Where you can walk on water but it’s no miracle

Thursday, 18 December, 2014

There’s a lake in Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains, where the water sometimes freezes so slowly, that the resulting ice appears to be crystal clear. So if you are nearby, and are edging your way across the lake’s surface, you are in effect walking on what looks like water, rather than ice.

An explanation of how the crystal clear ice forms can be found here.

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The best of the best ever groundbreaking albums

Thursday, 18 December, 2014

As you would expect, works by Kanye West, Radiohead, Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Nirvana, Micheal Jackson, The Ramones, Kraftwerk, Carole King, Miles Davis, The Byrds, Loretta Lynn, The Mothers of Invention, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ray Charles, and Woody Guthrie, are listed among the forty most groundbreaking albums of all time.

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Some significant scientific achievements and breakthroughs in 2014

Thursday, 18 December, 2014

Twenty-fourteen, the year that was… a summary of what Quora member Howie Reith considers to be significant scientific achievements and discoveries of the last twelve months.

In December of this year a DNA analysis of human remains was completed. Those remains were conclusively determined to be those of King Richard III, the infamous 15th century monarch of England.

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I come from the land of the flat white… or do I?

Thursday, 18 December, 2014

The flat white, a coffee brew that’s kind of like a latte, and also a cappuccino but with less froth and an absence of sprinkled chocolate, is apparently taking hold in the US. I can’t say I’m a flat white fan, hence the surely crude description I offered of it, but if the drink is amassing a following elsewhere in the world that can’t be a bad thing.

But in the States, where cappuccino foam became wetter, not dryer and stiffer, we never found the need for such a drink. Still, Americans have a yen for adopting trends from the Commonwealth. From wetting the parched gullets of Aussies and Kiwis, the flat white eventually made its way to the hip and posh cafes of London, and has been migrating to the U.S. over the last couple years, as everyone from New York to the New York Times to the New York Post to Vogue began declaring it their new favorite coffee drink.

What I didn’t know however is that there appears to some dispute between Australian and New Zealand baristas as to who devised the brew. We’ve been here before though haven’t we? When it comes to frothing up certain diary products, the two countries seem to find themselves at loggerheads. Why is that?

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And that was 2014…

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

I’m getting ready to close off for the year, in fact I did last week, but don’t think I’m taking it easy, there’s still plenty on the to-do lists to get through before the festivities proper can commence. Nonetheless disassociated has been, during these last few days, in the ultra capable, and ever dependable, hands of the WP timestamp.

Maybe timestamp should run the site permanently?

Anyway that means there’s another couple of days of posts coming at you until the end of the week, including, just maybe, for old time’s sake, a film review.

Anyway, I shall return on Monday, 12 January 2015, and take this opportunity to thank you for reading along. May your year end break be safe and happy. Here’s some music, Reflektor, by Arcade Fire to go out on… I hope you enjoy it, the video is certainly intriguing. And in the words of Arcade Fire, see you on other side…

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We may live in the past of a parallel universe… heavy

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

I’m soon about to disappear for a few week’s break and I guess, after all the cake and watermelon, I’m going to need something to contemplate over the holidays… this sounds like it might fit the bill… the notion that we may live in the past of a parallel universe:

Although the model is crude, and does not incorporate either quantum mechanics or general relativity, its potential implications are vast. If it holds true for our actual universe, then the big bang could no longer be considered a cosmic beginning but rather only a phase in an effectively timeless and eternal universe. More prosaically, a two-branched arrow of time would lead to curious incongruities for observers on opposite sides. “This two-futures situation would exhibit a single, chaotic past in both directions, meaning that there would be essentially two universes, one on either side of this central state,” Barbour says. “If they were complicated enough, both sides could sustain observers who would perceive time going in opposite directions. Any intelligent beings there would define their arrow of time as moving away from this central state. They would think we now live in their deepest past.”

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The feed lots of Texas, but what’s with the colours?

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

Artwork by Mishka Henner

Feedlots is an intriguing collection of works by Manchester based artist Mishka Henner, assembled from satellite photos of cattle feed yards, being the places where livestock are sent prior to slaughter. What to make of those coloured, would they be liquids, accumulating at the lower right hand corner of the image then?

Via Kottke.

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If you only make one film, may it be considered excellent

Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

The list of filmmakers who only ever made one movie is probably as long as the reasons why said filmmakers chose not to pursue careers as directors. For some it wasn’t because their efforts were poorly received, at least not the twelve directors whose work is considered excellent by A.V. Club writers.

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The work of collage artist Tristesse Seeliger

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

Artwork by Tristesse Seeliger

Vancouver based artist Tristesse Seeliger creates collages using historical maps sourced from the Geological Survey of Canada.

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Zero waste comes about through one hundred percent effort

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

I was speaking to someone recently who is trying make their home a zero waste house, which in essence is about almost eliminating household refuse through reuse and recycling, while also reducing consumption that gives rise to waste in the first place, being a few of the “five Rs” that I first read about at Zero Waste Home.

If this is the sort of thing you’re looking at as a project or resolution for the new year, then this guide to running a zero waste home is worth looking at. While eliminating rubbish or waste is certainly possible, it takes some planning though.

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