UPDATE: Hurricane Xaver hit northern German late Thursday morning and its strength surpassed expectations. Water levels are expected to rise far high than initially thought, putting cities like Hamburg in danger of flooding.
Please stay safe you guys <33
A giant sea-serpent attacks a ship off the coast of Norway on Olaus Magnus’s Carta Marina of 1572. Sea monsters on medieval maps run the gamut from menacing giant squids to improbable lion-fish hybrids to seductive sirens. Many cartographers simply copied these sea monsters from illustrated encyclopedias. While fantastical today, at the time they were considered real, with “scientific” evidence to prove it.
Young Link (Soprano), Wind Waker Link (Alto), Adult Link (Tenor), and Twilight Princess Link (Bass) wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with their, er, rousing rendition of a Christmas classic.
let me point out that Christmas has been over for nearly four months and I’m still getting the occasional notification that someone has reblogged this. It’s also probably the single most popular post on Link Making Faces.
I do so much stuff in this fandom and the thing that gets the most exposure is Links screaming to the tune of “Carol of the Bells”
this is it
this is my legacy
Now that it’s the first day of December…
…I can finally reblog this.
Polar climates are a preservationist’s dream: with sub freezing year round temperatures, Robert Falcon Scott’s 1911 hut has remained exactly as he left it when he set out on his doomed race to the South Pole, never to return again. The kitchen shelves are lined with tins of haddock, mustard, anchovies and preserved rhubarb chunks (“A little lemon peel is an improvement” advises the label). The bunks have family photos and a dog collage tacked up; one explorer was halfway through reading A Broken Promise. Wilson’s taxidermied penguin is still sprawls on his desk, alongside scientific vials and odd colored liquids labeled Invicta Touching Medium and Sublimed Pyrogallic Acid. The entire space feels perfectly frozen in time, down to the socks hanging to dry above the stove. As my friend Anne said, you feel that at any moment the door could burst open and the lost expedition could walk back in, stomping boots and shaking off snow.
Animal Locomotion: Reanimating Muybridge’s 19th Century Illustrations with GIFs
The 19th century photographs by Eadweard Muybridge captured something that had previously been too fleeting for the human eye: the mechanics of animal locomotion.
In his 1893 book Descriptive Zoopraxography, or the Science of Animal Locomotion Made Popular, Muybridge described his most famous animal locomotion capture of a horse. The series of photographs aimed to settle a dispute over “the possibility of a horse having all of his feet free of contact with the ground at the same instant, while trotting, even at a high rate of speed.” The photographs revealed conclusively for the first time that a horse’s feet do indeed leave the ground all at once while in full gallop, the horse pulling its legs briefly underneath itself before sprinting forward.
Muybridge’s animal locomotion studies were a great success and he traveled around showing the horse and other creatures in motion through his “zoopaxiscope” that brought the series of frozen images to life in a sort of early stop motion movie projector. Collected in the Descriptive Zoopraxography book are some of these images, which were traced from his original photogravures. While you might not have a zoopaxiscope handy to reanimate the animals, we do have the magic of animated GIFs.
For many more of Muybridge’s dizzying GIFs, keep reading Animal Locomotion: Reanimating Muybridge’s 19th Century Illustrations with GIFs on Atlas Obscura…
Vietnamese photographer Thanh Ha Bui captured this incredible image in his parents’ back garden and, after spotting a line of super strong weaver ants marching across a branch, decided to test their legendary weightlifting skills. First experimenting with pieces of food and leaves, he eventually ended up with this incredible shot