May 202010

Beautiful time-lapse video of the Icelandic volcano:


I used this Google Maps image overlay to make an image comparing the size of the spreading Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the South East Queensland coastline:

Large version

It’s frighteningly huge. It would stretch from Noosa to Ballina (anyone who’s driven between them can appreciate the scale of the area covered). Bear in mind that the oil is still gushing out at anywhere between 5,000 barrels (the BP estimate) and 70,000 barrels per day. All current attempts to stem the flow have failed and they’re now attempting more radical ideas. It’s quite disconcerting to realise the scale of this accident as we attempted to insert a drill into the ocean floor a kilometre and a half below the surface so we can extract the ever diminishing oil reserves on offer. ‘Junkies trying to find a vein’ is an obvious analogy.

NB: The Google Maps image overlay is obviously subject to distortion based on the map projection used, but South East Queensland and The Gulf of Mexico are roughly the same distance from the equator so the vertical distortion is comparable.

NASA high resolution image of the slick:

Radar estimate showing the extents of the slick:

May 042010

Sorry, I don’t have any context or credits for this picture… I just find it profound (and unsettling). The “Deepwater Horizon” oil-rig before it sank into the Gulf of Mexico causing the recent terrible oil-spill. High-res image

Mar 242010

Photo credit: Igor Siwanowicz

Undoubtedly a masterpiece, the Kodak Bantam Special is considered an icon in the classic design style of the 1930’s. A machined die-cast aluminum body with an enamel finish, coupled with high-quality optics, made this camera as functional as it was beautiful. A limited edition design launched in 1936, the Bantam is a rare and sought-after collectors item.

Designed by Teague.

Mar 112010

Fun little a capella beatboxing flash site:

Looking out the window:

This panoramic view encompasses the entire sky as seen by Two Micron All-Sky Survey. The measured brightnesses of half a billion stars have been combined into colors representing three distinct wavelengths of infrared light. This image is centered on the core of our own Milky Way galaxy.

Hi Res Image: Here Source: Caltech

Looking inwards:

Record grooves (actually it’s all one groove) under an electron microscope.

Article: synthgear

Feb 132010

The deepest and best fractal zoom I’ve ever seen. The last few minutes are fantastic:

Feb 062010


Jan 072010

I suggest watching this full screen with the lights out and don’t read anything about it beforehand (I read a few comments singing it’s praise before viewing… it contains some CG – computer generated imagery):

The 3rd and 7th letter of the alphabet? CG … fantastic!

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