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Anatomy of Japanese folk monsters

For its pure strangeness. The Makura-gaeshi (”pillow-mover”) is a soul-stealing prankster known for moving pillows around while people sleep. The creature is invisible to adults and can only be seen by children. Anatomical features include an organ for storing souls stolen from children, another for converting the souls to energy and supplying it to the…

Maybe best argument yet for expanding the US rail system. I need to go here:

Perhaps because I so enjoyed the time I spent at sea learning about fish, I particularly enjoyed this collection of Nick Cobbing’s photos of ice, sea, and people who work them — scientists, fishermen, adventurers. Cobbing has a great eye for color and form, particularly those of the icy north and the sea; his study…

Brandon Keim, who is part of Wired’s ace science writing crew also keeps a blog, Earthlab Notes, where he recently put this nice post on The Language of Horses: In a few slender leg bones and fragments of milk-stained pottery, archaeologists recently found evidence of one of the more important developments in human history: the…

Emotional Cartography

Leave it to Vaughn Bell to find this stuff: emotional maps of different cities. Got to get a hold of this — and as Vaughn explains, you and I can, with free download. (But leave the author some $. It’s the right thing to do.) Nold came up with the idea of fusing a GSR…

Kew Gardens (that is, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew) is trying to collect and bank the seeds and pollen from 10% of the world’s plants — a nice 21st-century continuation of the stunning collecting effort that started in the 1700s and helped supply evidence, via Joseph Dalton Hooker, that proved crucial to Darwin’s theory…

The shepherds responsible for the sheep art I featured earlier (i.e., Sheep + LEDs – Mona Lisa, Fireworks, etc.”) explain how it was done. Via the BBC:

Were the makers of that sheepherding-art video I put in an earlier post (and further below in this post as well) pulling the wool over our eyes? Can you really get sheep to do that stuff? My sister Ann, who sent me the link to start with and who has spent some time training sheepdogs…

Who knew? You take a bunch of sheep, put LEDs on them, choreograph via sheepdogs: you can paint! I’m not fully convinced they’re playing straight all the way through, but this is good entertainment regardless. HT: My sister the sheepherder.

Emma Livingston’s photos

I find these photos by Emma Livingstone — onen of 30 photographers singled out in a recent “rising photographer” story (hat tip: Kottke) — especially fetching. Many more at her well-designed site. Among other charms, they bring to mind the painting of Gerhard Richter: September 11