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Looking closely. Very closely…

 

Designer Adam Saynuk is a detail guy… and a very fine photographer.  Consider the photographs that he took for The Taco Truck (restaurant/store/food truck in Hoboken, NJ) last year, in which he minutely examined each of 35 ingredients

Tomatoes

Corn Tortillas

See them all here.  And see some of Adam’s other work here.

[TotH to Good]

 

As we resolve to leave our glasses on while eating, we might recall that it was on this date in 1609 that Galileo first demonstrated his telescope.  Earlier that year, while in Venice, he’d heard of “Dutch perspective glass,” which made distant objects appear closer and larger.  He reports that he returned to Padua, made a prototype, then an improved telescope, and returned to Venice– where he presented his invention to the Doge Leonardo Donato, who was sitting in full council. The Doge and Senate were so impressed that they awarded him life tenure for his lectureship at Padua and doubled his salary.

Later that same year, Galileo turned his invention around, and created the precursor of Adam’s favorite optical tool, a compound microscope with a convex and a concave lens.

19th Century painting of Galileo displaying his telescope to Leonardo Donato (source)

 

 

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