a beautiful mind at protomag
Painted metal snuff box, late 18th-early 19th century (Science Museum)
listen at http://idiolect.org.uk/docs/MadeOfMeat.mp3
Best viewed leaning back from the image. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of pumiceous material from the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Interior of pumice clast collected in Yakima on May 18. Photo by D.R. Pevear. Yakima County, Washington. May 18, 1980. Figure 385-A, U.S. Geological Survey. here
photograph: michael nicholls/national geographic stock
1995, india: by setting off a camera trap, a female tiger captures her own image in bandhavgarh national park
125 years of national geographic in pictures via the guardian
…After the story was published in Weird Tales, Goodenough sent Lovecraft a congratulatory card, and also asked the author a couple of questions. Rather than responding with a card or letter of his own, Lovecraft wrote the answers in a tiny hand and then apparently gave the card to Vrest Orton — a bookman and eventual founder of The Vermont County Store — who returned the card to Goodenough personally during a trip to the Green Mountain State. Then Goodenough sent the card back to Lovecraft again, with follow-up questions written in a nearly microscopic hand. I suppose he knew the local postmaster, and was able to get the card back into the mail system without a problem. Amazingly, Lovecraft managed to fit the answers to the questions on the postcard in an even smaller hand.
Glossy magazines told stories about couples with relationship problems who went to their GP, and the GP didn’t understand their problem (the first paragraph of any medical story in the media). Then they went to the specialist, and he didn’t help either. But then they went to a private clinic. Here they did blood tests – hormone profiles, esoteric imaging studies of clitoral bloodflow – and then they understood. The solution was in a pill, but that was only half the story, and the diagnosis was almost more important: she had a mechanical problem. Rarely was there a mention of any other factors, that she was feeling tired from overwork, that he was exhausted from being a new father, or finding it hard to come to terms with the fact that his wife was now the milky mother of his children, and no longer the nubile sex vixen he first snogged on the floor of the student union building to the sound of Don’t You Want Me? by the Human League in 1983.
This is because we don’t want to talk about these issues, any more than we want to talk about social inequality, the disintegration of local communities, the breakdown of the family, the impact of employment uncertainty, changing expectations and notions of personhood, or any of the other complex, difficult factors that play into the apparent rise of antisocial behaviour in schools.