Reblogged from sciencehorrors
I’ve wanted to write about the unsettling and horrifying Dylatov Pass incident on this blog for some time; however, until now I couldn’t make any definite connection to science! For those unfamiliar: on February 1, 1959, a group of nine ski hikers set out to cross a remote mountain pass in the Ural Mountains of Russia.
(The group setting up camp on February 1, from recovered film, via Wikipedia.)
The group was expected to reach the opposite side by the 12th, but when no word was received, a search was finally initiated on the 20th, leading to the remains of the camp — and the hikers — on the 26th.
(The camp remains, via Wikipedia.)
Astonishingly, it was determined that sometime on February 2nd, the hikers tore open their tent from within and fled the campsite in heavy snow and sub-freezing temperatures (−30 °C), most without shoes and in various states of undress. Evidence suggested that members of the group all died of exposure trying to return to the tent, though — eerily — there was no evidence at all to suggest what had caused nine experienced hikers to flee in the first place. There was no evidence of any attackers or threat.
This bizarre unexplained event has lead to much speculation, from the tragically mundane (avalanche disrupted the tent & caused flight), to the conspiratorial (hikers were caught in effects of some secret Soviet weapons test) to the outlandish (UFO attack). After the tragedy, the pass was renamed Dylatov Pass after the party’s leader, and the area is infamous because of it.
Now, a new theory has been advanced by Donnie Eichar in the 2013 book Dead Mountain. This theory — recently recounted at FailureMag — suggests that the tragedy was initiated by a freak combination of physical phenomena, namely von Karman vortex streets and infrasound.
Reblogged from fiftythreenyc
EVERY STORY HAS A NAME
FiftyThree’s story began with Paper. What began with three guys building an app out of a New York City apartment has gone on to become one of the most celebrated applications on iOS, defining mobile creativity and winning Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year. Paper embodied our belief that technology should support the human need to create. It’s a beautifully simple app that lets anyone capture their ideas and share them over the web. For millions of creators around the world, Paper is where they call home for their ideas—100 million, in fact, over the last two years. Paper has come to represent endless creative potential, and we couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to our story.
Stories have twists.
So it came as a surprise when we learned on January 30th with everyone else that Facebook was announcing an app with the same name—Paper. Not only were we confused but so were our customers (twitter) and press (1,2,3,4). Was this the same Paper? Nope. Had FiftyThree been acquired? Definitely not. Then, what’s going on?
We reached out to Facebook about the confusion their app was creating, and they apologized for not contacting us sooner. But an earnest apology should come with a remedy.
Stories reveal character.
There’s a simple fix here. We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.
On a personal level we have many ties to Facebook. Many friends, former students and colleagues are doing good work at Facebook. One of Facebook’s board members is an investor in FiftyThree. We’re a Facebook developer, and Paper supports sharing to Facebook where close to 500,000 original pages have been shared. Connections run deep.
What will Facebook’s story be? Will they be the corporate giant who bullies their developers? Or be agile, recognize a mistake, and fix it? Is it “Move fast and break things” or “Move fast and make things”?
We’re all storytellers. And we show care for each other by caring for our stories. Thanks for supporting us.
Co-Founder and CEO