Lakisha, a look – in less than ninety seconds – at a life lived

Friday, 16 September, 2016

Lakisha, a short, sweet, and perky take on life. Animated by South Korean illustrator and visual artist YongOh Kim.

And that’s me out of here for today, and also next week. I’ll be back on Monday, 26 September. See you then.

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I must not fear. Words to live by when you work as a highliner

Friday, 16 September, 2016

I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. These are the words of Utah based athlete and professional highliner Hayley Ashburn, who you can see here crossing a fifty-two metre highline, between the Vajolet Towers in Italy. Those are words to live by for all us, but especially for people in her line of work.

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Film cameos featuring the rich and the famous

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Setting up a cameo appearance in a film is probably no small task, especially when it comes to the higher profile actors. It must take a miracle of scheduling to have such people in the right place, at the right time. Still, it happens, and seems to happen often, so that means that someone is pretty good at scheduling.

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Looking for vintage stock photos? Vintage Stock Photos is the place

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Photo via Vintage Stock Photos

A handy resource for anyone looking for vintage style stock photos, Vintage Stock Photos. The images can be used free of charge on websites, and in books and videos, for commercial projects. Terms and conditions apply, so read before use.

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If we lived on Proxima b, we’d be residing in the twilight zone

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

No, we shouldn’t get too excited by the prospect that an Earth-like exoplanet circles the star nearest to us. Earth-like it may be, but make no mistake, Centauri b, that orbits red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, is not like Earth. For one thing, the planet is so close to its host star, it is tidally locked. This means it does not rotate on its axis as Earth does.

Therefore it is perpetually day time on one side of the side of the planet, while the other hemisphere is forever cloaked in darkness. One side would be rather warm, the other quite chilly. Only the border between the two, a veritable twilight zone, might be a little Earth-like. On that basis then, it may not be too bad

There will be three different climate zones. The side always facing its star will be consistently sun-baked, receiving scorching, direct sunlight without ever getting a break from it. Similarly, the side facing away from the star will experience eternal night, and should be dark and frozen, but with spectacular views of the Universe. The border between the night and day sides – a “ring” around the planet – will experience an eternal dawn/sunset, with perhaps the most Earth-like conditions.

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Patrick Joust, self taught Baltimore based photographer

Thursday, 15 September, 2016

Photo by Patrick Joust

If you like night photography, then you’ll like the work of self taught Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust. Especially his Commonwealth series of works. You can also see more of his photography on Instagram.

Via Design is Kinky.

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Had to happen eventually, Tame Impala remix 2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

The video for Eventually, the latest single from Perth based band Tame Impala, consists of selected scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s 1967 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I’m not sure what Kubrick would have made of this, or fans of 2001, for that matter, but I think it works quite well. Tame Impala aren’t called a psychedelic rock act for nothing, you know.

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The monsters and creatures that ride the New York City Subway

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Artwork by Ben Rubin

If there are monsters, and all sorts of other weird creatures, riding the New York City Subway, then they must present on other mass transit systems across the world. Maybe it’s just as well most people are oblivious to their presence though.

They are visible to New York based artist and illustrator Ben Rubin however, who seems to see them quite often, if his Facebook and Instagram pages, are anything to go by.

Via Digg.

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Plotting the rise of Earth’s average temperature over 22,000 years

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

A timeline of Earth’s average temperature over the last twenty-two thousand years, by xkcd.

Temperature are now, on average, five degrees Celsius warmer, than they were at the beginning of this time period.

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The rise and fall of a triple spiral domino structure, by Lily Hevesh

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

Lily Hevesh is a full-time domino artist, who, among other things, spends her days creating elaborate structures with dominoes, only to tip them over. Both processes, construction, and deconstruction, are recorded, which is probably a good idea.

Here is a clip of the building, and destruction, of a triple spiral structure. It is made up of some fifteen thousand domino blocks, and took twenty-five hours to make, over an eight day period. But watch them dominoes fall…

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