08 September 2014

monday miscellany

The mind's eye, as pictured in Robert Fludd's treatise of 1619. 
In Fludd's time, imagination did not denote intellectual freedom and creativity, as it does today; it could also be associated with frustrating mental confinement. The purpose of imagination was not to interpret or embroider on the prosaic reality communicated to it by the five senses, but to integrate sensations into images and pass them along to the mid-brain. There reason... took over, considering and judging those images, filing them into memory for eventual retrieval. (via)

Cedar stump house, Edgcombe, Washington, 1901 (via)

Dazzle camouflage makes it difficult to estimate where a target is and how fast it's travelling.
Picasso claimed cubists had invented it.

Haniwa house, 3rd-7th century Japan (via)
Haniwa horse - "extraordinarily tall, at four feet" (via)

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