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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:48:33 GMT

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A 4'3" Comet Blazing across the Firmament

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:36:24 GMT

Caroline Herschel never expected to be an astronomer. Her oboeist father indulged her voracious mind, but her strict mother restricted her to housework. In 1772, she followed her beloved organist brother William to England to escape the drudgery and become a concert singer. Before long, she found herself assisting in his astronomical endeavors -- first providing his food, then polishing his mirrors, then doing all of his advanced math, despite having never been educated in the times tables as a girl. In 1781, William discovered Uranus, and in 1782 began earning a salary from George III. In 1783, Caroline made her first independent discovery (M110). In 1787, the British Crown began paying her £50/year for her work, making her the first woman scientist to ever earn a salary for scientific work.

In total, she discovered 8 comets, 14 deep sky objects, and 550+ stars; organized the list of non-stellar objects that became the New General Catalog; aided her brother in the discovery of Uranus; became one of the first two female members of the Royal Society in 1835; and published discoveries there. See The Comets of Caroline Herschel (PDF).

She was awarded the Gold Medal for Science by the King of Prussia when she was 96. Despite a childhood bout of typhus that stunted her growth, she lived to be 98, continuing her observations of the heavens until the very end.

Mal de archivo

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:26:48 GMT

At his death in 1988, Luis Barragán, the Pritzker laureate Mexican architect of poetic modernist reknown, left his house and library to an architect friend, and his voluminous professional archive to his business associate. This archive eventually found its way to a New York gallerist, from whom it was bought in 1998 and shipped to Basel by a wealthy Swiss businessman for his fiancé - and has been inaccessible ever since. When conceptual artist Jill Magid (previously) heard of the archive's predicament in 2013, she devised her project The Barragán Archives, whose final chapter might bring about a resoluton: in a pact with the architect's family and the Mexican authorities, by way of a transubstantiation of ashes into a diamond, as a participant in "a gothic love story, with a copyright-and-intellectual-property-rights subplot", she would approach the guarded, private owners of Barragán's legacy with a profound, confounding offer about his body of work - she would make The Proposal.

Further materials:

- the trailer to a film on the project (commissioned by Laura Poitras' Field of Vision).

- Magid speaks about the project to ArtForum

- several critiques of the project, and a considered reply (GoogleTranslate-resistantly in Spanish), from a Mexican perspective.

- as a result of the local controversy raised by Magid's project, the authorities of Guadalajara are drafting previously missing legislation regarding the ownership of cremated remains. (No word yet on any proposal for what to do with the archive, should it actually be returned.)

- Casa Barragán recently hosted a film project investigating the copyright issues pertaining to the vast record collection the architect left behind: Open House | Divided Estates.

The FPP title presumes a translation of Derrida.

Rock and roll was atomic powered, all zoom and doom

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:55:30 GMT

I can't say who's great or who isn't. If somebody does achieve greatness it's only for a minute and anyone is capable of that. Greatness is beyond your control – I think you get it by chance, but it's only for a short time.

Bob Dylan discusses Sinatra, North Minnesota, arrangements, Joan Baez, new CDs, favorites drummers, Rock and Roll, first tracks, playing piano, John Wayne and much more in a broad, fascinating, recently conducted Q&A with Bill Flanagan

Your Cat Probably Prefers Your Company Over Food

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:27:46 GMT

Probably. We're not in the guarantee business here. (via) Please note that cats in this study were tested after being deprived of food, toys, awesome scents and people for only a few hours. Further study is required to confirm any changes in categorization, motivation and general niceness after longer periods of deprivation.

All my cats have been really affectionate. This study does not surprise me. YCMV.

How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:30:06 GMT

Journalist Jancee Dunn examines the inequality in her own family and does something about it. She documented it for everyone. Dunn, mostly known for her work in Rolling Stone, has a new book How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids. This is a "self-help" book, but better because it is funny and well-researched. Dunn, the mother of a 6-year-old, realized that she and her husband Tom had fallen into a pattern of arguing and resentment, mostly related to household and child management. Tom is a "good father" and a "nice guy" but over the years, they fell into habits where Dunn was managing everything and doing the majority of childcare. Dunn was exhausted and interactions between her and her husband were trying. They were fighting in front of their child frequently. Yet, by all standard measures, they had a "good life" - work they loved, decent salaries, an exciting life in Brooklyn, friends, family. And if this is how they existed in a "good life," Dunn feared that it could be worse. Dunn decided to do something about the inequality, resentment, and anger in her home and went on a multi-year quest to do extensive research and work with experts - most therapists, but also a home organizer and a hostage negotiator, as well as online parenting bloggers and celebrities. Dunn weaves the research within her own family's stories. Her family does not feel exceptional, but instead instantly relatable. Each chapter has very clear takeaways. Excellent research and expert advice are given on the following topics: dividing chores in ways that make sense and make people happier; how to fight/argue like adults; how to be kind to each other; how to raise children while also prioritizing the romantic relationship; organizing time, especially weekends; decluttering/household organizing; training one's kids to take part in household chores; sex after kids; and money management. Dunn also explains, with research, how couples and families slide into these patterns. Most expectant couples spend hours researching strollers, but do not talk about very pragmatic and real issues related to child-rearing or how this new human will impact their relationship. Couple don't discuss who will take the day off of work when the baby is sick, or what type of relationship they want their child to have with their relatives or if they think that a child should have a summer job as a teenager. Choices that are made in the name of "getting by" become patterns and habits. Dunn also examines what she called "maternal gatekeeping" - that some mothers open up the gate to encourage the father's participation, but then shut it. For example, determining what "the right way" to do things is and fathers are nervous about doing it wrong. Or mothers leaving fathers out of planning and management in order to maintain control. This perpetuates inequality. Dunn also has a chapter on the structural reasons for some of the inequality - men being socialized to not be equal partners or parents, lack of family leave, etc. The major takeaways, summarized at the end of the book and in this Cosmo article by the author: He can't read your mind so stop complaining and ask clearly for what you want. Divvy up household chores and childcare responsibilities very clearly. Say 'thank you,' and say it often. Messages of gratitude, while seemingly small, are the most consistent predictor of marital quality. Explicitly remember things that you love about each other. Know that no matter what you and your spouse tell yourselves, your child is affected by your arguing. Fight electronically if possible to avoid children hearing arguing. Paraphrase each other when you're arguing. This is immediately disarming because people want to be heard. Don't shut your partner out by engaging in maternal gatekeeping. "Don't pee on the gift," meaning don't tell your spouse you're OK with something he or she wants to do (a weekend getaway, an hours-long [...]

A Seussian smorgasborg for Sunday

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:26:52 GMT

Here's a smattering of musical Seuss from the Seventies: The Hoober-Bloob Highway, an original story about a baby in space being given the option to pick their future, which picked up some elements from Seuss's books, and Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?, another original story about a young fellow and his magical piano, with songs by Joe Raposo. Bonus Dr. Seuss short: "Я жду птенца" (I'm waiting for a chick), a stop-motion Russian animation interpretation of Horton Hatches the Egg from 1966. Theodor Geisel first used the pen name of Dr. Seuss during his university studies at Dartmouth College and the University of Oxford, and some of his early Seussian illustrations were published in The Pocket Book of Boners in 1931. Eight years later, his first book that would appear to be pure Dr. Seuss to modern readers, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was inspired by the sounds of a boat engine as he crossed the Atlantic. The next year, his next book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, was his first illustrated story to be turned into an animated short, as part of The Big Fun Carnival, a collection of shorts for children's matinées. Although NYSA records list twelve 1957 features under the name The Big Fun Carnival, six of which bear the "episode name" Funzapoppin, no additional information has been found on the other films, and their release dates, if any, have not been determined. During World War II, Theodor Geisel worked on Private SNAFU shorts with a non-Disney who's who of cartoons. After the war, Geisel as Dr. Seuss wrote for the breakthrough 1950s animation of Gerald McBoing Boing (previously). After The Big Fun Carnival, Seuss's first story to be turned into a cartoon was Horton Hatches the Egg, in 1966 by Союзмультфильм (Soyuzmultfilm), as linked above the break. Later that same year How the Grinch Stole Christmas! aired, an expensive production (Google news) for its time. It would be another four years before Seuss's stories made their way to TV, and then it was almost an annual Spring tradition for CBS to air an animated Seuss short for the next three years: Horton Hears a Who! (March 19, 1970), The Cat in the Hat (March 10, 1971), and The Lorax (February 14, 1972). The next year, CBS went with an anthology of Dr. Seuss shorts, titled Dr. Seuss on the Loose (October 15, 1973). CBS went in for an original Seuss story with The Hoober-Bloob Highway, originally aired on February 19, 1975, and ABC aired Halloween Is Grinch Night on October 29, 1977 (previously, twice), another original story that picked up some elements from other Dr. Seuss books. ABC also got the next short, Pontoffel Pock, Where Are You?, which was completed in 1979 and first aired on May 2, 1980, based in part on the book Oh, The Places You'll Go!. We'll end with one final video, a crossover special of sorts titled The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat, which debuted on May 20, 1982 on ABC, and won two Emmys for animation. [...]

When in doubt, roll!

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:45:55 GMT

So you wanna learn to play the drums? Need some inspiration? Here some sessions from Swedish educational broadcaster UR's drum school TRUM, featuring Morgan Ågren and friends, for you to play along with. How about starting with some jazz fusion? There's also jazz funk, experimental metal, blues rock, and more experimental stuff. Grab your sticks and have a go! More music below, but first a little context. It all started in 1981, when 14-year old drummer Morgan Ågren first met 10-year old keyboard prodigy Mats Ögren, and decided to start a Zappa cover band. A few years later they travelled to Stockholm to experience Zappa live for the first time, found themselves backstage chatting with the man, and promptly got invited to sit in with the band for a bit. Frank loved it -- "They played unbelievable, just unbelievable." -- and there was later some talk about joint projects, but Zappa fell ill and they had to abandon those plans. Anyway, fast forward to 2000, the Zappa cover band had morphed into Mats/Morgan Band, and Morgan was asked to do an educational TV series. At first rather skeptical – surely no ordinary audience would be interested in the music they were playing – UR gave him full freedom to come up with a format. He brought in his band and some guests, and the result is a legendary mix of live performances, often rather difficult drum exercises, and obscure vinyl recommendations. The exercises are in Swedish, which might be a bit too much for an international audience, but for your drumming inspiration, I've collected the complete set of TRUM performances below: (Note that most of what follows has been rescued from VHS tapes, so the quality and sync isn't always the best.) Trum 1: Etage A-41 Trum 2: Ta Ner Trasan Trum 3: Sol Niger Within ft. Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) The classic experimental metal album this medley is taken from celebrates 20 years this year, btw. Here's the full 1999 edition, Sol Niger Within v3.33, required listening on repeat for any serious metal head. Morgan on drums, many of the other TRUM musicians also appear here and there (the bit where Mats goes to town on a church organ is missing from this version, though). Trum 4: Min Häst ("My Horse") Trum 5: Advokaten ("The Lawyer") ft. Artis the Spoonman Trum 6: En Schizofrens Dagbok ("A Schizophrenic's Diary") Trum 7: She's louder than me, but I got the microphone ft. Jimmy Ågren Trum 8: Hollmervalsen ("The Hollmer Waltz") Named after Lars Holmer, keyboard player in progressive weirdos Samla Mammas Manna but these days perhaps best known for accordion standard Boeves Psalm (Bo-Eve's Hymn) originally written for his uncle's funeral. Trum 9: The Chicken ft. Jonas Knutsson Pee Wee Ellis' jazz standard, popularized by Jaco Pastorius, here in a very Mats/Morgan version. Trum 10: Baader Puff Bonus Mats/Morgan: Superstition ft. Mats on vocals. [...]

Bitcoin and Venezuela, etc.

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:26:12 GMT

Venezuala, Brazil, property transfer Venezuela has a serious food shortage, but electricity is subsidized. People are mining bitcoins because it's worthwhile to use bitcoins to buy food across the border. Bitcoin is a way for Brazillians to get around currency controls and tarriffs. It's possible that blockchains will be useful to make property transfer easier and cheaper-- even in the US, proving ownership can be complicated for real estate and cars.

An update to the cloud atlas.

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:15:52 GMT

Pretor-Pinney described the formations as "localized waves in the cloud base, either smooth or dappled with smaller features, sometimes descending into sharp points, as if viewing a roughened sea surface from below. Varying levels of illumination and thickness of cloud can lead to dramatic visual effects." Asperitas clouds tend to be low-lying, and are caused by weather fronts that create undulating waves in the atmosphere.

heart of green

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:52:54 GMT

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue "One of the defining traits of a leaf is the branching network of thin veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. Now, scientists have used plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue. The work involves modifying a spinach leaf in the lab to remove its plant cells, which leaves behind a frame made of cellulose."

A Techno-thriller From The Case Files Of Max Remington

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:12:03 GMT

What's The Matter With Covert Action? - The Digital Antiquarian takes a look at The game which Sid Meier considers his most disappointing, and the tension between procedural generation and narrative.