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July 22, 2021

A red-tailed hawk demonstrates in-flight image stabilization

A red-tailed hawk hunting, its head perfectly still as its body, floating on the wind, acts as a stabilizer.

[via Kottke]

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Shopping Cart-Mounted Grocery Store Guide

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What took so long?

July 22, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

'Les Archives du Cœur'

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"'Les Archives du Cœur,' by Christian Boltanski, permanently houses recordings of the heartbeats of people throughout the world. Christian Boltanski has been recording these heartbeats since 2008. 'Les Archives du Cœur' is a testament to the recordees' existence. The recordings may be listened to by visitors. It is also possible to record your own heart beat here."

Boltanski, whose art installations evoked loss, chance, and memory, died last week in Paris.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Boltanski once filled the cavernous Wade Thompson Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan with 30 tons of discarded clothing, a work about loss and remembrance that he called "No Man's Land" (below).

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An exhibition he created at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris in 1998 included thousands of objects he had gotten from the lost and found at Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Another exhibition consisted of photographs he had appropriated from obituaries in a Swiss newspaper.

He created a permanent installation at a museum in Bologna, Italy, devoted to a controversial airplane disaster, with the wreckage of the plane as its centerpiece.

Since 2008 he had recorded the heartbeats of people all over the world for what he called "Les Archives du Coeur" (top and below).

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One of Mr. Boltanski’s odder projects was "The Life of C.B.," a work not by him but featuring him.

In 2009 he struck an unusual arrangement with a collector named David Walsh: Mr. Walsh agreed to pay Mr. Boltanski for the right to livestream his studio perpetually until one of them died.

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[Stills from the livestream]

The stream was still running at Mr. Walsh's Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia, at Mr. Boltanski's death.

In an interview with The Brooklyn Rail last year, Mr. Boltanski said he had long since grown accustomed to Mr. Walsh's cameras.

"At the beginning I would try to say hello, and sometimes I would arrive naked," he said. "Now I totally forgot about the cameras. What is funny is that when you look at someone's life you can't have your own. For this reason he hired someone, and this poor guy's job is to stay in front of the screens and look at me."

In a 2017 interview with The Times, Mr. Boltanski mused on his own passing.

"I hope that when I shall be dead, somebody that I don't know in Australia is going to be sad for two minutes," he said. "It would be something marvelous because it means you've touched people you've never seen, and that is something incredible."

He started painting and drawing as a young teenager, and often credited an older brother with being the first to tell him he could be an artist.

He was self-taught, having dropped out of school at 12, and, he acknowledged, it took him some time to find his way.

"I made many canvases that are now luckily destroyed; they were very close to outsider art," he told the art magazine Apollo in 2018. "And then I met people, I grew up, I made strange films, and bit by bit I entered into an artistic system."

By the 1970s he was making conceptual works, often using found objects, old photographs acquired at flea markets or culled from newspapers, and similar detritus.

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[Mr. Boltanski at the New-York Historical Society with part of his 1995 conceptual work, "Lost: New York Projects."]

A pile of discarded clothes in 1995 was his contribution to a group exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London called "Take Me I’m Yours" — visitors were invited to help themselves to the clothing.

"There are two things that are forbidden in a museum normally — to touch and to steal — and here you can both touch and steal as much as you want," he told the art website americansuburbx.com 20 years later, when he revisited the idea for an exhibition at La Monnaie in Paris. "The deeper aspect is the question of the meaning of the relic."

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In 2017 Mr. Boltanski created an installation in a remote part of Patagonia, in South America, that included some large horns; when the wind blew through them, they would create the sound of whale calls.

"Maybe in a hundred years my name will be forgotten," he told Wallpaper magazine in 2018, "but someone will say, 'There was a man who came here and talked to whales.'"

July 22, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Actual size of countries vs. Mercator projection

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I clearly remember all the years from elementary school through high school featuring the Mercator map of the world (light blue) on the front wall of classrooms, and my amazement at how huge Greenland was.

July 22, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Sakeboard Anger Management Shouting Jar

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From the website:

If you loved the bestselling Shouting Vase that "holds your anger," get ready for the new and improved version: the Sakeboard.

Scream with fury all you like into this jug and it will absorb your screams.

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Vent your stress even more clearly by writing on the outside of the vase what is getting you mad!

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Don't worry (too much) about the noise.

The Sakeboard is designed to absorb, mute, and reduce sound by around a third.

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As the outside is coated in a material like a white board, it can be wiped clean for the next time you need it.

You could also use the Sakeboard when watching sports, shouting your passionate support for your team or athlete without fear of disturbing the neighbors.

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Features and Details:

• Weight: 7.2 oz

• Dimensions: 7.4" x 3.9" x 3.1"

• Red and Black marker pens included

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$28.

July 22, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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