#49: And land delicately on the moon

Steampunk mobility, a 17th century moon chariot, learning how to panda, etc.



Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

The Abyss: Music and Amnesia
“His ability to perceive what he saw and heard was unimpaired. But he did not seem to be able to retain any impression of anything for more than a blink. Indeed, if he did blink, his eyelids parted to reveal a new scene. The view before the blink was utterly forgotten. Each blink, each glance away and back, brought him an entirely new view. I tried to imagine how it was for him. . . . Something akin to a film with bad continuity, the glass half empty, then full, the cigarette suddenly longer, the actor’s hair now tousled, now smooth. But this was real life, a room changing in ways that were physically impossible.”

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying
“For thousands of years, the dreams and visions of the dying have captivated cultures, which imbued them with sacred import. Anthropologists, theologians and sociologists have studied these so-called deathbed phenomena. They appear in medieval writings and Renaissance paintings, in Shakespearean works and set pieces from 19th-century American and British novels, particularly by Dickens. One of the most famous moments in film is the mysterious deathbed murmur in Citizen Kane: ‘Rosebud!'”

The 17th-Century Moon Mission
That Never Got Off the Ground

“When Dr. John Wilkins looked out into the night sky in 1640, he was sure that in his lifetime humans could find a way to sail among the stars—and he knew how they would get there. Over three centuries before spaceflight became a reality, Wilkins had a plan laid out for space travel: voyagers would lift off of the ground in a winged, open chariot, break free from gravity as if opposing a magnet, and land delicately on the moon to meet the alien beings who lived there.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

The web’s most useful tools and hidden gems.
Australia’s first  rescued-food supermarket.
The calendar that simply writes itself.
Eleven museum sleepovers.
Drawing more makes drawing better.
Where pandas learn how to panda
and sloths learn how to sloth.
The world’s largest sketchbook library.
Her true life as an accidental archer began at 60.
And why settle for a mobility scooter when you can drive a steampunk teapot?

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

Here’s that cello guy.
Here’s the Kate Bush conjecture.
This is not in slow motion.
Here’s where Walk of Life ends all the movies.
And she’s saving an ancient language with pop music.