Wednesday the Eleventh of July, 2018

Why Japan's Rail Workers Can't Stop Pointing at Things - Atlas Obscura
"Originally developed by the now-defunct Kobe Railroad Administration Bureau in the late Meiji Period (the early 20th century), pointing-and-calling is known to reduce workplace errors by up to 85 percent, according to one 1996 study." (filed under: japan psychology hands)

Glanced at: Sustainable LEGO elements: 40320 Plants from Plants | New Elementary, a LEGO blog of partsGoogle Translate: the unlikely World Cup hero breaking barriers for fans | Nick Ames | Football | The GuardianUnwilting Lettuce | Cook's IllustratedEscape Rooms: Room 33 The Logic Escapes MeVegan pulled jackfruit recipe | BBC Good Food
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Tuesday the Tenth

Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath us | Cities | The Guardian
"In Australia, although pre-1891 land titles went “to the centre of the Earth”, those issued after 1891 extend down just 15 metres (49 feet)." (filed under: cities underground future architecture)

Glanced at: Tunnels | DuncanCampbell.orgSurvival Condo Atlas Missile Silo turned Luxury Condos

Sunday the Eighth

RCAHMW | Cropmarks 2018
"As the drought has persisted across Wales, scores of long-buried archaeological sites have been revealed once again as ‘cropmarks’, or patterns of growth in ripening crops and parched grasslands." (filed under: history plants weather wales)

Glanced at: This heatwave is just the start. Britain has to adapt to climate change, fast | Simon Lewis | Opinion | The GuardianLondon Art Night 2018 Erects a Brick Border Wall For People to Destroy | ObserverSpring Polymagnets - Correlated MagneticsIf no country wants them, why dont we settle the worlds refugees on Mars? a new art exhibit asks VICE News

Saturday the Seventh

The Mystery Man Who Spent 20 Years Photographing North American Buildings - Atlas Obscura
"He was clearly fascinated with buildings and signs. [...] His travels took him to the Grand Canyon, the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Great Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, and across the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, but he did not take a single image of any of those wonders." (filed under: photography signs history america)

Glanced at: Gfeller Collection: Main Street USAPotato fruit - WikipediaHow Slay the Spire makes maths fun | Rock, Paper, ShotgunCategory:Individual trees in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

Monday the Second

Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am. - Paleotronic Magazine
"Preservation is driven by pirates, who are driven by ego but constrained by the technical limitations of their era. In the 1980s, this meant storage space and network speed." (filed under: software piracy history hacking) (via: lmg)

Glanced at: Gamasutra: Raph Koster's Blog - A brief history of murder in Ultima OnlineTrouble at the Today programme: is it losing its grip? | Media | The GuardianEscape From the Aliens in Outer Space | Official Web SiteJenga pistol - YouTubeAre they all the same? An exploratory, categorical analysis of drinking game typesThe diving bell and the spider - Not Exactly Rocket Science : Not Exactly Rocket Science

Friday the Fifteenth of June

Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017 | Somerset House
"Commissioned by Channel 4 for Somerset House, renowned artist John Gerrard created a virtual simulation of a flag formed of endlessly emitting trails of thick black smoke." (filed under: flags pollution art)

Glanced at: How to spot a perfect fake: the worlds top art forgery detective | News | The Guardian

Saturday the Second

D-Total Black with White Numbers
"Think of each die face as the face on a clock. At 12 o’clock, you should see a Pentagon, which is the shape of a 12 sided die. The number inside the pentagon is what you got when you rolled a 12 sided die." (filed under: dice maths)

Glanced at: Kriegspiel (chess) - WikipediaThe strange tale of the hovertrain, the British hyperloop of the 1970s | WIRED's UNUSUAL SIDED DICE (d2/d3/d5/d7/d14/d16/d24/d30/d32/d34/d48/d50)A Pair Of Dice Which Never Roll 7

Thursday the Thirty-First of May

Gutenberg Poetry Autocomplete
"Type something in the box below and you'll see lines of poetry beginning with whatever you've typed. The database includes all lines of poetry from every book in Project Gutenberg that has "Poetry" in one of its subject listings (approximately 3.8 million lines)." (filed under: poetry writing emergence)

Glanced at: The British countryside is being killed by herbicides and insecticides can anything save it? | UK news | The GuardianThe Creepy Rise of Real Companies Spawning Fictional Design | WIREDSmall Data Industries - Long Live the GIFArt Deck: a collaborative drawing game by Matheson Marcault KickstarterSearch results - "gallaher how to do it" - NYPL Digital CollectionsMartin Baas giant Real Time clock at Schiphol Airport features a man painting the minutes for 12 hours.Real Time: Schiphol Clock on VimeoExtreme Welsh Meter by Gwyneth Lewis | Poetry Magazine'A gothic space rocket to a secret realm' Westminster Abbey's new 23m tower | Art and design | The Guardian

Friday the Twenty-Fifth

Amazon's Alexa recorded private conversation and sent it to random contact | Technology | The Guardian
"Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa’. Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request." (filed under: technology sound secrets)

Glanced at: Sparks - What The Hell Is It This Time? (Official Video) - YouTube

Thursday the Twenty-Fourth

A Slice Of Time – Paul Mison – Medium
"Each of the images (or frames) is processed to calculate its luminance (that is, roughly, its brightness), and each slice is chosen to be an equal step more bright (or less, if it’s sunset) than the last." (filed under: photography time)

Glanced at: If youre so smart, why arent you rich? Turns out its just chance. - MIT Technology ReviewExclusive: FBI Seizes Control of Russian BotnetBloody battles as birds maul European bats : Research HighlightsPi Wordplay -- from Wolfram MathWorldCount To 20 | Drama ResourceTimeslices on BehanceEnglish rules please! | Lost Cities: To Go | BoardGameGeekGiant Azul - Pre-orders now open! | Azul | BoardGameGeekDonkey vote - Wikipedia

Wednesday the Twenty-Third

Document: The Symbolism Survey
"Confident, if not downright cocky, he thought the surveys could settle a conflict with his English teacher by proving that symbols weren’t lying beneath the texts they read like buried treasure awaiting discovery." (filed under: writing)

Glanced at: People rarely say thank you when others help them out, scientists say | Science | The GuardianHow to Grow CalatheaLost action hero: blockbusters used to fight capitalism now they embrace it | Film | The GuardianEighteen Months of Meeple Like Us: An Exploration into the State of Board Game Accessibility Meeple Like Us

Saturday the Nineteenth

Old Maps Online
" indexes over 400.000 maps. This is only thanks to the archives and libraries that were open to the idea and provided their online content." (filed under: maps history)

Glanced at: A Dozen Things Ive Learned from Charlie Munger about Mental Models and Worldly Wisdom 25iq - Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful Gabriel Weinberg Medium - D100 Dungeon | Board Game | BoardGameGeek - Inside A Warehouse Where Thousands Of Robots Pack Groceries - YouTube - Background Noises Ambient Sounds Relaxing Music | myNoise - British Water Tower Appreciation Society: Park Hill, Croydon (1867) - Update - Meeting Their Makers: The Strange Phenomenon of Fictional Characters Turning Up in Real Life The Daily Grail - Tulpa - Wikipedia - A chess-flavoured game for two players -
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