Friday, September 19, 2014

Alkmaar Then and Now

Dutch photographer Frits de Beer, Tara Rikkers and Michael de Vreugd created this video of the Dutch city of Alkmaar in 2014. After identifying locations that have remained relatively unchanged over the past century, Beer matched up the exact angle and framing that was captured in a film made in1914.

Alkmaar 100 jaar, Tara Rikkens, Michael de Vreugd from fritsdebeer on Vimeo.

Via PetaPixel

Shakespeare: Original Pronunciation

David and Ben Crystal explain what Open Pronunciation would have sounded like and demonstrate pieces of Shakespeare’s work using the dialect.

Via:  Holy Kaw!

Canadian behind 'Jesus toast' study wins whimsical science prize

The Ig Nobel prizes, meant to entertain and encourage global research and innovation, are awarded by Annals of Improbable Research as a whimsical counterpart to the Nobel Prizes which will be announced next month.

Professor Kang Lee at the University of Toronto was part of a Canada-China team that won for studying the reactions of people who see human faces in slices of toast.
Although the title of the study was called “Seeing Jesus in Toast,” no actual images of Jesus were shown. But the study found that “sensory input with even the slightest suggestion of a face can result in the interpretation of a face.”

Via: The Globe and Mail

Read the abstract here

Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners 2014

This year's overall winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards was Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon by James Woodend (above), taken in Iceland's Vatnajokull National Park. Now in its sixth year, the competition features images from amateur and professional astrophotographers from around the world that play an important part in maintaining public interest around space exploration and scientific observation.

More images: Creative Review

Thanks Bruce!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy 1000th Birthday Borough Market!

Borough Market, circa 1860.

I love farmers' markets and always visit them when I travel. I like to grab a tapa at the Mercado San Miguel in Madrid, have the best sandwich in Forence at the Mercato Centrale or enjoy fish and chips at the Borough Market in London.  This year the Borough Market celebrates its 1,000th anniversary and is the oldest of all the capital’s markets still trading on its original site. It was first mentioned in 1276, although the market itself claims to have existed since 1014.

"By 1276, according to a document of that date, it had become a nuisance by spreading to the south side of London Bridge. The bridge had been rebuilt in stone a century earlier by Henry II and was itself a severe bottleneck, clogged with over a hundred shops and houses whose construction on the bridge had helped pay for it. The bridge was also home to London’s first public latrine."

More: History Today

Adorable Hard Boiled Eggs

RocketNews24 posted photos of adorable eggs from Japanese bento boxes. They're almost too cute to eat!

Charaben Mania

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Via Neatorama

What Should I Do With My Old iPhone?

Getting an iPhone 6 and wondering what to do with your old phone? I'm passing mine along to Mr. Nag but Photojojo has some alternate suggestions for those who have partners who spurn castoffs.  

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Is 190 Bowery the Greatest Real-Estate Coup of All Time?

Photographer, Jay Maisel, bought 190 Bowery  in 1966 for $102,000. Since then it has served as a six-story, 72-room, 35,000-square-foot single-family home for Maisel, his wife, Linda Adam Maisel, and daughter, Amanda.

Now, after almost 5 decades, Maisel has decided it is time to move out. When he bought the building the Bowery was an undesirable area inhabited by the down and out. Over the years it has become hip and gentrified. There is no doubt that it was a good investment and should fetch an eight figure price.

Here are a few photos from a New York Magazine slideshow (2008):


master bath


I Know Where I'm Going

In this 1945 film a young Englishwoman is going from her home in Manchester to the Hebrides to marry a wealthy, much older industrialist. When bad weather postpones the final leg of her journey she is forced to wait it out on the Isle of Mull, among a community of people whose values are quite different from hers. There she meets a naval officer trying to go home for some shore leave.


Baking Made Easy

An introduction and baking demo of Drop, the iPad connection kitchen scale and recipe app.

Drop - Baking Made Easy. from Get Drop on Vimeo.