This post marks the two-year (and one day*) anniversary of this Rapid Notes, so I thought I would celebrate with an epic gallery post. This blog now has 456 posts! Which is rather a lot considering that I’ve never really figured out what this blog should be about. Browsing through this post will probably give you a better idea than any description I could write.
Another way to explore is via the table of contents (or the ☰ menu at the top of the site).
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Skylab – A Guidebook
An English Barleycorn set
Imagining the Mundane: The Invented Cities of Robert Berlo
Saga censored image
Princess Merida – Sassy or sexy?
Google Glass teardown
Coffee drinks illustrated by Lokesh Dhakar
Guilt by association
Out of 2,258 peer-reviewed articles published between November 2012 and December 2013 articles (9,136 authors in total), only 1 rejected the notion of human-driven global warming.
Luke & Leia
Andy Warhol, Venus, 1985, ©The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visuals Arts, Inc., courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum
The original Lena Soderberg centerfold in the November 1972 issue of Playboy
The first incarnation of the game’s main character, now known affectionately as “Ivan the Space Biker”
The production area
Dinosauroid cultural development
Wooden armor heavily based on ancient Chinese/Pacific Northwest armor of similar make
What we see here is the inside of a hollowed out asteroid, pressurized and filled with a breathable atmosphere.
This scene shows a group of people hiking across the icy plains of Jupiter’s moon Europa.
The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 7:28 p.m. EST on Dec. 19, 2014. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event.
“I took this picture the day after the violent protest turned into riots in Ferguson, Missouri. The police were trying to disperse a crowd and warning they would arrest anyone gathering on the street. This woman held her hands up and moved into the middle of the street and was detained. I think it is a strong picture because of her emotion and the iconic gesture of the raised hands contrasted with the police lights.” — Jewel Samad
Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks broke shortly after the release of the patch for NROL-39, leading many to speculate that the octopus represented the tentacles of the government reaching out to control the world. After using the Freedom of Information Act, however, a journalist found a more mundane explanation: the octopus represents a failed instrument (nicknamed an octopus) that the team had to contend with while preparing the satellite for its December 2013 launch.
Neue Haas Grotesk (Design: Fritz Bühler, Walter Bosshardt), 1958, leaflet
Helvetica / Neue Haas Grotesk specimen brochure,1963. Designed by Hans Neuburg and Nelly Rudin using both names of the typeface on the cover
Clustering of the 2,039 UK individuals into 17 clusters based only on genetic data.
This scanning electron image shows the head of a boll weevil
Each of these bumps contain lenses, which work together to form a greenfly’s eye. It can spot quick movements, but can’t see far
An illustration of grains of pollen being released from a a flower in the Asteraceae family
*This post took a lot longer to make than I expected! Originally I had planned to produce a more comprehensive list of the most interesting posts from the last two years, but I realised that was too much. Also, goddamn, WordPress.com needs a way of editing the arrangement of inserted galleries! I’ve spent so long rearranging shortcode lines like
ids="3737,3735,3734,3768,3854" to make this post lay out in the way that I wanted!
Celebrating two years of this blog with a scroll-tastic gallery post.