Porto, Portugal, photographed by Pete Heck

Monday, 30 November, 2015

Porto, photo by Pete Heck

I once spent two months in Portugal, and I’d go back tomorrow if I had the choice/chance. This incredible collection of photos of Porto, the country’s second largest city, taken by Pete Heck, meanwhile does little to quell my wanderlust.

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Fragmented photographs that form one picture

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

Artwork by j.frede

Los Angeles based artist j.frede trawls flea markets looking for old photos, typically of landscapes featuring hills or mountains, and later matches up the disparate images to produce what appears to be a single panorama, based on the ridges of the hills and mountains, that form a collection he has titled The Fiction Landscapes.

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Peking, China, as seen by British photographer Thomas Child

Tuesday, 17 November, 2015

Imperial City, Peking/Beijing photo by Thomas Child

A selection of photos of late nineteenth century Beijing, then Peking, taken by Thomas Child, a British gas engineer, who worked in China from 1870 to 1889, for the Imperial Maritime Customs. The images were part of an exhibition that took place in London’s Chinatown last week.

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May your path always be guided by the light of the stars

Tuesday, 10 November, 2015

Artwork by Thierry Cohen

A collection of photos by Thierry Cohen that imagines the appearance of the some of the world’s biggest cities were they plunged into total darkness. A tad spooky at first, but if were somehow a compulsory lights-out period overnight, it’s a sight I could used to.

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Tinder In, the love child of Tinder and LinkedIn?

Friday, 6 November, 2015

Artwork by Dries Depoorter

Tinder, in case you’ve not heard of it, is an online dating or hook-up app. LinkedIn, which is possibly a little more widely known, is a professional network, that is sometimes referred to as a serious version of Facebook.

So what happens when you take someone’s profile photo from Tinder, and match it with their LinkedIn picture? The result is Tinder In, a somewhat controversial project by Belgium artist Dries Depoorter. Say what you will about his work, but when it comes to privacy online, it is in all too short supply, something that many people still don’t fully appreciate.

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What price for even a small piece of the Titanic?

Friday, 30 October, 2015

Photo by M Linoenewald

A photo of the iceberg that the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic is reputed to have struck, was sold at an auction in England last week for US$32,000. The picture was taken by the chief steward of a German liner, the Prinz Adalbert, the day after the Titanic sunk, after he noticed red paint marks on the iceberg, although at the time he was unaware of the tragedy.

Also up for sale at the same auction was a cracker biscuit, that a passenger aboard the Carpathia, a ship that assisted in the rescue of many of the Titanic’s survivors, picked up from a rations kit from one of the Titanic’s lifeboats. The cracker went on to fetch about US$23,000.

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The Apollo flights in stop motion animation

Wednesday, 28 October, 2015

This is fantastic, photos from Kipp Teague’s Project Apollo Archive have been used to make a stop motion animation, by Vimeo member harrisonicus.

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The artworks of Sydney “intervention” artist Michael Pederson

Friday, 23 October, 2015

Photo by Michael Pederson

Sydneysiders, have you ever spotted the artworks of local “intervention” artist Michael Pederson? These are not paintings and sculptures that you’d ordinarily find at an art show though, rather they are installations, such as the creation pictured here, that pop up, in Banksy style, in and on public property, and places, around the city.

So how will you know if it’s a genuine Pederson that you’ve stumbled upon? This photo collection of his works should help you make the distinction.

Via Colossal.

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13,000 NASA photos from the Apollo Moon flights

Wednesday, 14 October, 2015

Photo via Project Apollo Archive

I was wondering why a post I wrote five years ago, linking to Kipp Teague’s Project Apollo Archive, was suddenly picking up hits again, when I learned that NASA had handed over some thirteen thousand photos taken during the crewed Apollo missions, between 1961 and 1972, to Teague, who has since posted them to Flickr.

Apparently the US space agency no longer has the budget to publish the images – hopefully that money has gone towards the Mars project – but made the right choice finding someone who would. A great resource for anyone writing about, or researching, the Apollo Moon flights.

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A goal tracker that fines you for failure to achieve, and other links

Friday, 25 September, 2015

Working at a motel in a small town can be tedious sometimes, especially if you’re a teenager. How to liven things up then? Spy on the guests, of course. That’s what happens in Blood Pulls A Gun, the latest short film from Sydney based film director Ben Briand. Via Hypnophant.

How many ways are there to tie shoelaces? Two? Four? Seven? At least eighteen, according to Ian Fieggen, who also includes instructions as to how to tie each and every one. Check out the special purpose knots for occasions such as Halloween.

It’s best things like this do not go unquestioned… the holes at the centre of donuts, or doughnuts, have been shrinking, or at least are far smaller than they once used to be. Now why would that be? Vox is on the case though:

Smithsonian’s history of the donut provides a comprehensive look at the food, and from it we can draw a few guesses about why donut holes shrank. Donut holes are shrouded in legend, but they probably exist to help fry the donut more evenly – without a hole, the center of the donut would end up more raw than the outside.

The problem with conventional “strong” passwords, that should include letters, numbers, uppercase and special characters, is the difficulty in remembering them. The people at xkcd have a better idea for devising secure passwords, that are also a lot easier to remember, in that they adopt what I call a story format. The thing is, how many systems will actually allow their use?

Photo by Agne Gintalaite

Lithuanian artist and photographer Agne Gintalaite doesn’t just see a garage door, she sees but part of a colour palette, and went about photographing, from what I can gather, two hundred doors, for a series called Beauty Remains. See more images here.

The speed of light is the ultimate speed limit of the universe, at least as far as we understand the cosmos at present. In a vacuum, light moves at 299,792.458 kilometres per second. That’s pretty swift. But why does light move at that particular speed? Why not faster, why not slower? That, as it happens, is a very good question…

A further breakthrough came in 1905, when Albert Einstein showed that c, the speed of light through a vacuum, is the universal speed limit. According to his special theory of relativity, nothing can move faster. So, thanks to Maxwell and Einstein, we know that the speed of light is connected with a number of other (on the face of it, quite distinct) phenomena in surprising ways. But neither theory fully explains what determines that speed. What might? According to new research, the secret of c can be found in the nature of empty space.

Anthophobia is a morbid dislike, or fear of flowers. Buy why would anyone be afraid of flowers? Well, if they were ever to rise up, and attempt to subdue us, then there might be something to worry about, an idea that is explored by Valentin Petit, in a short film titled Anthophobia.

Follow these seven simple steps and you too may have a creative breakthrough. Actually the process may not be quite that straightforward, but hopefully it will help set you along the path towards whatever goal you are seeking.

And on the subject of creative breakthroughs and achieving goals, being focused, and having sort of accountability mechanism is vital. For assistance in that regard, look no further than Go Fucking Do It, which allows you to submit a task or goal, a deadline, and then a monetary fine, if you fail to achieve what you set out to do. How does that sound?

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