Mr. White’s Neighborhood

12/06/2012

I recently had the opportunity to travel from Portland to Houston. Since I had the time to waste on it, I decided to alter my route to visit the city of Albuquerque. Yes, we all know this to be the city of fame because it’s the only word to feature 3 U’s. That is a pretty impressive achievement, but I’m not going to denigrate that fine city by pointing out its inherent vowel-fouls. I’ll just go with the obvious.

I took these pictures:

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Fans of Breaking Bad need no explanation. The first photo is that of the White residence, and the second is that of Saul Goodman’s office locale, sans giant inflatable Statue of Liberty. Incidentally, Saul’s office is located a mere six or eight blocks from the house, which made this detour easily reward-able.

I had help from this site in finding the locations, and there are many more, but I had to get to Houston for my new job pronto, and couldn’t stop for a car wash and some Pollos Hermanos chicken.


Colorful, Beautiful Ho Chi Minh City

12/09/2011

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Photographer Rob Whitworth:

Ever since I first set foot in HCMC I have been captivated by the 
cities energy. Saigon is a city on the move unlike anything I have 
experienced before which I wanted to capture and share.

The Litter Box highly recommends full screen viewing here.


Canary Sky

05/05/2011

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In case Terje Sorgjerd is growing a bit too March, 2011 for you hipsters out there, and for everyone else who can’t get enough of great time-lapse photography highlighting the eternal earth…

Daniel Lopez showcases the cascading Milky Way over desert landscapes, the foaming clouds lapping like ocean shores at the feet of mountains, and more astounding sites from one of the most beautiful places on this pale blue dot, the Canary Islands.


Killer Juxtaposition

04/29/2011

Aspiring photographers, take note of Rob Kalmbach. His site is inspiring, but beware… it is also humbling.


Happy Birthday, Hubble Telescope

04/20/2011

The Rose. Image: NASA/ESA/STScI/AURA

April 24 marks the 21st anniversary of the orbiting of the Hubble telescope, deployed by space shuttle Discovery. After some false starts and costly repairs, it proved to be one of our greatest tools for peering into the cosmos. To commemorate the landmark achievement, NASA has released this image of two galaxies in the Andromeda constellation that swirl together, seemingly in the shape of a rose. Their boring, official name is Arp 273.


The Mountain

04/15/2011

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WOW. More time-lapse greatness from Terje Sorgjerd, this time featuring Spain’s highest mountain, El Teide, and a spectacular performance by the Milky Way galaxy. Mr. Sorgjerd explains the brilliant colors in some shots:

A large sandstorm hit the Sahara Desert on the 9th April and at approx 3am in the night the sandstorm hit me, making it nearly impossible to see the sky with my own eyes.

Interestingly enough my camera was set for a 5 hour sequence of the milky way during this time and I was sure my whole scene was ruined. To my surprise, my camera had managed to capture the sandstorm which was backlit by Grand Canary Island making it look like golden clouds. The Milky Way was shining through the clouds, making the stars sparkle in an interesting way. So if you ever wondered how the Milky Way would look through a Sahara sandstorm, look at 00:32.

As always, full screen highly recommended.

Shots from the photog’s project-

Terje Sorgjerd

Terje Sorgjerd

Terje Sorgjerd


Breathtaking Aurora Borealis

03/23/2011

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Even though the Northern Lights are a common earthly phenomenon, when viewed through time-lapse high definition, and set to “Now We Are Free” from the Gladiator soundtrack, the effect is decidedly otherworldly. The profoundly beautiful and smooth video was shot near Russia by Terje Sorgjerd.

Yes, full screen for ultimate winnage.


Saturn Fly-By

03/16/2011

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Back in grade school, I once got in trouble with my teacher for goofing around during class, and as punishment I was to copy an article out of the encyclopedia. I ended up choosing Saturn for my chore, and have considered it my favorite non-Earth planet ever since. That’s why I’m agape at this CS5 rendering of available photographs taken by the Cassini spacecraft, launched by NASA to study our ringed neighbor; the project is called “Outside In” and Vimeo user stephen V2 explains it best in a comment at the link:

What I’ve done (since this is an art film) is take the photograph… and create a flythrough using many other images Cassini has taken. It’s kind of the only way to do it – necessity is the mother of invention here – if you only want to use real photographs.

Note: this was not done using CGI or 3D effects. It really is representative of what it’s like to be the Cassini spacecraft.

Link to the photograph.

The song is the lovely, ubiquitous “Adiago for Strings” by Samuel Barber.  | via kottke.org


Alphabetical Google Image Search – W

11/11/2010

As this alphabetical thing winds down, I decided to go with my three favorite photos of America’s erstwhile President.


Alphabetical Google Image Search — V

08/19/2010

V for Vendetta was one of those movies that I was pretty jazzed about seeing, until I saw it. It landed on my retinas with a dull thud, and it still amazes me that anyone thinks it’s any good. So, there’ll be none of that today. Instead, the awesome Flying V guitar, a still from Henry V, and something from the world of wind technology (a new passion in which I begin training this Monday), the V-Wing Wind Turbine.


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