IJsseloog is an artificial island used as a depository to store polluted silt in the middle of the IJssel River in Flevoland, Netherlands. Silt is granular material, larger than sand but smaller than clay, that may occur as soil or sediment suspended in water. IJsseloog can hold 20 million cubic metres of silt.
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“Any conception of the world must include some acknowledgement of its own incompleteness: at a minimum it will admit the existence of things or events we don’t know about now. The issue is only how far beyond our actual conception of the world we should admit that the world may extend.”
–Thomas Nagel, The View From Nowhere (viasyntheticphilosophy)
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Automatic Picture Transmission (called APT) that was flown on Nimbus I reduced the time required and the cost of getting photographic information from a satellite to local weather forecasters. The four pictures at the right were received at Wallops Island, Va.
F. W. REICHELDERFER, former Chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau, wrote of them: “In this four-frame sequence, Nimbus I reveals many things about the weather in a 900-mile swath from Venezuela to the Canadian Arctic as viewed on August 29, 1964, from orbit approximately 550 statute miles from Earth. Through APT, the local or regional weather forecaster receives pictures of the cloud arrays as the satellite passes overhead. APT receivers are fairly simple and inexpensive.
“The two top pictures show clouds typical of systems of fronts. In mid-latitudes and the subarctic, warm fronts produce cloud ‘decks’ of cirrostratus and altostratus. Cold fronts produce convective cumulus and line-squall cumulonimbus. Intermediate frontal forms give the complex combinations of cloud forms and arrays seen in the pictures-their orientations and shapes being indicative of different wind currents, etc.
“The third picture looks down upon historic Hurricane Cleo over South Carolina and Georgia. The characteristic spiral bands of clouds first seen in full by rocket and satellite photos make it easy for satellites to discover tropical cyclones far at sea outside the usual networks of ship reports.
"In the fourth picture the many cumulus ‘streets’ often found in the trade winds can be seen; also southward are the cloud masses of an intertropical convergence zone.
"Perhaps most promising for future weather analysis and forecasting is the increasing study of clouds and their arrays as symptoms’ and thus diagnostic means for identifying atmospheric dynamic systems which make the weather.”
There’s too much to say about this latest trip. As Hesse put it in Siddhartha: “The river is everywhere.” Brad Garrett and I are talking about co-authoring a book about ten of our riparian adventures, so I may get a few solid thoughts down on paper at some point. For now, though, my mind is kaleidoscoping with infrastructure details (ingresses, especially; always ingresses), geometries, geographies, building materials, fleeting impressions…
Stevie Nicks singing, “When the rain washes you clean you’ll know, you’ll know…” as I drove into the city. Jumping a locked gate in the pre-dawn hush at the source of the river — and then every other barrier we encountered before hitting Universal City security. Fake trees disguising telco infrastructure: palm, pine, and eucalyptus. Climbing a stone wall to get a better look at Starfleet Academy. An empty parking lot beneath which 18 nuclear missiles were siloed until quite recently. Drinking whiskeys old enough to legally drink themselves. Will Self’s unexpected cameo at the Ace Hotel before a tray of room service champagne and our addled realization that all the records we liked best we had played at the wrong speed. Being guided through the ephemera of Bowtie Parcel by local artists with a powerfully strong sense of place. Buckaroo Bonzai’s logo on a warehouse (which makes sense, given that we started at the Starbucks of Rocketdyne – one of Pynchon’s Yoyodyne models). The privilege of observing nature with a scientist whose mind moves at 200 mph (and who continuously, non-confrontationally challenged suppositions with small thought experiments). Deb Chachra explaining emotional labor to me as we peed around the walls of a locked public restroom in a park. Being told by an Uber driver we looked like bank robbers (whether it was emotional labor or not). Dawn on the rooftop of an abandoned building in Downey. Anarchist infrastructure historian Adam Rothstein’s heavily annotated Thomas Guide, his impeccable route finding, a perfectly timed Benjamin quip, and his savage sentences re: Griffith J. Griffith (from a book-length project on California water he’s been working on). A mysterious government pickup truck, laden with chopped wood, driving at speed through the river. Bridge graff of a shadow coyote pack annotated: “Fuck the other side.” A guy in bright red leathers popping a wheelie on his motorcycle, tearing hell down the bike path toward Long Beach. A guy who had lashed his gear and himself into the girders beneath a bridge with a web of cables. A guy in an electric wheelchair who drove against traffic with three leashed pugs mushing ahead of him, blasting a tiny radio, then hopping up to walk into the liquor store. An old guy with a wispy Fu Manchu, ponytail, and sailor’s cap who shouted, “Close that FUCKING door!” at us, then went back to contemplating his horchata, statue-like. The peregrine falcon that shot out at me from the bushes. The corkscrew staircase between I-5 and the 110 at the confluence of Arroyo Seco and the river. A decapitated Mickey Mouse, its body twisted at the bottom of a cliff, as downtown LA came into clear view. Going garbage Tarzan on trash island. Swinging on the Tree of Woe in a pasture behind Disney’s animation studio. Talk of indigenous lizard people. Horse favelas. All of the amazing readings en route — but especially when a flock of pigeons circled overhead, ominously, as London-based geographer Harriet Hawkins read via Skype from and about Lewis MacAdams; and how Lucy Lippard’s Undermining on the subject of Spiral Jetty dissolved into whorls of razor wire separating Compton from the river. Brad recovering his balance after slipping on bird shit in a no-fall situation. The swaying, rusted catwalk we both ventured out onto. Ceremonies at the Mulholland fountain: a water offering, sigils, the naming of names. And a last group photograph, snapped by a bearded fisherwoman with the Queen Mary and Astronaut Islands behind us.
It wasn’t perfect. Despite lugging a heavy, 30-year-old raft >50 miles, we never put it into the water. Despite carrying full kit, and discovering ideal sites both days, we didn’t camp. But we did wade into the river beyond the 6th Street Viaduct at dusk and slosh it for miles through a concrete box canyon in a drizzling rain on the phase boundary of real danger. And we traversed the concrete desert south of Vernon, with commercial logistics operating on both sides of us, relentlessly, under sodium lights, in supernal silence. Unstable memories of the journey are already starting to decay, irradiating my insomnia. But that night, at least, will have a half-life like U-238.
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12) San Francisco – Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
13) Wellington - Pataka Art+Museum, Cnr Parumoana & Norrie Streets, Porirua, Wellington, Porirua City 5240, New Zealand.
14) Massachusetts – MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, USA.
15) Sydney – Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.
16) Toronto – Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto Ontario, Canada M5T 1G4
17) Los Angeles – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
18) Seattle – Asian Art Museum,1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA, 98112. USA
12. Jan. 2016
Lego announces on it’s website that as of January 1st, the Lego Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of Lego bricks for projects:
“The LEGO Group has adjusted the guidelines for sales of Lego bricks in very large quantities.
Previously, when asked to sell very large quantities of Lego bricks for projects, the Lego Group has asked about the thematic purpose of the project. This has been done, as the purpose of the Lego Group is to inspire children through creative play, not to actively support or endorse specific agendas of individuals or organizations.
However, those guidelines could result in misunderstandings or be perceived as inconsistent, and the Lego Group has therefore adjusted the guidelines for sales of Lego bricks in very large quantities.
As of January 1st, the Lego Group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of Lego bricks for projects. Instead, the customers will be asked to make it clear - if they intend to display their Lego creations in public - that the Lego Group does not support or endorse the specific projects.” by aiww (via https://www.instagram.com/p/BAefiH_KD37/)
A ghost ship … Sailing into port for the opening of the Prudential Eye Awards at #ArtScienceMuseum this weekend. by honorharger (via https://www.instagram.com/p/BAe3p5CMusw/)
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Fragments of B-15, one of the largest icebergs ever calved from the Ross ice shelf. Melting icebergs leave plumes of nutrient-rich waters in their wake that may be trapping millions of tonnes of carbon each year. Photograph: MODIS/Terra/NASA
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Mount Taranaki, also known as Mount Egmont, is an active stratovolcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. An incredible change in vegetation is sharply delineated between the national forest that encircles the volcano and the surrounding land comprised of intensively-farmed dairy pastures.
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“Née de l'union de deux ex-hippies aux USA en 1978, je vis à Lille depuis 12 ans. J’ai eu une enfance de rêve dans la campagne américaine, j'ai grandi dans la nature et la liberté, ce qui a sûrement donné naissance à mon imagination mais également à mon esprit de solitude.”
“Toujours dans l'envie d'évoluer et d'apprendre, je suis à nouveau étudiante (en analyses biologiques et biochimiques), ce qui explique cette passion dans mes photos pour les textures organiques et les couches multiples qui me rappelle la complexité du monde vivant qui nous entoure.”
“ Inspirée par une amie photographe peu après mon arrivé en France, j'ai commencé par prendre des photos de la vie quotidienne pour lutter contre l'ennui de la routine. Puis, il y a quelques années, quand ce genre de photo a saturé ce milieu, je me suis concentré plus sur le côté artistique voire obscur/expérimental de la photographie.”
“Dans un monde qui aime opposer la photographie analogue et digitale, ça ne me dérange pas du tout de mélanger et manipuler ces deux techniques dans le but de créer des images qui vivent dans le flou, sans pouvoir déterminer quel appareil photo a été utilisé et sans respecter les règles standards de prise de vue.”
“En ce moment, je suis surtout intéressée par la dégradation forcée de l'image à travers différentes méthodes post-traitement, comprenant le scanning et l'impression répétitive. J'ai toujours été plus attirée par les motifs imprévisibles créés par le hasard et la nature et j'essaie d'exprimer cette beauté que l'on trouve dans ces imperfections à travers mes images.”
“J'ai lu un commentaire laissé sur un des comptes en lignes disant de mes photos qu'elles ressemblaient à des « rêves oubliés en se réveillant et dont on essaie de se souvenir. » I think that says it all.”
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The clouds in many 19th-century European paintings look drastically different than those in the 18th century. There are layers to their texture, with whisps of cirrus clouds flying over billowing cumulus, and stratus hovering low. Clouds weren’t classified by type until 1802, and their subsequent study influenced artists from John Constable to J. M. W. Turner.
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The only reason that anyone could be induced to take part in such a dangerous business was the fabulous profit that could be made. Gideon Allen & Sons, a whaling syndicate based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, made returns of 60% a year during much of the 19th century by financing whaling voyages—perhaps the best performance of any firm in American history. It was the most successful of a very successful bunch. Overall returns in the whaling business in New Bedford between 1817 and 1892 averaged 14% a year—an impressive record by any standard. New Bedford was not the only whaling port in America; nor was America the only whaling nation. Yet according to a study published in 1859, of the 900-odd active whaling ships around the world in 1850, 700 were American, and 70% of those came from New Bedford.
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What do we have planned for 2016? A return to the king of planets. A survey of mysterious Ceres. More postcards from Pluto. Anyone who follows solar system exploration in 2016 is in for quite a ride. Last year was one for the record books – and now here are 10 things to look forward to in the new year. See also: what we have planned agency wide for 2016.
Juno Arrives at Jupiter
July 4, 2016 is arrival day for the Juno mission, the first sent expressly to study the largest planet in the solar system since our Galileo mission in the 1990s. Humans have been studying Jupiter for hundreds of years, yet many basic questions about the gas world remain: How did it form? What is its internal structure? Exactly how does it generate its vast magnetic field? What can it tell us about the formation of other planets inside and outside our solar system? Beginning in July, we’ll be a little closer to the answers.
OSIRIS-REx Takes Flight
The OSIRIS-REx mission, short for Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, sets sail for an asteroid in September. The spacecraft will use a robotic arm to pluck samples from the asteroid Bennu to help better explain our solar system’s formation and even find clues to how life began.
Dawn Sees Ceres Up Close
After an odyssey of many years and millions of miles, in December the Dawn spacecraft entered its final, lowest mapping orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres. The intriguing world’s odd mountains, craters and salty deposits are ready for their close-ups. We can expect new images of the starkly beautiful surface for months.
Cassini Commences Its Grand Finale
In late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft will begin a daring set of orbits called the Grand Finale, which will be in some ways like a whole new mission. Beginning this year and extending into next, the spacecraft will repeatedly climb high above Saturn’s poles, flying just outside its narrow F ring 20 times. After a last targeted Titan flyby, the spacecraft will then dive between Saturn’s uppermost atmosphere and its innermost ring 22 times. As Cassini plunges past Saturn, the spacecraft will collect rich and valuable information far beyond the mission’s original plan.
New Horizons Sends More Postcards from Pluto
We have stared slack-jawed at the images and discoveries from last year’s Pluto flyby, but the fact is that most of the data that New Horizons collected remains on board the spacecraft. In 2016, we’ll see a steady release of new pictures — and very likely some expanded answers to longstanding questions.
Mars Missions March Forward
With five of our missions continuing their Martian quests, 2016 should be a good year for discoveries on the Red Planet.
Mercury Transits the Sun
LRO Keeps an Eagle Eye On the Moon
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will extend its run in 2016, scanning the moon’s surface with its sharp-eyed instruments, investigating everything from lava tube skylights to changes at the Apollo landing sites.
Spacecraft Fly Under Many Flags
Our partner agencies around the world will be flying several new or continuing planetary missions to destinations across the solar system:
Technology Demonstration Missions Push the Envelope
We’re always looking for new frontiers on distant worlds, as well as the technology that will take us there. This year, several missions are planned to take new ideas for a spin in space:
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Reports have emerged that the Government’s own climate change advisers warned comprehensive action was required to protect homes from flooding, but ministers rejected their advice.
The Committee on Climate Change published a report in June naming the government’s failure to act against the danger posed by extreme flooding as their worst failing. The report advised that the government “develop a strategy to address the increasing number of homes in areas of high flood risk”.
The Independent reports that a decision was made in October not to invest in a strategy to combat the increased risk, starting it would “not be appropriate at this time” - just weeks before flooding in Cumbria.
Daniel Johns, the CCC’s head of adaptation, told the Guardian that “the CCC made a very clear recommendation in its statutory advice, but the government rejected it”.
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