.


Subject quote from "Scythe Song," Andrew Lang.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (twirls)
2017-01-06 08:06 am

“and fills / The flower with dew; / The blackbirds have their wills, / The poets too.”

For Epiphany, All Of Bach brings us a lovely cantata for the day, BWV 65. (See also, or rather hear, BWV 225.)

Ukulele Batman vs Bagpipe Superman. Exactly what it says on the tin, only even more so. (via)

"Adjectives of Order" by Alexandra Teague. (via?)


Subject quote from "Early Spring," Alfred Tennyson.
larryhammer: text: "space/time OTP: because their love is everything" (space/time otp)
2016-12-13 10:28 am

"beneath the weight of starry skies / beneath the cover this night / i remember you"

The Interactive Periodic Table describes how we use each element. (via)

Fossilized dinosaur feathers found in amber. Check out the size of the 'saur, too. (via)

Photos by Dorothea Lange documenting the process of interning Japanese Americans during WWII, which were censored until 2006. (via)


Subject quote from "A Song of You," Sara Hickman.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (iceland)
2016-11-23 10:51 am
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"the rivers run but soon run dry / we need new dreams tonight"

Twenty lessons from the 20th century on resisting the conversion of a democracy to an authoritarian government. (via Janni)

If nothing else in this post, or even this journal, read that. And, if necessary, practice as much as possible.
"The (mostly BS) accusations older generations make about Millennials is that they are overly-sensitive and mollycoddled; stuck in a perpetual childlike mentality. Those generations’ decision to isolate their children from the comings and goings of everyday life, including exposure to people different than themselves out of a combination of fear and prejudice no doubt has had some adverse effects on their children."

On adolescence as a specifically 20th-century cultural construct, and how it has been breaking down.

And on the lighter side, a short compilation of some of the most unsatisfying things in the world. (via)


Subject quote from "In God's Country," U2.