Weekly Roundup: Developing Distortion 1

Weekly Roundup: Developing Distortion

It’s time, gather round.

Timelapse Of A Single Cell Developing Into Hatched Newt

This is ‘Becoming’, a microscopic timelapse film from Jan van IJken that follows a single cell as it develops into a hatchling alpine newt. Absolutely incredible stuff. Takes me back to cell biology and developmental biology.

A Brief History of Guitar Distortion

Riff Magazine’s David Gill looks back at the birth of distortion. From Riff:

In March 1951, a 19-year-old Ike Turner was recording his saxophonist Jackie Breston’s song “Rocket 88,” an ode to the Oldsmobile 88 (and later inspiration for Public Enemy’s “You’re Gonna Get Yours”). (Listen above.) Turner played his guitar loud, so loud, in fact, that his amplifier couldn’t handle it. The resulting distortion is the stuff of legend in the fable of rock and roll, giving voice to the intensity of the times.

Pre-order ‘How-To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems’ by Randall Munroe of XKCD

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xkcd creator Randall Munroe already has a couple great books” What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions and Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words.

His third release, coming out in September 2019, is called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems, where he offers solutions like:

  • How to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos
  • How to cross a river by removing/boiling all the water
  • How to tell if you’re a baby boomer or a ’90s kid by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth
  • The many uses for lava around the home
  • Using a telescope to take selfies
  • How to use experimental military research to ensure that your friends will never again ask you to help them move
  • How to get to your appointments on time by destroying the Moon


One Breath Around the World

World champion free diver Guillaume Néry explores a bunch of different waterscapes, floating and diving and walking. Half the time you can’t tell up from down.

Camp And Go Slow Restocked

I’ve been getting emails asking me if I knew when more Camp And Go Slow merch would be up, looks like everything just got restocked.

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Proving the Earth Is Round by Bicycling

Team Sky Inside Line: Colombia