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Intermittent Things - Soviet Space edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday November 17 2013

Why, hello. Remember this, where I'd post interesting links to interesting things on a regular basis? Perhaps restricting itself to posting in a purely arbitrary manner, it's back. And it has some thi ...

Archive for October 2013

Sunday Things - catchup edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Thursday October 3 2013

Oh hello. This still on? Apologies for the extended silence - no real excuse, beyond being busy with loads of stuff at work and in my spare time. Working on a personal Flickr-replacement for one. With ...

Archive for September 2013

Sunday Things - Monday edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Monday September 9 2013

Is this Sunday Things late - or exceptionally early? You decide. I still have four minutes left of Monday. So there! ​ In media news, go see Upstream Colour, from the creator of Primer. People claim ...

Sunday Things - glory to Arstotzka edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 1 2013

Been busy simulating US border control, thanks to the glorious Papers, Please. Anyhow. Sunday things! Clever girls. Use of location (relative direction and distance) information by jumping spider ...

Archive for August 2013

Sunday Things - guess what more links edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday August 18 2013

A quick selection this week: A hideous artefact intruding into our world from a separate universe. The Art of 3D Print Failure - Flickr group chronicling 3D printers' less successful attempts, wi ...

Sunday Things - Sunday edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday August 11 2013

Links! On Sunday! Gelatinous socialism. Be afraid, Daily Mail readers. 12 Reasons Pyrosomes Are My New Favorite Terrifying Sea Creatures - giant coordinated colonies of tiny invertebrates. The next ...

Sunday Things - catchup edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday August 4 2013

It's still Sunday here! Just... Try wearing this through a TSA checkpoint. Behold, the Innards of a Spacesuit - spacesuits are an incredible mix of​ flexible textiles and hard engineering - individu ...

Archive for July 2013

Sunday Things - miscellaneous edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 7 2013

Considering it's artificial stone, concrete can decay remarkably quickly. I suppose it's that decidedly reactive rebar inside. This place will appear in a million computer games in six months or so. ...

Archive for June 2013

Sunday Things - launch site edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 23 2013

Unidentified launch site #1 Unidentified launch site #2 Unidentified launch site #3 Unidentified launch site #4

Sunday Things - reading list edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 16 2013

Enough pictures and videos. Have some readings to read instead! Iain Banks: the final interview - political, profane and hilarious - much missed already. If you have a UK IP address, see also BBC ...

Sunday Things - quick edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 9 2013

Couple of links. You get the idea! Ariane 5 rocket-o-matic On-rocket video of ATV-4 launch - 20-tonne European monster carrying supplies to the International Space Station, launched atop an Arian ...

Sunday Things - anniversary and disk crash edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 2 2013

Good news! This blog has been going for an entire year, and I haven't missed a single Sunday Things. Bad news! My laptop's hard disk has just died, taking with it numerous bookmarks I'd been collat ...

Archive for May 2013

Sunday Things - ruinous edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday May 26 2013

Various ruins, caves, bunkers and abandoned cities for this week's edition of ... the Sunday Things! An echo of an image fished out of a dead area of the internet. Guardian telephone exchange - h ...

Sunday Things - Soviet space edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday May 19 2013

Yet more space? Indeedy. This time with post-communist leanings. Two-thirds the mass of Mir in a single launch. The secret laser-toting Soviet satellite that almost was - in the late 1980s, the S ...

Space Oddity

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Monday May 13 2013

Next step: launch Bowie into space as a permanent fixture on​ the ISS. Commander Chris Hadfield? Already people's hero. Now? In his​ last video from the International Space Station before returning t ...

Sunday Things - yet more space edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday May 12 2013

Links! In spaaaaaaace! This 1970s-designed space hardware is still more advanced than the Nostromo Space Shuttle Full Fuselage Trainer - this​ is perhaps the closest a random member of the public ...

Archive for April 2013

Sunday Things - Edité-Frignim edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday April 28 2013

Important information! And some rust and decay. Our fantastic leader uses Helvetica (I checked) Building a Human - pay attention to this important message from our fantastic leader, Arpoovian She ...

Sunday Things - still another edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday April 21 2013

Catching up again. Sunday is imminent. Have some links! Geographical constraints mean more interesting environments.​ Architecture of Density - high-rise flats in Hong Kong, distilled down to thei ...

Sunday Things - packet loss edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday April 7 2013

Stuck behind a really slow internet connection. Please accept some text-only links: Namie, Fukishima Prefecture, Japan - the world has a new Pripyat with the evacuated lands around the Fukushima ...

Archive for March 2013

Sunday Things - post-infinite edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 31 2013

Today's somewhat abbreviated Things has been slightly delayed due to finishing Bioshock Infinite. Oops. Mini-review: excellent. Also, people claiming the ending doesn't make sense? Amateurs. Any fan o ...

Sunday Things - rocketry edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 24 2013

Quick space-oriented edition while I catch up with stuff. What goes up must come down. F-1 Engine Recovery - if you launch a skyscraper-sized monster up into the air, it's not going to disappear. ...

Sunday Things - demoscene edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 17 2013

Never excuse 'programmer art'. Witness the demoscene - hackers making hardware do audiovisual things it wasn't supposed to. Like a tiny tiny Skyrim. elevated by Rgba and TBC - fantastic 4kB demo ...

Sunday Things - early flight edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 10 2013

Go read about aviation history on Wikipedia. A few brief highlights: Like a bat out of ... France? Ader Avion III - primitive, steam-powered, ineffective - but looking like an escapee from an alter ...

Sunday Things - Weekend edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday March 3 2013

Multiple links from readers this week! Cheers muchly. BORING PHOTOS Railway tunnel construction beneath Grand Central Terminal, New York - New York has extended upwards, and downwards. Now they'r ...

Archive for February 2013

Sunday Things - Sunday Things edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday February 24 2013

More links! You get the idea. Robot wondering when it's time to come home. 360º Curiosity self-portrait panorama - this clever blend of MAHLI and Mastcam imagery gives a full 360º view of everyth ...

Sunday Things - brief edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday February 17 2013

Sundays are for waking up, jet-lagged, with an hour to spare​ until the Sunday Things must be posted. (Go see the recent photos for a clue to where I've been.) So here, a thumbnail-free edition of this ...

Sunday Things - historical edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday February 10 2013

Apparently, the UK is prepared for a solar superstorm, like the "'Carrington storm' of September 1859". The what, I thought? Cue the intertubes - the solar storm of 1859, in which the Earth was hit by ...

Sunday Things - photographic edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday February 3 2013

Various photographic links for today, coincidentally pointing towards that Flickr-thing. Engage the photonic experimentalism! Move over, tilt-shift. Chicago in Synthetic Focus - effectively capturi ...

Archive for January 2013

Sunday Things - Sunday edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday January 27 2013

Links! Links links links. Also, I've thought of a short-term, very silly Raspberry Pi project. Wahey! Surprising amounts of wilderness. Census Dotmap - US and Canadian census data, plotted to make ...

Sunday Things - continuing edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday January 20 2013

More things. On Sunday. You get the idea. Is that bit supposed to fall off like that? Lana Sator, post-Soviet urban explorer - she of rocket factory infiltration fame, somehow her rust-laden blog ...

Sunday Things - oh-hello edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday January 13 2013

So it would appear after the Radio-4-Matic escapades earlier​ this week, I gained some more readers! Hello. To you, I shall explain the Sunday Things - essentially, every Sunday I post some Thing ...

Sunday Things - urbex edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday January 6 2013

What would we do without intrepid photographers infiltrating​ abandoned buildings? Probably have to go infiltrating more of them ourselves, of course. The science of corrosion. Abandoned biologica ...

Archive for December 2012

Sunday Things - end-of-the-year edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday December 30 2012

Last article of 2012! At this rate, I need to extend the archives to split things into separate years - fifty articles in just over six months? Not bad going... Astronauts should cut down on the ca ...

Sunday Things - post-apocalyptic, pre-Newtonmas edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday December 23 2012

So, the Mayan apocalypse turned out to be deeply disappointing - and the anniversary of the birth of Sir Isaac Newton isn't quite upon us. Ignoring calendrical differences for the latter, obviously. S ...

Sunday Things - experimental aeronautical edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday December 16 2012

A Sunday Things with a cohesive theme! That's not space! But​ lots of weird-looking planes instead, courtesy of Wikipedia's list of experimental aircraft. Here are a few picks: For something nomin ...

Sunday Things - interminable edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday December 9 2012

This 'ere blog-thing has been going for over six months now.​ How long can it continue? Let us find out. I'm amazed it's never leaked. The Underwater Ballroom - hidden somewhere at the bottom of a ...

Sunday Things - another edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday December 2 2012

Big-endian FTW Motorola MC68000 processor die, imaged by the​ 6502-simulating-from-base-principles Visual 6502 project. They've also got an RCA 1802 CPU, as used in various spacecraft. A cosmic coinc ...

Archive for November 2012

Sunday Things - Sunday edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday November 25 2012

More links for your perusal. Please note: additional additions greatly appreciated! Post 'em in the comments. Or send an email. But enough of that, back to the Sunday Things: MY HOUSE HASN'T BEEN B ...

Sunday Things - miscellaneous edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday November 18 2012

Google Translate declared this to be the 'Combine DAG'. Hmm... Kombinat DAG Alfred Nobel Krzystkowice - ruins of a WW2-era German munitions factory in the forests outside Nowogród Bobrzański, Poland ...

Sunday Things - electrical edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday November 11 2012

Electricity. What can't it do? Nikola Tesla - commemorated with a shockingly powerful unit of magnetic flux Tesla coil electricity fight - to be honest, they look more concerned about falling off t ...

Sunday Things - phobic edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday November 4 2012

Multiple phobia-tickling videos and photos for your amusement today. We start with... Dank, dark, underwater and rusting. What's not to like? Flooded Titan missile silo dive - both the claustrophob ...

Archive for October 2012

Sunday Things - abandonment and auroral edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday October 21 2012

SCIENCE! Also, rusty. Remains of the High Power Auroral Stimulation (HIPAS) Observatory in Two Rivers, Alaska - according to Wikipedia they got up to all sorts of things, including heating the ionosph ...

Archive for September 2012

Sunday Things - miscellaneous edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 30 2012

Sundays are for realising the combination of a cold and jet-lag has prevented the Saturday night compilation of the latest Sunday Things. So in a way, this is late - and for the first time ever - but ...

Sunday Things - underground edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 16 2012

Quick subterranean edition, assembled while waiting to board​ a plane... Yet more real-life Minecraft. Given the opportunity to dig, people will dig. Caves of Nottingham - the mighty BLDGBLOG goes e ...

Sunday Things - biological edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 9 2012

This week, only one mention of a particular Martian robot! Instead, an attempt at a biological theme. I found lots of things in my bookmarks, but mostly vomit-inducing anatomy...​ Close relations: ...

Sunday Things - accidental space edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday September 2 2012

I was going to create a list of non-space-oriented links, but one thing led to another, and before I knew it I had nothing but. I'm obsessed! Space-potato! Reprocessed space imagery - courtesy of ...

Archive for August 2012

Sunday Things - nuclear propulsion edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday August 19 2012

While reading up on the oft-mentioned MSL Curiosity and its nuclear-fuelled RTG power supply, I got distracted by some altogether less safe nuclear options starting with the heady​ days of the Cold War ...

Sunday Thing - miniature Mars Science Laboratory edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday August 12 2012

Previously, details of landings on alien planets were left to the imagination. The barest minimum of links this week, thanks to an extended​ trip to Canada - so, here goes. Want updates on NASA and ...

Sunday Things - emergency Mars edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday August 5 2012

Following a vast journey across unfathomable emptiness, a lone explorer shall survey the empty, potentially lifeless wastes of ... Canada? In case they don't have the intertubes in Canadaland, here ...

Archive for July 2012

Sunday Things - non-Olympic edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 29 2012

The Sunday Things series continues its unstoppable march with a miscellaneous batch of non-Olympian links this week: ​ I'm sure Walter Bishop is somehow to blame. Mirror Wall - a mirror that respon ...

Sunday Things - MORE SPAAAAAACE edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 22 2012

First of all, let's get the particularly SPAAAACE-oriented link out of the way: Spheres that insist on going into space are inferior to spheres that don't. Wheatley in Spaaaaaaace! - laser-etched ...

Sunday Things - Sunday edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 15 2012

Sunday mornings are for reading the Sunday Papers, drinking tea and planning new photographic excursions. Instead we got online tax returns, cheap tat from China and videos of cats on YouTube. Th ...

Sunday Things - miscellaneous edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 8 2012

First, we celebrate CERN's discovery of the Higgs boson and their gloriously inappropriate use of Comic Sans! At last, the world of physics has cast aside the dreadfully tedious Computer Modern and re ...

Sunday Things - science and engineering edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday July 1 2012

Almost a month of the blog-thing. How's it going? Plenty of people reading, not so many commenting. Like it or not, I'm going to continue! BWUAHAHAHA, etc. Solaris? Deep Blue Sea - splendid image ...

Archive for June 2012

Sunday Things - SPAAAAAACE edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 24 2012

What’s your favourite thing about space? Mine is space. Now try putting them back together again. Decommissioning the Space Shuttles - now neatly installed in museums, they required gutting first ...

Friday Fings - ancient edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Friday June 22 2012

Another assorted selection of things entirely derived from the bowels of my bookmarks list... Anyone else feel hungry? Anatomical Atlases - from the National Library of Medicine's collection. Des ...

Sunday Things - happy fun edition

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 17 2012

"Oh, don't mind the tripod. I'm just taking some deeply sinister photos. Carry on!" City of Shadows - long, black-and-white exposures of a newly post-communist Saint Petersburg, from Alexey Titarenk ...

Thursday Things

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Thursday June 14 2012

Top. Men. Fifty greatest matte paintings - yeah, it's a list, but it's got some weird and wonderful stuff. And Hitchcock was an absolute master of showing things that weren't there, it turns out. L ...

Sunday Things

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 10 2012

LV-002 Splendid transit of Venus from the Japanese Hinode satellite. cs_firenze1528 Michelangelo was a level designer - designing​ and optimising sniper balconies for ideal camping opportunities. L ...

Tuesday Miscellany

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Tuesday June 5 2012

My bookmarks-list is roughly two thousand screens long - a vaguely-chronologically-ordered mass of things I've found interesting in the last eight years or so. Some of the older pages still operate ...

Sunday Things

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 3 2012

Right, time to actually post some links. Behold, links! Frozen beasts about to eat Arctic explorers? Sentinels of the Arctic from Astronomy Picture of the Day. Iron oxide is a vital part of any ...