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April 16, 2008
Monsieur, you vill not speak disrespectfully of a member of ze family! It is a boon travelling companion, without which I do not function, I cannot operate. It has been with me for 21 years, zis thing, this chair!
Glenn Gould performed for 21 years seated in a folding card chair modified by his father to be height adjustable. That one chair
accompanied him around the world in support of each of his recordings and performances, and now resides on a pedestal at the National Library of Canada. Luckily, exact replicas of the skeletal, cushion-less chair are available for only €990
. [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 10:00 PM PST - 20 comments
The 257-foot Delphine
was a 1921 steam-powered yacht designed by and for the Dodge brothers (of Dodge Motors). Today, "of all the large American-built steam yachts built between 1893 and 1930, the Delphine
is the only one left in her original condition with her original steam engines still in service." Forbes
has a fascinating history and cool pictures
of the fully restored 1921 lush decor. But probably forget about chartering it (unless you have 40-60k euros a day).
posted by stbalbach at 8:05 PM PST - 7 comments
:"In the spring of 2003 about 8,000 tribal people and low-caste farmers living in the Kuno area of Madhya Pradesh, India, were summarily uprooted from the rich farmlands they had cultivated for generations and moved to 24 villages on scrub land outside the borders of a sanctuary created for a pride of six imported Asiatic lions."[via
posted by dhruva at 5:46 PM PST - 4 comments
started out as an online archive of letters from a few families but has since expanded to contain letters from many historic figures. [more inside]
posted by ozomatli at 11:03 AM PST - 2 comments
It's the hat.
The German ad agency serviceplan
uses the iconic image of Der Führer to create an ad for selling hats. Thomas Weber of the Bonn hat retailer, Hut-weber
, was "a bit reluctant at first, but won over fast by the rather cunning idea and the craftiness carrying the simple, straightforward message that 'hats make people'."
posted by three blind mice at 10:50 AM PST - 61 comments
, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around its outer walls. [more inside]
posted by steerpike at 5:19 AM PST - 57 comments
Enough bad news, enough gloom and doom. You remember that Asteroid 99942 Apophis
that we were afraid might hit Earth in 2029? Ain't gonna happen. But it will get close enough for Earth's gravity to alter its orbit and there's a chance it could hit the next time around in 2036.
But only a tiny chance: "less than 1 in 45,000 using standard dynamical models
". according to NASA. Oh wait... NASA just got skooled
by a 13-year-old German Astronomy Geek who says the chances are more like 1 in 450
. Still a tiny chance, and the official numbers were only off by a factor of 100
. Oh yeah, we're doomed.
posted by wendell at 12:55 AM PST - 60 comments