Administrivia and Internal Matters

Science Art: Oreille schematique, from Identification anthropométrique : instructions signalétiques, 1893.

L0035101 Schematic ear Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Schematic ear: Oreille schematique. Bordure A B C D E decomposee en partie Originelle A B, Superieure B C, Posterieure C D et inferieure D E. Lobule E F G H considere sous le rapport dy contour E F, de l'adherence a la joue F H, du modele G et de sa Dimension. Antitragus H I examine au point de vue de son inclinasion, de son profil, de son degre de renversement et de sa Dimension. Plis internes separes en branches inferieure J K, superieure K L, et mediane K M Identification anthropométrique : instructions signalétiques  Alphonse Bertillon Published: 1893 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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The book Identification anthropométrique : instructions signalétiques is Alphonse Bertillon‘s guide for identifying criminal suspects.

These ear dimensions were one way you could make SUPER sure you got your man, and not somebody with similar features but totally the wrong ears.

At the time, the science was called anthropometry, and it was the ancestor to the biometrics used by surveillance computers to spot, for instance, specific faces on a crowded street.

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SONG: Gaia (1,000 Times)

SONG: “Gaia (1,000 Times)”.

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE:Milky Way mapper: 6 ways the Gaia spacecraft will change astronomy,” Nature, 09 Sep 2016, as used in the post “That’s a big map.”

ABSTRACT: Writing this song was fun; recording it was a nightmare. Linux, you have not yet defeated me… but almost. Somehow, installing a desktop publishing program a couple days ago (I think this is the culprit) knocked out some kind of relationship that the previous drivers had with the soundcard in…

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Science Art: Hyastenus convexus, from Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Alert' 1881-2.

Report on the zoological collections made in the Indo-Pacific Ocean during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Alert' 1881-2. London :Printed by order of the Trustees,1884.  http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/44056Click to embiggen

Big picture, small crab.

They crawl around the sea in Japan, Australia, Borneo and the Horn of Africa.

This one was drawn in the 1880s (like one of those French girls) aboard the H.M.S. Alert, and preserved in the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Science Art: Orbital Balloon Repair (?), by Philip Bono

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In 1960, we started planning to send rockets to Mars… and Philip Bono, a Boeing engineer and designer, started figuring out how they’d work, and how they’d look while they were working.

I’m not sure exactly how this image relates to that project, but here it is in SDASM’s Philip Bono Collection.

As far as I can tell, this is a space-suited repairman working on a balloon that’s leaking at the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Perhaps it’s meant as a fueling station (Bono’s big idea was re…

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Science Art: Dressing for Altitude, NASA.

From NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/dress_for_altitude_detail.html
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This is an image from this NASA eBook on high-flying fashions:

Although space suits, which differ from pressure suits in subtle, but important ways, have been well covered in literature, pressure suits have gone unheralded except as introductions to the space suit histories. This e-book is an attempt to correct that….

I found this accidentally while browsing through the Popular Mechanics archive in Wikimedia Commons (since this wasn’t in that magazine, I’m not s…

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Science Art: Your Gifted Child frontispiece, 1958

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This is how parents in the 50s were expected to conceptualize their bright, nonconformist children – as happy, well-groomed chemists.

Then the 60s happened.

From a helpful, U.S. Children’s Bureau booklet available on archive.org.

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No song today.

24 October 2015 grant 0

Laryngitis is a heck of thing, especially when combined with an antibiotic allergy. Music to resume shortly.

No song today.

23 June 2015 grant 0

Looks like I’ll be owing a song… and a penitential cover for my tardiness. Stay tuned.

No song today.

23 December 2014 grant 0

It’s been a season, this holiday has. Mea maxima culpa. One verse and an arrangement sans guitar does not a song make. It’ll be posted […]

No song today!

23 April 2013 grant 0

Alas, no song will be posted today. It will be forthcoming, as will a penitential cover.

No song today

24 November 2012 grant 0

Which means one shall be forthcoming soon. And a penitential cover. So it goes.

No song today.

24 October 2012 grant 0

And today is the day there should be a song. So we owe you a song. And a penitential cover. Hmm. Hmm!

The Guild reviewed.

14 March 2012 grant 0

Check this out: http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2012/03/songs-torn-from-science-headlines.html Forget your Variety and your Rolling Stone. The Guild of Scientific Troubadours just received positive notice from a writer for New […]

Song delay

23 July 2011 grant b 0

What, it’s the 23rd and there’s no song? Yes, it’s true. I’m moving (yet again) and have been unable to record between the packing and […]

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