16

Sep

thecadaverousportrait:

The Euphonia, a mid-19th century gadget that could simulate human speech by pumping bellows-fed air over an artificial tongue set in a chamber of weird plates and valves. It had a woman’s face and coils of hair in ringlets, and spoke in a “weird, ghostly monotone." 
By pumping air with the bellows and manipulating a series of plates, chambers, and other apparatus, including an artificial tongue, the operator could make it speak any European language. It was even able to sing the anthem God Save the Queen. The Euphonia was invented in 1845 by Joseph Faber, a German immigrant. A little known fact is that this machine greatly influenced the invention of the telephone.

thecadaverousportrait:

The Euphonia, a mid-19th century gadget that could simulate human speech by pumping bellows-fed air over an artificial tongue set in a chamber of weird plates and valves. It had a woman’s face and coils of hair in ringlets, and spoke in a “weird, ghostly monotone.

By pumping air with the bellows and manipulating a series of plates, chambers, and other apparatus, including an artificial tongue, the operator could make it speak any European language. It was even able to sing the anthem God Save the Queen. The Euphonia was invented in 1845 by Joseph Faber, a German immigrant. A little known fact is that this machine greatly influenced the invention of the telephone.

15

Sep

phylacterystashbox:

vidconwitch replied to your post “every few days I ponder who the fuck runs the dril twitter. like who…”

i personally think this is a mystery best left between dril and god

I feel like this is really true, the anonymity helps with the bizarre humour, dril is this strange nebulous being who’s almost certainly fictional, but is just close enough to reality that knowing the real author might ruin the effect.

dril is written by a committee of six design executives and two branding managers at aol-time warner.  2013 Q4 dril had a downtick in quality so they had to replace some personnel and retool.  it’s now clear that dril is back and better than ever, expected to perform straight into 2015.

(Source: 666tokyo)

14

Sep

so give him back his PENCIL okay??

so give him back his PENCIL okay??

12

Sep

fall paul

fall paul

raresenses:

nappynomad:

socialjusticekoolaid:

The Ferguson City Council convened for the first time since Mike Brown’s death, and proved that they literally give no fucks about what the community has to say. Added to their vague, paltry proposed reforms, seems real change will have to come in Ferguson via the ballot box. I don’t care where you live folks— let this be a lesson in voting/participating in your local elections and government! #staywoke #farfromover 

My people getting it!

these people are the real heroes. not the military, not politicians, not the Hollywood actors. they risked their lives and livelihoods to challenge white supremacy and institutionalized racism.

radiantrepose:

Glitch City

radiantrepose:

Glitch City

11

Sep

tile murals at my post office. “FROM THE SUN AND THE FRUITS OF THE BLACK SOIL POETRY AND SONG SPRANG…OUT OF THE WEALTH AND THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY CAME A NEW ARCHITECTURE.” the evanston post office has horrific golden stakhanovite mail carrier statues.

what’s with the post office? is it america or just chicago? it might be that it’s the one branch of government that has existed since 1789 more or less unchanged. as the great james k polk said, “the office of president, as well as postmaster, was created *for* the people.”