Just like quantum mechanics
I have never seen The Garden of the Words, but as far as anime movies go, it’s apparently one of the most beautiful movies of the genre you can see. In the picture gallery below, you can compare some of the visuals of the film with their real life equivalent in Tokyo. Please note that in all of the pictures, the top section is from the anime, and the bottom one from a real photo of the location.
I’m sure you’ve all seen plenty of Rube Goldberg machines on the web in the past, some of them as big as a whole warehouse. However, in this video, Seiko presents us what is probably the world’s tiniest Rube Goldberg machine, made entirely from mechanical watch parts.
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Illustrator Diego Sanches has put together a series of pixel art for a forthcoming game featuring famous scientists, each of whom has special attacks based on their work. They include Charles Darwin using evolution:
Stephen Hawking using a wormhole:
And Isaac Newton using gravity:
Check out Diego’s site for the full set of animation.
[Via: Nerd Approved]
Spider embryo. Molecular characterization and embryonic origin of the eyes in the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. Göttingen University.
Taken from recent research into the development of eyes in spiders, this microscopic image shows what a common house spider looks like as it develops inside an egg. For some reason, it’s disturbingly… cute? This little cthulhu-like spider embryo is nearing the final stage before hatching and appears to be stuck in a tiny self hug. You can learn more about the embryonic origin of eyes in common house spider over on BioMed Central. (via Reddit, Göttingen University)
Hovertext: I eagerly await your email about how, actually, the rock must contain radioactive elements.
One of about 20 Russian soldiers fired the BUK missile that brought down flight MH17 in July 2014, according to international research collective Bellingcat. All of the 20 soldiers know who gave the orders and who actually pressed the button, Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat, said
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The death of film has been widely reported, but technologies are only perfected after they’ve been made obsolete. It may not be instant photography, but there is at least one machine that will take 35mm film and 5×7″ prints and develop them automatically. It’s called the Filmomat, and while it won’t end up in the studios of many photographers, it is an incredible example of automation.
The Filmomat is an incredible confabulation of valves, tubes, and pumps that will automatically process any reasonably sized film, from 35mm to 5×7 color slides. The main body of the machine is an acrylic cube subdivided into different sections containing photo processing chemicals, rinse water, and baths. With a microcontroller, an OLED display, and a rotary encoder, different developing processes can be programmed in, the chemicals heated, developer agitated, and film processed. The Filomat is capable of storing fifty different processes that use three chemicals and a maximum of ten steps.
The video for this device is what sells it, although not quite yet; if enough people are interested, the Filmomat might be sold one day. This is likely the easiest film developing will ever get, but then again a technology is only perfected after it has been made obsolete.
Thanks [WhiteRaven] for sending this one in.
With its 5.7-inch QHD AMOLED display the Nexus 6P is a little smaller than last year's Nexus 6 in terms of both display size and overall dimensions. It comes with an aluminum shell and overall high-end specs, along with a new 12.3MP Sony sensor and an F2.0 aperture. DxOMark's mobile evaluation puts it at third place in its rankings - find out why. Read more
From Man at Arms – Reforged:
Every other Monday, our team of blacksmiths and craftsman will be building some of your favorite weapons, and some weapons that you’ve never seen before. This week, we’re forging a big fan request – the wicked Soul Reaver Sword from Legacy of Kain!
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The queen of disguise!
How to be Bird Poop For Dummies by…. a moth? Alright, so you might not see this title/author combo topping..
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I love my planet
Photo: John Howard
No, this isn’t a Swarovski crystal creation, but it very well could be! Instead, it’s a Spun Glass Caterpillar (Isochaetes beutenmuelleri) that has dozens of glittering, almost frosty-looking, spines radiating from its body. Don’t be tempted by its beautiful crystalline gaze, though. Those puppies do sting. You’ll want to look, but definitely don’t touch!
Reminds me of when your parents took you to an antique shop when you were little and you were told DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. Then, you proceeded to secretly touch everything, especially the glass stuff. One time, I ended up breaking something – that was a more of a sting for my parents than for me, though.
If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll notice that you can see right through this creature! That dark green stripe running down the length of its body is actually its stomach.
Ultimately, it’s strange how these truly incredible spun glass caterpillars can transform into such plain Jane adults. Gotta grow up sometime and lose all your mystical qualities… I guess…
Photo: Eric Gofreed
*my spirit is spun of glass*
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Image courtesy: ePhotozine
ePhotozine is the first website who shared real world images of the new Voigtlander Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 lens. They write:
We were able to take a number of sample photos with the lens, and were impressed by the straight edges, as well as the sharpness of the lens.
Can’t wait to buy this lens! Preorders should be up soon at BHphoto.
Image courtesy: ePhotozine
Silver E-M1 body at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus. In Europe at Wex UK.
LH-76 lens hood at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
MC-14 1.4x teleconverter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD62 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
PRF-ZD72 Z protection filter at Adorama, Bhphoto, GetOlympus.
General links to all new Olympus stuff at Adorama.
ALL new stuff announced at Photokina at Amazon.
Fantastic looking shots!
Film News: CineStill releases another film!
Thats right! Another JCH exclusive scoop! Some really great film news, just in time for Photokina. Cinestill, the guys behind the wonderful 800T film are back with a great black and white film. Yes, a new film on the market! Check it out.
These days it seems like we have less and less choices for film, with the major players cutting their film lines, instead of restructuring their business model. So when I hear that CineStill are going to add a new film to their lineup my heart goes all of a flutter.
As you all probably might have guessed, I am a staunch supporter of film and of small manufacturers. So CineStill is right up my alley. I have already been really impressed with their 800T film and I have seen people get really stunning results from it.
So when the guys at CineStill contacted me asking if I would be interested in debuting their latest film it didn’t really take all that much for me to grab that opportunity with both hands!
Now before all of you purists shout at me and tell me it is not a new film, you are correct. It is an old film that has been resurrected. This film was available in the past and there are people who are still re-rolling it. But it is a film that is being commercially released onto the market, when the current trend seems to be to remove films from the market. So in a way it is a new film.
So here it is, CineStill bwXX (double-x) 36exp. 135 black and white motion picture negative film
CineStill bwXX is a high speed, classic black & white film emulsion, with an EI of 250 under daylight and 200 under tungsten lighting. Recommended development in Kodak D-96 developer, but is compatible will all black and white film developers.
36 exposures professionally spooled into high quality 135 Non Dx-Coded Cartridges.
Double-x is a classic black and white film stock left relatively unchanged since it’s release in 1959 for still and motion picture use. Some of the movies using the classic Eastman double-x film stock (5222) include: Schindler’s List (1993), Memento (2000), Kafka (1991), Casino Royale (2006), I’m Not There (2007), and many many more.
Kodak no longer offers this wonderful still stock to the still photography community so CineStill Film has decided to release and distribute it under their label. This is a limited run will sell out fast no doubt, but if all goes well it will become a regularly stocked CineStill Film’s emulsion.
CineStill bwXX is an excellent choice for those looking for a classic film stock to fill the void left by the discontinuation of it’s wonderful sister films, Kodak Plus-x (discontinued in 2010) and TXP320.
An extensive list of developing times for this film may be found at http://www.project-double-x.org/devdata.html
This is really great news for the film community. It is only a limited run, but if it is popular then this could go into greater production. And if this is anything like as successful as the 800T then that should definitely happen. It looks to be lovely and grainy with plenty of contrast. I have just got some rolls so I shall be running a few as quickly as I can.
But wait! There is more! Haha, yes in celebration of this new release we have a giveaway for you. CineStill have been cool enough to give me a whole bunch of film to giveaway. So, here is the deal, if you buy a 135 film case from my store, you enter the chance to win a roll of bwXX film with your film case. The more cases you buy, the more chance of winning some film. And a couple of lucky people will win a film case full of bwXX and 800T film!
Check out the Cinestill website for more information on their films and where you can get some locally to you.
And just when you thought it was over….CineStill will be attending Photokina later this month and will have some more big news for you all, news that I am sure will make a great deal of people very very happy. That is all I can say, but make sure you keep on checking JCH as there will be another awesome exclusive!
Photo by roaming-the-planet
Photo by roaming-the-planet
Photos by roaming-the-planet
First a Boeing 747, and now an industrial complex on a Vancover island; it seems no canvas is too large for Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gemeos who were invited to the Vancouver Biennale to turn six multi-story silos on Granville Island into their trademark ‘Giants.’ The murals on the 70-foot towers are now the largest paintings ever attempted by the pair, an astounding feat considering Os Gemeos completely donated a month of their time to create the non-profit art project. An Indiegogo fundraising campaign to recoup costs associated with painting the silos has been extremely successful. You can see more over on Arrested Motion.
Wyatt Neumann is a photographer and father who last year took his two-year-old daughter Stella on a road trip across the country, documenting their travels as they went. Along the way he captured beautiful landscapes, pictures of the open road, as well as a handful of adorable images of Stella wearing what two-year-olds very often wear: a fairy dress or nothing at all.
Normally, when put in a family photo album or a personal collection to show off to friends, this sort of subject matter isn’t an issue. But, as Neumann found out the hard way, these nude but non-explicit images engendered an entirely different reaction when he posted them online.
As the trip progressed, Neumann shared the images from his travels with his daughter through Facebook and Instagram. Until, that is, about halfway through the road trip when the images began drawing criticism from people the world over.
The public backlash of the images brought a hailstorm of critics who called them “perverse,” “sick” and “pornographic.” Specifically, a group from the website Get Off My Internets began verbally attacking Neumann for publishing these images after a forum thread drew more attention to the photos than he had ever anticipated.
Before long, members of the site sent out a plethora of complaints to both Facebook and Instagram and managed to get Neumann’s profiles suspended. Eventually reinstated, it was the broad criticism of both him and his daughter and the suspension of his accounts that lead Neumann to realize this was a matter of freedom of expression and the freedom of speech.
It was then that he came up with the idea to turn these images into a gallery and accompanying book. Aptly titled I FEEL SORRY FOR YOUR CHILDREN: The Sexualization of Innocence in America, The Safari Gallery exhibition and book take what Neumann hopes is an honest look at what childhood is and what it’s been turned into. As he explains in his artist statement:
What’s troubling is the abject reviling of the human body, the intense and overt sexualization of the natural form, especially the naked bodies of carefree young children, who have yet to feel the burden of institutionalized body image awareness and the embarrassment that comes with adolescence. My children are free, they live without shame.
As part of the series, the gallery and book featured images from their entire road trip, not just of Stella. And along with each image comes a comment, one of the comments left on the nude or semi-nude photos of Stella by the people who were so offended by those images.
Neumann says he is committed to “showcas[ing] the lives [his children] get to live, express myself, and catalog the reality of my children’s experience.” As for the online critics who had more than a handful of words to share with Neumann in regards to the images of his naked child, his closing statement seems to sum it up fairly well:
So the choice seems clear: do we live in fear and condemnation? Or do we celebrate one another, and ourselves, in this life? I choose to believe in our ability to fight fear with love, ignorance with understanding, and to unite rather than divide. But you be the judge… is this pornography, art, expression, or exploitation. It’s up to us to either cower in fear, or liberate ourselves and live.
Below are a number of images Neumann was kind enough to share with us, presented as they were in the exhibition: alongside the critical, hateful and often vulgar words of anonymous strangers who commented on the images of Stella:
“This man is a sick f**k. Why in the world would you do this to your child? Great job, Wyatt Neumann. That poor little girl…” -Ships Go Overboard aka It Burns, April 26, 2014 6:23pm
“He’s an attention seeking f**k. Wake up, Wyatt, you f**king piece of s**t.” -SelenaKyle, April 26, 2014 8:59am
“He seems like a d**k. I want to puke. The nude photos are gross and disturbing.” -tunawhiskers, April 25, 2014 4:09pm
“Every good thing you are and every good thing you do is cancelled out by the fact that you exploit your children. You truly have no right to do this to them.” -skeptical girl is skeptical, April 26, 2014 1:55pm
“Way to serve your daughter up on a plate, sicko. I will be sure to email you directly when I find this image being traded on the deep web, Wyatt, you sick f**k.” -your mirror lied to you, April 26, 2014 10:27am
“I doubt she’ll ever be in a real school, have any real friends, or develop any real attachments to anything because that would be counterproductive to the isolation her parents probably want to keep her and her brother in. I’ll bet the only people they’re around are their parents ‘like-minded’ adult friends, a healthy portion of which are probably pedophiles that they’re too blind to see are right there waiting to get their children alone for 5 minutes.” -NamelyThis, April 26, 2014 12:47pm
“I am a licensed clinical social worker and I work with abused children and adults every day. I have listened to children tell me about their parents selling them for sex to buy drugs, about parents who locked them away in closets for hours at a time without food or water because they wouldn’t stop crying, about parents who beat their children to within an inch of their life, just for being a child. Wyatt, you clearly hold yourself to a higher esteem than those people, but I don’t. You are no better than they are.”
Here’s a feature of Neumann by Vocativ (warning: contains strong language):
To learn more about this project or see any of Neumann’s other work, be sure to visit his website by clicking here.
(via Huffington Post)
Image credits: Photographs by Wyatt Neumann and used with permission
A British fire service is developing an app that will let callers send live video of an incident to give emergency staff more information before they arrive on the scene.
West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) wants other services from around the country such as police and ambulance to get involved in the tech behind the app. It’s named 999eye after the emergency phone number in the UK (the equivalent of 911.) WMFS wants to develop the system and share it with other services free of charge. It says the majority of emergency service calls now come from people using a cellphone.
The idea behind the system will be for smartphone users who’ve made an emergency call to use their camera to shoot the scene (in a safe manner of course.) That would give emergency staff a clearer picture of what is going on, allowing them to prepare better while on their way to the incident. In particular it could reduce the need to rely on eyewitnesses having to describe the scope or nature of a problem such as a fire, something that’s often hard to do for people who don’t see fires regularly and thus have few points of comparison.
WMFS says it wants the app to use point-to-point streaming for the video, rather than route it through servers. It says the app should be set up so that anyone with the basic ability to operate their smartphone can operate the app. It won’t require any recording on the phone itself, though the emergency service will record the footage for use in any investigation.
The app will also be configured to transmit location information using a combination of Wi-Fi points, GPS info and cellular tower location. That could reduce problems where a caller is away from home and can’t accurately describe their location.
WMFS is also considering the possibility for using the app to help medical staff talk callers through giving first aid before ambulance staff arrive and be able to check they are following the instructions correctly.
(Hat tip: Us vs Them)
Photographer Gregg Segal wanted to put a human face on the trash problem in the US. Cold numbers and statistics can only have so much of an impact, pictures of real families and individuals lying in 7 days-worth of their own trash… now that would get some attention.
Thus was born the 7 Days of Garbage series, a set of photographs featuring people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds literally wallowing in a week’s worth of their waste.
In the Artist’s Statement on the series, Segal explains what it is we’re looking at:
7 Days of Garbage is a series of portraits of friends, neighbors, and other acquaintances with the garbage they accumulate in the course of a week. Subjects are photographed surrounded by their trash in a setting that is part nest, part archeological record. We’ve made our bed and in it we lie.
Of course, not every photograph you see is 100% honest. In a recent interview with Slate about the series, Segal reveals that some people “edited” their trash to take out “the really foul stuff.” Many, however, showed up with the full contents of their week’s waste.
It’s those images, maintains Segal, that turned out the strongest. Here’s a selection of photographs from 7 Days of Garbage that Segal was kind enough to share with us:
The point of the series was to draw attention to the sheer amount of garbage we produce, and perhaps encourage people to do their part to help the situation.
“We’re just cogs in a machine and you’re not culpable really but at the same time you are because you’re not doing anything, you’re not making any effort,” he told Slate. “There are some little steps you can take to lessen the amount of waste you produce.”
To find out more about the series or if you’d like to keep up with Segal as he continues to add to it — he hopes to expand the series to include more environments, so that people will realize no environment is left untouched by trash — head over to Segal’s website or give him a follow on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
Image credits: Photographs by Gregg Segal and used with permission
The New York City subway can be a cold place, metaphorically speaking. Headphones, cell phones, that one Seamless ad they’ve no doubt already read 600 times, whatever their approach, people go to great lengths to avoid communicating with the other people in the car.
So what happens when one of those people breaks, not only the unwritten rule against talking, but touching! How do people react on the subway when a complete stranger falls asleep on their shoulder?
With the help of Angela Gilland, the duo took to the NYC Subway armed with an iPhone and the goal of capturing some potentially very awkward interactions. Here’s how Ferrandi contextualizes the images:
I ride the NYC subway trains, usually in the evening when the seats are full. I focus on the shape of the space between the person sitting next to me and myself. I attempt to mentally and emotionally re-sculpt that space. In my mind, I reshape it — from the stiff and guarded space between strangers to the soft and yielding space between friends. I direct all my energy to this space between us. When the space palpably changes, and I completely feel like the stranger sitting next to me is my friend, I rest my head on that person’s shoulder… and see what happens.
All of the images below are frames pulled from iPhone videos shot by Gilland, and show each interaction from start to finish:
To see more of Ferrandi’s work, or if you’d like to keep up with this ongoing project, head over to her website by clicking here.
(via Lost at E Minor)
Image credits: Stills from iPhone video shot by Angela Gilland for George Ferrandi, and used with permission