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September 16, 2021

The Chemistry of Guinness


September 16, 2021 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Zipf’s Law: Humans always expend the least possible effort in carrying out tasks

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I had no idea that my lifelong guiding principle was a law.

Videre est credere.

But wait — there's another Zipf's law!

From Wikipedia: "In linguistics, brevity law (also called Zipf's law of abbreviation) is a linguistic law that qualitatively states that the more frequently a word is used, the shorter that word tends to be, and vice versa; the less frequently a word is used, the longer it tends  it tends to be."

September 16, 2021 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Black Film Archive

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From Kottke:

Black Film Archive is a collection of links to films made by Black filmmakers and actors from 1915 to 1979 that are available to stream online.

You can read more about the archive on Vulture and NPR.

Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning...

September 16, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jupiter's South Pole

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Sometime around the year 2080 the first manned mission to Jupiter will gaze in awe at this sight.

Wait a sec — what's that movie I'm remembering?

I enjoyed it but I doubt you will.

September 16, 2021 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Cowrie Chair — Brodie Neill

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From the website:

Having grown up in Australia, designer Brodie Neill has always gravitated towards natural forms and how they can be recast as functional design.

One of his most recognizable designs is the Cowrie chair, first produced in 2013, inspired by the curvilinear form of a seashell.

The piece's organic shape is the result of extensive research and technical innovation, which, true to Made in Ratio's studio philosophy, bridges the handmade and the digital.

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Sweeping lines are displayed in a gentle, single surface monocoque fold.

Perfectly proportioned, the all-in-one structure is formed in bent plywood with either a walnut or a natural or ebonized ash veneer from certified sustainable sources.

The result: an arresting piece of usable art that doubles as a reliable easy chair.

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Features and Details:

• Made to order

• Made in the U.K.

• Optional leather seat 

• 29.5"L x 29"W x 25"H

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From $4,185.

[via my Crack Gotham Correspondent©®]

September 16, 2021 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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