Monday, May 30, 2011

Tethering and training equipment used in falconry

These fascinating and detailed depictions of Falconry related paraphernalia can be seen here in their original context. 

Discovered via this post on Falconry by BibliOdyssey.

Falconry stays and tools in 'Traité de Fauconnerie' by H Schlegel, 1853

Falcon hoodwear in 'Traité de Fauconnerie' by H Schlegel, 1853

Le tiercelet Hagard de faucon d'Islande in 'Traité de Fauconnerie' by H Schlegel, 1853

Le Groënlandais, Faucon Blanc Mué

Falcon hoodwear close up

i. Tethering and training equipment used in falconry
ii. Raptor hoods: "Falconry hoods are among the very first pieces of equipment that a falconer will obtain when beginning to learn the art of falconry. A properly fitted hood ensures that the bird remains calm while in the presence of humans, as otherwise it may become alarmed and distraught. A hood is essential in making a bird ready for training. The acclimatization of the bird to humans is known as "manning" and is the first step in the training regimen."
iii. Le tiercelet Hagard de Faucon d'Islande
iv. Le Groënlandais, Faucon Blanc Mué (Hooded White Greenlander falcon or gyrfalcon - based on a portrait of the bird by Pierre Louis Dubourcq)
v. detail of Hooded White Greenlander falcon or gyrfalcon

(All captions from original BibliOdyssey post)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Various observations from Cairo, Beirut and Uganda

A selection of images from the blog Future Perfect by Jan Chipchase. Fascinating observations and various fleeting glimpses into everyday life, urban fabric, graphic design, technology, micro enterprises and other particular subtle details witnessed in Cairo, Beirut, and Uganda.



17736 - Cairo

'Phone number for sale in the electronics market. 50 Egyptian Pound (6 Euro) premium for an easy to remember number sequence, and an additional 25 Egyptian Pounds premium for older operator prefixes that suggest the person has been ‘mobile’ for a while (the operator ran out of numbers, was allocated a new prefix).'

Run Don't Walk - MarsaMatruh
Run don't walk

Monopoly, Reverse Engineered - Beirut
Monopoly, Reverse Engineered

Chair Storage Norms - Beirut

The Man From Iran - Beirut

Privacy Extensions - Beirut

Don’t Worry. Don’t Be Happy - Beirut

When the Worst is Good Enough - Kulu

You’re a road-side vendor offering phone charging services – what are the pre-conditions for investing in a solar panel for your business? A lack of mains electricity or very poor mains electricity; cost to buy, maintain; versatility; risk of theft (for smaller panels); effectiveness (speed of charging, discharging); weather conditions; an ability to purchase said solar panel; and ultimately a willing consumer base in range of a cell tower.

Are you going to invest in a solar panel if its likely the grid to extend to your neighbourhood. This isn’t an environmental investment, its cost driven.

On this trip I’ve seen off-grid road-side charging services using a single solar panel to charge phones. The photo above actually shows a solar panel for sale – the owner stall was recently connected to the grid – his business undercut.

Cost of a car battery recharge? ~1,500 Shillings (~0.6 Euro)
Cost of a phone battery recharge? ~500 Shillings (~0.2 Euro)

For people of the grid power don’t come cheap.

Threaded - Kulu
Phone charging stall

Influencers - Kulu

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NASA Expedition landings

Aerial photographs by NASA of various expedition capsule landings in Kazakhstan. Expedition 21 (March 2010), Expedition 24 (September 2010), Expedition 20 (October 2009) and Expedition 18 (April 2009).

For high-resolution versions see the original set by NASA HQ on flickr

Soyuz TMA-16 Lands (201003180001HQ) (explored)
Expedition 24 Soyuz Landing detail
Expedition 24 Soyuz Landing (201009250001HQ) (explored)
Expedition 20 Landing (200910110001HQ) (explored)
Expedition 20 Landing (200910110011HQ) (explored)
Expedition 18 Lands (200904080001HQ) (explored)

Expedition 20 Landing (200910110003HQ) (explored)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stoke City fans at the 2011 FA Cup Final

Screenshots from the 20 gigapixel 360-degree panoramic photograph of the 2011 FA Cup Final by Jeffrey Martin. In red are the Stoke City fans. Apparently '1000 photographs shot with a DSLR and robotic tripod head were needed to capture the 90,000 fans in attendance, and the final image was processed with a workstation that had 192 gigabytes of RAM and 24 CPU cores'*

360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final

360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final

360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final

360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final

360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final

360-degree panorama of the 2011 FA Cup Final


See the Panoramic photo here:
*Source: here

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed by Frédéric Chaubin

In CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed Frédéric Chaubin reveals 90 buildings sited in fourteen former Soviet Republics which express what he considers to be the fourth age of Soviet architecture. His poetic pictures reveal an unexpected rebirth of imagination, an unknown burgeoning that took place from 1970 until 1990. Contrary to the 1920s and 1950s, no “school” or main trend emerges here. These buildings represent a chaotic impulse brought about by a decaying system. Their diversity announced the end of the Soviet Union.

Taking advantage of the collapsing monolithic structure, the holes in the widening net, architects went far beyond modernism, going back to the roots or freely innovating. Some of the daring ones completed projects that the Constructivists would have dreamt of (Druzhba Sanatorium, Yalta - above), others expressed their imagination in an expressionist way (Palace of Weddings, Tbilisi). A summer camp, inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base, lays claim to Suprematist influence (Prometheus youth camp, Bogatyr). Then comes the "speaking architecture" widespread in the last years of the USSR: a crematorium adorned with concrete flames (Crematorium, Kiev), a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof (Institute of Scientific Research, Kiev), a political center watching you like Big Brother (House of Soviets, Kaliningrad). This puzzle of styles testifies to all the ideological dreams of the period, from the obsession with the cosmos to the rebirth of identity. It also outlines the geography of the USSR, showing how local influences made their exotic twists before the country was brought to its end.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

The Doyle Diary

Facsimiles of the sketchbook / dairy of Charles Altamont Doyle, father of Arthur Conan Doyle. During his stay throughout 1889 at Montrose Royal Lunatic Asylum in Scotland.

"Keep steadily in view that this Book is ascribed wholly to the produce of a MADMAN. Whereabouts would you say was the deficiency of Intellect? or depraved taste? If in the whole Book you can find a single evidence of either, mark it and record it against me." - Charles Altamont Doyle, 8th March 1889. (Pencil annotation, top left, frontispiece)

The Doyle Diary
The Doyle Diary
The Doyle Diary
The Doyle Diary
The Doyle Diary

The Last Great Conan Doyle Mystery: With a Holmesian Investigation into the Strange and Curious Case of Charles Altamont Doyle By Michael Baker. (1978 Paddington Press UK)