Read the full essay at Aeonhttps://aeon.co/ideas/how-much-can-we-afford-to-forget-if-we-train-machines-to-remember “As the internet grows ever more powerful and comprehensive, why bother to remember and retain information? If students can access the world’s knowledge on a smartphone, why should they be required to carry so much of it around in their heads?” Gene TracyChancellor professor of physics at William &…Read More
Choose you own philosophy adventure. Where will your chosen path lead you. From the Open University.Read More
Originally posted on Jeanne de Montbaston:
“And I’ll tell you another thing about the way women don’t Talk Proper …”Filippo Lippi, Man and Woman at a Casement. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to speak, as T. S. Eliot puts it, ‘in different voices’. We…
This lovely 3D image from the British Museum is on the fabulous online platform Sketchfab. The detail is sufficient to see the individual characters inscribed n the stone.
There are also lots of other images from the museum and elsewhere. They have the Lewis chess pieces, and various classical statues, all in huge detail. You can pan, rotate and zoom in: cue hours of happy exploration.
Thomas Newcomen and James Watt are the names I think of regarding early steam engine development. Yet, it was a Thomas Savery, who on July 2nd, 1698 first patented the idea of an early steam ‘engine’, or perhaps more precisely its direct predecessor since it had no moving parts. It was as Savery explained: “A new invention…Read More
Originally posted on Heritage Calling:
On 1 July 1918, at 7.10pm, a catastrophic explosion tore through the National Shell Filling Factory at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire. The blast killed 134 workers and injured 250 – the biggest loss of life from a single accidental explosion during the First World War. A large part of the factory site…
Combined Bascule and Suspension Bridge Tower Bridge was officially opened on this day in 1894. I have long been enchanted by it: as a fascinating piece of engineering it is the only combined bascule and suspension bridge I’ve seen; and as a monumental piece of Victorian Gothic architecture. I first saw it as a child,…Read More
As explained by the Smithsonian Institute. Which of all the US, (American, or is it USA?) organisations is right up there with NASA as an all time favourite of mine. Many years back I spent a blissfully happy time exploring its Air and Space Museum. I had seen images or copies of grand breaking aircraft,…Read More
The original of this image is 953 x 1600 mm, and it usually hangs in the National Trust property at Wightwick Manor, near Birmingham. And there is just something about it.Read More
The cap at a slant; the eyepatch; or the look in his eye. Or simply the genius of Cecil Beaton. Whatever it is, this is a striking picture.Read More
Billy Joel at his peak. Well at least in my view :)Read More
Composed by Richard Strauss during the final months of the Second World War, it may reflect his sadness at the destruction of much of Germany. Certainly it is melancholic. Though it is also beguiling. Ironically, my introduction to this piece was accidental. I subscribed to a classical music magazine when CDs were still relatively new.Read More