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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Liquid And Metal In Motion - Bizarre Art

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I'm excited to have found this video, by artists Sachiko Kodama and Yasushi Miyajima.
It's incredibly bizarre and incredibly beautiful.  Furthermore, I personally find it extremely confusing.  I can't stop watching it though.
"Morpho Towers -- Two Standing Spirals"


Video Credit:Sachiko Kodama, Yasushi Miyajima





There's another, somewhat similar artist that was featured in a Boing Boing article today.  His work would be best described, in my opinion, as metallic geometric sculptures with focus on curves and divots.  Here's one quick example.  CLICK HERE for more.

Image Credit: Chris Bathgates 


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Fluid Dynamics: Water On Speakers In Zero-g

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The interest in this one crescendos.  At the actual demonstration, my jaw dropped and stayed there.
"Science Off The Sphere Ep. 7: Space Soundwaves"
A hemisphere of water resonates, deforms geometrically, then slowly bleeds out to nothingness.  It's nature's mp3 visualization.



Why he has 20-30hz sine tones or sweeps on his mp3 player is beyond me.  THAT is eclectic taste!

Video Credits: Astronaut and Chemist Don Pettit, currently aboard the ISS (International Space Station)



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Violence From Underneath

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Quick and dirty, these are powerful.
This is the 7th recent eruption of Sicily's Mount Etna.


Behold! Mama Nature is angry.

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via Daily Mail. Photographer unlisted


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SCIBINGE: Clouds Catch Fire / Zooming In On Orion / The Science Of Prayer

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Today, featured on Atmospheric Optics:
"Iridescent Cloud Beings Over Flatirons of Boulder Colorado"
"Imaginary cloud creatures seem to prance across the sky above the Flatirons of Boulder, Colorado."






Also released today, over at ESO (European Southern Observatory)
"Sifting through Dust near Orion’s Belt (zoom)"
"This zoom sequence opens with a wide-field view of the Milky Way. We close in on the constellation of Orion and as we zoom in on to a region close to Orion’s famous Belt, a fascinating region of dust and reflection nebulosity — known as Messier 78 — comes into view."

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Video Credit: ESO/APEX (MPIfR/ESO/OSO)/T. Stanke et al./S. Brunier/Chris Johnson (cuttinedgeobservatory.com)/Digitized Sky Survey 2, and Igor Chekalin. Music: Disasterpeace



On Tuesday, Cara Santa Maria from The Huffington Post released an insightful video covering objectively the benefits and shortcomings involved in the act of prayer.  I've known for a long time that a blanket statement of "it's no good at all" isn't quite accurate.  The person who is praying does benefit some.  Take a look:


Video Credit: Cara Santa Maria / Huffington Post


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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What Is A Hipster?

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I am really NOT in tune with pop culture.  I periodically barrage my younger friends (~20yr) with questions of new trends of vocabulary, fashion, TV shows, etc.  You know, all that stuff normal people call "entertainment."  I was seriously confused about this label that I'm hearing more and more: HIPSTER.

The diagrams show the stereotype.



Apparently hipsters adopt style, lingo, and even attitudes that are anachronistic or noticeably out of mainstream. This may be partly done in order to express their self confidence, as perceived by a readiness to defend their supposedly socially abrasive fashion or habits.




Hipsters, ironically, tend not to refer to themselves as such, and can even take such an accusation as an insult.  They tend to be anti-labels, not an opinion exclusive to hipsters, but notably ironic here. 

Their urge to adopt this style may be motivated by their observation of others sporting the stereotype.  Either consciously or subconsciously recognized, the pursuit of transformation then may be motivated by the desire for the same type of social interactions they observe with others sporting the stereotype.




I'm currently trying to decode the word "Emo" as a fashion or lifestyle stereotype.  
Wish me luck!  

I feel old.


Hipsters on Wikipedia

Hipsters on Urban Dictionary

Hipsters in Psychology Today


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New From NASA - Pursuit Of Light

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Pursuit of Light


Video Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

This new vid out of NASA must have cost them a decent amount of change.  The video editing is superb. 

You never know when you click on a new NASA video whether it's going to be so damn good that it's ready for IMAX, or if it's just 2 people in a studio having a sober talk about minerals.  It's a bit of a signal to noise problem in my opinion, but a guy like me wants to check em all out anyway.  I post my favorites, so I guess I'm the human filter for that anyway!

The audio is AWESOME, released as public domain with the same usage rights as regular NASA media.  However, their site provides no streaming, only download, and the download is a non-compressed 66meg file.  I put it up on my old soundclick so you can  
download the mp3 if you'd like:
first song - click Pursuit of Light's button with the downward arrow.





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