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Having a Ball!

London zoo otter having fun with a small white rock.


Today's pictures & links:
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Managing just fine

(image credit: National Geographic)


Strange Machinery

Neat photo "pool" on Flickr - click here to browse. All kinds of weird mechanisms. Here is a carding machine:

(image credit: massenpunkt)

Test tubes for the aspiring mad scientist:

(image credit: Walter Dukes)

Am awesome Victorian clock at Musee d'Orsay in Paris, 1900:

(image credit: Patrick S.)

Augustinian Friar's Astrological Clock - one of the hands takes 20,000 years to revolve. At the Clock Museum in Vienna:

(image credit: Curious Expeditions)

Strange assembly in Portland, Oregon. What does it do?
(probably some kind of an air duct)

(image credit: Victor von Salsa)

Coming back to our times: Boeing 747 cockpit view, center pedestal:
(click to check out notes describing almost every button)

(image credit: down in the blue)


Cool Shot of the Day
(in cooperation with National Geographic magazine)

Love is in the air
as Valentine's Day approaches.

(image credit: Adam Rose, National Geographic)


Mixed fresh links for today:

When fonts decide go dating... - [fun game]
Air Disaster Simulations - [interesting]
Impressive limo for communists - [auto]
Antique Japanese Armor Gallery - [wow history]
Who knew diagrams could be so much fun? - [fascinating]
Best Valentine Secrets from PostSecret.com - [cute video]
Apocalyptic London by day, by night - [wow art]
One Lean Mean Schoolbus - [car video]
Aaaaahhhhhh!!! - [video ad]
A digital pen and computer mouse – all in one tool - [tech]


"Nature vs. Art" -
New fun poll on Polls Boutique


Interesting Map: The Hand of Moscow

Form the heady days of Cold War comes this image:

(image credit: R. M. Chapin, Jr.)



Marc Olmstead makes Hy-Art - The "Hy" stands for "Hybrid." He takes two or more classic works of art, and combine them into a new, third work. For example, Monet and Dali:

or Tissot and O'Keefe:

(images credit: Marc Olmstead)



(original unknown)


The Fantastic in Art & Fiction

Rare Manuscript Collection. Here is an example:


In the business news today: markets are rebounding slightly because of the recent reports of increased consumption and consumer spending in the US:


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: "Test tubes for the aspiring mad scientist":

did someone actually make the ancient egyptian 'thingy' seen here?:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The London panorama is great!!

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Wow, Jon - I think you're onto something!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jon, Thats amazing.

Blogger HollidayTreat said...

I remember seeing the man with the sewing machine in a National Geographic

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Strange assembly in Portland, Oregon. What does it do?
(probably some kind of an air duct)

It's a dust collector assembly, most likely to collect sawdust.


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