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10,000 wax cylinders digitized and free to download / Boing Boing
The University of California at Santa Barbara library has undertaken an heroic digitization effort for its world-class archive of 19th and early 20th century wax cylinder recordings, and has placed over 10,000 songs online for anyone to download, stream and re-use.
music  Sound 
yesterday by warrenellis
Secret pagan basilica in Rome emerges from the shadows after 2,000 years - Telegraph
"The subterranean basilica, which predates Christianity, was built by a rich Roman family who were devotees of a little-known cult called Neopythagoreanism. Originating in the first century BC, it was a school of mystical Hellenistic philosophy that preached asceticism and was based on the writings of Pythagoras and Plato."
yesterday by warrenellis
Vizual Statistix • Terraforming other planets is a common theme of...
"Terraforming other planets is a common theme of sci-fi books and movies; humans need to leave Earth and inhabit new worlds, but first they have to make them livable. These maps are a play on that idea. I used digital elevation models of Mars (where a large northern ocean may actually have existed if/when the planet had a thicker atmosphere) and the Moon, and simply filled them with water to three elevations. I will note that many people have made far prettier versions of terraformed maps (e.g., Mars, Moon). The goal here was to show how changes in sea level relative to datum affect the land-sea balance."
yesterday by warrenellis
Europe's fourth ancestral 'tribe' uncovered - BBC News
Research shows Europeans are a mixture of three major ancestral populations - indigenous hunters, Middle Eastern farmers and a population that arrived from the east during the Bronze Age.
DNA from ancient remains in the Caucasus has now revealed a fourth population that fed into the mix.
12 days ago by warrenellis
The Hottest Self-Publishing Platform? Twitter!
"While novels are commonplace now, long-form fiction was often consumed in serialized installments in the past. Take, for example, Dickens‘ The Old Curiosity Shop. Readers were so hungry to find out how the story ended that a mob stormed the wharf when the ship carrying the final installment docked in New York. Serialized fiction phased out when paper media had to cut costs and slim down (or wholly re-design) their issues, but new media—namely Twitter—is bringing the serial fiction format back, albeit bite-sized."
twitter  writing  net  comms 
25 days ago by warrenellis
The Decay of Twitter - The Atlantic
"In other words, on Twitter, people say things that they think of as ephemeral and chatty. Their utterances are then treated as unequivocal political statements by people outside the conversation."
twitter  net  comms  social 
26 days ago by warrenellis
Reading Right-to-Left | booktwo.org
"I’m getting more radical in my view of the internet, this unconsciously-generated machine for unconscious generation. I’m feeling more sure of its cultural value and legacy, and more assertive about stating it. We built this thing, and like all directed culture of the past, it has an agency and a desire, and if you pay attention to it you can see which way it wants to go, and what it wants to fight. We made that, all of us, in time, but we don’t have full control of it. Rather, like the grain of wood, it’s something to be worked with and shaped, but also thought about and conceptualised, both matter and metaphor."
culture  net 
29 days ago by warrenellis
Rosetta finds molecular oxygen on comet 67P
"We believe this oxygen is primordial, which means it is older than our Solar System," said Bieler.
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
All-female Russian crew starts Moon mission test
"Six Russian women on Wednesday clambered into a mock spaceship to begin a unique experiment testing how an all-female crew would interact on a trip to the Moon and back. For eight days, the female volunteers will live inside a wood-panelled suite of rooms at Moscow's Institute of Biomedical Problems, renowned for its wacky research into the psychological and physical effects of space travel."
4 weeks ago by warrenellis
16th century church emerges from water in Mexico
A 16th century church submerged in a southern Mexico dam project 49 years ago has reappeared following a severe drought, drawing visitors by boat to gaze at the spectacular ruins.
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Aboriginal female hunters aided by dingoes
"The research suggests this increase in the variety of animals eaten by Aboriginal people was because women used dingoes to hunt small animals such as goannas."
5 weeks ago by warrenellis
Giant killer lizard fossil shines new light on early Australians
"As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, research led by the University of Queensland has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards."
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
The Maddening and Brilliant Karl Lagerfeld - The New York Times
‘‘I came to know Marlene Dietrich when she was an old lady,’’ Lagerfeld said. ‘‘I introduced her to Helmut Newton. He told me he used to masturbate to her photographs.’’
interviews  fashion 
6 weeks ago by warrenellis
Why I Unfollowed You on Instagram — Medium
"I use Facebook to keep a network of people I actually know IRL. There’s real utility to this network and the smaller it is the more useful it can be. This is where I post things that are personal and things that people who know me would appreciate but are not meant for “public”."
social  web 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
'Goodnight' text service prompts discussion on loneliness|WCT
"The story of a woman offering to send "goodnight" messages to strangers, publicizing her service on the Chinese e-commerce site Taobao at a cost of 1 yuan (US$0.16) per message has started a new trend and spurred a public discussion about loneliness, according to the Guangzhou Daily."
social  society  comms 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Galaksija, Cult Yugoslav DIY Computer from the 1980s Lives On | Balkanist
"During the mid-1980s, Belgrade radio show Ventilator 202 broadcast computer software live so that listeners could record games and electronic journals onto cassette tapes. Some of this software was programmed and submitted by listeners themselves, reflecting an early open source ethos. Galaksija games like Light Cycle Race and Diamond Mine were available free to anyone with a radio and a tape recorder."
history  comp  comms 
7 weeks ago by warrenellis
Fight on to preserve Elfdalian, Sweden's lost forest language | ScienceNordic
"Secret language has preserved linguistic features that are to be found nowhere else in Scandinavia."
language  history 
8 weeks ago by warrenellis
Meteorites in Cult & Religion 1
"The tribes of the Clackamas in Oregon claim that they once worshiped the giant Willamette meteorite, one of the largest irons known, weighing about 15 tons. Prior to hunting, the Clackamas dipped the heads of their arrows and lances into the water that had gathered in the large cavities of the iron - they were convinced that this ritual would harden their weapons and grant them success in their hunt."
history  cult  weird 
9 weeks ago by warrenellis
Where bread began: Ancient tools used to reconstruct—and taste—prehistoric cuisine
"Using 12,500-year-old conical mortars carved into bedrock, they reconstructed how their ancient ancestors processed wild barley to produce groat meals, as well as a delicacy that might be termed "proto-pita" - small loaves of coal-baked, unleavened bread. In so doing, they re-enacted a critical moment in the rise of civilization: the emergence of wild-grain-based nutrition, some 2,000 to 3,000 years before our hunter-gatherer forebears would establish the sedentary farming communities which were the hallmark of the "Neolithic Revolution"."
food  history 
august 2015 by warrenellis
In Conversation With Quentin Tarantino -- Vulture
"The last time that I felt competitive was when I was doing Kill Bill and my competition was The Matrix Reloaded. That was the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. I saw Matrix Reloaded at the Chinese Theatre the day it opened, and I walked out of the cinema singing... I was worried about that? Ho-ly shit."
august 2015 by warrenellis
A Journey to the Edge of Europe - Roads & Kingdoms
"...a faint scent catches my nose, like lost strands of music barely audible though the wind. It’s not a delicate piano etude or a flatteringly engineered and edited modern pop song. Rather, the scent carries a notion of ancient times, of winter storms, of hardship and endurance all the way back to the Viking ages—it is the scent of Skerpikjøt."
food  travel 
august 2015 by warrenellis
UK marine researchers receive 'oldest message in a bottle'
"Tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906, the bottle washed up on the beach on the German island of Amrum, and was found by a couple in April. Inside they found a postcard asking that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the U.K.—which they did."
august 2015 by warrenellis
Found Objects: The Highdown Rocket Site IOW
"Under the instruction of architect John A. Strubbe, construction began in April 1956. The Needles Headland was transformed looking now like something out of Quatermass or James Bond."
august 2015 by warrenellis
Overtone Throat Singing | Online Soundscapes & Drones
Tibetan Choir
Frequency-shaped Throat Singing Drone Generator
music  app 
august 2015 by warrenellis
'Fantastic Four' Blame Game: Fox, Director Josh Trank Square Off Over On-Set "Chaos" - Hollywood Reporter - Hollywood Reporter
"Days before Fantastic Four opened, director Josh Trank sent an email to some members of the cast and crew to say he was proud of the film, which, he wrote, was "better than 99 percent of the comic-book movies ever made."

"I don't think so," responded one castmember."
august 2015 by warrenellis
Why Almost Nobody Wants to Pay for the 'Netflix of Magazines' - Bloomberg Business
Parasite business:

"For about three-quarters of Next Issue’s $180 annual fee, a reader could get separate digital subscriptions to The New Yorker ($60), Bloomberg Businessweek ($30), Rolling Stone ($20), and National Geographic ($20). The average Next Issue user spends about two hours per week engaged with the app, so it’s fair to ask whether people need much more than that. "
publishing  magazines 
august 2015 by warrenellis
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