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Hidden Tombs

Europe is full of old stuff.  So many old things are so old that it’s not a surprise to people when records are misplaced, and memories lost to time.  That just so happens to have been the case under the floor of St. Mary’s Church in London.  While renovating the church in order to turn it into a Garden Museum, construction workers uncovered a 300-400 year old tomb under the alter that contained numerous coffins.


These weren’t just anyone’s coffins either, included under the most sacred spot of the Church were the bodies of probably five Archbishops of Canterbury.  I say what could be five because of an interesting phenomenon of burring human bodies in old lead coffins – the bodies decompose into a black viscous liquid appropriately called coffin liquor.  That sounds lovely doesn’t it?

If that wasn’t enough, I think the greatest part of this entire thing is the fact that the contractors, and the researchers and everyone involved managed to keep this thing a secret for nearly an entire year.  That’s right, they uncovered this find months ago, did research, entered the tomb to see if it was stable, identified the remains as best they could, and then, on Easter Sunday, released the findings to the greater world. Impressive.

It makes you wonder, that scene from The Last Crusade in Venice, how many other ancient Churches in Europe have hidden treasures beneath their floors?

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European Time-Lapse

Paul Richardson, a photographer from Manchester, UK took this beautifully edited series of time-lapses around Europe.  The music really adds to the experience.  I’ve seen (and made) time-lapses before, and adding music to them makes all the difference.  Adding motion to the time-lapse is another great thing.  I’m just getting started with that, it’s quite a bit of work though.

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D-Day

D-Day

Seventy-two years ago the greatest invasion the world has ever seen began.  Led by the great Dwight D. Eisenhower, over 150,000 Allied troops landed across 5 different stretches of beaches in hopes of liberating France from the clutches of Nazi control.  This might not have been the turning point of the war, but in the eyes of the public, this was motivation needed to prove that the might of the Nazis wasn’t as iron-clad as everyone thought.

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Church Drone Shot

Filmmakers Guillaume Juin and Joris Favraud, over at their company BigFly, did something most people wouldn’t dare, they flew a drone inside a Byzantine Church in northwest France, the  Saint Louis Church in Paimboeuf.  Guillaume is the pilot of the drone, while Joris controls the camera direction, pan, and other video things.  Together they spent time focusing to get the beautiful shots you see above, as well as make sure that the drone doesn’t hit something, or crash, or fall.  Doing that would not only cause the damage to multi thousand dollar drone and camera, but also the multi hundred year old church.  I wouldn’t have tried it.  But then again, I’m more of an outside landscape photographer anyway.

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Gear Like Modular Lighting

LED gear lights

I think they look like bicycle gears anyway.  Andrijan Mueller of Switzerland, who made this says they’re hexagons.  They look like that.  As you’ll see below, each arm of the hexagon/gear is one part of the lamp and can be mounted however he sees fit. This makes the whole thing modular, I like it.

The big 35mm LEDs are diffused in this white acrylic dome.  I like that it softens the usually harsh glow of the LEDs and makes it much more smooth.  the LEDs are color changing, or there are multiple ones in there.  I wish people would use more warm-white LEDs, they look much nicer and have a more natural color to them.

LED globe

That’s actual metal on the top, I think that might be my favorite part.  It’s not cheap wood that’s been painted silver, it’s water cut aluminum.

water cut aluminum parts

He elected to keep the wires exposed, at first I didn’t really like it, but I think it works.  The only part I don’t like are the gears to the upper left where the wires crisscross.  If it weren’t for those, I think it would look more natural.  Also, he’s gotta get this plugged into an outlet behind one of the gears, that wire dangling to the stairs is ugly.

testing with the aluminum

He goes into much more detail on his Imgur album, you should read though it, you’ll enjoy it, I guarantee.

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Traveling in America II

This is not quite the same as the Colburn Idiots, but it’s still quite funny.  This Irish father went on vacation to Las Vegas and borrowed his son’s GoPro camera and a selfie stick with the intention of documenting the trip and showing everyone what’s going on.  Well, he had the camera pointed on himself the whole time, but he thought it was pointed out.  What follows is 4 minutes of edited together footage of this man talking about the cool, interesting sights, that only he can see.  Fun though, I bet they all got a kick out of it!

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HyperZoom Technique

Photographer Geogg Tompkinson has come up with a really neat technique of stitching together photos taken at different zooms to create a seamless timelapse that makes it look as one long continuous shot.  The photos were taken over a 2 day period, but I’m sure the post work took far, far longer than that.  I can only imagine how much thought had to go into planning this virtual fly’s tour of the town.

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European Photographic Freedom

Europe is potentially about to get alot more photographer unfriendly.  On July 09, 2015 the E.U. Parliament will vote on an amendment to copyright as it applies to publicly view able buildings and art work, more commonly called Freedom of Panorama.  The proposed law change would make photographing any public building, monument, or artwork and using those photos in a commercial application illegal, and the owners could sue for damages.  Just what those damages are is questionable, but it’s yet another thorn in the side of the continent of Europe that makes it less appealing to the freedom loving American that I am.

I don’t know what, if anything us Americans can do about this, but hopefully, some smarter minds will prevail because even without the freedom loving American thoughts that I have, it should be pretty apparent that this is a horrible idea.

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Petty Euro Money

I don’t usually get into these more serious news items, (I’m linking to the New York Times, wtf?!), but this is just too good to pass up.

2.5 Euro Coin

In order to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s loos at Waterloo, Belgium initially wanted to mint a 2 Euro coin for it.  However, France has objected to this coin, so Belgium, being the nice people they are, destroyed the 180,000 coins they already minted.  Not to let France bully them, Belgium read the law alittle better, and saw that it allows them to mint their own coins of their own design so long as they are in an irregular amount (3 Euro, 17 Euro, something strange like that).  So they decided to make a 2½ Euro coin with the design on it.  Genius.

Well, kind of anyway.  This coin will now be a limited minting only in Belgium as opposed to a general minting that would go into circulation throughout Europe.  This makes the coins more valuable, or slightly anyway, it’s not like they’re precious, or unique, they still already minted 70,000 of them.

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The Great War

World War I began in July of 1914.  It changed the world.  I could go on about what changed, but you should have learned all that in school.  Oh, you didn’t, that’s right, unfortunately, The Great War, is always overshadowed by it’s younger, more deadly & exciting brother, World War II.  That’s ok, in fact, that’s completely understandable, WW2 had Adolf Hitler & Atomic Bombs, it doesn’t get much better than that.  But I don’t want to go too much into WW2 history, I do that enough as is, let’s see what World War I has to say.

Indy Neidell’s YouTube channel: The Great War, is hoping to rectify this lapse in general knowledge.  The entire intricacies of the war are intertwined, and complicated.  Plus, I really like Mr. Neidell.  He’s got a great voice, mannerisms, and general likeability.  In case you can’t watch the video, Neidell is going to go over This Week in WW1, one week at a time, from 100 years ago.  All in (100 years ago) real-time.  Most of the videos so far are only 5 – 10 minutes long, so take that much time out of your week to learn about the most important part of the last 100 years.  Without WW2, the world as we know it today would not exist.

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