40 days of cutting

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RAAAF and Atelier de Lyon spent 40 days slicing through a left-over WWII bunker, reconnecting the inside to the surroundings.  


Although I'd have liked a bit more information on the machinery, the video is quite interesting.

High Above a Dark NYC

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More from the indominable Vincent Laforet, these were taken at night, dangling from a helocopter at 7,500 feet above the city.  There are many more pictures as well as the complete story, somehow involving a Men's Health article!?





From a collection of Steve Winter's photographs of big cats, posted on National Geographic's photography blog.


The Linda Hall Library, a unaffiliated archive of historical science and engineering documents in Kansas City, MO has been working on digitizing their remarkable collection.  One of the nice things they've done is have pre-defined searches, for example the history of the parachute, or their archive of documents related to the building of the panama canal.  The most interesting, however, is their collection of books on timekeeping.  They haven't put up complete books yet, but have illustrations many of the 16th and 17th century sources of note, including Ferdinand Berthoud, Alexander Cumming and some of the engravings from Diderot and de l'Ambert's Encyclopedia.

Go take a look!


Cardano, Girolamo, 1557. De rerum varietate libri XVII. Woodcut on p. 365


American Qu'ran

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I'm a bit late to the party, but a sample of the American Qu'ran created by Sandow Birk.  It's a complete manuscript of the translated text with illustrations of contemporary American life.




One of the 26 illustrations from Chet Phillips' Childhood


I've taught this class, I'm sure of it


Fernand Léger (1881 - 1955) La Danse

Leadpoint on tracing paper.



Frank Jutzi has released an 8-day desk clock with a "mysterious" tourbillon.  The Tourbillon is centerally mounted within a sapphire wheel which allows it to float within the clock frame.  Hours are displayed at the top, via a jumping-hour complication.  The clock is decorated with engraved silver tree-trunks with climbing enameled ivy, upon which sit two lapis, opan and onyx-set Kingfishers, cast in 18kt gold.  Overall size is 28 x 45 x 16.2 (cm). 





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Queensboro Bridge, August 8, 1907 Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives


Williamsburg Bridge, 1902, courtesy Shorpy



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