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 biological research laboratories - full set - a M. Anatole Lb has many many other sets on Flickr. Wow.
I was born in Sheffield, don't you know.
Sheffield Town Hall and Courts - full set - while a Mr. M D Allen has more Midlands-oriented rust, demolition and dereliction in yet more sets on Flickr.

I think it's some sort of hairdryer?
W Steel Corporation - full set - randompkguy Esq. brings us some more American corrosion in a wide range of sets. He was already mentioned in the very first Sunday Things, no less.

Bonus Someone's GPU Is Melting corner:

What is a Fluxion and should it Klax like that?

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OSSITY #4 - KLAXING FLUXION - MY BRAIN IS ALSO MELTING.

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 caffeine.

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Apollo 16 Lunar Rover, in stabilised video - any properly-executed Kubrickian moon-hoax would have taken an anachronistic Steadicam along too. Instead, we must rely on software. via
It's cold outside, no kind of atmosphere... I'm all alone, more or less.
Arctic Technology - brilliantly icy radio antennas, dishes and radomes courtesy of Christian Houge. See also: Barentsburg for some icy, Soviet, Svalbard coal-mining..

... and yet the Enterprise never made it to space.

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The Space Shuttle - narrated by William Shatner. An hour and twenty minutes of infrastructure and procedure constructed to launch the now-decommissioned Space Shuttles. I've found US governmental stuff to share a certain aesthetic - be it Amtrak, post offices or NASA...
My kind of holiday destination.
The Most Remote Workplace on Earth - the permanently-manned French-Italian Concordia station in Antarctica, over 3km above sea-level. Temperatures? Below -80ºC during winter. Next closest station? 600km away. And nights lasting months on end... See also.

Bonus Audio Extravaganza corner:

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. So what else do we have?

The Sunday Things.

I think I missed my train here...
Mayfield, the ghost station of Manchester - I used to regularly catch trains from Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Piccadilly, but never knew there was an abandoned third station just nearby. I wish I'd gone exploring that city with a pre-digital camera... via Jason M.
At least one seat is allocated to a Dr. Strangelove.
Inside NASA's Mysterious Rubber Room - deep underneath the launch pads at Kennedy Space Centre lie some strange, disused remnants of the Apollo programme. Rubber-lined corridors and shock-proof blast-rooms, ready to withstand an exploding Saturn V rocket. See also: Mr. Scriptunas' Best Spaceflight Photos of 2012. via Gryn
Quite a ridiculously high polygon count.
Multi-gigapixel panorama of Mount Everest - by David Breashears. Almost too much to look at - an impossibly detailed alien landscape, lifeless except for the insect-like trails of climbers and their colourful detritus on some modern pilgrimage to the highest point on the planet. via

The mechanical meets the biological.
Robots at Work and Play - robots robots robots, robots robots. Robots robots robots? Robots! #35? Baby-faced firefighting segway. Freaky.
Egyptologists have also wondered about the empty sarcophagi at the hearts of the pyramids.
Zwentendorf Nuclear Power Station - near-fully-constructed power plant in Austria, never actually commissioned. flash-free images

Bonus Merry Christmas! corner:

What the Christmas message is all about...

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The Spirit of Christmas - lovingly told by Cyriak himself. Awww...

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 nominally designed without aesthetics in mind, still beautiful.
Fairey Delta 2 - the first aircraft to exceed a thousand miles per hour, this graceful beast certainly looks the part.
The Soviets were experts in funny-looking machinery.
Bartini Beriev VVA-14 - of course we need a version of an ekranoplan here. Take its wings off, leave it to decay, then sprinkle it with snow? Perfect. Note to self: the Russian Central Air Force Museum looks well worth a visit. See also: the Lun-class ekranoplan mouldering somewhere else in the former USSR.
MOSTLY PROPELLOR. MOSTLY.
Bell X-22 - the timeline of experimental aeronautics is littered with attempts at vertical take-off. The tiltrotor is one route which has never quite taken off (ahem) - although the V-22 Osprey seems to have finally escaped its long and troubled development...
Fastest plane imaginable! Actually, a bit slow.
Douglas X-3 Stiletto - like some incredible star-fighter piloted by a testosterone-oozing science-fiction hero, this fearsome beast proved disappointingly underpowered. But, it provided design experience for the actual Starfighter...
HELP I THINK I'M GOING BACKWARDS
Grumman X-29 - even the 1980s weren't immune to assumption-busting redesigns. Swept wings, you say? Let's see how they work the other way round! Of course, the Russians eventually built one too...
The Citroën of the aerial world?
Leduc 0.21 - a gloriously French series of experimental ramjet-powered fighters, unfortunately incapable of supersonic flight despite their gorgeous looks. More imagery here.

Bonus Yet More Funny Planes corner:

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 lake lies a Victorian folly built by an eccentric and his six hundred men. Actually, it's a billiards room, but never mind. Of course, urban explorers have infiltrated this location in search of photographic goodness... Another expedition's photos here.

SPAAAACE, etc.

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The Earth spins at night - imagery from the Suomi NPP satellite mosaiced and composited into this virtual view of our planet at night, with its mysterious lights clustered around particular locations... via
Rendezvous with Rama via a 1970s dinner party?
Space Colony Art from the 1970s - this is what the future was supposed to look like, with a bucolic '70s-suburbia spread across the interiors of vast, impossibly expensive space habitats. via b3ta
Taken any time in the last few hundred years.
Sebastião Salgado in Siberia - gorgeous, other-worldly photos of the nomadic Nenets of northern Siberia. Beyond the mention of GPS in one of the captions, effectively impossible to date.

Bonus Gratuitous Self-Promotion corner:

MY INSATIABLE EGOTISM KNOWS NO BOUNDS
I have no idea what's going on here - some kind of interview or something? Whatever happened, there's a second part here. Hello RPSers!