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  • 'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles

    09/29/2014 12:38:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    phys.org ^ | Sep 27, 2014 | Provided by University of Rochester
    Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration. "There've been many high tech approaches to cloaking and the basic idea behind these is to take light and have it pass around something as if it isn't there, often using high-tech or exotic materials," said John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester....
  • Curses, Fooled Again!

    09/27/2014 9:42:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9-26-14 | Peter Funt
    I SPENT the summer producing new “Candid Camera” shows, and among the many things I observed after a 10-year hiatus was that people are more easily fooled than ever. That may seem counterintuitive, but I’m certain it’s true. Much has to do with multitasking. When my dad, Allen Funt, introduced the show over six decades ago, he had to work at distracting people. Nowadays they do it to themselves. Many people we now encounter are fiddling with cellphones and other devices, tackling routine activities with less-than-full focus. That makes them easier targets for our little experiments, but also more vulnerable...
  • This is what it takes to outfit an airplane with WIFI. (video)

    09/25/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | United Airways
    http://www.dump.com/airplanewifi/https://hub.united.com/en-us/news/products-services/pages/united-installs-satellite-wi-fi.aspx
  • Obama Admin. Plans $1,000 Fine For Taking Pics on Public Land; Will the Media Report?

    09/25/2014 4:02:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 9-24-2014 | Matthew Balan
    The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed a U.S. Forest Service plan that would "fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit." Reporter Hunter Schwarz noted how "critics have characterized the rules as too vague and say it infringes on the First Amendment's free speech clause," and quoted from a U.S. senator who raised his concerns about the "troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment" (Olympic National Park's Ruby Beach pictured at right; taken by Matthew Balan in September 2011). Schwarz cited a Tuesday report by The Oregonian that outlined the...
  • Igor Presnyakov a Cultural Ambassador

    09/24/2014 4:54:09 PM PDT · by Blind Eye Jonez · 1 replies
    Russians always love American culture and Igor Presnyakov is no exception. This Russian is in love with the west and plays a wide variety of classic songs on the guitar. This piece "Misirlou," a Dick Dale instrumental made famous in the movie Pulp Fiction, is one of his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7dqyQlhaFM
  • 45 Photos That Will Annoy You More Than They Should

    09/24/2014 3:43:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | September 24, 2014 | Hannah Jewell
    Can you make it through this post without muttering “aaarrrggghhh” softly under your breath?
  • Raiders (Raiders of the Lost Ark - silent, and in black and white)

    09/24/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    (Note: This posting is for educational purposes only.) I’m assuming the phrase “staging” came out of the theatre world, but it’s equally at home (and useful) in the movie world, since the term (roughly defined) refers to how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated. In movies the role of editing adds something unique: the opportunity to extend and/or expand a visual (or narrative) idea to the limits of one’s imagination—a crazy idea that works today is tomorrow’s normal... So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging,...
  • Opening Weekend of Oktoberfest 2014 (photos)

    09/22/2014 1:00:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2014 | Staff
    One million steins of beer were consumed over the weekend, organizers say, as tourists and locals kicked off the 181st Oktoberfest. The Bavarian beer festival, held on Munich's Theresienwiese, lasts 16 days and will welcome more than six million visitors from around the world. This year, the average price of a mug of beer at any of the tents this year comes to €10.67 ($13.70 U.S.). Gathered here are some of the scenes from the opening weekend of Oktoberfest 2014.
  • THE LIST: EVERY JOURNALIST IN THE GAMEJOURNOPROS GROUP REVEALED

    09/22/2014 6:10:12 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Last week, Breitbart News revealed a secret video game journalist mailing list used by a clique of influential writers, editors, and bloggers, some of whom attempted to bully their colleagues with it in an attempt to shape the news agenda for political purposes. We can today reveal the complete list of journalists, some 150 key industry figures, on the list. Outlets with representation span the entire video games journalism universe and include Polygon, Ars Technica, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, Kotaku, Joystiq, TechRadar, and many other well-known brands in games publishing. But they also include freelancers and staffers for publications as solidly...
  • Vintage Mugshot PHOTO … Circa 1924: Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog”

    09/21/2014 2:37:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Eastern State Penitentiary ^ | circa 1924 | Eastern State Penitentiary
    1924: Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog” Pep "The Cat-Murdering Dog" was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924. Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife’s cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep’s inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records. The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert “Hard-Boiled” Smith, were friends. Pep was...
  • Atlas Shrugged part 3 in Theaters (find one near you)

    09/21/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 25 replies
    atlas shrugged movie ^ | 9/21/2014 | freeAtlanta
    Atlas Shrugged - the movieFind Theater near you
  • Golf ball thief

    09/17/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Roger Evans
    Roger Evans of Fairbanks sent in this photo. He writes, "This fox has stolen an approach shot, and is waiting on the green for golfers to chip on so he can make off with another, which he did. He chose a pretty orange one next. This is the fourth ball thieving fox to steal hundreds of balls at North Star Golf Club on Old Steese Highway. He has the black legs of his most recent predecessor from a few years ago. What they do with them is anyone's guess, but we hope they don't think they are storing food for...
  • Ancient 'moon god' monument unearthed in Israel

    09/17/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12:55PM BST 17 Sep 2014 | By Inna Lazareva, Tel Aviv
    A structure once believed to form part of an ancient town is identified as a 5,000 year old monument believed to have been used to honour the Mesopotamian moon god 'Sin' A stone monument in the shape of a crescent moon found in northern Israel is more than 5,000 years old, archaeologists have said. The structure, known as Rujum en-Nabi Shua'ayb or Jethro Cairn, is located near the Sea of Galilee and predates the construction of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, as well as the writing of the Bible. It was initially discovered in the early part of the...
  • War Horses -- The KFPS Royal Friesian Horses

    09/13/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-13-14
    These horses were originally bred as "war horses" in the days of knights and armour. As armour got heavier, bigger horses were needed and the Friesian almost became extinct. They are back and are one of the most beautiful horses in stature as well as gait. What gorgeous animals. Just watching them becomes an emotional experience. Can you imagine what it would be like to ride one? Their manes and tails are the longest that I have seen and I noticed that when performing on grass, their hoofs do not kick up a divot, as they land flat footed. Creatures...
  • Gravedigger suspended after picture with corpse and dead man’s relative shared on Whatsapp

    09/12/2014 10:12:43 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 39 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A gravedigger has been suspended and a family subjected to ridicule after posing with the corpse of a man who died 23 years ago. An image of council worker Celestino Reyna, 55, alongside the cadaver and the husband of the dead man’s niece, was sent to her work colleagues via Whatsapp. The photo then ended up on social media, where is was then widely shared – and Mr Reyna recognised by his employers. ‘We never thought this could have such serious consequences, and I did not want to show any lack of respect for my uncle,’ the apologetic niece, who...
  • Cats v Sloths: The most important battle on the internet rages on [photos]

    09/12/2014 10:08:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 50 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | Ross McG
    A war is happening on the web between cats and sloths. Whoever wins, we lose. Well, not really. Whoever wins, we get bombarded with pictures of the two cutest animals on the planet. Whether you’re a cat connoisseur or a sloth aficionado depends on your outlook on life. Love sitting on the couch? You’re a sloth fan. Like chasing mice? Then you’re a cat man. There’s only really one way to find out which animal is cutest… put a lot of pictures of them against each other and hope for the best:
  • The History and Science of Color Temperature (video)

    09/12/2014 7:55:46 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    filmmakeriq.com ^ | May 11, 2013 | Filmmaker IQ
    The way we perceive color is greatly influenced by our cultural understanding. We all grew up learning that Fire is Hot and Ice is Cold. Therefor red and orange are warm colors while blue and cyan are cool colors.This association in our mind is so strong that filmmakers can actually invoke a sense of temperature just by the color palette they use in their films.Take for example Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing”The film beautifully photographed by Ernest Dickerson, is awash in yellows, oranges and reds invoking the heat of a long, hot day in the Bed Stuy...
  • Hollywood’s History of Faking It - The Evolution of Greenscreen Compositing (video)

    09/12/2014 7:29:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 20 replies
    filmmakeriq.com ^ | Jul 16, 2013 | Filmmaker IQ
    With cameras and computers everywhere in our modern world, it’s easy to forget that the very first motion pictures were, themselves, essentially a special effect. It’s here at the beginning of filmmaking that we’ll start our journey:  the close of the 19th century with one of the world’s first prolific filmmakers – a man who spent his life studying the art of illusion – Georges Méliès.Georges Méliès In his 1898 film  Four Heads are better than one, (Un Homme De Tête) Méliès employs a visual trick that is the rudimentary beginnings of what we now think of as greenscreen compositing. The...
  • Check Out These Clydesdales' Tribute to 9/11

    09/12/2014 3:54:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9-11-14 | Katherine Rodriguez
    If you're looking for a heartwarming advertisement about 9/11, look no further than this throwback ad from Budweiser in 2002. The ad shows several Clydesdale horses crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and other scenes before the horses kneel down before a scene of New York City. The ad was only shown once during the 2002 Super Bowl, but boy did it make an impact. Here's a little more background on the ad from the St. Louis-based company AB Global Creative: “We filmed in New York City. We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Guiliani let us into the...
  • "Moderate Islam": THE MYTH, DEBUNKED! *must watch video

    09/12/2014 8:57:10 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 29 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 08/12/14 | Steven Crowder
    The video is already generating death threats. SURPRIIISE! Is "ISIS" merely a radical group? What about EVERY SINGLE Islamic country committing gross violations of human rights? The video debunks... Also, Dana Loesch literally slaps an Islamic terrorist!
  • Parents Release Photo of Daughter Born at 24 Weeks to Stop Late-Term Abortions

    09/11/2014 8:46:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Parents in England have released a beautiful photo of their daughter, born prematurely at 24 weeks, with the hopes that it will demonstrate the humaity of unborn babies who can be legally killed in abortions in the U.K. Emily Caines, 35, has released photograph of birth of daughter Adelaide, born at 24 weeks but who was too small to survive even though that is within the 22-24 week time period that is the earliest for premature babies to survive. Caines hopes the photo will raise awareness of neonatal death and she hopes it will prompt lawmakers in Parliament to re-open...
  • Pictograph Photo Gallery

    09/11/2014 2:06:56 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 18 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 9/11/2014 | Staff
    Pictograph Photo Gallery A pictograph is a drawing or painting that is created on a rock. It is not "carved" into the rock - that would be a "petroglyph." This is a series of photographs of pictographs from around the world. There are many links to other galleries.
  • Man pulls out of garage just as tornado hits. (video)

    09/10/2014 4:14:23 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 9-10-2014 | Viral Hog
    A man captures a terrifying tornado on his car's dashcam while pulling out of his garage in Bashkiria, Russia. Once the man realizes that he's in the path of the tornado, he tries driving back into his garage only to witness the tornado's power firsthand.
  • Exploding Pianos - Periodic Table of Videos (video)

    09/09/2014 9:53:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-9-2014 | Periodic Videos
    The Professor uncovers some old footage with an amazing story. Exploding pianos created by the legendary BD Shaw as part of his expert testimony. Flour and flash pot were put in a piano with terrible results.
  • Fever mounts as stunning statues found at ancient Greek tomb (Amphipolis)

    09/07/2014 5:44:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | September 7, 2014
    Athens (AFP) - Two stunning caryatid statues have been unearthed holding up the entrance to the biggest ancient tomb ever found in Greece, archaeologists said. The two female figures in long-sleeved tunics were found standing guard at the opening to the mysterious Alexander The Great-era tomb near Amphipolis in the Macedonia region of northern Greece.
  • Gene Simmons Says Rock Isn't Just Dead, ‘It Was Murdered’ by File Sharing

    09/07/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by BBell · 80 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Greg Gilman
    Gene Simmons not only thinks rock music is dead, it was “murdered” by the internet and the “entitled” Americans using it to steal music.The KISS bassist, who is arguably one of the most successful living rock stars in the history of music, blames file sharing for the death of one of America's most beloved musical genres during a recent Esquire interview conducted by his son, Nick.
  • Vintage PHOTO: Circa 1909 - Cat Photographer

    09/07/2014 11:54:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 1909 | Retronaut
    Photograph taken in November, 1909 shows three members of the Payro family being “photographed” by their cat. Left to right: Edmund, age 12, Ernest, age 8, and Cecilia, age 5. Payro, J. (Joseph C.), 1862-1953
  • Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50K residents eked out a grimy living...(Lots of Pics@ link)

    09/07/2014 5:29:34 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 05, 2012 | Pamela Owen
    Once thought to be the most densely populated place on Earth, with 50,000 people crammed into only a few blocks, these fascinating pictures give a rare insight into the lives of those who lived Kowloon Walled City. Taken by Canadian photographer Greg Girard in collaboration with Ian Lamboth the pair spent five years familiarising themselves with the notorious Chinese city before it was demolished in 1992. The city was a phenomenon with 33,000 families and businesses living in more than 300 interconnected high-rise buildings, all constructed without contributions from a single architect. Ungoverned by Health and Safety regulations, alleyways dripped...
  • Study claims cave art made by Neanderthals

    09/03/2014 12:51:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 01 SEP 2014 | by Frank Jordans
    A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought. The cross-hatched engravings inside Gorham's Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art, according to a team of scientists who studied the site. The find is significant because it indicates that modern humans and their extinct cousins shared the capacity for abstract expression. The study, released Monday by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined grooves in a rock that had been covered with...
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A. E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • Baby gives thumbs-up on ultrasound!

    09/02/2014 7:29:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    hintv ^ | staff
    This mom might have the coolest baby ever in her belly. Brandon Hopkins, the baby's father, says that the mom is actually pregnant with twins! Hopkins says this photo was taken earlier this week.
  • Why is Modern Art so Bad? (video)

    09/02/2014 6:32:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 76 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-1-2014 | PragerUniversity
    For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern Art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed.
  • The Pee-Chee Folder: Illustrated by the Most Interesting Man in the World

    09/02/2014 2:38:46 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | September 19, 2012 | Sarah C. Rich
    A Pee-Chee folder art hack—afros, hairy legs, and frying eggs(image: Greg Narvas, Flickr) Growing up in Denver, I called sugary, carbonated beverages “pop.” When I moved to California for college and all the coastal kids called it “soda,” I realized just how much geography defines even the most quotidien bits of our lives (I now call it “soda,” too.). I had that realization all over again recently while reminiscing about Pee-Chee folders, encountering a completely blank stare from a New York-native friend who had never heard of them. And here I’d thought the pulpy paper pockets had been a part...
  • These Stunning Photos Show You How a Baby Fits in the Womb

    09/01/2014 9:25:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    Marry Fermont, a photographer in the Netherlands, started taking pictures of babies immediately after their birth to document what they look like in utero. Her pictures testify to the humanity of the unborn child, and show women what their children look like before they arrive. Fermont answered a few questions about why she started taking these pictures in a Baby Center Blog: fitinwomb4Where did you first see such a photo? I was the first birth photographer in the Netherlands to start taking these types of pictures. When I documented my first birth it was the midwife who showed the parents...
  • ‘The Giver’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: How the Movie Adaptations Stack Up to the Books

    08/31/2014 4:44:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 30 | Mariana Marcaletti
    ‘The Giver’ to ‘The Great Gatsby’: How the movie adaptations stack up to the books that inspired themDuring a panel moderated by The Washington Post’s film critic Anne Hornaday — Great Books to Great Movies on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. during the National Book Festival — authors E.L. Doctorow, Alice McDermott, Paul Auster and Lisa See, whose books were made into movies, will discuss and present in a multimedia exhibit clips from films based on their writing. But what happens when really good books fail to live up to people’s expectations in really bad movie adaptations? Or, the...
  • Arresting Photo of Sultry Lady Dutch Cop Sweeps the Internet

    08/31/2014 10:47:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 113 replies
    Nw York Daily News ^ | Agust 27, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Internet users begging for arrest after photo of hot Dutch cop flares passions The sultry officer, armed with a pistol on her waist as she investigates a burglary, has gone viral again more than two years after the photo was originally snapped. The head-turning law enforcer's outfit of tight white pants and cowboy boots prompted users on Reddit to exclaim love at first sight. Her looks alone are arresting. A smokin’ hot female Dutch cop has the Internet swooning as a two-year-old photograph of the sexy officer has once again swept the web. The stunning law enforcement officer was snapped...
  • Who owns the Blues, today ?

    08/29/2014 8:45:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 59 replies
    me ^ | today | me
    I think there was a time in which the left owned the blues but things have come full circle to a point in which we own the blues. The Blues will never go away and conservatives need to push this into our culture. IMHO The "Blues" cuts to the core of virtually everything that matters. I will put forth my modern and somewhat obscure samples, as I hope to see yours.
  • Elephants dance to violin music

    08/27/2014 8:26:35 AM PDT · by John S Mosby · 20 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | August 27,2014 | Olivia Rzadkiewicz
    Eleanor Bartsch was performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, during which she played Bach’s Concerto in D Minor. During the performance, she noticed two elephants outside a tent at the back of the Circus World Museum, who seemed to be reacting to the music.
  • 46 Incredible Photos You May Not Have Seen Before.

    08/26/2014 5:32:45 PM PDT · by Twotone · 48 replies
    Tickld.com ^ | July 29, 2014 | NA
    Some very interesting pictures, quite fantastic.
  • Historian Claims The Louvre Museum Holds Ancient Amphipolis Tomb Treasures

    08/26/2014 10:56:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    greece.greekreporter.com ^ | Aug 26, 2014 | by Daphne Tsagari
    A prominent Greek historian claims that it is possible for the Louvre Museum in Paris to possess artifacts from the ancient Greek tomb currently being excavated by archaeologists in Amphipolis, Greece. The fame of the ancient Greek treasures allegedly hidden in the Amphipolis tomb has recently raised concerns whether the monument will be found intact, or if it had been looted in the past. Historian, Sarantis Kargakos, speaking to Antenna TV, said that the tomb has been looted in the past and that the monument’s interior won’t be intact. “At the spot where Ancient Amphipolis is found, a village named...
  • Greek archaeologists enter large underground tomb [Amphipolis update]

    08/26/2014 10:13:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 08/25/2014 | Staff
    Archaeologists excavating an ancient tomb under a massive burial mound in northern Greece have entered the underground structure, which appears to have been looted in antiquity. The Culture Ministry said Monday that archaeologists have partially investigated the antechamber of the tomb at Amphipolis and uncovered a marble wall concealing one or more inner chambers. However, a hole in the decorated wall and signs of forced entry outside the huge barrel-vaulted structure indicate the tomb was plundered long ago. The excavation will continue for weeks. The tomb dates between 325 B.C.—two years after the death of ancient Greek warrior-king Alexander the...
  • The Taser Photoshoot: Portraits of People's Faces When Hit With A Stun Gun

    08/26/2014 7:57:52 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Fstoppers ^ | August 25, 2014 | Patrick Hall
    As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them. But what if I was able to make people feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera that I could guarantee an interesting portrait every time? This is the idea behind my latest series: The Taser Photoshoot. I've edited two different videos as well as a behind the scenes in the full post below.
  • God Made a Dog

    08/25/2014 5:25:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8-25-14
    Video at link.
  • Old Timey PHOTO) Circa 1890 - Man Riding a Goat

    08/24/2014 2:41:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    Retronaut ^ | 1890 | Retronaut
    1890: Man riding a goat Man riding a goat, 1890 (Initiation into fraternal group). Photographer: Chas.v. Hamer, Columbus O, USA
  • A Real Live Gnome in Pennsylvania?

    08/24/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 45 replies
    Earthfiles.com ^ | 23AUG2014 | Linda Moulton Howe
    August 23, 2014 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - In 1200 A.D., a Swedish man named Frederik Ugarph found a hard wood statue only about six inches (15 cm) high of a little person wearing a conical hat in what is now Trondheim, Norway. The statue was standing on a pedestal engraved with the words: “NISSE Riktig Storrelse.” That means, “Gnome, actual height.” Owned and housed today by the Oliv family in Uppsala, Norway, X-ray tests indicate the wooden statue is more than 2,000 years old, perhaps carved from a tree that is no longer known. Another historic account of a “miniature person”...
  • US Copyright Office: We Can’t Register a Monkey Selfie… Or One Taken by a God

    08/23/2014 12:29:58 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 21 replies
    petapixel ^ | August 23,2014 | DL Cade
    In its updated 1,222-page “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition” released yesterday, the US Copyright Office took the side of Wikimedia in their argument with nature photographer David Slater when the office wrote that they cannot register works by monkeys.
  • Picture Information Extractor 6.7

    08/22/2014 7:37:30 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    picmeta.com ^ | August 22,2014 | picmeta.com
    PIE is an unique picture browser and viewer with exquisite photo metadata and file renaming features. It extracts EXIF, XMP and IPTC from JPG, TIF and RAW files and makes it available in a convenient and welcoming interface. One part of the EXIF header is standardized and contains information such as date and time pictures were taken, shutter speed and aperture or whether the flash was used. But a lot of information such as program mode, white balance settings or lens data, is stored in the Makernote block, which is proprietary and can usually only be read with special software...
  • Dramatic Studio Portraits of Big Cats by NatGeo Photographer Vincent J Musi

    08/22/2014 2:28:39 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 14 replies
    petapixel ^ | August 22,2014 | DL Cade
    National Geographic‘s Vincent J Musi will quite literally do whatever it takes to get the animal portrait he’s looking for, including kneeling in urine while singing Tom Jones’ “What’s New Pussycat?” to a growling Snow Leopard… hand gestures included.
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 106 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • C-Clamps? 25 Other Clamps They Don't Want You To Know About...

    08/21/2014 3:04:53 PM PDT · by fishtank · 31 replies
    Instructables ^ | 8-21-14 | RobbGodshaw
    This set of Alphaclamps is an exploration of tools and their form. From the I-beam to the C-clamp, the latin letterforms seem to have a chicken-egg relationship with the letter-shaped tools that bear their name. Is the C the basis for design, or simply a descriptor of the form? Curious about how the other letters would work as tools, I set out to explore the mechanical utility of the forsaken letters of our alphabet.