Reindeer photoset, as promised.
You’ll need to click on Rudolph to see the whole thing.
I’m SO GLAD THIS IS BACK!
Civilian Drone 3D Mapping
Project using civilian drones flying autonomously to photograph the USS Hornet, building a 3D image with the data - videos embedded below:
The video below illustrates the 3D model better, indicating the points where the photographs were stitched together:
This is a mosaic of the USS hornet we made at Nerd Night on 10/30/2013. We used the 3DR Y6 multirotor with a canon SX260. Two flights were conducted with two different camera angles relative to horizontal (straight down): 0deg and 45deg. The second flight was focused on the control tower whereas the first flight was focused on the deck.
More at 3DRobotics here
The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.
– Carl Sagan
Yesterday’s form of procrastination:
Sculpey in ace colours. I figured I’d do a heart because, you know, romantic orientation.
I’m tying it on my bag and if anyone asks if I know what those colours are (not likely) I’ll say yes and stare them down challengingly.
Ah, you’ve caught me. I am an international consortium of playboys, who have banded together to fight crime anonymously. “Neil Gaiman” is merely an identity we use when necessary to gain entry to underground lairs and casinos.
I am Neil Gaiman, and so is my wife.
Spicemode is a line of international specialty food products is focused on showcasing all-natural, handcrafted and healthy versions of the flavor-forward and vibrantly-spiced curries of India.
the difference between this show and allllll the others: Jayne’s reaction to the hat is not AWWWW MOM WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME WEAR THIS HAT but, instead, is THIS IS THE AWESOME HAT Y’ALL DON’T EVEN KNOW.
I don’t think my sister fully appreciates the pictures I draw of her on my phone
to avoid work.
I am so sorry.
THE GREATEST THING.
As soon as you sense that you are tense, obsessed or conflicted, pay attention, advises psychologist Jennifer Crocker of the Ohio State University. These emotions signal that your motivations may be tangled with self-esteem.
2. Ask yourself “Why?”
As you think about your situation, ask yourself: What am I trying to prove to others? What do I want to gain? What am I afraid to lose? If your answers revolve around either a fear of failing or the success, status and rewards that will arrive once you have accomplished your goal, you are likely chasing self-esteem.
3. Change your outlook.
Instead of focusing on your own success, think about what you might want to create or accomplish, how your efforts might benefit others or what you might learn from the experience.
4. Embrace empathy and vulnerability.
Be honest with others about your fears and challenges and listen openly to their concerns. Leadership coach Shayne Hughes of California-based consultancy Learning as Leadership says such actions allow you to cultivate compassion. Reorienting your goals in a more compassionate way can make you feel more clear-headed and at peace.
‘Listening Post’ is an art installation by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin that culls text fragments in real time from thousands of unrestricted Internet chat rooms, bulletin boards and other public forums. The texts are read (or sung) by a voice synthesizer, and simultaneously displayed across a suspended grid of more than two hundred small electronic screens.
Monty Python’s John Cleese almost explains our brains. In more serious – but no less humorous – insight, see Cleese on 5 factors to make your life more creative.
I was pretty shocked to find out just how little liquid fresh water Earth contains, like we saw in this post. But I was equally shocked to find out that as much as one-fifth of Earth’s fresh water is locked up in the beauty above: Lake Baikal.
Siberia’s Lake Baikal, not only the world’s oldest lake at ~25 million years of age, is the largest single fresh water source on the planet. The water is so deep and so pure that when it freezes it becomes a sort of cold, turquoise glass, giving an observer a lens that can see over 100 feet straight down.
3-D Printed Material Mimics Biological Tissue
For the first time, scientists have printed structures that mimic the texture, consistency and certain properties of biological tissue. The manmade “tissues” are nothing more than water droplets encased in oil, stacked atop one another, but the scientists were able to construct stable structures that held their form for weeks, structures that conducted electricity and even structures that folded similarly to how muscle cells do.
The researchers used a type of 3-D printer to eject an aqueous solution (water containing some salts) into a bead of oil, which was suspended in more of the aqueous solution. By carefully arranging the droplets, the researchers were able to get them to stick together. In other words “You’re just dropping spheres onto other sticky spheres.” After the “print” was completed, the researchers skimmed off the extra oil, leaving a sturdy, jelly-like structure that somewhat resembled brain and fat tissues.
The research was detailed in this week’s issue of the journal Science.