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"Gentlemen: I have a story that may be of interest to you. It is not widely known who invented the circuitry concept for the automatic sequential performance of musical pitches - now well known as a sequencer. I, however, do know who the inventor was - for it was I who first conceived and built the sequencer.
" This is the opening to an undated, unaddressed letter, found in Raymond Scott's personal papers (yes, the same fellow whose kooky soundtracks scored everything
from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to Ren & Stimpy, The Simpson
, and Animaniacs
). You can read the rest of Scott's letter
, along with Bob Moog's recollections of visiting Raymond's electronics laboratory in the mid-1950s. Or you could jump ahead to the mid-1960s, when Jim Henson was in his late 20s to early 30s, and he was working on a variety of odd projects after a successful run with Sam and Friends, but before he it it big with Sesame Street. It was at this point that he teamed up with Scott on a few short, experimental films
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 12, 2013 -
In a twist worthy of a bestseller or blockbuster
, the remains of the shipwrecked
Terra Nova have been identified just off the coast
of Greenland, just in time
to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of Scott's ill-fated attempt
to become the first man to reach the south pole.
On 6 June 1911 Robert Falcon Scott, who was born in Plymouth, celebrated his 43rd birthday at the south pole expedition base camp at Cape Evans. On 29 March 1912 he and his companions finally starved and froze to death in their tent, 11 miles from a supply cache, on the march back from discovering that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the pole.
posted by infini
on Aug 20, 2012 -
, the founder of charitywater.org
, was in many ways "uniquely qualified" [his words] to set a life goal for global clean water with 100% of the donations to this charity transparently and deliberately accounted for via GPS photos and the random live stream of a well-digging! Interview
[Warning: Kevin Rose inside] [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl
on Apr 5, 2012 -
Confused in Catan? Conflicted about Carcassonne? Puzzled in Puerto Rico? You've heard about all these awesome new board games that are out these days, but don't know where to begin? Help is here! Scott Nicholson knows all about 'em, and will explain them in great detail in his video series Board Games With Scott! [more inside]
posted by JHarris
on Aug 8, 2010 -
How we lost the cure for scurvy.
"Now, I had been taught in school that scurvy had been conquered in 1747...but here was a Royal Navy surgeon in 1911 apparently ignorant of what caused the disease, or how to cure it. Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times."
posted by rodgerd
on Mar 8, 2010 -
is a site dedicated to all things Antarctic. There are pictures
(including, among much else, an old documentary about Edmund Hillary's and Vivian Fuchs' Transantarctic Expedition
), a history section
focusing on the famous explorers (e.g. Amundsen
and de Gerlache
) and a fact file
, which includes what may be my favorite section, an Antarctic slang dictionary
: removing snow that's stuck to clothing before going inside - monk-on
: a term for being in a bad, usually introspective mood, "he's got a monk-on" - poppy
: alcoholic beverage that is chilled with natural Antarctic ice). All this is but a taster of what's on the website.
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 29, 2009 -
One of the most beautiful
places in Denver. It a quiet place and quite the place to see. A movie
was made about a house and the fellow who rented it one day...adjacent to the park. Scared me to death as a little kid.
posted by shockingbluamp
on Sep 21, 2008 -
Orson Scott Card
on The Riots of The Faithful
: So Newsweek prints an uncorroborated allegation about American interrogators flushing Qurans down the toilet in order to get fanatical Muslim prisoners to talk, and there's rioting and death all over the Muslim world. There are several lessons to be learned from this incident, some trivial, some quite important...
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on May 27, 2005 -
"The story of Scott's last expedition to the south pole
will, I feel sure, be already known to many of you ... it is one which for courage, endeavour, endurance and unselfishness even in the face of death, will, I feel, never be surpassed.... I feel you will understand the difficulties met with when I tell you that the negatives from which these slides
were made and the slides themselves
were developed and washed with the aid of melted ice."
posted by rory
on Aug 17, 2004 -