So many lifetimes and stories associated with each one of those little shards of object; these are just the ones discarded and found in this one small place.
The magnitude of all the human lifetimes and endeavors that are now all but non-existent makes my head spin. The depth of history is staggering.
So basically the last 10 minutes of my life have been super weird and totally appropriate in the context of that dude's work. Gaaah. Thanks for the link, and the bizarre meta experience I just had.
Not quite the same thing, but scratches a similar itch to "Here", I think.
"The mind seemed to grow giddy by looking so far back into the abyss of time; and whilst we listened with earnestness and admiration to the philosopher who was now unfolding to us the order and series of these wonderful events, we became sensible how much further reason may sometimes go than imagination may venture to follow"
This was Thomas Playfair commenting on the works of his friend James Hutton. Of course they were talking about deep geological time rather than human history, but the same sense of wonder is there.
NB I actually became interested in geology pretty much because it is history at an epic scale.
They're sort of vertical slices vs. horizontal slices of the same concept.
But the person who told the story talked to the basket makers, who were all trying to create new and distinct patterns of basket weaving, different and better than their teachers and their contemporaries.
The "same pattern of life" can be distinctly different, depending on the scale at which you look.
 - https://www.reddit.com/r/magnetfishing/
There's tons of videos on youtube about it and there's also a subreddit that looks pretty helpful: /r/magnetfishing/
Amazingly Mondrian even.
From the 19th to 20th centuries, artifacts from around the world were increasingly gathered in European museums and curio shops. When painters and sculpters discovered things like sub-saharan african masks, mesoamerican temples, oceanic tiki sculptures, ancient cycladic figurines, japanese woodblock prints, and islamic geometric designs, it had a huge impact on them. Artists like Maurice de Vlaminck and Pablo Picasso would go on to riff on these as Cubism and other forms. Modernist artists and designers such as Mondrian were really just re-discovering forms of art that other cultures had established.
I'm no art historian, but according to the website, that fragment is a tin-glaze patchwork mosaic on the inside of a plate or bowl. Since it's 16th century this is probably an Italian Majolica plate, whose origins are an area of Sicily known for a Moorish method of glazing pottery. These designs were inspired by Islamic art from Andalusia (http://www.islamicspain.tv/Arts-and-Science/The-Culture-of-A...) and adapted over time to European imagery and patterns (though patchwork mosaics in general are about 5,000 years old)
I wonder if any other cool stuff gets found when the canals are fished for bikes (another interesting thing about NL canals I heard about on HN), or if that happens in mostly the same areas, making them more likely to be over-fished.
There aren't that many canals outside of Amsterdam's center. The ones outside of the center tend to be cleaner as well, because, well, less people around them at all times, and more logically separated from the population (think: parks around them, not houses and bike parking spots right next to the canal).
I didn't put a lot of effort in finding the exact location of this excavation, but there are some mentions of Damrak on the site, which is as center Amsterdam as it can get.
None have been reported stolen (there's a website to check this). We think people fall in when cycling drunk at night.
This was not in Amsterdam but Utrecht, which has very similar canals. My school was right on the canal and it was an early winter morning. Turned out it was a homeless person who probably fell in while drunk, at least that was what the police said. Not a nice morning...
Fascinating gallery anyway. I'm amused at how many pipes they managed to dredge up, but a bit surprised at how many of them appear to be tobacco pipes.
But there are some thrown away guns in the collection so may be some old crimes will be solved.
Surprisingly few, I thought.
* Works well on mobile
* Does fancy tricks with scrolling without breaking normal scrolling behavior or turning into a performance nightmare
* Good design and very readable (when many other websites seem to equate good design with low contrast, thin text)
I don't understand your complaint about the "preloader". It is a placeholder while the website is fetching images in the background, and, assuming that it is implemented correctly, it does not add any latency. Without the "preloaders" the images are not going to show up immediately, you will just see a blank page or partially blank page. The preloader gives you some idea that the website itself can be reached and I think it is a nice interactive feature.
> I don't understand your complaint about the "preloader".
It makes page load seem slower. Browsers can display HTML progressively even if it is not completely loaded, but preloader makes the user wait until all the resources are fetched. This is effectively discarding all the improvements browsers implemented for faster page rendering.
Also it is annoying to see a blank page when you navigate back and forward.
Only because in this case, the website is actually quite slow under load. Triggering a full browser page load would seem even more slow.
I can see a case for a static version of the site being available, and I think with a bit more work they could have generated one from the react source.
That said, and this is more of a generalization, I think hacker news has a bias towards JS-free sites. Accessibility is an issue, but you can have a fully accessible JS-based site. JS can make it difficult for a scraper to interact with a site, but a separate xml (or whatever) document would be better to allow scraping anyway.
I guess that people might prefer SPA because they are not very good at server programming or maybe they think it can make their resume look better (though I don't think choosing a complicated solution instead of simple one makes a good impression of an engineer).
Of course there are cases when you can't do without SPA: apps that work offline, interactive apps, online editors etc. But it doesn't make much sense to use SPA for a blog.
...until SEO people say that the site is poorly indexed so you need to generate a HTML version of the site. And you understand that it would be easier just to make a plain HTML site from the start.
I'm watching this with Chrome on a Mac. Possibly not the combination they made this for.