austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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Weaving time in a tapestry

And now, some pictures from the Royal Observatory, Greenwich:

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The statue of Major General James Wolfe, Conquerer of Canada, hero of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, has a pigeon on its head.


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Would you stand in line for 45 minutes to take this picture on the Prime Meridian?


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Or would you just step back a couple feet before the line queue and do something like this instead?


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The Octagon Room, part of the original observatory. This was the one built more for show and the impressing of high-ranking visitors, rather than sparse utility and functionality.


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The Time Ball, indicating how it is presently not 1 pm.


Well, you know how Sundays work now. Here's the past week's mathematics blog posts:

Trivia: In 1883 the Strasbourg city fathers held a dedication ceremony for the new railroad station's lights. When the switch was turned on, rather than the 1,200 Edison bulbs lighting, there was a terrible explosion that blew out a wall. Kaiser William I was in attendance. (The German government, not unfairly, refused to accept the power plant, or pay for it, until considerable reworking was done.) Source: Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World, Jill Jonnes.

Currently Reading: Capitulation, 1945: The Story Of The Dönitz Regime, Marlis G Steinart. Translator Richard Barry.

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