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05 Mar 17:17

The solar system, were the moon a single pixel

by Rob Beschizza
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05 Mar 20:14

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands

by Christopher Jobson

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Photo courtesy Dominic Dähncke

While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain range on La Palma Island. The photographer shares via 1X:

This photograph was taken in the mountains of “Cumbre Nueva”, in the part west of La Palma, one of the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, in Spain. To capture cloud’s movement I have set my camera speed to 70 seconds, using a ND filter to minimize the entry of light in camera sensor.

You can see more of Dähncke’s landscape photography over on Flickr.

07 Mar 14:54

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects

by Christopher Jobson

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Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Bizarre Illustrations by Redmer Hoekstra Merge People and Animals with Everyday Objects illustration animals

Netherlands-based artist Redmer Hoekstra draws fascinating composite illustrations that merge animals and everyday objects or machines, from a lizard with computer keyboard scales to an owl with books for wings. At times he even brings three or more forms together, as with a whale emerging from a submarine, the entirety of which has the appearance of a banana. Whether you regard the pieces as humorous or slightly disturbing, it’s hard to deny the ingenious way each creature is formed.

Hoekstra has more work over on Behance and you can pick up postcards, prints and other things in his shop.

07 Mar 18:40

End of the World Cinema: An Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in the Desert of Sinai

by Christopher Jobson

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End of the World Cinema: An Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in the Desert of Sinai movies Egypt

End of the World Cinema: An Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in the Desert of Sinai movies Egypt

End of the World Cinema: An Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in the Desert of Sinai movies Egypt

End of the World Cinema: An Abandoned Outdoor Movie Theater in the Desert of Sinai movies Egypt

Somewhere on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, nestled at the foot of a desert mountain range, sits a peculiar sight that is almost completely out of place: hundreds of seats for an outdoor movie theater. Estonian photographer Kaupo Kikkas recently visited the desolate location and brought back these amazing shots of a decaying dream. He shares via his blog that the theater was built not too long ago by a man from France with considerable means. Tons of old seats and a generator were hauled in from Cairo, not to mention a giant screen that looked like the sail of a ship.

Everything was set for opening night, with one small problem. Kikkas says the locals weren’t particularly keen on the whole idea and decided to discreetly sabotage the generator. A single movie was never screened. So now it sits in the middle of a desert, a random movie theater that was never used. You can still see it on Google Maps. (via Lustik, Abandoned Geography)

05 Mar 22:45

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants

by Colin Lecher

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We've mentioned this before, but one of the coolest candidates for Material of the Future is silk. It's insanely tough, and in the human body, doesn't put the same strain on tissue that metal does. It can also harmlessly degrade in the body over time, which it makes it handy for use in medical devices. 

In a study run by Tufts University researchers, a team harvested silk from silkworm cocoons and used it to make plates and screws. They recently tested the materials in six rats and, after four to eight weeks, the silk had dissolved. Next up: the silk screws and plates could be used to mend broken bones in humans, then allow the silk to melt away, rather than requiring another surgery for removal. The researchers want to use the technique to treat face injuries at first, then expand to other broken bones. 

They aren't the first to toy with this idea; other researchers have suggested implants like this could come to humans by 2030. So just don't break anything until then, and you're good.

[BBC]


    






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06 Mar 13:08

10 URLs That Every Google User Should Know

by Amit Agarwal

Where can you get a list of every ad that you have clicked on Google? Where should you go if you don’t remember your administrator password? What are your interests as determined by Google?

Here are 10 important links that every Google user should know about. They are tucked away, somewhere deep inside your Google dashboard.

1. Create a new Google Account using your existing email address. The regular sign-up process uses your @gmail.com address as your Google account username but with this special URL, you can use any other email address as your username.

https://accounts.google.com/SignUpWithoutGmail

2. Google creates a profile of yourself based on the sites you visit, your Google+ account and other signals. They try to guess your age, gender and interests and then use this data to serve you more relevant ads. Use this URL to know how Google sees you on the web.

https://www.google.com/ads/preferences/

3. Google lets you export all your data out of the Google ecosystem. You can download your photos, contacts, Gmail messages and even your YouTube videos. Head over the the Takeout page to grab the download links.

https://www.google.com/takeout

4. If you ever find your content appearing on another website that is using one or more Google products – say Blogger, AdSense, Google+ or YouTube - you can raise a DMCA complaint with Google against that site to get that content removed. This wizard can also be used to remove websites from Google search results that are scraping your content.

https://support.google.com/legal

5. Your Android device may be reporting your recent location data and velocity (are you moving and if yes, how fast are you moving) back to Google servers. Head over to the Google Maps website to see your entire location history and you also have the option to export this data as KML files that can be viewed inside Google Earth or even Google Drive.

https://maps.google.com/locationhistory

6. Google records every search term that you’ve ever typed into their search boxes. They even keep a log of every ad that you have clicked on various Google websites.

https://history.google.com

Google URLs

Also see: Secret URLs for Google Drive & Google Docs

7. You need to login to your Gmail account at least once every 9 months else Google may terminate your account according to their program policies.

This can be an issue if you have multiple Gmail accounts so as a workaround, you can setup your main Gmail account as the trusted content for your secondary accounts. Thus Google will keep sending you reminders every few months to login to your other accounts. Not available for Google Apps.

https://www.google.com/settings/account/inactive

8. Worried that someone else is using your Google account. Go to the activity report to see a log of every device that has recently been used to log into your Google account. You also get to know the I.P. Address and their approximate geographic location. Unfortunately, you can’t remotely log out of a Google session.

https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity

9. This is a complete list of web apps, browser extensions, Google Scripts and mobile apps that have any read or write access to your Google data. If the permission level says “access to basic account info”, it basically means that you have used your Google account to sign-in to that app.

https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions

10. This is important URL for Google Apps users. If your Google Account ever gets hacked, use this secret link to reset your admin password. You’ll be asked to verify your domain name by creating a CNAME record in your DNS.

https://admin.google.com/domain.com/VerifyAdminAccountPasswordReset

[*] Replace domain.com in the above URL with your own web domain name.
This story, 10 URLs That Every Google User Should Know, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 06/03/2014 under Google, Internet
03 Mar 21:51

Father Captures Carefree Childhood at Its Best in Heartwarming B&W Photo Series

by DL Cade

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Everybody takes photos of their family, trying their best to keep a chronicle of their children as they grow up. They capture moments both mundane and momentous and store them away in what later becomes the family album (although it seems that might soon be a thing of the past).

But while everybody might make an effort to capture these memories, photographer Alain Laboile does so with an expertise behind the lens that has turned his own personal family album, a series called La Famille, into a heartwarming viral sensation.

It’s difficult to describe the series without falling into mushy hyperbole. The photos are touching, moving, heartwarming, pick your adjective. What allows for these to be so moving, however, is the skill with which they are captured.

It’s not that Laboile’s family has more touching moments than most. In fact, we’re willing to bet many of the fathers and mothers reading this will remember similar scenes that played out in their own families. It’s Laboile’s uncanny ability to make it seem as if the camera was never there in the first place that gives these photos the honesty required to really hit home.

Even the term candid seems to fall a bit short at times. Browsing thorough the photos, you simply feel as if you ARE him, watching his six children play and smiling at the innocence and simplicity of it all.

Here’s a selection of images from the series:

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Laboile began the series in 2004, and has photographed his family day in and day out at their house in Gironde in the southwest of France ever since. He hopes to create something worth passing along to his children, while simultaneously creating a work of art others can appreciate:

Through my photographic work I celebrate and document my family life: a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet… My work reflects our way of life, revolving around their childhood. My photographs will be the testimony of that.

In a way my approach can be considered similar to the one of an ethnologist. Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing the viewer to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods.

Over the years, more and more photographs from this personal album have made it online, as Laboile picks both old and new photographs to put up via his social networks. To see more of the photos in the series, or if you’d like to keep up with Laboile as he shares more of the photos with the world, head over to his website or follow him on Facebook.

(via Feature Shoot)


Image credits: Photographs by Alain Laboile and used with permission

31 Jan 13:30

The Fix or Fraud Quiz Tests Your Knowledge of Health and Nutrition

by Alan Henry

The Fix or Fraud Quiz Tests Your Knowledge of Health and Nutrition

If you're willing to test your health and nutrition knowledge against some science, the Fix or Fraud quiz is a fun way to learn—or teach—some basic food and nutrition tips while simultaneously dispelling a number of long-held superstitions and placebos that still get passed around.

The quiz is meant to be in good fun, and while there are only ten questions, I admit even I screwed up on a few the first time I took the quiz. Each verdict is presented with the source study that supports it at the bottom of the page (you'll have to click "source" to see it) so you can read the research that helped get to the conclusion. Some of the questions, like whether aloe heals cuts and burns, coconut oil helps you lose weight, or whether cranberry juice really does help with urinary tract infections, can be quite contentious, so no one's expecting a single study to settle the issue (and it may be just as easy to find another source that pokes holes in the yes/no answer), but it is good to get an idea of what research says on the topic and what statements are designed to sell you products, diets, or supplements. Hit the link to take the quiz.

Medical Fix or Fraud? | Twolittlefleas

05 Mar 12:00

A Little Cartoon Invasion of Life

A Little Cartoon Invasion of Life

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02 Mar 22:17

Mesmerizing Photos of Frozen Flowers by Mo Devlin

by DL Cade

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When you hear the term flower photography, it probably doesn’t inspire a particularly powerful reaction. There are plenty of gorgeous images of flowers — from wildflower fields to beautifully-lit bouquets — and so the genre isn’t somewhere we usually look for inspiration.

That is, until we ran across photographer Mo Devlin‘s stunning shots of frozen flowers.

Devlin isn’t primarily known for these shots. In fact, if you Google him, you’ll immediately come up with some beautiful photos of fish (that are well-worth taking a look at, by the way). For some reason, however, it was the frozen flowers that captivated our imagination.

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He’s photographed everything from posies, to daffodils, to roses; all frozen in blocks of ice. We’re not sure why, but the ice just adds a certain something to the photos that draws you in. We caught up with Mo to ask about the project, and he was kind enough to answer a few questions about this work:

PetaPixel: What inspired you to embark on this project in the first place?

Mo Devlin: I’ve always enjoyed photographing flowers. The idea that has now developed into an ongoing project actually started when I tried to freeze an old Seiko watch. At the time I also froze a single rose in my wife’s flower vase. The vase froze and broke, leaving me with more or less a column of ice with the rose frozen inside… and an upset wife. I took some photos of the flower and liked the way they looked.

PP: What kind of challenges have you faced trying to capture these images?

MD: The problem that I had was that the ice that encased the rose was for the most part, cloudy with clear edges. I did some research and found that ordinary tap water, when frozen, captures all the minerals and impurities and clouds the ice. I tried boiling the water, but had mixed results. I ended up using distilled water and had some of my best results. I continue to tweak the aquatic formula to improve clarity.

Clarity comes not only from the liquid, but also the shape and size of the container. I started calling the frozen creations “flower pucks” primarily because the majority of my initial attempts were done in small Pyrex custard bowls. Over the past year I have frozen blooms in containers as small as an ice cube and as large as a one gallon plastic container. Each freezes differently.

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PP: Have you run into any surprises along the way?

MD: One of the things that was most interesting to me was the various frozen bubble trails that escaped from the flower. I noticed that sometimes the trails were longer. Curious, I did some research to try and determine exactly why this was occurring.

The answer was in the science of freezing. Water freezes at 32 degrees. As it gets colder the molecules in the water slow down and become denser. At 39 degrees it is actually denser than the ice it will form when solid. This contraction basically compresses the object in the water — in this case, the flower — squeezing out oxygen. As the water gets colder, approaching the freezing point, it begins to expand. As it expands it slowly “stretches” out the bubbles to form those beautiful trails.

PP: Can you describe what exactly we’re looking at in these images?

MD: Many of the photos are macro close-ups of sections of the flower puck. Some of the images are of clusters of flowers. Other of flowers that I have taken the time to dye by putting the cut stem in a container of colored dye. And still others were of plants that were close to near dead, frozen to capture one more gasp of the beauty of the flower as it decayed.

With all of my photos I strive to maximize the color and composition. I think I like the experimentation as much as I do taking the photos. I know that I have become somewhat obsessed with my frozen posies because when I bring flowers home, my wife asks, “Are those for me or the freezer?”

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PP: What sort of gear do you use to capture the photos?

MD: For all of the shots I used a Nikon D800E with 60mm VR Nikkor lens. Most often I utilize a polarizing filter. The puck, for the most part, is suspended over my stainless kitchen sink (a perfect reflector) and lit from below with one or two Nikon SB-910 flash units. The light is diffused with a Gary Fong light sphere and directed either up or at an angle through the bottom. A piece of opaque Plexiglas holds the puck. I use two or three Nikon SB-200 kicker speed lights alongside or above the puck.

The nice part about all of the light is that I am able to shoot at a very low ISO (25), shutter speed (1/320th) and a very high aperture (f/30 – f/40). All of the photos are hand-held. I manually focus where I want to set my composition and make slight adjustments in my position to bring the area into focus. I do adjust the aperture slightly as indicated, but never change the ISO or shutter speed.

Here’s a look at some of the photos in Devlin’s Frozen Posies series, which you can see in full over on Zenfolio:

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A bit thank you to Mo for answering our questions and creating something awesome. To see more of his work or follow him as he continues to experiment with frozen flowers and other interesting photography ideas, head over to his website or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

(via Northeast Photography Club)


Image credits: Photographs by Mo Devlin and used with permission


Thanks for sending in the tip, Vaibhav!

02 Mar 17:30

NASA Releases Beautiful ‘Gravity’-Inspired Photo Set Ahead of Oscar Night

by DL Cade

Spoiler Alert: The first paragraph of this article gives away a major part of the movie ‘Gravity.’ Skip past it if you haven’t seen the movie yet.


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“You should see the sun shining on the Ganges. It’s amazing…” says George Clooney in the movie ‘Gravity,’ as his character floats through the cold vastness of space, cool as only a very George Clooney-ish character can be when facing insurmountable odds and indescribable beauty all at the same time.

But while Sandra Bullock’s character had more important things to worry about just that second, chances are anyone reading this doesn’t. And so, ahead of the Oscars where ‘Gravity’ is bound to take home at least a few of the golden statuettes, NASA has released a beautiful photo series to remind us what the view really looks like from space.

There’s no image of the sun shining over the Ganges (we checked, all bated breath and sweaty palms, but alas, no dice) but there are plenty of incredible views that might just take your breath away.

The night photos are my personal favorites, but space walks, massive hurricanes, pictures of the Hubble telescope and some shots from the era of the Space Shuttle all have their place in this beautiful photo set titled ‘Gravity’ — NASA’s Real Life Photos from Space:

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If NASA’s goal here was to get you excited about the Oscars, they probably failed… because all I’m experiencing is a yearning to see these views for myself. But if I had to guess, that’s the reaction they hoped I would have anyway.

Check out all of the images above in beautiful high-resolution, along with descriptive captions that tell you exactly what you’re looking at, over on the NASA Goddard Flickr stream. You can also view them as a slideshow here.


Image credits: Photographs courtesy of NASA

02 Mar 03:53

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27 Feb 15:13

1372 – SAC Celestial

by Carlos Ruas

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26 Feb 16:42

Lice Expert Says Selfies are Causing a Big Increase in Lice Among Teens

by DL Cade

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“Selfies are fun,” California lice expert Marcy McQuillan recently told the SFist, “but the consequences are real.” What consequences, you ask? Well, as you might have already guessed given McQuillan’s occupation, the consequences she is referring to are head lice. Namely, a lot more head lice among teenagers.

Alright, first things first. Let’s cover the age-old statistical phrase ‘correlation does not imply causation.’ Explained in an extreme way, this principle means that just because the number of jet ski owners and the number of hipsters have increased at approximately the same rate (no idea if this is true folks) it doesn’t mean the two are in any way related.

This same argument could be used to argue against Miss McQuillan, who says she has seen a huge increase in the number of teens who come into her lice clinic for treatment, and attributes that increase to selfies.

Of course, that’s not to say her points don’t make sense. Speaking to SFist, she says that, for the first time ever, she’s seeing more high school and college kids than middle schoolers. “Typically it’s younger children I treat, because they’re at higher risk for head-to-head contact.” she explains. “But now, teens are sticking their heads together every day to take cell phone pics.”

She asks every teen she treats if they take selfies and, no surprises here, the vast majority say they take them every day. Does that mean selfies lead to lice? I don’t know, does riding a jet ski make you more likely to grow ironic facial hair? We’ll let you tackle these life-altering questions in the comments.

(via Gizmodo)


Image credits: Hipster Group Selfie by Tony Eccles

25 Feb 03:18

spectacularuniverse: I’ve seen this photograph very frequently...



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I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?

More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.

The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.

Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.

Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.

The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. 

This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.

This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.


(Source)

28 Jan 20:00

Exercise Like a Jedi, Superhero, or Warrior with Free Workout Posters

by Melanie Pinola

Exercise Like a Jedi, Superhero, or Warrior with Free Workout Posters

Getting a little bored of your usual workout routine? Here are nearly 100 workout posters that will motivate you to train like Rocky, workout with the strength of Thor, or simply switch up your exercises.

The workouts are offered by fitness guru Neila Rey and updated weekly. One day you can do the Flash workout and build your endurance; the next, challenge yourself to get Bruce Lee Abs. All of the exercises require no equipment, and a couple can be done sitting on the couch or in your office. Most of all, have fun. It helps to imagine you're holding a lightsaber during the Jedi workout or training as if your life depended on it in the Hunger Games one.

Neila's also got lots of other great resources on her site, such as exercise challenges, so be sure to check around after saving the workouts you like.

Visual Workouts | Neila Rey via GeekDad

21 Feb 00:00

Ellen Goodman

"Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it."
02 Feb 20:41

Mesmerizing (or Terrifying?) Macro Photos of Spiders Staring Straight at the Camera

by DL Cade

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Macro photographs of insects are nothing new; and yet, Malaysian Jimmy Kong‘s photographs of spiders staring straight at the camera are immediately captivating and at least a tiny bit terrifying.

Kong is a retired technician who picked up macro photography only two years ago. Of course, it took quite some time and practice before he was capturing photos like the ones you see here:

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Kong told us that he draws his inspiration from other macro photographers that he finds on websites and forums. To see more of his macro photography — spiders and otherwise — head over to his Flickr account by clicking here.

(via Colossal)


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21 Jan 23:27

The Jaw-Dropping Photography of Storm Chaser Mike Hollingshead

by DL Cade

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You might not come out on top if you weigh the pros and cons of storm chasing, but there are definitely pros beyond feeling like a bada** and a deep fulfillment of your twin passions for meteorology and spiking your adrenaline. If you want proof of that, just check out the awe-inspiring photography of storm chaser Mike Hollingshead.

If the name Mike Hollingshead sounds familiar, that’s good, it means you’ve been reading PetaPixel for a little while. He’s actually contributed a few posts for us over the years, and his photo of a storm over Nebraska from 2004 was famously used in a fake photo of Hurricane Sandy approaching New York that went viral and further taught us not to believe everything that comes across our news feed.

But if that’s the only photo from his storm chasing portfolio that you’ve come across, then you’re in for a real treat. Thousands of miles of driving, many hours chasing storms that never developed, and more than one life-threatening situation have yielded the photography you see below:

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Hollingshead began storm chasing after his first real chase put him right in the path of a tornado in Iowa. After that he was hooked, began chasing storms on the weekends and, eventually, quit his job to do this full-time.

Speaking to Wired, Hollingshead does admit that it’s not all glory:

I’ve driven eight hours only to get out there and have nothing happen. And then all I have in front of me is eight more hours of driving to get home because I don’t want to waste money on a hotel.

Plus, in recent years, he’s had to deal with a huge spike in the number of storm chasers on the road ever since Discovery’s Storm Chasers popularized the profession. It’s not unusual nowadays to find miles-long caravans of chasers all moving towards the same storm on the same freeways.

Still, we don’t think Hollingshead is going to give up this passion any time soon. To see more of his work, purchase prints or even learn a bit about photography from the man himself, head over to his website by clicking here.

(via Wired)


Image credits: Photographs by Mike Hollingshead and used with permission.

13 Feb 16:27

Decepção virtual

by Cora

Uma das grandes vantagens das redes sociais é que, nelas, passamos a conhecer melhor as pessoas. Uma das grandes desvantagens das redes sociais é que, nelas, passamos a conhecer melhor as pessoas. Ao longo dos últimos dias, tive — como tivemos todos nós, jornalistas — uma overdose de ambas; e posso dizer, com convicção absoluta, que não estou preparada emocionalmente para conhecer melhor as pessoas.

Pegando o mote do meu amigo João Ximenes Braga, não sei de ninguém que, perto de mim, defenda a violência policial. Como ele, nunca tive um amigo, conhecido, pessoa de qualquer relação, que defendesse que bandido bom é bandido morto. Nunca ouvi essa frase enunciada em ambiente no qual eu estivesse presente, a não ser em tom de brincadeira ou reprovação. Também não tenho amigos que apoiem o Bolsonaro, o Marco Feliciano ou a Rachel Sheherazade — de quem, aliás, eu nunca tinha ouvido falar. Meus amigos e conhecidos tendem a ser pessoas cordiais e afáveis, que fazem o bem, respeitam a lei e o próximo. De modo que, como o João, eu também achava que estava razoavelmente a salvo do convívio com pessoas de má fé, intelectualmente desonestas ou, na melhor das hipóteses, insensíveis e sem noção. Daquilo, enfim, que o João, resumida e apropriadamente, definiu como “gente babaca”. Até que…

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Não, não aconteceu de uma vez só. Foi aos poucos. Quando as manifestações foram sequestradas pelos black blocs, em meados de 2013, passei a conhecer melhor muitas pessoas. Foi um choque. Vi gente que até então eu tinha em alta conta defendendo a violência nas ruas como forma de manifestação legítima; vi pessoas que até então me pareciam civilizadas relativizando comportamentos absolutamente inaceitáveis, como a destruição de bancas de revistas ou o saque de lojas, para não falar na sistemática destruição de equipamentos públicos. Tentei argumentar com alguns (na verdade, muitos); escrevi duas ou três vezes sobre o assunto aqui mesmo, no jornal; usei blog, Twitter e Facebook na tentativa de explicar para onde aquela violência fatalmente nos conduziria. Fui chamada de — como é que vocês adivinharam? — burguesa da Zona Sul, reacionária, elite branca. E jornalista.

É que, àquela altura, já havia começado a caça às bruxas. Com a imprensa transformada em vilã, nós, jornalistas, passamos a ser ofendidos, acuados, agredidos. Tornei a escrever, sugerindo aos descontentes mudar de canal em vez de queimar carros de reportagem. E de novo fui surpreendida pela reação de algumas pessoas supostamente educadas, que justificavam as agressões feitas aos meus colegas porque, afinal, a cobertura das manifestações não estava bem de acordo com o que a Mídia Ninja ou os black blocs imaginavam que deveria ser.

– Mas vocês acham sinceramente que isso justifica bater em repórter e em cinegrafista?! Vocês acham que está certo expulsar jornalista de espaço público?! Vocês querem mesmo um país sem imprensa?!

Os esclarecidos davam metaforicamente de ombros. Naqueles dias em que a Mídia Ninja ainda parecia ser um projeto independente, era cool defender os black blocs que atacavam jornalistas; por outro lado, era muito pouco cool reconhecer que repórteres, cinegrafistas e fotógrafos eram trabalhadores de carne e osso, que estavam sendo hostilizados e feridos, e cujos direitos estavam sendo cerceados.

Jamais esquecerei o video em que uma equipe da Band, expulsa de uma manifestação, só conseguiu chegar ao carro passando por um corredor polonês de imbecis descontrolados, que se achavam ungidos pela Verdade Revolucionária, na definição perfeita do meu colega Fernando Mollica. Nunca vi nada mais parecido com uma cena de filme sobre a ascensão do nazismo, com a diferença de que aquilo era real e estava acontecendo logo ali.

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Quando eu achava que já tinha visto de tudo, e que daquele ponto a decepção não passaria, foi anunciada a morte cerebral do cinegrafista Santiago Andrade. Acredito que estilhaços do rojão que o matou atingiram também a alma de todos nós que somos jornalistas, que nos orgulhamos da nossa profissão e que sabemos da importância da liberdade de imprensa para um país que se quer democrático. Os mais velhos, entre os quais me incluo, nos lembramos bem do que é trabalhar sob censura.

Pois não é que várias pessoas que eu imaginara serem gente de bem escolheram exatamente essa hora para abdicar da própria inteligência? Li coisas de um nível de estupidez indescritível, geralmente associadas à conjunção adversativa mau-caratista que tem sido a marca registrada do país: “Tá, o cinegrafista morreu, mas — e a violência da polícia?”

Isso para não falar nos que acham que a morte de Santiago não foi assassinato, mas “acidente”, e que nós, jornalistas, estamos exagerando ao dar a um crime o nome que lhe cabe. Ora, nunca vi ninguém acender estopim de “acidente”, um “acontecimento repentino, fortuito e desagradável” na definição do dicionário.

Foram pessoas como os assassinos do Santiago que afastaram o povo das manifestações, ao transformar os protestos em batalhas campais; são canalhas assim, que soltam rojões no meio da multidão, que estão enfim dando aos políticos e à polícia, de mão beijada, a carta branca que tanto querem para sufocar de vez os protestos legítimos da população.

Mas quem justifica a violência como “movimento” ou “estética”, e quem tenta diminuir a importância da morte de um jornalista no exercício da profissão, também terá a sua culpa no cartório no dia em que não pudermos mais sair às ruas — rotulados, todos, de terroristas, para indizível gáudio do governo.
(O Globo, Segundo Caderno, 13.2.2014)

10 Feb 21:13

Web Maturity

by Ewa Tuteja

How well is the internet developed worldwide?

The visualization displays the maturity level of the World Wide Web as well as its impact in 81 selected countries. It visualizes the Web Index for the year 2013 which was constructed by the World Wide Web Foundation.

The visualization allows for visual comparison of all components and indicators for all countries within one view. Drivers for good results become clear as well as shortcomings.

Data Sets Used from Visualizing.org: 
07 Feb 17:10

God Is A Real Dick

07 Feb 21:20

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05 Feb 21:34

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture

by Christopher Jobson

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture architecture animation 3d animation

Anyone who follows Colossal knows that digital animation and motion graphics are a rarity here, but this clip is a solid exception. Created by Universal Everything, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture that gradually changes form through dozens of permutations while the core motion, the act of walking, remains the same. Via Universal Everything:

Referencing the utopian visions of 1960’s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.

At almost 8 minutes long it’s a captivating view for such a simple premise, it’s fun to imagine the buildings and architectural designs that inspire each step. (via Colossal Submissions)

02 Feb 00:00

Edward De Bono

"Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain."
27 Jan 14:18

The Golden Age of Insect Aviation

by Christopher Jobson

This clip has been making the rounds everywhere lately, and for good reason. Just 10 seconds long and guaranteed to put an instant smile on your face. Created by Wayne Unten. (via The Kid Should See This)

09 Jan 12:42

Interesting Websites to Visit When You’re Bored

by Amit Agarwal

I have added these non-tech related websites in my “weekly” bookmarks folder. I don’t visit them every single day but on weekends or when I am feeling bored and they never disappoint. Maybe you should check them out too.

Interesting Websites

The 15 Interesting Websites

  1. Dear Photograph – The website features photographs of people holding up old pictures that were taken at the exact spot several years ago. Some of the best photographs are now compiled in a book (dearphotograph.me).
  2. Textastrophe – This website is a reminder of why you shouldn’t post your cell phone number on public websites. The creator starts a text conversation with random numbers found on Craigslist ads and publishes the transcript on the internet. The chats are funny and I hope its real because screenshots can be faked too (textastrophe.com).
  3. Stratocam – This is like an online self-running slideshow showcasing some of the best satellite images found on Google Maps. Run the website in full-screen mode (Ctrl+Shift+F) and you may discover pretty and unexpected place on our beautiful earth (stratocam.com).
  4. Awkward Family Photos – This is a place where people share embarrassing pictures of their loved ones in weird settings that are both funny and entertaining. The website has spawned several coffee-table books as well (awkwardfamilyphotos.com).
  5. Worldcam – This website pulls geo-tagged pictures posted on Instagram for Foursquare venues so you know what’s happening right now at your favorite place. For instance, here’s the livestream of a mall in Thailand which also happens to be the most Instagrammed place in the world (worldc.am).
  6. This Is Why I’m Broke – Unique products on the Internet that you never knew even existed. Stuff like an iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, sandals that resemble computer keyboards or a boat from World War II that you can actually buy (thisiswhyimbroke.com).
  7. Is It Normal – Do you like to dip French fries in ice cream? The website will help you understand whether your thoughts, feelings and urges are normal or weird and just unique to you. People can ask questions and once it gets approved, the community can weigh in their thoughts.You can also ask embarrassing questions here (isitnormal.com).
  8. Also see: The Most Useful Websites

  9. Lamebook – Weird and hilarious stuff that people post on Facebook. The names and profile pictures of the Facebook users are blurred to protect real identity (lamebook.com).
  10. Honest Slogans – Created by graphic designer Clif Dickens, Honest Slogans pokes fun at iconic brands by remixing their logos with slogans that convey what people actually think about that brand. Like the one for Men’s Health magazine that says – “Every issue promises perfect abs” (honestslogans.com).
  11. Rich Kids of Instagram – The social sites are the new hangouts for people to show off and this tumblr is a perfect example. It captures the lavish lifestyle of the rich through pictures posted on Instagram (richkidsofinstagram.tumblr.com).
  12. Timelapse – Watch how a place has changed over a period of three decades through a series of satellite images from Google Maps. You can use the “Explore our World” link to watch the timelapse of any location on the planet (world.time.com).
  13. Reasons My Son Is Crying – If you are a new parent, you’ll love this one. It documents the different reasons that little children cry for as submitted by parents around the world. Also available as a book (reasonsmysoniscrying.com).
  14. LOL My Thesis – This site created by an Harvard University senior creates funny and lighthearted one-line summaries of thesis like this one submitted by a Sociology student – “It turns out, an only child never fights with its siblings.” (lolmythesis.com).
  15. Useful Science – This website offers a collection of one-line summaries of research published in scientific journals on topics ranging from health to productivity to creativity. (usefulscience.org)
  16. Larson+Shindelman – They pick a few geo-tagged tweets from Twitter, travel to the physical spot from where that tweet was sent and then take a picture. The original tweet is used as a caption for the photograph and the results are often incredibly touching. Like that photo outside the hospital with the caption “Amy is dying” (larson-shindelman.com).
  17. 9-Eyes – A collection of interesting images as captured by Google Street view cards around the world. Also check out mapcrunch.com that catalogues street view scenes by location.

This story, Interesting Websites to Visit When You’re Bored, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 09/01/2014 under Websites, Internet
22 Jan 10:05

Mentirinhas #569

by Fábio Coala

mentirinhas_560Ninguém merece chegar seminu num mundo mágico e cheio de aventuras.

 

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24 Jan 09:56

The Farmer's Riddle