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Look at these HORIZONTAL blue bars


Perfectly horizontal.  Really. Based on the classic "cafe wall" optical illusion. If you like this, note that the TYWKIWDBI category of optical illusions currently has 60 posts.

Unrepentant

From a letter written to a newspaper by a death-row inmate: I wonder if the public is aware that the cost of my first trial was half a million dollars.

Tropea, Calabria, Italy


Photo via the Europe subreddit.

Crewless electric cargo ships


Everyone is familiar with driverless cars and driverless long-distance trucks.  Next come crewless ships: Two Norwegian companies are teaming together to construct a short-range, all-electric coastal container ship that will eventually operate autonomously—eliminating up to 40,000 diesel truck trips per year.

An excerpt from The Epic of Gilgamesh


"What I had loaded thereon, the whole harvest of life I caused to embark upon the vessel; all my family and all my relations, The beasts of the field, the cattle of the field,    the craftsmen, I made them all embark.

Cut paper


Art by Kiri Ken, via Colossal (more examples at the link).

"Total Eclipse" (Annie Dillard, 1982)


Brief excerpts from Annie Dillard's essay "Total Eclipse" - "You may read that the moon has something to do with eclipses.

Recreating a 70-year-old photo


Very nicely done.  Not just the same pose, but the same brooch (Prince Albert's sapphire), same necklace...

Nice work if you can get it

I found this in a 2012 Atlantic article about our "price-tag society": • Stand in line overnight on Capitol Hill to hold a place for a lobbyist who wants to attend a congressional hearing: $15–$20 an hour.

"Accidental impressionism"


A photograph of oranges inside a greenhouse.

Nocturnal light pollution hinders pollination

"Eva Knop’s team from the Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Bern, shows for the first time, that nocturnal pollinators can be affected by artificial light leading to a disruption of the pollination service they provide.

"Structural color" in butterfly wings

YouTube link. Scientists study the process in vitro in order to document the development of nanostructures that give the appearance of color without having pigment themselves.  Interesting.

Problems from breeding "fashionable" German Shepherds


From The Telegraph: A survey of data collected from 430 clinics across the UK reveals arthritis, cancer, aggression and sloping backs are afflicting the breed at higher rates than others due to aggressive selection.

A detailed discussion of p values

An article in Vox will be of interest primarily to readers who have had a manuscript rejected (or have reviewed and rejected one) because a crucial p value was >0.05 Most casual readers of scientific research know that for results to be declared “statistically significant,” they need to pass a simple test.

There is more than one way to map an eclipse


Instead of using conventional astronomical data, this map depicts Google search interest.

A remarkable 9th-century swan


This is a special book from the early Middle Ages (France, 9th century). Not only does it contain a high volume of very attractive images, but these images are also not what you would expect: they are drawn, as it were, with words.

Basic color categories

YouTube link Quite interesting. Via Sentence First.

"It Walks By NIght"


With this post I'm inaugurating a new category in TYWKIWDBI - the locked-room mysteries of John Dickson Carr.   I've been an avid reader of detective stories ever since my childhood discovery of Sherlock Holmes.  College and graduate training consumed my time for a decade, but once I achieved gainful employment and a modicum of free time I resumed reading mysteries and science fiction.  I believe it was in the 1980s when I lived in Kentucky that I read my first John Dickson Carr novel with an "impossible" murder.  Over the next ten years I scoured the used bookstores of Lexington and Indianapolis to locate some of the more elusive titles.   Finally, with the assistance of my wife and the internet I was able to acquir (and read) the corpus of about 70 titles.

Confronting one's fears

YouTube link. "In this documentary short titled Ten Meter Tower, Swedish filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson paid 67 people $30 to climb to the top of a ten meter (33 foot) high dive for the very first time all while being filmed.


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