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October 7, 2018

Schiphol Clock

From Atlas Obscura:


Time is important at an airport, with thousands of people running back and forth trying to get their plane on time. This is why most airports are full of clocks everywhere, helping to guide harried travelers. Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in the Netherlands is no exception, but it offers a twist: a giant clock that appears as if a man is busy painting it real time, minute by minute. 

The painter is actually a 12-hour-long recording that gives a convincing illusion that a human is standing inside the translucent clock, busy at work as the hands go around.

This creative timepiece is the work of Maarten Baas, a well-known Dutch artist and designer.

The Schiphol Airport clock was created by Baas in 2016.

The man inside the clock is wearing blue overalls and has a yellow rag in his pocket.

This, together with his red bucket, is meant to be an homage to the famed Dutch artist Piet Mondrian.

The clock can be seen in the airport's International terminal.


October 7, 2018 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

paralleltext.io — "Learn languages by reading"



Tell us more.


• It's an online tool that helps you learn languages by reading a book in a foreign language with your native language side by side.

• Click on any sentence to hear it out loud.


Free, the way we like it.

October 7, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

BehindTheMedspeak: How to read paywalled scientific articles


Most of the leading science journals block access to full articles, instead putting their abstracts online along with an option to purchase access to the full report, with prices usually running $25-$50, even then sometimes allowing access for only 30 days.


For a single article!

Much better: simply email any of the authors of the article and far more likely than not they'll respond with a PDF of the entire paper.


I know this because once upon a time, in a century and on a coast far, far away, I published scientific papers and often received many requests for reprints, each and every one of which I fulfilled by sending a copy of the actual publication on paper (my department paid the journal for reprints).

I sent them free, the way those requesting a copy liked it.


Nowadays it's way easier to respond; pixels are easier, faster, and cheaper than dead tree vehicles.

October 7, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: wall mount option.

A third: moving parts.

A fourth: ABS plastic.

October 7, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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