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  1. steveoffice

    steveoffice Senior member

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    Ben Rivers

    May Tomorrow Shine The Brightest Of All Your Many Days As It Will Be Your Last (UK, 13 min, 16mm, b/w)

    made in collaboration with Paul Harnden.

    Somewhere in the backwoods at the turn of i'm not sure which century, a crack unit of female Japanese soldiers track a group of lost, ancient desperadoes. They dig holes, they read, their leader channels the ghost of Italian sound poets (as yet unborn..?), all the while moving onward...but who is searching for who and why? Hand-processed with a soundtrack cobbled together from dictaphone recordings, old 78s, hiss and scratches and whines.

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    A clip from Naked by Mike Leigh. One of my favorite movies. Happy holidays! ​
     
  4. sipang

    sipang Senior member

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    More Belgian goodness (the other kind)


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    g transistor Senior member

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    Did you hear that? Rivendell! We're going to see the Elves!
     
  6. sipang

    sipang Senior member

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    Haha yes, I almost added something to that effect.



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    snake Senior member

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    What designer is that? The styling is on point.
     
  8. sipang

    sipang Senior member

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    Oops; It's Christian Wijnants, fall '10
     
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  10. the shah

    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    Glowing Scorpion Exoskeletons May Be Giant Eyes

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    Scorpion bodies are studded with eyes, sometimes as many as twelve — and scientists may have found one more.

    A scorpion’s entire exoskeleton may act as one giant light receptor, a full-body proto-eye that detects shadows cast by moonlight and starlight.

    That’s still just a hypothesis, but it would help explain why they glow so brilliantly under ultraviolet light.

    “It might be a sort of alarm that’s always going off until the scorpion finds shelter,” said biologist Douglas Gaffin of the University of Oklahoma. “Shade might turn down the alarm on that part of their body, so they preferentially move in that direction.”

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    A scorpion finds shelter under a blade of grass. (Douglas Gaffin/University of Oklahoma)

    No matter their color in daylight, be it jet-black or translucent, ultraviolet light makes pigments embedded in their exoskeletons emit photons.

    That property is called fluorescence, and nobody knows quite why scorpions possess it. Suggested explanations include mating signals or evolutionary leftovers of natural sunscreen needed before they became nocturnal. Whatever the case, 430 million-year-old fossils of scorpion relatives called eurypterids suggest their fluorescence has been around for a very long time.

    Gaffin, leader of a study published Dec. 19 in Animal Behavior, noticed during scorpion collection expeditions that one desert grassland species, called Paruroctonus utahensis, always seemed to scurry under something, even in total darkness.

    “You eventually wonder, “how do they find that one blade of grass and stay under it?” he said.

    Gaffin wasn’t the first to wonder if fluorescence played a part, perhaps by converting ultraviolet sunlight and moonlight into a color visible to scorpion eyes, which are attuned to greenish wavelengths.

    One researcher bleached fluorescent pigments from scorpions, covered their eyes and showed they could no longer discern shelter from open space. Another study showed nerves in their tails fired when green light (the same color of fluorescence) was shined on the body part.

    Taking the research a step further, Gaffin and his colleagues recorded the behavior of more than 100 scorpions under UV, green light and longer wavelengths their eyes couldn’t see. The researchers completely blocked some scorpions’ eyes with foil to determine whether exoskeletons alone could “see” anything.

    They found that eyes-blocked scorpions moved just as erratically under UV light as their unblinkered brethren.

    “Maybe they’re collecting stray UV light, maybe starlight, and pigments turn it to green, and that’s what their nervous system is picking up on,” Gaffin said. “How do they do this? I don’t know.”

    Starlight is far dimmer than moonlight, barely enough to make scorpion pigments fluoresce. But Gaffin said the vast quantity of pigments may add up in sensitivity to something comparable to an eye.

    To probe the idea further, Gaffin plans to coat scorpions with UV-blocking sunscreen. There’s just one problem: It kills them in a couple of days.

    “I might cover them in scotch tape, then put the sunscreen on that,” Gaffin said. “I’ll find something that works.”

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    Citation: “Scorpion fluorescence and reaction to light.” By Douglas D. Gaffin, Lloyd A. Bumm, Matthew S. Taylor, Nataliya V. Popokina and Shivani Mann. Animal Behavior, published online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.11.014
     
  11. Synthese

    Synthese Darth Millennial Dubiously Honored

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    This is one of my favorite interviews, ever

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    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    ok this was just kewl :foo: :eek:

    This Simple Trick Lets You See the Blood Vessels In Your Eye

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    the shah Persian Bro #2 and enabler-in-chief

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    Steamed Brussels sprouts (much better than boiling), with fries. To make the fries, first cut into 1cm x 1cm slices (I failed at that part, a bit) and bake twice covered in oil (blanc de boeuf is also tasty if you can find it, white solid at room temp that you melt and pour on). 1st bake at 150C for 7-8min, 2nd bake at 180C for 2-3min, then drop into a pan of hot oil. Do not hesitate to use a lot of oil, as it is a quick browning process. If the level of oil is too low, the temperature will drop immediately when adding the potatoes. Once the desired golden brown is achieved, remove them from the oil and quickly add salt (this should be added while still hot and oily), toss, and pat to removed excess oil. Sauce is, of course, ketchup and mayonnaise :eek:

    edit: plating (if you can call it that) is awful, i know this.
     
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  14. tween_spirit

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    best way to make brussels sprouts:

    two ingredients!!!!!! :slayer:

    go to your butcher and get some smoked or just regular cured bacon, whatever you preference, but cut thick - 1/4" at the least

    dice it into cubes, and cook that shit up in a dutch oven on top of your stove, remove the bacon cubes and lay out on some paper towels on a plate.

    halve your sprouts while the bacon was cooking and once you take the bacon out, pop those in and quickly brown the outside of them in the bacon grease

    take off the stove and put the dutch oven in the oven with the brussels sprouts in at 425 or 450 until done, so like 35 minutes maybe? keep them covered for the first 25 minutes or so, and if you're feeling frisky put the bacon back in for the last 10 minutes for extra crisp. Otherwise just roast them uncovered for those last 10 minutes.

    take that shit out and push them around and loosen them up and then toss them with the crispy bacon chunks if you didn't put the bacon in earlier.

    mangia!!!


    full disclosure: I'm not one of those annoying OOOH BACON MAKES FOOD GOOD people, it's just a good easy 2 ingredient recipe that will get anyone loving brussels sprouts if they don't normally.
     
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