Sunday, June 20, 2021

Noctiluca scintillans

On a few nights each year this unicellular marine organism lights up the bay.

Sunday Links

Image: Dipankar Sengupta

The Rohat Chaikhana (photo above) is one of Tajikistan’s oldest surviving teahouses but in 2015 it faced demolition. Read more.

Find the gecko

 Why Some Civil War Soldiers Glowed in the Dark 

Stupidity is saying two plus two equals five. Elevated Stupidity is doing the same thing, except you invoke Pythagoras, decry cancel culture when someone corrects you, then get a seven-figure book deal and a speaking tour out of it. 


Gorgeous! A Charming Dutch Village in the Fog 

Brian Eno Launches His Own Radio Station with Hundreds of Unreleased Tracks

What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl A complicated collaboration, resurrecting a cold case, and creating a narrative when there is no closure.

The fascinating story of John Simpkins' Flood Triptych (via Things Magazine)

The Soiled Underpants Map

Crying for cash: The Peculiar Profession of Professional Mourners

Bridge made of string:  Peruvians from the Huinchiri community in Cusco region are rebuilding a 500-year-old Incan hanging bridge, using traditional weaving techniques to string a crossing together spanning the Apurimac river.

The World's Shortest Border

Pointy toed shoes were the cause of a bunion epidemic in medieval England (via MeFi)

Audacity,Elegance and the Vulgarity of Garlic: On My Dinner with Giorgio Armani

Daisyland Beautiful photographs.

Cancel Culture: A Glossary  (via Perfect For Roquefort Cheese)

Diverse Perspectives: The Great Wall of China from various perspectives, some stretches of the wall you may not be familiar with and without tourists. 

Orchid thought to be extinct in UK found on roof of London bank 

This Website Will Self Destruct will disappear in 24 hours if it doesn't receive a message from at least one person every day. (via BoingBoing)

No dogs allowed, pub kittens in training England's Accidental Cat Pub 

You don't know your friend's exact street address? Apparently this was not a problem back in the day. 

British Columbia is home to 204 First Nations communities; approximately 50% of the First Peoples’ languages of Canada are spoken in B.C. First Peoples' Map of B.C. (more at Maps Mania)

Music For Sunday Morning

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Fun Blocks

Japanese company Triad is the creator of Omoshiro Blocks ("fun blocks"), memo pads that slowly reveal an architectural treasure with the removal of each page.

via bookofjoe

Happy Pride

via everlasting blort

Pic Of The Day

"A multiple-exposure photograph taken every hour from 1:30 pm on December 8, 1965, to 10:10 am on December 9, 1965, showing the sun in its orbit above the South Pole, Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station © Georg Gerster/Panos Pictures."