Saturn Fly-By

03/16/2011

(Vimeo Link)

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.


A Gentler Tickler

08/15/2010

Detroit Publishing Co.

100 years have gone by since this thrill ride, “The Tickler,” in Cincinnati promised the experience would be “not as rough as last season.”

Click for enormous size (Shorpy).


Alphabetical Google Image Search — U

08/09/2010

These are great, and not one submarine or spyplane among them.


Alphabetical Google Image Search — T

07/28/2010

Totally terrific themes to take to, aside from the thousands of t-shirts.


Alphabetical Google Image Search — S

07/21/2010

The new, excellent format over at Google Images has everything on one page, inspiring me to dig deeper from here on out, and find cool stuff among the cars and cameras.