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Plot of millions of ships’ logs from 1785 to 1860

Plot of millions of ships’ logs from 1785 to 1860

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from Juan Vilanova y Piera’s  La Creacion: Historia Naturale (1874)

from Juan Vilanova y Piera’s La Creacion: Historia Naturale (1874)

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Speedy Ortiz - “No Below”
Major Arcana

A straightforward quality indie-rock album for the most part, with this excellent track striking a rather darker tone than the rest. The growling bass and lurking guitars lead to a wonderfully noisy but ultimately restrained finale, and the song slips away before it overstays its welcome. (insound)

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Unknown artist - Landscape with Mercury and Argus (c.1570)

Unknown artist - Landscape with Mercury and Argus (c.1570)

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Even as a young officer he was such a hard drinker that his name, Tiberius Claudius Nero, was displaced by the nickname ‘Biberius Caldius Mero’ - meaning: ‘Drinker of hot wine with no water added’.
Suetonius - The Twelve Caesars (Tiberius)
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Is crime consonant with nobility?
Then noblest is the crime of tyranny.
— Euripides
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Furry bee portraits - Sam Droege

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NASA’s Juno captures the moon in orbit around the Earth during a flyby

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The written word has taught me to listen to the human voice, much as the great unchanging statues have taught me to appreciate bodily motion. On the other hand, but more slowly, life has thrown light for me on the meaning of books.
— Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian
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Grails - “Future Primitive”
Deep Politics

Grails takes it back a couple notches after the sublime Burning Off Impurities and tense Doomsdayer’s Holiday. Here be restrained distortion, subtle arrangements, piano solus, and less overall dread. It’s Morricone-infused 70s psych rock with an undercurrent of unease, and it’s a very good listen. (insound)

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Emperors are necessarily wretched men since only their assassination can convince the public that the conspiracies against their lives are real.
— Domitian (shortly before his own assassination)
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J.M.W. Turner - Death on a Pale Horse

J.M.W. Turner - Death on a Pale Horse

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For mature thought there is no mechanical substitute.
— Vannevar Bush, As We May Think
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Yang Yongliang - Moonlight; the landscape without light (large version here)

Yang Yongliang - Moonlight; the landscape without light (large version here)

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Their silence was of no ordinary kind.
— said of the Pythagoreans
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