For my husband.
Auguste Rodin, Balzac, étude type A. - “According to his reminiscences: “[Rodin] told me that the Balzac was cast from his original sketch for the statue, but the government officials had decided that Balzac was too naked for the nursemaids and children who frequented the gardens and it was refused. He then made the figure that was accepted by simply throwing a dressing-gown about Balzac so that nothing now shows of him, or rather is uncovered, but his head. Mine was the only bronze that he made from this sketch, he told me… He placed a low valuation on the bronze as he seemed to be thoroughly disgusted with the prudery of the officials” — A. Gallatin, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Abstract and Brief Chronicles of the
Time, New York, 1950, pp. 27-28
Detail view an oaken casket lid containing a preserved Norse giant’s heart. (21th century)
The inscription on the casket is written in old Norse runes and reads…“Behold! Within this casket lies the heart of the fierce and terrible giant known as Hrungnir, slain this day by Fafrd the Red whose bravery and cunning shall live forever!”
The sun’s most powerful solar flare of the year.
Disks moving in a square grid trace out an interesting pattern as they pass over a rotating wheel. Some traces appear to go towards the centre only to be flung back out, in some cases forming a sharp corner. A few of the traces form loops, as if there was also a force acting sideways rather than outwards. This demonstrates how the Centrifugal and Coriolis ‘forces’ appear to affect the motion of objects in a rotating frame. [making of video (new)] [more] [code]
Two Northern Water snakes fighting over a small eel.