Tuesday the Sixth of December, 2016

The Making Of "How It’s Made"
"At the studio, a researcher collaborates with an engineer at the plant to ensure that the script describing the manufacturing process is accurate." (filed under: television meta)
A mysterious 14-year cycle has been controlling our words for centuries - ScienceAlert
"The study suggests that words get a certain momentum, causing more and more people to use them, before reaching a saturation point, where writers start looking for alternatives." (filed under: language science history)

Glanced at: That viral graph about millennials declining support for democracy? Its very misleading. - The Washington PostCoherent oscillations in word-use data from 1700 to 2008 : Palgrave CommunicationsThe joy of slang - BBC NewsThe age of outrageConcrete Society provides Technical Information, Publications,Magazines, Membership, Advisory, Bookshop, EducationStellar Telescopic Cranes featured on How It's Made! | StarBlog
Recently listened to:
Nothing yet today.

Monday the Fifth

London Tree Map | London City Hall
"The map shows the locations and species information for over 700,000 trees. The recent London iTree report estimated that there are over eight million trees in London, so the map is only a partial illustration of trees in London." (filed under: trees london maps) (via: james)

Glanced at: diamond geezerThe Motions of Kayaking and Canoeing Recorded through Light Painting on Canadian Waterways | ColossalThe saga of 'Pizzagate': The fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread - BBC NewsEscape game in Camden Town London - Mission: BreakoutHidden meanings: Harry Pearce's accidental street art in pictures | Art and design | The GuardianCribbage | Image | BoardGameGeek

Friday the Twenty-Fifth of November

How It's Made Up (@howitsmadeup) on Twitter
"Acrylic-rimmed windows are fitted over the vials to protect them. They also pass under a metal detector. The key is those polymer particles." (filed under: twitter creations technology mutation)
"Intercapillary Space": Caleb Whitefoord: The Cross Reading, a Modernist Poetry Avant la Garde
"Whitefoord seems to have been the first person to notice that reading [narrow newspaper column] lines across the page, instead of downwards, produced some interesting results." (filed under: news mutation poetry) (via: waxy)

Glanced at: Liza Dalys Generative Blackout Poetry Waxy.orgThe Japanese Museum of Rocks That Look Like Faces | ColossalDetectivelandWant to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots MediumIn the future, will farming be fully automated? - BBC NewsAre your headphones spying on you?Marcella Hazans Tomato Sauce Recipe - NYT CookingDebunking Alcoholics Anonymous: Behind the myths of recovery - Salon.com

Tuesday the Twenty-Second

Emoji Chess Problems (@emojichess) on Twitter
Spider takes ambulance. (filed under: chess mutation creations twitter)

Nathanial Rackowe, Glanced at: BBC - A History of the World - Object : Silver SwanThe hygge conspiracy | Charlotte Higgins | Life and style | The GuardianHistorian finds German decree banishing Trump's grandfather | US news | The GuardianRadio 4 confirms Series 3 of The Missing Hancocks - News - British Comedy GuideJournal accepts bogus paper requesting removal from mailing list | Australia news | The GuardianWooden Bomb : snopes.comPluralistic ignorance - WikipediaBrickshelf Gallery - Cathedral boardgame in Lego

Monday the Twenty-First

How my father, JG Ballard, foresaw our strange present | Bea Ballard | Opinion | The Guardian
"Given that he predicted a B-movie actor (Ronald Reagan) becoming president, I doubt he would have been surprised that a TV reality star ended up doing the same." (filed under: ballard fiction politics society)

Glanced at: Dracula: an original card gameRules of Card Games: James BondBRIKWARS 2010: Chapter Q: QuikWarsMini Museum Second EditionNASA - What on Earth are "Moon Trees?"The Moon TreesGiornale Nuovo: Mitellis GamesIl gioco delle monete - Collezioni - opere d'arte, quadri, dipinti, sculture, collezioni pubbliche e private a Bologna - GENUS BONONIAEEmpathy is key to political persuasion, new research says2f07d4_546b1b3a850a4271a3b3d2283609e6d9.pdffleetlights: flying streetlight drones to guide the way at night

Thursday the Seventeenth

Hanafuda - Wikipedia
"Each time gambling with a card deck of a particular design became too popular, the government banned those cards, which then prompted the creation of new ones. [...] Because hanafuda cards do not have numbers (the main purpose is to associate images) and the long length to complete a game, it has a partially limited use for gambling." (filed under: japan cards games history law)

Glanced at: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Free EbookNonpareils - WikipediaGames played with Flower CardsHow Little Choices Make Sorcery! Feel Epic | Rock, Paper, ShotgunAlways believe in your soul: why gold can spell heaven or hell | Art and design | The GuardianWhat do voters want from Brexit? What UK Thinks: EU#NaBoMaMo: The First 15 Bots Harry Giles

Saturday the Twelfth

Pietra Paesina’s Ruined Facades | Dataisnature
"The patterns of fractured light and dark within these rocks gives the impression of ruined cubist cityscapes, disjointed mountainous terrains with foliage and vividly etched tautozonal landscapes near the moment of sunset." (filed under: stone cities illusions)

Glanced at: Games of the Ancient World - YouTubeLiesegang rings - WikipediaSymple at Sensei's LibraryLudus latrunculorum - WikipediaAlchemyLanguage | IBM Watson Developer Cloud

Tuesday the Eighth

A bot crawled thousands of studies looking for simple math errors. The results are concerning. - Vox
"...they’re 'typos,' errors in transferring data from one program to another, she says. But because academic journals are more likely to publish significant results, these erroneous findings may be more likely to find themselves in the published literature." (filed under: maths mutation science software)

Glanced at: Scottish parliament to intervene in article 50 case, says Sturgeon | Politics | The GuardianA Few More Words from R&D | MAGIC: THE GATHERINGIguana chased by snakes - Planet Earth II: Islands - BBC One - YouTubeThe Long Death of Product 19, the Most Beloved Cereal You've Never Heard Of | Atlas ObscuraThe CommonPeople excited about Christmas adverts told about rest of human cultureFour-color deck - WikipediaCamp Cards - DAN & DAVE

Friday the Fourth

What are the odds of one vote changing the US presidential election? - 80,000 Hours
"[A] vote with a 1 in 10 million chance of changing the election outcome would be worth $25,000 to your fellow citizens just through its effects on the likelihood of a nuclear war." (filed under: politics maths)

Glanced at: Doom Survival Guide Blog: Using Your Smart Phone as a Survival ToolHow London was built: from Tower Bridge to the South Bank in pictures | Cities | The GuardianCOLLAGE - The London Picture ArchiveBattersea Park: pumping station - COLLAGE - The London Picture ArchiveQueenstown Road: junction of Battersea Park Road and Queenstown Road - COLLAGE - The London Picture ArchiveBrixton School of Building: Battersea Park Library and school annexe. - COLLAGE - The London Picture ArchiveNorth Korea's 'biggest' export - giant statues - BBC NewsHow NASA Fights to Keep Dying Spacecraft Alive - Scientific AmericanThe World's Oldest Council Estate: Then And Now | LondonistFour Explosive Advancements for Future Fireworks | Smart News | SmithsonianAre silent fireworks the answer? - timesofmalta.comCaptain Disillusion: Heroic Feats of YouTube Debunkery - Live at QED 2016 - YouTubeCanadian army investigate mysterious 'pinging' sound coming from sea floor | World news | The Guardian

Thursday the Third

Inside the brain of the man who would be 'Blindfold King' of chess | Science | The Guardian
"In 1947, the Argentinian grandmaster Miguel Najdorf played 45 simultaneous games in his mind. He won 39 times in the 24-hour session and was reportedly unable to sleep for three days afterwards." (filed under: chess memory brains)

Glanced at: Mexican design firm Estudio 3.14 created a rendering of Donald Trump's wall in pink in honor of Ricardo Legorreta Quartz - Government declares war on Brutalist architecture | The Independent - Emoji Chess Problems (@emojichess) on Twitter - Technetium Swirl [explored] | Allies and Morrison at Open Ho | Flickr -
This is As Above, and I'm Kevan Davis. You're reading an automatically reformatted view of my Pinboard bookmarks, with tiny contrails of pages I've glanced at, my Flickr photos and my Last FM recent tracks.