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Updated Science: Understand Groundhog Day

fakescience:

Understand Groundhog Day

  • Since publishing this in 2012, we trained the groundhog to predict the outcome of important sporting events (its accuracy is just as low and our lab is broke).
pasttensevancouver:

Graphic designer, 1946
Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay, City of Vancouver Archives #1184-2755

I’m going to stop complaining about my lack of desk space.

pasttensevancouver:

Graphic designer, 1946

Source: Photo by Jack Lindsay, City of Vancouver Archives #1184-2755

I’m going to stop complaining about my lack of desk space.

pasttensevancouver:

Eaton’s Marine Room restaurant, 515 West Hastings, 1954
Now Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings was originally Spencer’s Department Store, and then Eaton’s and Sears before becoming SFU’s downtown campus.
Two years before this postcard was produced, Jim Munro and his twenty year-old bride Alice relocated from Ontario to a pink stucco house on Arbutus Street across from Kitsilano Beach because Jim got a job at Eaton’s. After a decade in Vancouver, the couple moved to Victoria and opened Munro’s Books, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The couple is no longer together, but he’s still running the store and she’s now a Nobel Laureate. For a taste of how the city came across in her stories, see “Alice Munro’s Vancouver.”
Source: Blizzy63 via flickr

pasttensevancouver:

Eaton’s Marine Room restaurant, 515 West Hastings, 1954

Now Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings was originally Spencer’s Department Store, and then Eaton’s and Sears before becoming SFU’s downtown campus.

Two years before this postcard was produced, Jim Munro and his twenty year-old bride Alice relocated from Ontario to a pink stucco house on Arbutus Street across from Kitsilano Beach because Jim got a job at Eaton’s. After a decade in Vancouver, the couple moved to Victoria and opened Munro’s Books, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The couple is no longer together, but he’s still running the store and she’s now a Nobel Laureate. For a taste of how the city came across in her stories, see “Alice Munro’s Vancouver.”

Source: Blizzy63 via flickr


35 Vintage Library Posters from the New Deal EraBetween 1936 and 1943 thousands of boldly coloured and graphically diverse posters were produced by the Work Projects Administration, established as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.


35 Vintage Library Posters from the New Deal Era

Between 1936 and 1943 thousands of boldly coloured and graphically diverse posters were produced by the Work Projects Administration, established as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal.

(Source: aerogrammestudio.com)

An 18 second flick through a first edition NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual designed by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International in 1970.

theparisreview:

The last poem in Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger’s notebook, via the Writers No One Reads Tumblr. The niece of Paul Celan, Meerbaum-Eisinger died at the age of eighteen of typhus in the Mikhailovska labor camp. Fifty-seven poems survived in a notebook titled Blütenlese (Harvest of Blossoms).

Tragedy:Dec. 23, 1941This is the hardest: to give yourselfand know that you are unwanted,to give yourself fully and to thinkthat you vanish like smoke into the void.

Translation by Pearl Fichman.

theparisreview:

The last poem in Selma Meerbaum-Eisinger’s notebook, via the Writers No One Reads Tumblr. The niece of Paul Celan, Meerbaum-Eisinger died at the age of eighteen of typhus in the Mikhailovska labor camp. Fifty-seven poems survived in a notebook titled Blütenlese (Harvest of Blossoms).

Tragedy:
Dec. 23, 1941
This is the hardest: to give yourself
and know that you are unwanted,
to give yourself fully and to think
that you vanish like smoke into the void.

Translation by Pearl Fichman.


Infographic: The Evolution Of The Batman Logo, From 1940 To TodayUnlike other superheroes’ emblems, which really don’t serve much of a purpose outside of adorning their costumes, the Caped Crusader’s iconic logo has a vital function: When shining on the skies above Gotham, the silhouette alerts Batman that it’s time for action. For the sake of clarity in times of peril, you’d think it would make sense to keep this all-important signal consistent throughout the years. But apparently, that’s not the case. According to this infographic, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises has overhauled the visual identity of his other venture some 30 times since he founded it in 1940.


Infographic: The Evolution Of The Batman Logo, From 1940 To Today

Unlike other superheroes’ emblems, which really don’t serve much of a purpose outside of adorning their costumes, the Caped Crusader’s iconic logo has a vital function: When shining on the skies above Gotham, the silhouette alerts Batman that it’s time for action. For the sake of clarity in times of peril, you’d think it would make sense to keep this all-important signal consistent throughout the years. But apparently, that’s not the case. According to this infographic, the CEO of Wayne Enterprises has overhauled the visual identity of his other venture some 30 times since he founded it in 1940.