Árið er 1843

Constantinople – Panorama

Fyrsta þekkta mynd af Constantinople, seinna Istanbul, löng saga, ekki okkar bisness að spyrja af hverju). Nuruosmaniye moskan fyrir miðju, Ægisif (Hagia Sophia) til hægri. Horft yfir Sæviðarsund (Bospórussund).

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Árið er 1842

Alexandria – Egypt

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (héðan í frá JPGP) leggur af stað í ferðalag sitt um miðausturlönd. Daguerreótýpa úr eyðimörkinni við Alexandríu, Egyptalandi.

Svolítið tillitslaust af úlfaldanum að vera ekki kyrr.

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Árið er 1841

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey.

Nei þetta er ekki Rob Schneider, þetta er Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Franskur aristókrati, dilettante, amatör fornleifafræðingur, áhugamaður um arkitektúr sem og sögu miðausturlanda, listamaður, teiknari, og brautryðjandi í ljósmyndun.

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Árið er 1840

Fyrsta ljósmyndin af tunglinu

John W. Draper við Háskóla New York borgar tekur fyrstu skýru myndina af tunglinu af þaki rannsóknarstofu sinnar þann 23. mars 1840. Lýsingartíminn var 20 mínútur. Daguerreótýpa (daguerreotype) tekin í gegnum 13 cm spegilsjónauka.

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Cain’s Jawbone Literary Puzzle

Cains Jawbone
Cain’s Jawbone boxed set

So, the Cain’s Jawbone Literary Puzzle was recently solved for just the third time in almost 100 years.

Edward Powys Mathers
Edward Powys Mathers

The puzzle book was written by the cryptic crosswords pioneer Edward Powys Mathers under the pseudonym “Torquemada”. The title, Cain’s Jawbone, refers to the first ever murder weapon as described in the Bible story of Cain and Abel. Cain’s Jawbone was first published in England in 1934. The puzzle is a 100-page murder mystery, with the pages printed in the wrong order. The reader is tasked with solving the puzzle by sorting the pages in the correct order.

The puzzle has over 32 million possible combinations but only one right answer. The goal is to identify who had committed the six murders that take place within the framework of the book. Solving the puzzle grants you the bragging rights as well as a cash price. Cain’s Jawbone has only been solved by three people since it was published, the first two instances were in the 1930’s but the last one made the news only very recently.

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The Coin Shield

The Royal Arms (the shield used by the Royal Family) has been on UK coins since 2008.

Design by Matthew Dent was chosen by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee following a public competition which saw over 4,000 designs submitted.

I talked about Indiana Jones for 4 hours

Few weeks ago I was a gest of the Trí Ló Gík podcast talking about the Indiana Jones trilogy (I know, you know, let’s not make a scene about it.) I talked with the hosts, the filmmaker Ragnar and the artist Melkorka about the movies for 4 hours.

The image here was the cover art for the article.

Update: November 2022

The podcast is no longer hosted on the original website and so no longer easily accessible from the web. It’s probably for the best. Nobody needs to hear me talk about Indiana Jones for four hours (But I’d do it again). But here is a link to the podcast hosted on Mixcloud.

Here is a link to an archived version of the landing page for the podcast.

Indiana Jones 5 Updates

Indiana Jones 5 has been confirmed. Harrison Ford will pick up the fedora for the fifth time. I created this page to collect stuff I find interesting about the movie.

Indy 5 – Promo Poster

Indiana Jones 5 watch continues. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 30th 2023.

My Indy Gear

What we know:

We now know the official title is Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Don’t love the title but I’m willing to give it the benefit of a doubt. We know it is set in 1969 against the backdrop of the Space Race. Mads Mikkelsen will be playing Voller, an ex-Nazi and a member of NASA, involved with the moon-landing program.

James Mangold set to direct and written by the brothers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth with Philip Kaufman credited for characters.

Composer John Williams has been confirmed to be scoring the movie. It is said to be his final film.

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Apple Watch – As a safety feature

Fist when Apple announced the Apple Watch I wrote it off as a jewlery. I’ve not changed my mind for my self but I’ve been thinking about it and I could see it come strong into the market as a powerful safety feature for older people and physically disabled.

I could see it monitor the activity of a person and if the person goes suddenly to the floor or detects an unusual movement patterns (for example seizures), it could trigger an alarm that sends out messages to the caregivers or family members.

The accelerometer, and the heart-rate sensor could be a powerful combination to detect and notify when an impaired family member or in a bigger setting, an older person living in a assisted living community or a patient in a hospital or medical facilities needs help.

The Watch could also help monitoring patients suffering from dementia (like Alzheimers) and notify if they seem to be getting lost or wandering away.

An app that calls for help when pressed could also be integrated into such system.

I’m sure I’m not the first to think of this but the more I think about it now I can see a value in the Apple Watch.

Playing with photo restoration

I took a stab at photo restoration and took old damaged photos of my grand father and mother. The images were small and damaged.

My grandfather Helgi

My grandfather Helgi


My grandmother Lilja

My grandmother Lilja

The original images were almost stamp sized. I lost some of the clarity of the original images while working with them but when developed smaller and framed I think the loss will be acceptable. My grandmothers images had some sepia tones in them but I turned the image into black and white to match my grandfathers image. All in all pretty happy with the results but Ill see when they have been printed and framed if I’ll take another stab at them.


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