Time to seek out a car wash. And some water would be good.

August 21st, 2014

No doubt about it, the Curiosity Rover has totally lost that showroom shine.

[Via Extenuating Circumstances]

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Arctic Melt Pond

August 4th, 2014

I understand that the increasing prevalence of Arctic melt ponds is probably telling us something rather depressing about the rate at which glaciers are melting, the implications for global climate change and the chances that at some point within the remainder of my lifetime I'm going to find myself commuting to work in a canoe. I really do.

But on the other hand, those little turquoise jewels nestling in an expanse of whiteness sure are just so goddam pretty that sometimes I think it's worth the impending disruption of modern civilisation.

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Will it…?

July 26th, 2014

WILL IT BEARD? Good question.

[Via Pocket Lint #17]

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Pretty pictures

July 6th, 2014

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EarthPatterns

June 8th, 2014

Lauren Manning's EarthPatterns: Beautiful things on our planet, found on Google Maps.

Castro Marim, Portugal

[Via swissmiss]

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Pale Blue and White Dot

May 18th, 2014

A new Earthrise over the Moon, courtesy of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter:

Earthrise

Be sure to follow the first link to see the whole image.

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Pretty picture

April 20th, 2014

We can be free, we can learn how to fly!

A seagull, following the ferry boat from Thassos to Keramoti, demonstrates the elegance of natural flying.

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Celebrities that Look Like Matresses

April 8th, 2014

Celebrities that Look Like Matresses.

Some of these are just mean…

Alan Cumming

Hilarious, still, but mean.

[Via kottke.org]

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Pretty pictures

April 6th, 2014

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Here kitty, kitty…

April 3rd, 2014

Just some kitties…

Tigers galore

Follow the link for several more pictures of a pack of happy, if slightly peckish, tigers frolicking in the snow in China.

[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]

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Dallas Storm Timelapse

March 30th, 2014

Dallas Storm Timelapse:

(For a view from above of a similar phenomenon, see this NASA Earth Observatory feature on images of lightning storms taken from the ISS. Only still images, but impressively big ones.)

[Via The Awl]

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68 million metric tons

March 2nd, 2014

NASA's Earth Observatory site has before and after images of a landslide in Southeastern Alaska that took place just a couple of weeks ago:

Using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite, scientists have confirmed that a large landslide occurred in southeastern Alaska on February 16, 2014. A preliminary estimate suggests the landslide on the flanks of Mount La Perouse involved 68 million metric tons (75 million short tons) of material, which potentially makes it the largest known natural landslide on Earth since 2010.

The photos weren't worth embedding here in cropped form: you should follow that link and see what a 75,000,000 ton landslide looks like.1

  1. Short answer: 'impressive', if viewed from a safe distance. If you'd been in the vicinity at the time, you'd probably have used the word 'terrifying' if you lived long enough.

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Now? Right here?

February 13th, 2014

Michael Shainblum's image of the Burj Khalifa being struck by lightning doesn't deserve to be embedded here in scaled-down form: follow that link and see it properly. It's worth it.

(I do hope there was a mad scientist at the top of the tower, cackling maniacally as he tried to tap the power of the lightning storm to breathe life into his creation. Seems like such a waste of a good lightning bolt, otherwise…)

[Via Bad Astronomy]

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Colourful

February 12th, 2014

Saprotrophs, Mesophiles, Psychrophiles and More…

Mold gets a bum rap. [...]

Moldy

[Via swissmiss]

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Disturbing

February 11th, 2014

VSE OK. Just go and read it: you won't be disappointed.

[Via Pop Loser]

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A Geology lesson in a single image

February 9th, 2014

Faults in Xinjiang:

Faults in Xinjiang : Image of the Day

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Poshest. Things. Ever!

February 7th, 2014

The 28 Poshest Things That Have Ever Happened.

Assuming that it's not a Photoshop job, they left the worst until last:

28. And this velvet-covered Porsche

Velvet-covered Porsche

Why would you do that to a poor, defenceless car? Why?!?

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

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Tintypes

January 25th, 2014

Photographer Victoria Will shot some old-style tintype portraits of some of the actors attending this year's Sundance festival. Some people look like they'd fit right in to the mid-19th century:

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

My other favourites in the Esquire-hosted slideshow are Maggie Gyllenhaal1, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe with Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway. Also Nick Cave.2

Victoria Will's own site has some more of her Sundance tintypes.

[Via kottke.org]

  1. Crazy eyes!
  2. But then, when does he not look like someone right at home in the 19th century.

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Seasonal

December 24th, 2013

A Very Bookish Xmas

(Part of me can't stop thinking "But you could fit so many more books on there if you'd just straighten those shelves up a bit!" Which isn't the point, I know, but I can't help myself.)

[Via Bookshelf Porn, via Bookoisseur, via POLISH GIRL ®]

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Moon over Lahore

December 9th, 2013

Fly Me To The Moon:

Airliner and Moon over Lahore

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