Intricate Wood Floors

I like wood working, but I’m more of a simple person, I could never do something like what Ourada Designs makes.  Very, very intricately designed hardwood floors.

Just look at this design:

Hardwood Buck floor

And here’s another one:

Those are large slabs of wood, sections of the tree.  He then individually stains each section to get the desired final outcome.  It’s really something spectacular.  But as others on reddit have said, it lends itself to a large room, or a place where there won’t be too much furniture to cover up the designs, or add to the already busy atmosphere.

The Daily Show

Trevor Noah took over The Daily Show this week.  I’m not sure how well he will be able to replace Jon Stewart, It will be an interesting next few years.  Jon was a force to be reckoned with, and I don’t know much about this new guy.  I liked his opening lines though.  They were pretty good.

LEGO Vatican

Father Bob Simon from Pennsylvania spent a couple of years building this 14 foot long scale model of The Vatican.  It consists of about half a million individual bricks.  St. Peter’s Square consists of 44,000 individual 1×1 round flat tiles.  Let me repeat that, 44 thousand tiles.  Just on the floor.  That’s insane.

LEGO Pope

Here he’s making the dome.  I really do like the way he choose to make it, instead of a traditional stacked LEGO roof, he alternated pieces to get a smooth curve.  I like it.  His answer to the curved arms of St. Peter’s Square was really ingenious, LEGO Train track pieces.  That’s smart.

LEGO Vatican

All in all, he estimates it cost him between $7,000 and $10,000 to build over the course of 2 years.  I will say that this is one of the best models I’ve seen.  The attention to detail is very well done, and the scale fits.  It almost looks like everything is perfect to mini-figure dimensions.  It might be.

Finally, here’s a video from BrickFair 2015:

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The Truth Is Still Out There

This coming January marks the return of a show that defined Television.  Yes, just as one decade long show came to an end, another one is resurrected, if only for short mini-series.

The X-Files is coming back to Fox, back with Mulder and Skully, back with Skinner, back with the whole gang it seems, and it’s still full of mysteries.  Hopefully it will be as good as we remember and want it to be.

Super Moon Eclipse

Eclipse Moon

I’m sure you probably heard by now, but yesterday there was a lunar eclipse, which is when the sun, the earth, and the moon are all aligned perfectly.  This causes the moon to take on a reddish hue, hence it’s common name of “Blood Moon.”  Yesterday we were also treated to what is called a “Supermoon,” which is when the moon is up to 30,000 miles closer to earth.  This causes the moon to gain apparent diameter, which in turn makes it larger & brighter.  The fact that there was an eclipse on the same day as a supermoon is rare, but not once in a lifetime rare, it will happen again in about 20 years.  So don’t worry if you missed anything.

Blood Moon 3

Anyway, here are some photos I took last night during it. I didn’t watch the whole thing (A. it’s pretty boring, B. CSI was on.)

National Parks from Space

Sequoia?

This game is ridiculous, trust me.  I got 3 of the 11, and one was Crater Lake, which shouldn’t have even been an option.  What’s the park above?  It could be anything, it’s just a generic photo of the earth from space, circa NASA Landsat 7, 2007.

Do you know what park it is yet?  Come on, it’s located in California.

It’s Sequoia.

What about this generic plot of land in the desert?

Petrified Forest

Yea, this one is harder, I’ll just give it to you, Petrified Forest.  Can’t you see the 200 million year old trees laying around on the ground?  Maybe you need to enhance it.

Anyway, Weather.com has 11 different National Parks across the US that have had their photos taken from Space, see if you can label them all.

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Radioactive Living

There are many places on the planet that are radioactive.  When on Earth, has a list of 10 sites where humans continue to live to this day.  It’s interesting because some of them are naturally radioactive.  High levels of trace radioactive elements are contained in the hillsides, beaches, and surrounding areas.  Due to erosion, and the general tendency of man to use their surroundings to live in, background levels of radioactivity are much higher then normal.

Of course, Chernobyl is top of the list, but there are still some other interesting things there.  Many are from the cold war era, and in areas of the former Soviet Union.

The Final Murder

After 15 seasons, and 337 episodes, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is finally closing up shop.  Apparently, Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada will now either be murder free, or open for business, depending on how the final 2 hour series ending episodes pan out.  The good news is that Grissom is back, along with Catherine Willows, so we’ll have some good old fashioned CSI to go out on.  If only we could get some of the other minor characters to show up too, Riley, Wendy, Sofia.  That would be stellar.

I think you should all watch it, so that we can remember the good times of the greatest crime drama Television has ever had.

Curved Origami

Cats

Vietnamese artist Hoàng Tiến Quyết makes origami.  But these aren’t your ordinary origami.  He uses a technique called wet-folding, which as it’s name implies, adds water to the paper before folding.  This technique adds an additional layer of skill to origami as you now need to get the right balance of wetness to the paper so that the paper doesn’t dry to quickly, or get too wet to tear too easily.

Blue Horse

The wet-folding technique is most often used for complex organic works, mainly animals.  Overall, I think the pieces are pretty neat.  I don’t think I would ever be able to make one of those though, I can’t even do regular origami.  I think commissioning some of these for a party would be cool though, if it weren’t expensive that is.

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Yellowstone Super Volcano

Yellowstone model

Earlier this year scientists used new technology to more accurately map the magma system that powers the super volcano beneath Yellowstone.  They discovered an additional poop of magma below the originally pool.  This new pool is over 4 times larger then the shallower one, which when you combine the two, you can fill The Grand Canyon 13 times over.  The scientists warn that there is still nothing to worry about as the chances of the volcano erupting in any year is 1 in 700,000.

You can watch the video below for a summary of the SciTechDaily article if you want, but otherwise, it’s nothing special.

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