Silhouettes of polished redware from the Ancient Egyptian (or, really, older than Ancient Egyptian) Naqada culture. That’s about 5,500 years old, a mere century or two before the very first written records anywhere.
Something about this presentation (from W. Petrie’s Corpus of Prehistoric Pottery and Palettes, published in 1921) really reminds me of 1970s wallpaper. The geometry of handmade shapes.
SONG: “Facts Will Save Us All”.
SOURCE:Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove,” New York Times, 17 Apr 2017, as used in the post “Microsoft’s Ballmer sics big data on government spending.”
This is a song from the perspective, maybe, of Steve Ballmer’s inner voice.
He is, after all, an emotional man (about things like developers! at least).
The chorus comes from something that I remembered hearing in a public radio interview about his new da…
This is Litchi chinensis, 荔枝, the lychee, sometimes called a “lychee nut” although it’s not nut-like at all. It’s more like a muscadine (tough skin, sweet juiciness) with a big seed in the middle. It’s one of the best things in life.
As I’m sure it was in the 1600s, when Michel Boym, a Polish Jesuit missionary, was studying them for his exhaustive work on Chinese botany. He also authored the first two dictionaries translating Chinese into European languages – Latin and French.
If you c…
SONG: “Another Girl, Another Planet” (penitential cover)
SOURCE: This has no scientific source; it’s a penitential cover for being late for the April song. It’s originally by The Only Ones.
This is a punk standard, as much as there is such a thing. I shouldn’t admit this, being of the generation that I am, but I came to this song backwards – through (of all things) a classical tribute to punk rock. Somehow, I missed this song the first time around, and the…
This is the head and neck of a raven, Corvus corax sinuatus, as dissected and drawn by Robert W. Shufeldt.
I look at this and am impressed by the beauty of the anatomy. Then I wonder what Shufeldt’s fingers were like after dissecting and drawing the thing….
You can find more of the raven here. He was a thorough man.