"A few days ago Colleen Theisen who helps with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa shared an amazing gif she made that demonstrates something called fore-edge painting on the edge of a 1837 book called Autumn by Robert Mudie. Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction. When I realized the book Theisen shared was only one of a series about the seasons, I got in touch and she agreed to photograph the other three so we could share them with you here
posted by SpacemanStix
on Sep 2, 2013 -
Every year, Edge.org
asks a question. This year's is:"What *Should* We Be Worried About?"
are things like "Chinese Eugenics," "We Are In Denial About Catastrophic Risks," "Worry About Internet Drivel," "The Patience Deficit," "The Power Of Bad Incentives," "The Complex, Consequential, Not-So-Easy Decisions About Our Water Resources," and "The Cultural And Cognitive Consequences Of Electronics." They are from people like Nassim Nicholas Taleb, David Rowan, Evgeny Morozov, Kate Jeffery, Vernor Vinge, Bruce Schneier, Alison Gopnik, Steven Pinker, Virginia Heffernan and Simon Baron-Cohen.
There are 154 answers. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 22, 2013 -
In this sprightly talk (transcript and video)
Daniel Lieberman describes why our bodies are so good at running long distances, how our social intelligence developed and how modernity and capitalism require us to learn (or relearn) how to use our bodies. (May inspire tolerance for people who wear five-fingered shoes.) Prof. Lieberman studies human evolution at Harvard where he focuses on heads and feet
. (via Tyler Cowen
posted by noway
on Oct 20, 2012 -
Only 325 days until Broadway's Hilton Theater hosts the first preview of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
, a $40 million musical directed by Juliet Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge of U2. Investors hope it will fare better than another
big-budget pulp adaptation.
posted by Joe Beese
on Feb 25, 2009 -
..."imagine a painter who could, like Vermeer, capture the quality of light that a camera can, but with the color of paints...scanned with an ordinary office scanner"....Katinka Matson is cofounder of the brilliant and very readable ezine, Edge
. Her digital art
is featured there. Thumbnails of her 40 flowers
. 12 flowers
. Five flowers
. Red anemone
posted by nickyskye
on Jun 27, 2007 -
edge.org publishes its annual question posed to its members.
edge.org is an online sort of a digital roundtable for really smart &
famous types; a flameless metafilter for the intellectually arrived.
Once each year, a global question is posed to its noteworthy members. This year's ?? is: Suppose GWB has appointed you National Science Advisor and then asks you "What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what is your advice on how I can begin to deal with them?"
Their's a boatload of interesting, insightful, sometimes humorous pieces written by a bunch of people. F'rinstance: Kurzweil on cloned tissue spare parts
, Clifford Pickover on quantum dots
, but among the most insightful is Alan Alda
posted by Fupped Duck
on Jan 6, 2003 -
is a question answered by a number of a number of scientists and science writers at Edge.org, which asked them to point their vision towards the world to come.
assesses the probability of certain outcomes of strife between America and the Middle East.
writes about what we stand to lose if we are faced with a new Dark age.
offers chilling thoughts regarding his memories of joy while listening to the bombing of London as a teenager in London in 1940. Amongst those, and many other answers are statements
focusing on education, decentralization of resources, the power of consumerism, and a number of technological and social solutions. While it is important to look backwards for reasons, it's just as important to look forward. What will the future bring, and how can we act to shape that future?
posted by bragadocchio
on Oct 14, 2001 -