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Hair today…

This outrageous display of facial hair configurations made an appearance at the 4th Annual National Beard and Mustache Championships in New Orleans earlier this month. Luckily Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson was on-hand to give us a front-row seat as the bizarre spectacle of facial hair paraded in front of his camera lens.

The championships involved some 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K., and Canada who competed in 17 different categories. If this isn’t enough, here’s a giant gallery of 164 portraits from the event.

From This Is Colossal


As we think on tonsorial temerity, we might send illuminated birthday greetings to Louis Lumière; he was born on his date in 1864.  The son of a portrait painter who added photography to his repertoire, Louis joined with his brother Auguste to pioneer cinema.  Their father returned in 1894 from a trip to the U.S. where he’d been enchanted by Edison’s kinetoscope.  The brothers (who’d already pioneered new darkroom techniques for still photography) were excited…  until they understood that Edison’s display could only be seen by a single viewer at a time.  Louis envisioned something different: a projected image that could be shared by an audience, in the same way that audiences share a play.  With his brother’s help, Lumière designed the Cinematograph, a self-contained camera and projector that used a clawed-gear to advance sprocketed film. It was the first apparatus for making and showing films to audiences in a way that would be recognizable today as “going to the movies”; thus the Lumière brothers are often credited as inventors of the motion picture.  In any case, the principle at work in the Cinematograph was the principle used in movie cameras and projectors for more than a century afterwards.


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October 5, 2013 at 1:01 am

No habla Tamahaq…

The Rosetta Disk

Further to “How Quickly We Forget…” and the all-too-real dangers of data loss through the withering of the systems, the “lexicons,” and the people needed to translate and understand that data…

It’s estimated that fifty to ninety percent of the world’s languages will disappear in the next century, many with little or no significant documentation…  so much for the utility of any news archives in those tongues, or for access to their cultural heritage via their fiction or drama.

Into the breach, The Long Now Foundation and its Rosetta Project.  A National Science Digital Library collection, the Rosetta Archive now serves nearly 100,000 pages of material documenting over 2,500 languages—the largest resource of its kind on the Net.

…another reason (as if one needed another reason) to love librarians.

(Interested readers can see/hear a Long Now Seminar talk by linguist Daniel Everett, recounting his experiences with the Piraha in the Amazon (an experience that has revolutionized linguistics) at the Long Now site.  Concerned readers can join your correspondent in supporting The Foundation for Endangered Languages.)

As we sharpen our sibilants, let us spare a grateful thought for Louis and Auguste Lumiere, who unveiled their “cinematograph” publicly (albeit, in a private screening) for the first time on this date in 1895.  The French brothers had patented the combination movie camera-projector the month before, and went on to demonstrate it with the first film newsreels– and with what most consider the world’s first movie, “Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory.”

Auguste and Louis Lumiere

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March 22, 2009 at 1:01 am

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