Image description: The Archivist of the United States recently posted this story about patents that you may not know:
You may think that the National Archives is an unlikely place to learn the secrets of Michael Jackson’s dance moves — but you’re wrong!
Within Record Group 241, Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, patent 5,255,452 gives us the secrets behind one move in particular — Michael’s “lean” as done in the music video, “Smooth Criminal.”
Instead of using an easel, Jackson Pollock would stretch a canvas on the floor of his barn and scamper around all four sides of it as he painted.
Rather than using brushes, he used sticks to flick and drip paint, or he poured it straight from the can, favoring wet household enamels over traditional oils.
Here, rare outtakes from Martha Holmes’ 1949 shoot with Jackson Pollock.
Daily chart: world peace. This global peace index produced by The Institute for Economics and Peace, a think-tank, is composed of 23 indicators ranging from murder rates to weapons imports to conflicts being fought. It throws up some surprising results, such as that China was more “peaceful” than America in 2007.
For my part, when I enter most intimately into what I call myself, I always stumble on some particular perception or other, of heat or cold, light or shade, love or hatred, pain or pleasure. I never can catch myself at any time without a perception, and never can observe any thing but the perception. When my perceptions are removed for any time, as by sound sleep, so long am I insensible of myself, and may truly be said not to exist. And were all my perceptions removed by death, and could I neither think, nor feel, nor see, nor love, nor hate, after the dissolution of my body, I should be entirely annihilated, nor do I conceive what is further requisite to make me a perfect nonentity. If any one, upon serious and unprejudiced reflection, thinks he has a different notion of himself, I must confess I can reason no longer with him. All I can allow him is, that he may be in the right as well as I, and that we are essentially different in this particular. He may, perhaps, perceive something simple and continued, which he calls himself; though I am certain there is no such principle in me.
David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, Section VI: Of Personal Identity (via philphys)
Jacob and Sophia are America’s most popular baby names for 2011, according to the Social Security Administration.
This is the thirteenth year that Jacob has been the most popular boys name. Sophia was number two in 2010 and beat out Isabella for the top spot in 2011.
Mason is the only new name…
“When we look about us towards external objects, and consider the operation of causes, we are never able, in a single instance, to discover any power or necessary connexion; any quality, which binds the effect to the cause, and renders the one an infallible consequence of the other. We only find, that the one does actually, in fact, follow the other. The impulse of one billiard-ball is attended with motion in the second. This is the whole that appears to the outward senses. The mind feels no sentiment or inward impression from this succession of objects: consequently, there is not, in any single, particular instance of cause and effect, any thing which can suggest the idea of power or necessary connexion.”
David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
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