Saturday, 31. May 2008
I Love Summertime ...
|... and I like to be outdoors as much as I can, spend a lot of time in my garden. I like the bbq's, sitting out late at night enjoying the evening air - and much more!|
So for this season I've decided:
No blogging on weekends.
Aye sure, I'm back on monday with new things for your delight!
Thank you for your kind attention.
And enjoy your life as much as you can!
Friday, 30. May 2008
Cosmic VoyageA sweeping view of the universe!
This 36 minutes short documentary takes you on a journey through forty-two orders of magnitude, beginning at a celebration in Italy to zoom to the outer limit of human visibility. The view descends back to earth, and later zooms in upon a raindrop on a leaf, to the level of sub-atomic particles. Cosmic Voyage, narrated by Morgan Freeman, is truly fascinating with great graphics.
Bug CuisineAfraid of Insects? Get over it. Bugs are surprisingly nutritious — and far better for the environment than traditional sources of protein.
A Photo Essay by Times: Bug Cuisine
And don't miss the incredible video: How to Cook a Bug ...
Google Earth - Now In Your BrowserYou know, Google Earth was the piece of software that you had to download and install and hope that your computer was powerful enough to handle it. Well, that's changed!
Google has released a browser plugin that lets you access most of the key features of Google Earth in your web browser. No need to download and install the standalone Google Earth application. Google Earth provides more detailed imagery and navigational controls than Google Maps. You can also see 3D models of buildings and view KML files in Google Earth.
The plugin is already available at Google Earth API official site and check out the video below.
Note: This version of the Google Earth Plug-in ONLY operates on Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems.
Microsoft made this move first with its Virtual Earth API and browser plug-in. Google's new release seems to focus on 3D, and speed. The performance is noticeably superior to Microsoft's, but there are still obvious kinks that need to be worked out.
See also Google Earth API Developer's Guide.
Thursday, 29. May 2008
One eskimOThis is the official video for 'Hometime' from One eskimO, a four piece indie band from London. (Debut single, 2007)
Animated & Directed by Matt Latchford & Lucy Sullivan. Produced by Gravy Media.
And winner of the British Animation Awards 'Public Choice Music Video 2008' category.
Listen to an exclusive unreleased track from One eskimO: Giving Up.
The Iceberg Project
Architects Julien de Smedt and CEBRA architects in collaboration with Louis Paillard and SeArch have won a competition to build a housing complex at the Aarhus docklands development in Denmark.
Called the Iceberg project, the development will create 25,000 sqm of housing and is due for completion in 2010.
The Aarhus Harbour development provides a huge opportunity for Denmark’s second largest city to develop in a socially sustainable way by renovating its old, out-of-use container terminal. The area is meant to become a living city quarter, comprised of a multitude of cultural and social activities, a generous amount of workplaces, and of course, a highly mixed and diverse array of housing types.
See also: Architects Julien de Smedt and CEBRA architects.
"Århus will get a fantastic harbour front with unique architectural buildings that both in appearance and functionality prove that we are a city of grand ambitions. Our desire for this area goes beyond just a façade without life and purpose. We want a living city where everybody thrives. Both those who live and those who work in this “City near the harbour / De Bynære Havnearealer”. Projects of this calibre are a big step towards this goal." -Mayor, Nicolai Wammen.
6 DifferencesSpot the 6 Differences between the two panels.
Sequel to 5 differences.
That one was about the day time, this one is about the night time.
Tip: 'H' gives you one hint per level if you get stuck.
Good luck to complete all 15 levels!
Wednesday, 28. May 2008
Burma / MyanmarThe original purpose of this film was to raise awareness on the Burmese peoples ongoing peaceful protests against their military governmentâs notorious human rights violations. When Cyclone Nargus hit, causing untold loss of life and devastation across the country, we immediately altered the spot to address the immediate need for aid. We hope to compel the global community to act in the face of this tragedy.
An important goal for each of us, in every project we take on, is getting people to think. With this piece, it is not just a provocation but a call to action.
A short film by Shilo Films. See also We Make It Good by Silo.
Some helpful sites:
The Burma Campaign UK: Cyclone Nargis hits Burma
None Of Us Are Free
TurbanizerEver wondered what you looked like in a turban?
Turbanizer is an application that allows you to turbanize yourself, your friends, whoever! Theres a range of realistic turbans to choose,from Rajasthani, Nihang Navy, to Weddink (pictured). Also you can grab photos from Facebook or Flickr.
Mapping the Pacific Coast
Jodocus Hondius, Septentrio America - Amsterdam, 1606
"Please join us for this online tour of Mapping the Pacific Coast, which includes images from the exhibition's collection as well as their audio tour accompaniment. The maps and illustrations form a compelling story about many of the greatest adventures in history, including dangerous ocean voyages, races to chart undiscovered territories, sightings of sea monsters and other dramatic tales. These stories not only inform us about the exciting history of our country, but also appeal to the explorer in all of us." ~ Henry Wendt, map collection owner and historian.
Mapping the Pacific Coast: Coronado to Lewis and Clark - 45 magnificent maps, books and illustrations, dated 1544 through 1802, of the west coast of North America.
The Arctic by Gerard Mercator, 1595
Tuesday, 27. May 2008
NudibranchsPhotographer David Doubilet introduces the glamour slugs of the sea. A clip from NGM. Click the picture.
“My job description is to make a picture of a place no one has ever seen before or, to make a picture that’s different of a place that everybody’s seen before.” -- David Doubilet
Some of his subjects are powerful and threatening, some are delicate, shy and elusive, but all are presented with an artistry and style that are easily and immediately recognizable. With a highly respected body of work that grows continuously, his images are always pushing the limits of underwater photography to new levels.
David Doubilet - Underwater Photography
First Photos from Mars Phoenix LanderThis image, one of the first captured by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, shows the vast plains of the northern polar region of Mars.
Phoenix Beams Dozens of Raw Mars Images - New data beamed back by Phoenix show it's in good health after its first night on Mars. (May 26)
Visit also NASA's Phoenix Section and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more images, multimedia and news.
All upcoming events will be on NASA Web TV.
This video includes highlights from the entry, descent and landing phase as Mars Phoenix Lander touched down on the Red Planet on May 25, 2008.
Read At WorkThe insight: most people would rather read books than do work.
The idea: disguised famous novels as Powerpoint presentations so you're boss and co-workers are none the wiser.
If you’re gasping with boredom but also have to be careful about who can see your screen, try Read At Work. The site disguises itself as a Windows desktop with the links in windows folders.
I like how the website is set up ... and to read Animal Farm while it looks like a sales presentation ...
By clicking on a folder in one of these menus you'll be taken to the first page of an abridged novel, which may look something like this: