Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Around the world on solar power!

It didn't happen fast or in one stop, but nevertheless a solar-powered manned airplane has made it all around the world!

Thursday, July 21, 2016


The SOLARPUFF is an amazing little device, a small, bright, foldable lamp driven purely by sunlight.
I own several of them myself, from their Kickstarter campaign, it works well.
It can do much good and fun for us, but the real boon is what it can do in the large parts of the world without an electric grid.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fork, a new macro pic

(Click for big pic)

Russ thought it might work as B/W too, so let's see: 

Also I wondered a bit late if a bit more contrast might be good:
Less subtle, but more punch.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

"Sheep view 360"

If Google street view won't come to the Faroe Islands, then the Islands will come to Google, sheep and all!
(The girl behind it is beautiful too.)

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

New macro pics

[Click for big pic]

(They are all better in full size, but especially Buddha here.)

(Olympus Pen-F, M-Zuiko 60mm Macro lens.)

Friday, July 01, 2016

Three girls and a Kite

I can't find out to get an embed code for this, but trust me, this is an unusually fun/funny video.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A site for asking about differences

I found an interesting site, diffen.com, for finding out the differences between things, for example a CEO and a president.


I hope all a'youse are enjoying your summer, however and whereever it's taking place. (Even if it's a winter on the Southern hemisphere.)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Virtual car ads

A specialized kind of car now exists explicitly to allow car makers to make photo-realistic car ad videos without having the actual car they are advertising! Info and video.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

There are two of you in your head

Thanks to Bert for finding this amazing (spooky?) video of brain weirdness.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"How are you?"

It's a normal greeting in many languages to say "How are you?" or the like. (Locally here it's often "are you okay?".)  Since I have the odd tendency to believe that people mean what they say, and to not lie if avoidable, I've been long confused as how to answer that. The answer may be complex, or it may be negative on a bad day. And do people really want to hear about it?

I think not, generally. What they want, I think, is to show that they care (which is surely true to some degree or other) and to reassure themself that you are one less thing for them to worry about.

And of course they usually can't help you anyway if you're having a bad day. So in that case I've developed a kind-of solution which does not involve any lies. I simply nod and smile and say: "And you!" That seems to be perfectly acceptable.

I'm reminded, it seems a common idea that "Good morning" means "it is a good morning." But it seems obvious to me that it means "I wish you a good morning."

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Trash talk

"Mom, it's trash talk. You know, how guys say mean things to their friends, the way women say nice things to their enemies."
-- Lisa Simpson

Hollywood woes

Hollywood is having a really bad year regarding theatre tickets sold, the worst since almost a hundred years. And they wonder why.

Seems simple to me: high definition home entertainment centres. Or just good TVs and blue-ray players or downloads.
When you can watch a movie in splendid quality right in the comfort in your own home, pause it at will to go wee or make coffee, and not sitting among a lot of strangers, some of whom may block your view or scream for "violence!" (I sat right in front of some young men who did that many times once during Total Recall), why make the trip to a theatre? Even back when the alternative was only VHS rentals which were really awful quality, the theatres were already starting to hurt.
And of course, video games have captured a tonne of the attention and time of the younger generations.
Let's face it, movie theatres were created because it simply was the only way to show movies to the public. Now they are fighting to justify their downsides in some way. It's just the old "buggy whip manufacturer" syndrome again. New technology always makes some new jobs and destroys some old ones.

It doesn't help that Hollywood seems to have an idea problem. Everything is sequels now, it's hard to find many interesting fresh ideas in recent years, or even impressive new actors.

"Yellow Running Man"

Friday, June 10, 2016

Datawake, techno-ship

I've blogged earlier projects of my old friend Steven K. Roberts. This is his biggest project yet, a high tech yacht, the Datawake. This guy is awesome.

A short TV bit about an earlier project from the early days (relatively) of the Net:

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Wisdom of thirteen

"That is one of the advantages of being thirteen. You know so much more than you did when you were only twelve." -- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Delreves dancing on the side of Danish church (updated)

This is great.
(Thanks to Miro who was there.)

Photo by Miro:

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter

"Kumiko The Treasure Hunter". Independent movie about a Japanese young woman, lonely and miserable, who goes looking for a buried case of cash she has seen in the movie Fargo, believing it to be real. It is a very unusual movie, tragic but somehow uplifting and humorous at the same time. I liked it a lot.