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Cauldron

Did you watch the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games yesterday?  I watched most of it.  Unfortunately I was not up early enough to enjoy it live.  It was quite entertaining though.  I did very much enjoy the lighting of the cauldron.  In honor of the Games, watch the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron from all the games from 1948, through 2016.  As many different nations have hosted the games, there are that many different types of ways the cauldron was lit.  My favorites are below:

  • Moscow 1980
  • Sarajevo 1984
  • Los Angeles 1984
  • Sydney – 2000
  • London 2012

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awesome photo video

Crazy Difficult Time-Lapse of NYC

Julian Tryba has a pretty neat Time-Lapse, or layer-lapse as they call it, of New York City:

I admit, that was pretty ace.  Each scene in the video has as many as 300 different layers, all being independently turned on and off to the beat of the music.  A time-lapse done well to music is better than any other boring time-lapse.  This one is pretty dang impressive.  Even more so considering it consists of over 230,000 different photos, spanning over 350 hours of life.  Though, I imagine some of that might have been duplicated with multiple lenses on multiple cameras at the same location.  Either way, it’s a great 2 and a half minutes of your life, trust me.

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awesome photo video

The Photo’s Rise

For over 150 years The New York Times has been the pre-emetitive news paper of the United States.  Yes, in recent times it has started to lean more towards the left, but it still presents mostly all sides of a story.  I won’t get into the politics of the paper, that’s not worth the effort.  What I do want to talk about is the above “time-lapse” put together by Josh Begley. In it he shows how the photograph became an ever increasing part of the front page.  It’s quite soothing, and at under a minute long, it’s worth watching.  Besides the rise of the photograph, the ever increasing text that appears along the headline was interesting to me too.  I wish he overlaid a year marker, this way you could get an idea of when certain events happened.

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awesome video

HD B&W Storms

Black and White is an often overlooked area of photography.  Especially when time-lapse storm footage is done.  There’s something about shooting in black and white that gives everything a more mysterious, serious, yet fantasy look.  Mike Olbinski shot the entire sequence in black and white.  Yes, there is some post-processing work done, but it’s natural black and white (as natural as a digital camera can be that is).

My favorite sequence is about 2 and a half minutes in, when clouds roll across the sky, then the sun starts coming through, and things get brighter, and more detailed.  I also love watching the clouds for out of nowhere, water vapor collecting, winds combining, clouds being born.  Storms are amazing to watch like this, safe in the comfort of your own home with soothing music playing in the background.

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DIY electronic news science

Tap Dancing Machine

Instructables user grandpapaning has built this pretty neat tap-dancing robot.  In actuality, it serves no purpose whatsoever.  In practice though, it’s a great way to teach people about the different areas of science – Electricity, electronics, mechanical design, turning electrical signals into physical forces.  In general, lots of stuff.  It’s all pretty neat really.  There’s still time left in this Christmas vacation.  Maybe you should look at building this useless thing.

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DIY science video

Dissolved

The Beauty of Science is just what they say, showing some of the awesome things that you can produce with Science.  The above video is really just simplicity.  If you place different colored m&ms into a petri dish of water, they will slowly dissolve.  That’s nothing new.  What is new and interesting is the designs they produce while dissolving.  The different colors from the dyes used in the candies evenly spread out among the water.  It looks pretty amazing if you ask me.

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awesome led video

Glow in the Dark Skiing

Ok, not glow in the dark in the traditional sense, Greed LED strips attached to the skis and poles of a professional skier.  Some drone footage of him carving up the mountain side make for a pretty cool video.  Being the actual skier though, that looks super dangerous, even with the guiding lights along some of the paths.  Skiing through trees in the dark, no thank you.

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Wooden Cities

city table

James McNabb is a furniture maker, he uses a bandsaw to make these intricate city skylines out of discarded, and unusable scraps of wood.  I really like the above table.  Especially using the taller buildings as the legs.  It’s not practical for sitting around, or putting stuff under, but it does look cool.

curved city

While these things look cool, I can’t help but be concerned about all the dust that they will eventually collect.  All those nooks and carnies, dust magnets.

Here’s a nice video showing some more detail:

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awesome DIY led photo science video

New Moon

The above video shows a really neat interactive art installation made of welded steel, light bulbs, and LEDs.  The purpose is to allow people to see all the phases of the moon at once.  Turning the knob below the moon turns a mirror inside the light bulb moon which in turn changes the shadow effect that the viewer sees.  This allows the viewer to see all the different phases of the real moon just a few feet above their heads.  That’s pretty neat!

This isn’t the first illuminated art instillation by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett.  The astronomer and space guy in me though thinks this is the first one that I’d go out of my way to visit though.  I wouldn’t do an interview, I’m not that type of person, you know that.

Today is the new moon, which mean’s that it will be totally dark outside tonight, it doesn’t look like the LED inside the sphere can make the art fully dark.  Instead, it just gives it a shadow which is actually closer to what actually happens on the real moon anyway.  I think they should have welded some signs on the posts holding up the moon to give some extra information along those lines.

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awesome photo video

Colorful Coral: Time-Lapse

25,000 individual images shot over a year make up this beautiful time-lapse of coral moving in a way that humans couldn’t see normally.  Part of this project is to bring to light the plight that the Great Barrier Reef is undergoing due to changing climates and industrialization of the world.

It’s pretty spectacular solely because of the amazing colors that these animals make.  I really like the sucking of the water in when one is eating something at the beginning.  It’s pretty cool.

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