Shutdown: Ad Birds

Somewhat predictably, about 10 minutes later you could still read the outline of the letters in the square, in a substance certainly related to the pigeons.

Image via the Green Box.

Go-Fast Technology

You Have to Land Sometime


No doubt you have wondered to yourself while watching Star Wars, “Sure, the Millennium Falcon is fast in space, because spacecraft shape doesn’t matter in a vacuum, but what would the reentry be like?” After all, one you finish the Kessel Run you’ve still got to deliver Logan or whatever else it was you were running, and that means landing on a planet or moon. (Unless it is no moon.) Now, certainly this could be simply explained away with shields and other such-not, but that’s just not all that interesting, now is it? So how about a wind tunnel model, with speeds up to Mach 3!

“Supersonic wind tunnel testing and schlieren flow visualization of a Millennium Falcon model at Mach 3. The high-speed images show startup, steady state, and shutdown of the blowdown wind tunnel facility at Penn State University. The oblique shock waves over the model are observed. The boundary layers on the bottom of the wind tunnel are also imaged”.

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Startdown: Ask and Ye Shall Receive


Here it is, for cruisintime on this Moon-day!


Video by Andrew Walker, via laughingsquid.


Saturnday Morning

Cassini Vimeo

Saturday morning has always been about cartoons, so tv, which in the future of which we live means internet videos. And therefore, let’s watch a video! this particular video was created by one Chris Abbas by compiling still images collected by the Saturn Cassini probe, and setting it to some mildly darkish Nine Inch Nails (purely instrumental, no singing, in the event you aren’t into the resonating Reznor). To me it has a nice 2001 type vibe, which might be a little melancholy for Saturday morning, but hey, that’s why it’s Saturnday instead!

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Turning Night To Day

A good friend of mine took this photo a few days ago. Upon first glance, it looks like possibly an early morning shot. There’s mist on the lake, the sky is a pale blue, and the sun possibly isn’t quite breaching the horizon. Then you see the stars and the mind boggles. It […]


This Looks Like a Photoshop…

Hubble Photos

I can tell from some of the galaxies… have you ever wondered just where exactly those awesome images of deep space from the Hubble come about? I always thought they where just images from a camera, but as it turns out, it isn’t quite that simple. Check out this video from the HubbleSiteChannel on YouTube where they show an accelerated look at the processing each image goes through.

Hubble images are made, not born. Images must be woven together from the incoming data from the cameras, cleaned up and given colors that bring out features that eyes would otherwise miss. In this video from, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope, a Hubble-imaged galaxy comes together on the screen at super-fast speed.

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Craigslist Tech

Kodak DCS 100: The First

Kodak DCS100

Prior to 1990, photography was still stuck with basically the same technology that had been developed (get it?) in the early 1900s. Most of the effort in the photography world had gone into increasing the range and options for film. Because of this, photography could be a very costly and time consuming hobby. Then, in 1990, two camera’s arrived which would change everything. One was the Dycam Model 1, officially the first digital camera available to the public. The Kodak DCS digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera was the second.

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A Photographic Future

When Techie sent me this photo I knew it had to be used in my photography series. Unfortunately, I failed to find a logical (or slightly illogical) place to use it. So, it’s the lede for today’s post. Which is really just a rehash of some comments in yesterday’s post. It’s Friday; I’m […]

Genius Innovators

I See Trees of Green; Red Roses, Too


Once the process of taking photos started to be ironed out, people wanted to do more than stare at Oreo’s and wanted to see in color. Color photography actually stretches back to the mid-1800s. The first permanent color photograph was taken in 1861 by taking three separate black and white photos through red, green and blue filters, respectively. Then color would be added or subtracted, depending on the method used.

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Genius Innovators

When The World Was Monochrome

Monochromatic Goodness

After the inventions of the daguerreotype and calotype processes in the mid-1800s, the technology behind photography really started to advance. In 1839, English scientist John Herschel informed Talbot and Daguerre of a process to fix images by using silver halides rather than the mercury fumes they had been using. Probably a […]