Interesting links: June 2019

Tracing eye-movements across a painting
Tracing eye-movements across a painting

Interesting links: May 2019

Artist's rendition of prehistoric fungi http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/07/070423.fungus.shtml
Artist’s rendition of prehistoric fungi

Interesting links: April 2019

The lost city of Thonis, in the Bay of Aboukir

Interesting links: March 2019

Two images, six months apart in mirroring latitudes, capturing the galactic plane


Interesting links: February 2019

N-1, being launched, about a minute before it blew up, 1969.

A few years ago, when it suddenly occurred to us that the internet was a place we could never leave, I began to keep a diary of what it felt like to be there in the days of its snowy white disintegration, which felt also like the disintegration of my own mind. My interest was not academic. I did not care about the Singularity, or the rise of the machines, or the afterlife of being uploaded into the cloud. I cared about the feeling that my thoughts were being dictated. I cared about the collective head, which seemed to be running a fever. But if we managed to escape, to break out of the great skull and into the fresh air, if Twitter was shut down for crimes against humanity, what would we be losing? The bloodstream of the news, the thrilled consensus, the dance to the tune of the time. The portal that told us, each time we opened it, exactly what was happening now. It seemed fitting to write it in the third person because I no longer felt like myself.

Interesting links: January 2019

An illustration from a story in an old issue of Astounding (credit: New York times)

Interesting links: December 2018

Asperatus clouds