Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This form of glass, popular in the early 20th century and now a collector's item, contains uranium for color, is mildly radioactive (not enough to be harmful), and glows lurid green under ultraviolet light. Image from Wikipedia; more can be found here and here.
Monday, September 27, 2010
An early (1940's) experiment in speech synthesis, this device made spectrograms from sound input and used them to play back an approximation of what it "heard"-- including some rather odd sentences.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Once I found a small, fragile-looking volume on the shelves of my college library which consisted of intricately detailed charts (with some details and text almost too small to read) depicting the cosmology and action of Dante's Divine Comedy. Turns out it's entirely available online in a somewhat larger and less fragile form.Below are a few screenshots; click for larger version.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
- The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India
- The 2007-2012 Outlook for Lemon-Flavored Bottled Water in Japan
- The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Agricultural Field and Row Crop Power Sprayers over 4 G.p.m. Excluding Tractor Mounted, Piston Pump, and Non-Piston Pump Type Sprayers
- The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Sailboats More Than 9.0 M (29.53 Ft) and Less Than 12.0 M (39.03 Ft) in Length with Auxiliary Motor Excluding Military and Commercial Sailboats
- The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Domestic Shipments of White Flour Shipped to Blenders or Other Processors for Use in Food Products Made in Flour Mills
- The 2007 Report on Pork Rind Pellets and Pork Cracklings Made in Slaughtering Plants: World Market Segmentation by City
- The 2007 Report on Wood Poles, Piles, and Posts More Than 15 Feet in Length Owned and Treated with Pentachlorophenol by the Same Establishment: World Market Segmentation by City