” when Rydet was 67—when she began to work on what would become her magnum opus: the Sociological Record, a sweepingly comprehensive photographic “portrait” of Polish domestic life that would come to span decades, regions, and even countries. “
Orthography – Futility Closet ““If the professors of English will complain to me that the students who come to the universities, after all those years of study, still cannot spell ‘friend,’ I say to them that something’s the matter with the way you spell friend.” — Richard Feynman This has always been my problem with English. It’s a broken system where we blame the user. Watching kids learn to speak shows you just how many illogical choices there are in the language. tags: weekly english spelling How GM makes a car sound like what a car is supposed to sound like — Thoughtful Design — Medium “In general, to improve fuel economy in a car, you want to reduce the engine’s RPM. Over the past few decades, the auto industry has been doing that. In the 90s, says Gordon, a 4c engine might be cruising at 3,400 RPM. Today, it’s below 2,000. But as you reduce the speed that the drive shaft is rotating, you lower the frequency of the sound it’s making. There comes a lower limit where the engine is making what Gordon calls “groan-y and moan-y” noises which people find unpleasant. The car sounds broken. So cars had to keep the engine’s RPM above a certain level, hurting their fuel efficiency, or risk alienating customers.” tags: car […]
Flickr Commons – Going Strong! | Library of Congress Blog “Most weeks, we post old news photographs that have incomplete and even erroneous titles. The steady addition of informative comments remains much appreciated, and we have folded almost 9,000 updated photo captions back into our own online catalog. The rapid deciphering of “Mystery Photos” that had no title at all is also very impressive!” tags: commons flickr congress weekly collaboration Deal from strength or get crushed every time | MetaFilter “Deal from strength or get crushed every time” the Trump song tags: america trump strange song weekly tweet Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
via Talky Tina #thoughtvectors is in full effect with 108 blogs and serving up 370+ posts. Not bad at all for 24hrs in. Here are a few of the more interestingly named blogs so far and the associations they triggered for me. Stop by and visit one or wander further astray with my associative trails. ~ – yep- just ~, it has to make Jim Groom happy. Anonymous Octopus – the malleable master of disguise working for anonymous? N30n Ra1nb0w – 1337 speak and gummy worms Fully Flared – all 37 pieces The Inner Workings of Flyzilla One – the clockwork love child of Jimmy Superfly Snuka and Godzilla? Thoughts from a Unicorn – chasers optional? uncharted smiles – strange maps abound, some smiles are charted