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June 3, 2019

The Beverly Clock in New Zealand runs despite never having been wound since its construction in 1864

Videre est credere.

Back story here.

June 3, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

This rabbit throws shade on my Gray Cat product pix


Whenever possible I like to show photos of items I feature with Gray Cat in the frame.

I just happened on the photo up top in an Amazon comment on OXO's Good Grips Electronics Cleaning Brush.

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But if you find this inadequate, here is the product description by the rabbit photographer/commenter.


$4.95 (for the device — rabbit not included).

June 3, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

First moving picture of a solar eclipse — captured in 1900

From the Guardian:

The first moving picture of a solar eclipse (above), captured by a British magician-turned-film-maker more than a century ago, has been rediscovered in the archive of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The shaky footage, recorded by John Nevil Maskelyne using a specially-adapted camera, shows the moon passing in front of the sun while he was on a British Astronomical Association expedition to North Carolina in the U.S.

Conservation experts at the British Film Institute (BFI) scanned, reassembled, and retimed the footage, frame by frame, and have now released it in 4K as part of their Victorian film collection.

The pictures come from Maskelyne's second attempt to record an eclipse and is the only footage of his that is known to have survived.

His first go at recording an eclipse in India in 1898 was successful, but the film was stolen on his journey home.

Maskelyne, who co-ran the Egyptian Hall magic theatre in London's Piccadilly, wrote several books on the art.

He became one of the world's first hackers when he hijacked Guglielmo Marconi's demonstration of the wireless in 1903 to broadcast his own message and reveal the setup's security flaws.

"Early film historians have been looking for this film for many years. Like one of his elaborate illusions, it's exciting to think that this only known surviving film by Maskelyne has reappeared now," said Bryony Dixon, BFI silent film curator.

"These scenes of a total solar eclipse — one of the most spectacular sights in astronomy — are a captivating glimpse of Victorian science in action," said professor Mike Cruise, president of the Royal Astronomical Society.

June 3, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Head of Hatshepsut

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Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt, reigned between 1473-1458 B.C.E. during the New Kingdom, 18th dynasty.

She was the longest ruling female pharaoh in the Egyptian Empire. 

The painted limestone sculpture is in the collection of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt.

"Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharoah," was published in conjunction with the exhibition "Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh," held at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/de Young from October 15, 2005, to February 5, 2006; at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from March 28 to July 9, 2006; and at the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, from August 27 to
December 31, 2006. 

June 3, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Louis Vuitton Ping-Pong Set


From the Robb Report:

The French luxury fashion brand is now selling a monogrammed ping-pong set.

Each Ping Pong Set James comes with two professionally-designed wooden table tennis paddles, an exclusive zip-up cover to hold them, and four regulation-size balls.

The cover is cut from a black-and-gray version of Louis Vuitton's iconic monogrammed canvas.

Both paddles feature a metal Louis Vuitton Circle medal at the base of the handle and edge tape decorated with the brand's iconic logo.

A snip at $2,210.

June 3, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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