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Found 16 posts tagged ‘clock tower’


June 29, 2020 (permalink)

From Guilford's 1960 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #darkness #vintage yearbook #night #clock tower
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March 16, 2020 (permalink)

From Duke's 1932 yearbook.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #architecture #vintage yearbook #starry night #night #clock tower #duke university
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December 27, 2019 (permalink)

The "weight of time" that we feel in every breath looms upon us from the clock tower in the sky.  It's there, no matter which way you turn, as proven by the endpapers of the University of Maryland, College Park yearbook of 1952.  
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #clock tower #endpapers
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December 20, 2019 (permalink)

Parallel worlds collide.  From Worcester Polytechnic's 1965 yearbook.

*For some unbelievably weird yearbook imagery, see our How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook.

> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage photo #vintage yearbook #seeing double #clock tower #multiple exposure #parallel universe
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October 1, 2019 (permalink)

From Nebelspalter, 1890.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #architecture #long hair #clock tower #vintage hair
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July 3, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Courrier Français, 1908.
*Inspired by the world's only accurate meteorological report, "Yesterday's Weather," as seen on Check It Out.
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#vintage illustration #rainy day #art #clock tower #tower
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June 7, 2019 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1904.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #boat #clock tower #low bridge
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May 13, 2019 (permalink)

A haunted bathroom in the Solvang clock tower (and where the spirit led):
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#ghost #clock tower #solvang #w. somerset maugham
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March 3, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1923.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #clock tower #out of reach #bread basket #government handouts
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January 11, 2019 (permalink)

This photograph may be used to facilitate time travel. From the Wisconsin yearbook of 1973.
> read more from Images Moving Through Time . . .
#snow #winter #vintage yearbook #night photography #clock tower
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May 19, 2017 (permalink)

From Cartoons Magazine, 1921.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #moon #art #crescent moon #starry night #clock #night #clock tower #time stopped #cobwebs
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April 14, 2017 (permalink)

"Night doesn't hurry time.  Clocks that seemed to gain during darkness were right and the blame falls on the stars."  From Hearst's International, 1922.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#vintage illustration #art #time #darkness #clock tower
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July 31, 2016 (permalink)

From King Time by Percy Keese Fitzhugh, 1908.  (We actually once spent a week in this tower.  The door to the clock mechanism is kept locked, which was our biggest disappointment.  There is access to the battlements, however.  The clock face itself isn't nearly as grumpy as it's depicted here.)
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #clock face #faces in things #clock tower
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May 28, 2015 (permalink)

We can now reveal that giant, elaborate, even architectural clockwork has always been the engine that generates fairy tales, and our modern age of disenchantment is directly attributable to newfangled flat clocks and (horrors!) portable digital timepieces.  In a nutshell, one can't measure "once upon a time" by a microchip.  Begin contemplating where all the giant clocks are, (recalling that Germany's fabled Black Forest contains the vast majority of the world's largest cuckoo clocks), then contemplate the sources of your favorite fairy tales, and a bell will resound in your head.  Contemplate also why California's Disneyland is better than Florida's Magic Kingdom (recalling that the elaborate facade behind Disneyland's It's a Small World ride is an enormous, elaborate clock with animated figures emerging to mark the hours).  Now you'll have guessed the reason for our pilgrimage last year to the 14th-century fortified East Gate of the town of Warwick, still a working clock tower.  Google Earth imagery of the clock tower verifies that the spot violates the laws of space/time.  The top of the clock tower is revealed to be ethereal (see first and second pictures below).  It's an English version of a "Castle in Spain."  At least equally intriguing, an additional warp in space/time is verified: the yellow line that Google overlays to show the route of street traffic bends upward into space as it nears the clock tower.  This anomaly isn't a one-off but rather appears in multiple photos and angles (see pictures three and four below).  In our final picture, taken more recently by Google's spy cameras, note the optical illusion in the clock tower's windows.  We've paired it with an optical illusion by Gary Barwin, to clarify the exact phenomenon (see picture five below).  Windows begin as glass and end as stone, and vice versa.

> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#medieval #clockwork #timepieces #clock tower #warwickshire #east gate #fairy tales #spatial anomalies #temporal anomaly
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May 4, 2015 (permalink)

How Every Floor is the 13th and Why Every Clock Tells the Correct Time

Our latest investigation into timelessness was inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's Twin-Peaksian film Twixt.  The film features a very strange town with a very strange clock tower -- seven clock faces, no two hands alike, thereby making it impossible to measure time, à la Marquez.  In the film, the tower chimes pretty much continuously, which is so lovely.  We got to wondering whether it was possible for seven mismatched clocks to chime continuously or whether it was all a bit of movie magic.  To get a sense of the durations of the chimed melodies for first quarter, half-hour, third quarter, and full hour, we timed a recording of Big Ben in action.  We decided not to count reverberations after the numbered hour strikes, just to keep the data tidy.  In a twelve-hour period, there are 20 minutes and 51 seconds of chiming (if each chimed note of melody and each hour-counting chime were played continuously).  Divided among seven clocks, there's almost 3 minutes of silence between soundings.  So yes, the continuous chiming in the film is courtesy of Hollywood.

So we're in the midst of programming a widget in which one adjusts the hands of eight (or more) clock faces in an attempt to achieve continuous chiming.  One recalls Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach's proverb, "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day," and we conclude that eight mismatched clocks ... [drumroll, please] ... give the correct time constantly.  Every clock, even a broken one, tells "the time," and what we do with that information is our own concern.  Even the atomic clock gets adjusted occasionally with a leap second because even the earth's rotation isn't a reliable timepiece.  One reason we're trying to determine the proper settings for continuous chiming is that we're envisioning an entire wall of clocks that ever-signal that "the hour is nigh."  And we wish to discover how that might affect one's metabolism of time.

Somehow related to a broken clock being "right," the last time we were in a hotel, our room was on the floor labeled 14 because the building had no 13th floor.  We imagined that there must be some folks who want to be on a 13th floor.  We concluded that anyone can be on the 13th floor by installing a small plaque that says, "Thirteenth Floor."  Sure, Hyman Ruchlis totes the party line: "Painting the number 14 on floor 13 doesn't change it from being the thirteenth floor" (How Do You Know It's True?, 1991).  But we suggest that painting the number 14 absolutely makes it the fourteenth floor, for such is the floor's official name.  "In a nominal scale, each number refers to one thing but the numbers are arbitrary" (Daniel T. Willingham, Why Don't Students Like School, 2009).  And it goes without saying that the Brits call the first floor the ground floor and the second floor the first storey.

So, we are simply saying that every floor is the 13th and every clock tells the correct time.

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#chimes #silence #time #clock tower #timelessness #coppola #Twixt #Twin Peaks
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September 4, 2013 (permalink)

If we had to choose but one shop to carry our whimsical field guide to identifying unicorns by sound, it would be [now sadly out-of-business] Castle in the Air in Berkeley, California.  Imagine our delight to hear that folks had been "pawing through it, gleaning its wisdom."  [Thanks, Clint!]

Speaking of castles in the air, we spotted the immaterial tower below within the world of Google Maps.  This castle "exists" in the town of Warwick, England.  But get this: we spent so much quality time bi-locating to England that Google defaulted our browser to the U.K. version.  No kidding: we're automatically redirected to Google.co.uk, even when we explicitly type "google.com."  Can't make this stuff up.

> read more from Unicorns . . .
#medieval #clockwork #timepieces #clock tower #warwickshire #east gate #fairy tales #spatial anomalies #temporal anomaly
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