How to make a fountain pen
Fantastic transcription of an article from Scientific American (1879) on how fountain pens are manufactured. Comfortingly, not a lot has changed.
The nib is placed on a piece of pumice rock, which you can see the second worker holding. There are thin articulated gas pipes reaching out from the wall. At its end permanently burns a tiny flame, much smaller than the one on a cigarette lighter. The second worker holds the mouthpiece his hand and directs the flame towards the nib. When he blows into the pipe the flame forms a point and gets much hotter. Through adjusting the amount of air he blows he controls the temperature.)
French shop frontages
A look inside some of the Paris shop fronts, at the life going on behind them, will bring you closer to the vibrant pulse of the city.
Made in North Korea bills itself as a rare glimpse into a graphic culture developed in isolation. But the relationship between domestic and international politics is more complex than it appears at first glance. You might come across cute pastel wrapping paper adorned with Pyongyang architectural landmarks, made for tourists — the work of some North Korean Wes Anderson — or even an improbable set of commemorative stamps celebrating the UK’s Princess Diana, created in 1982 to mark the birth of Prince William.
It's on until May 13th at House of Illustration.
Most verbs stay basically the same in different grammatical roles. "Walk" looks like "walks" and "walked." But the word "be" looks nothing like the word "am," which looks nothing like the word "were." This unusual circumstance came to be over thousands of years and can be traced back to an ancient ancestor of English.
English is lols.
Raise a drink to Julie d'Aubigny
In Villeperdue, still wearing men's clothing, she was insulted by a young nobleman. They fought a duel and she drove her blade through his shoulder. The next day, she asked about his health and found out he was Louis-Joseph d'Albert Luynes, son of the Duke of Luynes. Later, one of his companions came to offer d'Albert's apologies. She went to his room and subsequently they became lovers and, later, lifelong friends.
I fell down a wiki hole and came back with gold.
Her Paris career was interrupted around 1695, when she kissed a young woman at a society ball and was challenged to duels by three different noblemen. She beat them all, but fell afoul of the king's law that forbade duels in Paris.
One animal was so decisive in shaping human history that the eminent historian Reinhart Koselleck proposed it as the sole organizing principle in a schema outlining the world’s three great epochs.
Sensational Kodachrome Photos of London’s East End by David Granick
Definitely worth looking at.
“The collection has about 3,000 slides going back to the fifties,” says Dorley-Brown, “but they have been well preserved. Many had been unseen for fifty years or more.”
This one is awesome: