Sunday the Ninth of September, 2018

The N+7 Machine
"The N+7 procedure, invented by Jean Lescure of Oulipo, involves replacing each noun in a text with the seventh one following it in a dictionary." (filed under: language mutation)

Glanced at: The Bloom's Taxonomy of Boardgame Reviews Meeple Like UsMan Fakes de MinimaxDictionary Stories
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Tuesday the Twenty-First of August

Swiss startup Energy Vault is stacking concrete blocks to store energy — Quartz
"The system is “fully charged” when the crane has created a tower of concrete blocks around it. The total energy that can be stored in the tower is 20 megawatt-hours (MWh), enough to power 2,000 Swiss homes for a whole day." (filed under: electricity architecture stone)

Glanced at: Images des mathmatiquesBrazen head - WikipediaA menace to life and limb: the artworks that have injured and killed | Art and design | The GuardianTHE MAKING(English Version)(271)The Making of Gold Leaf - YouTubeThe Art of Gold Beating (1959) | British Path - YouTubeLetterheads 2018: London Calling | 16-19 August 2018FLEET FOOTING A SONIC WALK CATHERINE KONTZ'Zombie gene' that helps save elephants from cancer

Friday the Seventeenth

The Simple Algorithm That Ants Use to Build Bridges | Quanta Magazine
"When traffic over their backs is above a certain level, they hold in place, but when it dips below some threshold — perhaps because too many other ants are now occupied in bridge-building themselves — the ant unfreezes and rejoins the march." (filed under: ants emergence architecture)

Glanced at: Pope Joan: David Parlett's history ofTime Dilation blarg?Bugs Will Actually Make Your Next Phone Better | WIREDTryom Inc. Omar ITurning Google Earth into SimCity 2000 - YouTubeArmy Ants Attack Wasp Nest By Building Giant Hanging Bridge With Their Bodies

Wednesday the Fifteenth

Woman's ancient 'Clameur de Haro' rejected by Guernsey court | Channel - ITV News
"Rosie Henderson adopted the Norman ritual in an attempt to stop road works at Les Echelons. [...] It is described as a cry for justice and involves an aggrieved party, known as the ‘criant’, the alleged ‘wrongdoer’ and two witnesses." (filed under: law history language nomic)

Glanced at: File:Distancia a la costa.png - Wikimedia CommonsCity Posts -- Coal Duty Posts -- Coal Posts -- Coal Tax PostsMystery prehistoric fossil verified as giant fungus | New ScientistClameur de haro - WikipediaHow to make the Pharaoh's Serpent (Mercury (II) Thiocyanate) - YouTubeHow 3D Printing Helped Mr. Stubbs, The Tailless Alligator'Tenants on our own land': New Zealand bans sale of homes to foreign buyers | World news | The GuardianFeather Thief Broke Into Museum to Steal Rare Birds

Friday the Third

Richard Garfield and Fantasy Flight Games Found KeyForge, a New Model in Game Design and Production | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
"[E]ach Archon is represented by a deck, and each KeyForge deck ever sold [will] be a unique combination of cards not available to any other person who ever plays the game. [...] What's more, each Archon is named and depicted through some kind of random name and image generator." (filed under: cards games words random)

Glanced at: As Google Maps Renames Neighborhoods, Residents Fume - The New York TimesThe Queen Piece of Modern Chess Was Inspired by Queen Isabella | History News Network

Tuesday the Thirty-First of July

Joel Simon - Evolving Floorplans
"The results were biological in appearance, intriguing in character and wildly irrational in practice." (filed under: architecture evolution) (via: viv)

Glanced at: Starfish site - WikipediaThat sinking feeling - Charlie's DiaryShark abducted in pram from Texas aquarium is returned | Environment | The GuardianTiny Epic Mechs | Board Game | BoardGameGeek

Tuesday the Twenty-Fourth

Darwin comes to town: how cities are creating new species | Cities | The Guardian
"All this research seems to point in one direction: that the urban blackbird is evolving into a separate species, a case of true speciation." (filed under: birds evolution cities)

Glanced at: Invasive purple flower impacts Iceland's biodiversity

Wednesday the Eleventh

Why Japan's Rail Workers Can't Stop Pointing at Things - Atlas Obscura
"Originally developed by the now-defunct Kobe Railroad Administration Bureau in the late Meiji Period (the early 20th century), pointing-and-calling is known to reduce workplace errors by up to 85 percent, according to one 1996 study." (filed under: japan psychology hands)

Glanced at: Sustainable LEGO elements: 40320 Plants from Plants | New Elementary, a LEGO blog of partsGoogle Translate: the unlikely World Cup hero breaking barriers for fans | Nick Ames | Football | The GuardianUnwilting Lettuce | Cook's IllustratedEscape Rooms: Room 33 The Logic Escapes MeVegan pulled jackfruit recipe | BBC Good Food

Tuesday the Tenth

Who owns the space under cities? The attempt to map the ground beneath us | Cities | The Guardian
"In Australia, although pre-1891 land titles went “to the centre of the Earth”, those issued after 1891 extend down just 15 metres (49 feet)." (filed under: cities underground future architecture)

Glanced at: Tunnels | DuncanCampbell.orgSurvival Condo Atlas Missile Silo turned Luxury Condos

Sunday the Eighth

RCAHMW | Cropmarks 2018
"As the drought has persisted across Wales, scores of long-buried archaeological sites have been revealed once again as ‘cropmarks’, or patterns of growth in ripening crops and parched grasslands." (filed under: history plants weather wales)

Glanced at: This heatwave is just the start. Britain has to adapt to climate change, fast | Simon Lewis | Opinion | The GuardianLondon Art Night 2018 Erects a Brick Border Wall For People to Destroy | ObserverSpring Polymagnets - Correlated MagneticsIf no country wants them, why dont we settle the worlds refugees on Mars? a new art exhibit asks VICE News

Saturday the Seventh

The Mystery Man Who Spent 20 Years Photographing North American Buildings - Atlas Obscura
"He was clearly fascinated with buildings and signs. [...] His travels took him to the Grand Canyon, the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the Great Lakes, the Rocky Mountains, and across the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, but he did not take a single image of any of those wonders." (filed under: photography signs history america)

Glanced at: Gfeller Collection: Main Street USAPotato fruit - WikipediaHow Slay the Spire makes maths fun | Rock, Paper, ShotgunCategory:Individual trees in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

Monday the Second

Confessions of a Disk Cracker: the secrets of 4am. - Paleotronic Magazine
"Preservation is driven by pirates, who are driven by ego but constrained by the technical limitations of their era. In the 1980s, this meant storage space and network speed." (filed under: software piracy history hacking) (via: lmg)

Glanced at: Gamasutra: Raph Koster's Blog - A brief history of murder in Ultima Online - Trouble at the Today programme: is it losing its grip? | Media | The Guardian - Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space | Official Web Site - Jenga pistol - YouTube - Are they all the same? An exploratory, categorical analysis of drinking game types - The diving bell and the spider - Not Exactly Rocket Science : Not Exactly Rocket Science -
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