Will Adler

Elaine Reichek, First Morse message (2003)

Mimas, seen here beyond Saturn’s rings, is a major sculptor of Saturn’s rings. The 398-kilometer-wide (247-mile-wide) moon not only maintains the Cassini Division (not seen here), a gap wide enough to be visible from Earth through a small telescope, but it is also responsible for two of the thin, bright bands visible in this image near the rings’ center, interior to the dark Encke Gap. Knots in the thin, twisted F ring also are easily visible here.
The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow angle camera on Sept. 7, 2004, at a distance of 8.8 million kilometers (5.5 million miles) from Mimas and at a Sun-Mimas-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 84 degrees. The image scale is 53 kilometers (33 miles) per pixel (x)

Still from "La jetée"
Dir. Chris Marker, France, 1962

Otto Dix - Self Portrait with Carnation, 1912


The Shepard-Risset Glissando

A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the base pitch of the tone moving upward or downward, it is referred to as the Shepard scale. This creates the auditory illusion of a tone that continually ascends or descends in pitch, yet which ultimately seems to get no higher or lower. It has been described as a “sonic barber’s pole”. 

Jean-Claude Risset subsequently created a version of the scale where the tones glide continuously, and it is appropriately called the continuous Risset scale or Shepard–Risset glissando. When done correctly, the tone appears to rise (or descend) continuously in pitch, yet return to its starting note. Basically, it’s a continuously descending tone that never gets any lower. It’s the acoustical version of M.C. Escher’s Penrose Stairs optical illusion. Source.

Doesn’t it sound a little bit creepy?


Ang Li, Jaffer Kolb, and Phoebe Springstubb, Horror Vacui, Horror Grid, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013 

Stas Orlovski, Nocturne with Pine Tree and Bird (2009)