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 capturing Lytro-style light-fields with conventional equipment, to simulate giant, wide-aperture cameras with Hugin and Python.
OOPS I THINK YOU BROKE IT
Demolition composites - ghostly shots of dying buildings, composited together from multiple images. Compare.
Expired long before I was born.
Ektachrome-X (135) - it's trendy these days to use expired film, in order to get weird colour shifts and the like. But what about film that expired in 1968? See also...
Bit chilly out, innit.
After the Warehouse Fire - take one fire in a warehouse in Chicago, add bitingly cold weather and fire trucks spraying water, receive some lovely ice-covered ruins. It's disappointingly non-wintry in Seattle right now. I demand another snowpocalypse!

Bonus I-Wonder-Who's-Lurking-In-Eastern-Washington corner:

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 maps - one black dot per person. I'm in there somewhere...

This is exactly how the 1950s operated.

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Cyriak: Bonobo: Cirrus - many notable film directors started off making music videos. My brain is deeply terrified of any potential feature films made by Mr. Cyriak...
There may actually be some submarine left somewhere amongst the rust.
Submarine graveyard, Kola Peninsula, Russia - this week's Soviet rust, some deliciously decayed, abandoned submarines! Good news: these ones don't look nuclear. Bad news: the actual nuclear stuff is nearby.

He likes to move it, move it.

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Maker movement starts integrating cockroach components into projects - move over Arduino, the SpikerBox is here!

Bonus If-BLDGBLOG-made-comics corner:

  • Anomalies - at some point this link will correct itself.

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 wasn't in my RSS reader. A situation now rectified! via rjp

What goes up keeps going up.

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Tracking a radiosonde (weather balloon) - listening in on various telemetry systems using hacked USB digital television adapters is definitely a thing. I need to investigate. via
Toasty-hot science. :-(
Siding Spring Observatory fires - Australian bushfires come close to burning down a major observatory. (Spoiler: the expensive bits mostly survived. Luckily!) via proogs

MOOOOooooooooooon <splat>

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Parting Moon Shots from NASA's GRAIL mission - dual-spacecraft gravitometric lunar mission with tiny educational outreach cameras attached, shooting gloriously atmospheric timelapses from orbit, shortly before colliding with the moon itself.

Bonus Calamitous Chemistry corner:

  • Things I Won't Work With - you don't need to know anything about chemistry to enjoy the wonderful descriptions... 'In every case, the solution detonated spontaneously on standing. And by "spontaneously”, they mean "while standing undisturbed in the dark", so there’s really just no way to deal with this stuff. It’s probably a good thing they didn’t get crystals, because someone would have tried to isolate the hideous things. The cesium salt actually did give a few crystals, which they managed to pluck from the top of the solution and get X-ray data on. A few hours later the remaining batch suddenly exploded, though, which certainly must have been food for thought.'

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 Things. Which are interesting. To me, at least. To you? Let us find out.

Eddie Mair: people's hero.

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Kitchen Atom Bomb - after my own appearance on PM, here's quite possibly the greatest interview in the history of everything - with Richard Handl, a Swedish man who built a nuclear reactor in his kitchen.
Some sort of factory-thing?
Заброшенный сахарный завод - prised from the bookmarks, explorations of some sort of abandoned post-Soviet chemical factory? I could run it through an automated translator, but that's cheating!
Information leaves shadows.
The Basement - somewhere in Portland there's an old building with an old basement, with a room that holds a hyper-modern secret.

Bonus Cold War Transmissions corner:

Radio-4-Matic - part 4 - Radio 4

posted in Electronics by Cargo Cult on Saturday January 12 2013

So, it seems someone at Radio 4 spotted this thing, and one thing led to another and I ended up being interviewed on PM. Yes, me on national radio! On a proper news programme! Blinking heck.

Like a friendly eye of Sauron.

Not sure how long it'll stay up, so listen now. There's a mention at the beginning, then my bit's at the end.

It got edited down a fair bit (a mention of the Raspberry Pi itself got lost, along with a mention of non-Pi alternatives) - but it most definitely brings across the heart of why I did it. A couple of observations:

  • Talking to a Radio 4 presenter is really weird. Perfect diction.
  • Not helped by Skype being wired into the studio microphones. Incredibly clear.
  • It's like talking to a radio. And the radio's talking back. Fantastic!