Fig. 64. Superficial muscles of the lateral surface of the head and neck of a domestic cat. 1901.
"In 1533, hundreds of dragons were reported to darken the skies over Bohemia, following a 1506 sighting of a blinding bright comet slicing over the sky. Were these foreboding occurrences signs of the apocalypse, or just a lot of Renaissance hearsay? In the 16th century a diligent scribe and artist chronicled these and other portents of woe in a book that was only rediscovered a few years ago" — Allison Meier describing The Book Of Miracles, c. 1550
(via Blue Crow Cafe)
more pages from the Wunderzeichenbuch
Kiss by the window
Ant holding a micromechanical gear, SEM | ZEISS Microscopy
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of an ant with a gear from a micromotor on its leg. Microgears are made by shining a computer-guided laser onto a chemical film. The laser solidifies the film that it moves over, leaving the gears when the liquid film is washed away.
Incredible concept art sketches created by production designer Ondrej Nekvasil for Bong Joon-Ho’s visionary science fiction film, “Snowpiercer”.
Bong Joon-Ho’s railbound class-warfare-‘em-up Snowpiercer may not have been perfect, but for one glorious center stretch, it’s a hell of a thing. At its best, it’s equal parts bleak, brutal, anarchic, and darkly funny, playing like Terry Gilliam with a strategic injection of slasher movie sensibilities.
Unfortunately, that manic energy ebbs and flows, and when it finally drains off, what’s left behind is Yet Another Dour Dystopia in a genre growing so overloaded that even kids must be starting to get tired of it. (ubuntoroi recently mentioned that he’s hit a kind of “apocalypse fatigue”, and honestly, I’m inclined to agree with him.)
Let’s keep talking about the good, though, because while the titular train’s design might not make a hell of a lot of logical sense, it does create a launchpad for some genuinely dazzling tableaus. And I use “tableaus” in the most literal sense: each car is a self-contained microcosm, letting Bong draw the story’s theme and mood in new - and occasionally surprising - directions every time a door cracks open.
Some of the resulting set-pieces are about as visually arresting as anything I’ve seen in theaters this year. And even those that don’t make the mark still benefit from a impish sense of unpredictability - when Snowpiercer hits full stride, neither viewer nor rebels ever know quite what to expect on the next car down the line.
Too, unlike a lot of high-concept genre flicks, Snowpiercer can flex a bit of acting muscle to back those Big Ideas. Undisputed champ of the picture is Tilda Swinton’s Minister Mason, the gleefully slithery Quisling serving as public face of the train’s oh-so-hateable regime. But there’s plenty of color in the supporting cast, too, ranging from Kang-ho Song’s laconic junkie/security guru Namgoong Minsoo to a delightfully manic turn from The Newsroom's Alison Pill.
Boxed in by such eclectic performances, star-spangled man Chris Evans does come across as a bit of a cipher. But he also offers an appropriately sober counterweight to the proceedings, helping to anchor the narrative in its most absurd moments.
Though it’s somewhat let down by a squishy third act and a few smaller narrative niggles, the very fact that this movie exists (let alone uncut!) is very much a Good Thing. And as bones-bared unsubtle as Snowpiercer's class critique may be, there's plenty of meat on its themes - certainly enough to keep discussion rolling well past its theatrical run.
The Monument to the Martyrs in Damascus by Abdo Kass-Khout in 1985. It was built to remember those fallen for Syria. Inside, it contains a large atrium that is sunken into the ground, recalling a crypt. The dome represents heaven as understood by the ancient cultures of the Levant featured in the Quran and the Bible. It was thought that the sky was a cupola of water held up by great pillars over earth that separated us from heaven. This, combined with Arab architectural features, helps to define the Syrian identity and demonstrates their complex and historical heritage.
In 1959, the US Army’s Project Horizon began exploring the technical feasibility of establishing a permanent, manned military base on the Moon. 400 pages of newly declassified documents offer a detailed look into the ins and outs of this ambitious project, including work vehicles, structures, spacecraft, and the physical, psychological, and political considerations of such a dramatic undertaking. (via The National Security Archive)
clipping from the august 8-14, 1992 issue of tv guide found at a thrift store over the weekend
Ibrahim El-Salahi. Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams. 1965.
Fig. 4. Ion microscope picture of a platinum crystal with nearly perfect lattice. 1961.