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?

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Flooded Titan missile silo dive - both the claustrophobic and aquaphobic should look away right now. Connoisseurs of cold war rust may look on with horrified interest.

I can't see my house from here!

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Hua Shan cliffside plank walk - the acrophobic amongst us (myself included) will enjoy this one. Apparently, it was traditional to ascend Mount Hua during darkness - it being considered safer to climb when one couldn't see the horrifying drops beneath. Also enjoy - bonus nightmare fuel from Spain.
Yo dawg, etc...
Wolf spider with young - the arachnophobic may enjoy this fine example of a spider ... covered with more spiders!

Cyriak's nightmares must be ... interesting.

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Cows & cows & cows - apparently bovinophobia is a thing. If you're a sufferer, congratulations on choosing the wrong blog to follow!

Bonus Martian Robot corner - if you missed yesterday's article update, please find linked an unofficial interactive panorama of the MSL Curiosity Mars rover! What is the fear of suffocation? 'Claustrophobia', disappointingly. But what about suffocating on vast, desolate alien landscapes? Cosmonauts of the future need distinct terminology!


posted in Space by Cargo Cult on Thursday November 1 2012

Raw images spotted! Self-portaiture using MAHLI instrument verified! Unofficial MSL Curiosity self-portrait assembled using Hugin! Dust-covered camera lens cap retracted!

MSL Curiosity self-portrait!
Click for decidedly large! Still just half the resolution it popped out of Hugin, though. I need to mess around with different projections, too...

Edit 2012-11-01: Please note that the above image is an utterly unofficial panorama made from the converted-for-web raw images very kindly provided by the Mars Science Laboratory teams. They've already got an official, low-resolution panorama up - I'll link to the official full-res version when that gets posted. If you're a news source looking for imagery, please do use the official stuff instead!

Edit 2012-11-01: Official high-resolution self-portrait panorama is up! Now with actual scientific and engineering know-how behind it:

NASA's MSL Curiosity self-portrait.

Edit 2012-11-03: Highly unofficial interactive panorama displayed using the WebGL-using, HTML-5-powered Pannellum viewer. Apparently only works on Chrome, Firefox and Safari (with WebGL enabled). Enjoy!

Lebbeus Woods - 1940-2012

posted in Obituaries by Cargo Cult on Tuesday October 30 2012

High Houses Lower Manhattan Vertical Vibrations

Lebbeus Woods - May 31, 1940 to October 30, 2012.

Mystery Project - part 1

posted in Electronics by Cargo Cult on Monday October 29 2012

Clue: it's all terribly British.
Second, newly self-contained prototype for my Raspberry Pi project is up and running! Now I just need to get the rest of the parts. Oddly, the main section can't be found over here.

Sunday Things - digital archaeology edition

posted in Computers by Cargo Cult on Sunday October 28 2012

This Raspberry Pi is well-travelled.
RISC OS for Raspberry Pi released - come see what the ubiquitous ARM processor was originally designed for. While I never actually owned one of the peculiarly British computers from Acorn, I used the hell out of them at school. It's really weird seeing quite how futuristic it all was and also how much of a living fossil it now is. Attempts to find a decent SSH client failed miserably, although the included browser is pretty good. Compare some 1992-era screenshots!
BBC Micro webcam! This is about as much of a self-portrait you're ever going to get.
On the theme of Acorn computers, I was reminded this week of the ridiculous ancient-security-camera to Watford-Electronics-digitiser to BBC-Micro through dodgy-serial-cable to ancient-HP-UNIX-workstation setup I built in (apparently) September 2000, thanks to bits of tech someone helpfully left lying around a university office. Familiar?
Atari ST versus the intertubes.
Have an Atari ST on the Intertubes? I need to dig it out of a cupboard when I next visit Britainland. One of the best things I ever did was not buy a Falcon 030...

Zombie Steve Jobs is firing up the time-travelling lawyers right now.
... And finally, what the hell kind of operating system is that?

Bonus Computing History Museum corner:

  • Museum of Communications - Seattle museum (not far from the Georgetown Steam Plant museum) with vast arrays of ancient telephony, communications and computing hardware. I need to go, with a camera.
  • Living Computer Museum - another Seattle computer museum, this time with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen emptying his attic of antiquated but operational computing hardware.
  • Bletchley Park - Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers and friends showing everyone how it's really done.