Striving for brevity, wit, & soul. Not necessarily in that order.

 

Sintra may have well been plucked from a fairy tale; estates so majestic it’s hard to imagine they used to be ‘just’ residences.

Lisboa: Lisbon is a city composed of mosaics and pastries, interspersed with public transit. Quite lovely place and people.

Barcelona is such a culturally rich city, 10 photos can’t begin to serve as a highlight reel.

thegongshow:

Bits, please meet atoms. Atoms, bits.  You will have a long and interesting relationship together over the next 10 years.

davemorin:

Russian subway now accepting 30 squats as payment for ride

A day visiting the White Cliffs of Dover and a stop into Canterbury.

Hungary is gritty, beautiful, and chock full of history. The people, paprika, and HUF are all wonderful as well.

historical-nonfiction:

A Pythagorean cup looks like a normal drinking cup, except that the bowl has a central column in it. It was supposedly invented by Pythagoras of Samos (yes, that one). It allows the user to fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. If the user fills only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. If, however, the user gets greedy, the cup dumps all the wine into the unfortunate victim’s lap.

historical-nonfiction:

A Pythagorean cup looks like a normal drinking cup, except that the bowl has a central column in it. It was supposedly invented by Pythagoras of Samos (yes, that one). It allows the user to fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. If the user fills only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. If, however, the user gets greedy, the cup dumps all the wine into the unfortunate victim’s lap.

Probably my last CA photoset for the foreseeable future, but these are a collection of coastal shots. Mostly Bay area, some PCH.

The Ancient Roots of Punctuation

newyorker:

Keith Houston on brief history of the Octothorpe (#), Pilcrow (¶), manicule (☞), and other unusual punctuation marks: http://nyr.kr/15BYowC

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Left, from the pen of Isaac Newton; right, detail from Johann Conrad Barchusen’s “Pyrosophia” (1698). Courtesy the Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation.

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Excerpt from a page from Villanova University’s “Rudimenta Grammaticæ” (1500). Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.