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September 29, 2019

Star-Destroying Black Hole

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When a star strays too close to a black hole, intense tides break it apart into a stream of gas.

The tail of the stream escapes the system, while the rest of it swings back around, surrounding the black hole with a disk of debris.

This video includes images of a tidal disruption event called ASASSN-19bt taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and Swift missions, as well as an animation showing how the event unfolded.

September 29, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"William Blake" at Tate Britain


[Above and below, exemplars of Blake's work featured in the Tate show]

Wrote Michael Prodger in the New Statesman:

Blake was seen by most of his contemporaries as eccentric and mediocre.

But for all his technical failings, his inventive approach made him one of the greatest graphic artists of all time.


Whatever Blake was — poet, prophet, and sage, or "Rebel, Radical, Revolutionary" as the poster to Tate Britain's extraordinary new survey of his career somewhat sensationally puts it — he was primarily, and from first to last, a professional artist.


For much of his life he spent his days as a highly regarded freelance commercial engraver; his evenings he gave over to his watercolours and relief etchings — intended as saleable products; and it was only late at night that he became a poet, composing in snatches when he had a few moments to spare.


The Tate show is an extraordinary gathering of his work, exhaustive and exhausting.

What it shows above all is how his intensity of concentration was sustained for an entire career; it never wavered.


It also shows that, for all the timelessness of his work, just how rooted Blake was in the social and artistic agendas of his time.

If he seems a very different artist from more accepted figures such as Turner and Constable there are numerous correspondences too, not least that Blake would occasionally bump into Constable when both were walking on Hampstead Heath, and was an avowed admirer of the younger man.


All three men though, in their different ways, were observational artists; while Turner and Constable were the great interpreters of the external world, Blake's focus was fixed firmly on the imaginative one.


"William Blake" runs at Tate Britain until February 2, 2020.

September 29, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Identifying which fuse or breaker controls which outlet


Back in 2008 a nifty device called the Easy Circuit Finder (below) offered a quick and dirty solution to this problem but alas, it's long since become unavailable.


Fortunately for us, BrainGenius boj reader Linda Badeen, within hours of the device's appearance here, offered a far better — and faster, cheaper, and totally under control — solution: "How about using a radio that you already own?"

Utterly sublime.

September 29, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

500 Entertaining Words and Phrases from Chambers’ Dictionary


Above, abbot of unreason through capernoity.

All 500 here.

September 29, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Camera Lens Travel Coffee Mug

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From the website:

If you're a photographer, chances are you've probably never mistaken your camera lens for a coffee mug, but in reality, camera lenses are perfectly shaped to hold your morning brew.

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Luckily, instead of wasting a good lens on pouring your coffee into it, you can get one of these camera lens coffee mugs that are actually made to hold coffee or tea.

A perfect gift idea for any photographer, this unique coffee mug is made to look just like a certain popular brand of camera lenses.

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It even comes with a screw-on glass lid that looks like the actual bubbled glass part of the lens.

This way you can take it with you on the go without worrying about spilling.

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The camera lens-shaped travel coffee mug comes in either black or white and features realistic buttons, knobs, and zoom grips just like a real camera lens.

The plastic housing encloses a stainless steel internal liner.

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Features and Details:

• Black or white

• 13.5 oz capacity

• 4.72"H x 3.15"Ø

• Carrying bag included

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$15.95 (coffee not included).

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

September 29, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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