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December 16, 2019

Modernist 1930s Fortune Magazine Covers


From Slate:

Fortune, which launched in 1929 as the brainchild of Henry Luce, had a lux appearance and premium price.


(In 1935, the magazine's prominently-noted subscription rate of ten dollars a year would have translated to around $172 in 2014 dollars.)


As part of the project's mandate to emphasize visual presentation,


the magazine commissioned artists to create covers


that would lend it what we might now call a strong brand identity.

December 16, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Turn your iPhone into an iPod

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A blast from the past.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

But I digress.

From the Verge:

If you've always wanted an iPod click wheel on your iPhone, a new app is helping to bring Apple's iconic music player back into the modern touchscreen era.

Rewound is a basic music player app available in the iOS App Store.

It uses downloadable skins to transform the app into an iPod and it syncs to an Apple Music library.

It even includes haptic feedback so it looks and feels like a classic iPod.

Rewound's developer, Louis Anslow of Rethought agency, has been working on the app for a year.

The idea is to bring back the idea of buttons and the nostalgia of devices like the iPod.

"You can program the physical appearance of a device," explained Anslow. "It could become anything."

The way the app has been built has allowed it to be published in Apple's App Store, as skins are simply downloaded after the app is installed.

It's a clever workaround — as long as Apple doesn't pull the app.

According to various writeups, a limited version is free, but it costs $1.99 to fully unlock the app.

Good luck getting it: my Crack Tech Team©® spent about an hour trying but all they ever got was this:

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Note added at 8:04 p.m. today:

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Details here.

December 16, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

The 5 types of Q tails

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use incidence.

[via Psiĥedelisto]

December 16, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

First-ever map of the surface of a neutron star

From RT

For the first time ever, NASA has mapped out the surface of a neutron star — the remains of a violent stellar explosion — revealing scorching "hot spots" that can reach up to 1 million degrees and continue to puzzle scientists.

Using NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER for short), an X-ray telescope on board the International Space Station, researchers obtained the first-ever surface chart of a special type of neutron star known as a pulsar, and took measurements in unprecedented detail.

Neutron stars form after the catastrophic collapse of a larger star, crushing their own mass and becoming extremely dense.

When such a body is highly magnetized and begins to emit blasts of radiation from its poles, it is labeled a "pulsar."

For over a year, the NASA probe fixed its gaze on a pulsar named J0030, which resides in a remote region of space 1,100 light-years away from the constellation Pisces, itself another 300 light-years removed from Earth.

Before mapping J0030, scientists were under the impression it had only two "hot spots" — areas of extreme heat and radiation — located at its poles, but the researchers were surprised to find at least three, all clustered in its southern hemisphere.

The video up top is superbly captioned and provides understandable insight into this remarkable work.

December 16, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

Fooled u

Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: washable.

December 16, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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