May 6, 2012
A persuasive vision of the future. 

Mr. John Progress.

Octave Penguilly L’Haridon, from Le monde tel qu’il sera (The world as it will be), by Émile Souvestre, illustrated by Bertall, O. Penguilly L’Haridon and Prosper Saint Germain, Paris, 1846.

(Source: archive.org)

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A persuasive vision of the future.

Mr. John Progress.

Octave Penguilly L’Haridon, from Le monde tel qu’il sera (The world as it will be), by Émile Souvestre, illustrated by Bertall, O. Penguilly L’Haridon and Prosper Saint Germain, Paris, 1846.

(Source: archive.org)

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November 7, 2011
"...[O]ver 50 million jobs in America—nearly 40% of all employment—...to a greater or lesser extent, could be performed by a piece of software running on a computer."

The Economist examines something that I thought people had been talking about since the 1990s.

Not only is AI software much cheaper than mechanical automation to install and operate, there is a far greater incentive to adopt it—given the significantly higher cost of knowledge workers compared with their blue-collar brothers and sisters in the workshop, on the production line, at the check-out and in the field.

Robots are replacing radiologists and paralegals now.

April 5, 2011
Yes, THAT Edward Lear. No wonder he developed such an eye for the absurd…

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, AKA tricolor-crested cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri, synonym: plyctolophus leadbeateri).

Edward Lear, from Natural history of parrots, by Prideaux John Selby, Edinburgh, 1836.

(Source: archive.org)

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Yes, THAT Edward Lear. No wonder he developed such an eye for the absurd…

Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo, AKA tricolor-crested cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri, synonym: plyctolophus leadbeateri).

Edward Lear, from Natural history of parrots, by Prideaux John Selby, Edinburgh, 1836.

(Source: archive.org)

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April 1, 2011
Underwater operations.

Albert Robida, from Un caricaturiste prophète (a prophet cartoonist), by Henri beraldi and Albert Robida, Paris, 1916.

(Source: archive.org)

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Underwater operations.

Albert Robida, from Un caricaturiste prophète (a prophet cartoonist), by Henri beraldi and Albert Robida, Paris, 1916.

(Source: archive.org)

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March 27, 2011

Space: 1999 sitar freakout via Unmann-Wittering at Island of Terror:

“Big Jim Sullivan, on the Moon, torn from orbit and spinning through space, playing a Coral Electric Sitar. That’s possibly the most exciting sentences I’ve ever read, let alone written.” 

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Just picture it all being done with puppets. It’s even better that way.

February 22, 2011
Never forget. 
Handsome. Deadly. Colonel.
from his Vanity Fair fashion profile, 2009.

Never forget.

Handsome. Deadly. Colonel.

from his Vanity Fair fashion profile, 2009.

January 14, 2011
kung fu grippe: HOWTO make me sad

At least three of the headlines below could refer to stories which have already run in the publication by which I am employed. Several more could run in upcoming editions. The tabloid publication.

I am so ahead of the game.

viafrank:

Real Headlines from the Homepage of Boing Boing

  • HOWTO teach your small children to swordfight
  • Ketchup dispensing mobile robot
  • Demon rug
  • Insects made of human hair
  • HOWTO make a motorcycle out of cigarette lighters
  • HOWTO make an ultra-gross melting-head cake
  • HOWTO make monster…

December 9, 2010
Everything about this article seems like science fiction.

To anyone who was paying attention in the 1980s, at least.

November 9, 2010
Peanuts, 9 November 1950.

Peanuts, 9 November 1950.

November 8, 2010
Grant Patten will die by 2040.

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