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.
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]
February 11th, 2014
VSE OK. Just go and read it: you won't be disappointed.
[Via Pop Loser]
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
Why would you do that to a poor, defenceless car? Why?!?
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:
My other favourites in the Esquire-hosted slideshow are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe with Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway. Also Nick Cave.
Victoria Will's own site has some more of her Sundance tintypes.
December 24th, 2013
(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 ®]
November 23rd, 2013
Alexey Kljatov's photos of snowflakes and snow crystals are gorgeous:
November 17th, 2013
I'm secretly quite pleased that this animated GIF doesn't have sound.
[Via Redditt .gifs, via FFFFOUND!]
November 16th, 2013
November 15th, 2013
An image of a Doctor Who-inspired take on the Bayeaux Tapestry. Marvelous.
A bigger version of the whole thing can be found here.
[Via MeFi user homunculus, posting here]
November 4th, 2013
November 1st, 2013
The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures:
No matter how many species we discover, there will probably always be more still undiscovered. But even among the species known to science, there are many, many that remain undiscovered by the public. Some of these species are very strange, some are truly incredible and lots of them are very small.
He's not wrong…
[Via The Morning News]
October 27th, 2013
Using Giant Mirrors to Light up Dark Valleys:
The villages of Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to six months every year. To illuminate those darker winter months, the two towns have built gigantic mirrors that track the sun and reflect daylight downwards. Viganella completed its huge computer-controlled mirror in 2006, and Rjukan followed suit just this month, mounting a mirror that will reflect a 600 square meter (6,500 square foot) beam of sunshine into the town square below.
October 27th, 2013
I wish the this slideshow of the story of the Concorde supersonic airliner didn't feature a succession of shots of partly disassembled airframes being shipped off to museums around the world towards the end. Such a graceful aircraft deserved to be remembered in flight.
October 27th, 2013
Just two, but they're worth it.
October 24th, 2013
A Royal Navy Lynx helicopter from the destroyer HMS Dragon fires infrared missile defence flares above the ship during an exercise in the eastern Mediterranean:
[Via the inside of my brain]