Monthly Archives: November 2013

1839 Daguerreotype by American Photography Pioneer Robert Cornelius is Likely the World’s First Selfie

World's first selfie

Earlier in November Oxford Dictionaries crowned “selfie” the word of the year. To add some historical context, the Public Domain Review recently posted about a photograph that is quite possibly the world’s first selfie—a self-portrait daguerreotype taken by American photography pioneer Robert Cornelius in October 1839 (the daguerreotype process was new, having been unveiled in January of that same year). Cornelius took the photograph outside his family’s lamp store in Philadelphia. He had to hold his roguish pose for quite a while as early daguerreotypes required exposures of 3 to 15 minutes.

photo via the Library of Congress

via Open Culture

By: Laughing Squid

Life Imitates Andy Goldsworthy: Rare Ice Disk forms in North Dakota River

When I first saw this giant rotating ice disk spotted in North Dakota this week, I assumed it had to be some kind of human-created object, perhaps a new piece by famed land artist Andy Goldsworthy. The video above was shot by retired engineer George Loegering while hiking along the Sheyenne River. He estimates the rotating disk was some 55 feet in diameter and must have been forming for some time. According to St. Paul Pioneer Press who spoke with National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag:

The cold, dense air—the air pressure Saturday in nearby Fargo was a record high for the city for the month of November, according to Gust—turned the river water into ice, but since the water was relatively warm it didn’t happen all at once. Floating bits of ice got caught in the eddy and started to spin in a circle.


WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Mach 1000 Shockwave

WIRED Space Photo of the Day: Mach 1000 Shockwave

When a star explodes as a supernova, it shines brightly for a few weeks or months before fading away. Yet the material blasted outward from the explosion still glows hundreds or thousands of years later, forming a picturesque supernova remnant. …


By: Wired Science
Via: Feedbin Starred Entries

strandbeest evolution

Numerous specimen of the Strandbeest evolution on music of Khachaturian’s Spartacus.
It open the archives of fossils. Theo Jansen’s work since 1990. He tries to make new forms of live on beaches. His animals get their energy from the wind so they don’t have to eat. In the future he wants to put out in herds.

(View on YouTube)

Rooster-faced warriors of 16th century Germany

16th century German soldiery sure understood how to strike terror into their enemies’ hearts: the rooster-headed armored visor (ca 1530) must have been a sight to behold. Now on display at the Met in NYC (Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928)

Close Helmet with Mask Visor (via Neatorama)


By: Boing Boing
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