I need this.

It records the hours of bright sunshine by burning a hole through a card.

The Campbell-Stokes Recorder (sometimes called a Stokes sphere) is a type of sunshine recorder. It was invented by John Francis Campbell in 1853 and modified in 1879 by Sir George Gabriel Stokes. The original design by Campbell consisted of a glass sphere set into a wooden bowl with the sun burning a trace on the bowl. Stokes’s refinement was to make the housing out of metal and to have a card holder set behind the sphere.

[Found here via here.]

Ombrophilous Hot Links

You Sure Can’t Do, Buddy Guy (1958) An homage to Guitar Slim‘s The Things That I Used to Do.
Band lineup:
Buddy Guy – Guitar and Vocals
Ike Turner – Guitar
Willie Dixon – Bass
Odie Payne – Drums
Harold Burrage – Piano
Carlson Oliver – Tenor Sax
Eddie Jones – Tenor Sax
Jackie Brenston – Baritone Sax

Clam lick.

Vibrating salt.

Do Not Hug the Tree.

1945 computer data cable.

Pops Coffee on the Four Leaf.

Beetle wing embroidery (tutorial).

Signs found on Google Street View.

Rationing of food, petrol, etc., ended in Britain nine years after the end of WWII. [h.t Possum]

A 23 year old auditioned for the Monkees on 7 October 1965. R.I.P. Michael Nesmith.

[Top image: I wasn’t shopping for socks but I found those here.]


From the Archives: 1 year ago. 5 years ago. 10 years ago.

DIY Monocentris Japonica

Google translate gives us this description (from the video):

Introducing rare Japanese fish. A unique Matsukasauo. I saw it after a long time. In the old days, you could throw it into a bonfire, bake it and eat it. The scale is hard and the kitchen knife does not enter. Although small , he is very delicious. When processing, do you put a knife in the anus or cut it with scissors? For roasted and steamed fish. It is expensive as an ornamental fish because it has a rare value. It may be sold as a stuffed animal for ornamental purposes. It’s a fish like a skeleton, but it’s also called a pineapple fish.

More free downloadable papercraft fish plans here [via].

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