Cloud week continues here on OKTBS!
In 1802, pharmacist and amateur meteorologist Luke Howard drew up the first classification system for clouds, providing the origin of the Latin naming system we still use today. Meteorologists later developed a system of cloud symbol line drawings in order to standardize weather maps.
Those symbols, the legends for which I’ve included above (for low, medium, and high clouds), strike me as a beautifully simple and artistic way to translate such a varied and unique phenomenon as clouds. They’re half zodiac, half typography. I just love them.
Can’t get enough of our fluffy sky friends? The great Every Cloud print also included above comes from artist and designer Joseph Perry, whose work I’ve featured before. If you’d like one for your own wall, Perry’s print available in a limited edition run of 100. Find it here.
*realizes joy division did some real quick fs photoelectron spectroscopy for their dumb album cover*
1) Joy Division’s 1979 Unknown Pleasures album cover actually features a data visualization from the first known pulsar, PSR B1919+21, discovered by Jocelyn Bell Burnell in 1967, and discovered by the band’s drummer in the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Astronomy.
2) It is not dumb.
And here we have Lily Bui’s last pick. What if the solar system was a musical instrument? Find out here. (This does have auto-playing audio, just as an FYI friends).
This SolarBeat planetary music generator from White Vinyl design is super-peaceful to listen to, I’ve had it on in the background for like 15 minutes. Just think, every sonic moment in that orbital simulation is a real moment that has or could happen in our little corner of the universe.
That being said, it does seem like a slightly-more-polished clone of Daniel Starr-Tambor’s Mandala project (which I featured on OKTBS ages ago), a planetary musical palindrome consisting of 62 vigintillion notes, likely the largest palindrome in the known universe.
Watch/listen to Mandala below:
An Illustrated Chart for Neil deGrasse Tyson
“The very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centres of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically, and to the rest of the universe atomically. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Submitted by: http://mappleton.tumblr.com/ (Check her out!)
Well, this is a wonderful thing.
Check out these awesome, laser engraved periodic tables! These were kindly sent across to me by @Andrestujado, and have instantly become the coolest periodic tables I own. Actually, this photo really doesn’t do the yellow one justice, which has a very nice glow to it in the light.
Is any home complete without a laser-engraved periodic table? I need to get that bottom one, like, yesterday.
Pair with the first poem published in a scientific journal, an ode to bioluminescence.
Let it glow!
What’s your favorite? I’m a jelly man myself.