Aphex Twin announces SYRO, his first proper album in 13 years.

Nature vs. The Internet: How Google Protects Its Undersea Cables from Shark Attacks
Footage from a recent survey of Google’s undersea fiber-optic cables revealed that shark bites are a very real threat to global telecommunications. Indeed, a Google spokesperson noted that the company actually coats its cables in a Kevlar-like material to protect against sharks. Interestingly, sharks seem to have more of a taste for fiber-optic cables than the old-fashioned coaxial copper wires. A report from the United Nations Environment Programme and International Cable Protection Committee Ltd. speculates that sharks may be "encouraged by electromagnetic fields from a suspended cable strumming in currents." In other words, sharks, which can sense electromagnetic fields, may mistake the cables for live prey. The phenomenon highlights the ways in which technology and nature can intersect, and the strange new interconnections between the energy of the natural world and our man-made grids. 

Original pin-up art by Robert Crumb, featuring his wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb (on the right), from Art & Beauty Magazine #1, published by Fantagraphics, 1996.

No artist tolerates reality.

— Friedrich Nietzsche   (via futurepharaohs)

Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), Imatra en Hiver - 1893

How strange to be water so close to the ocean
yet the only other water you get to talk to
comes from the sky.

— Dean Young, “He Said Turn Here” (via mitochondria)

Roger Fenton, On the Wye (1855)