December 1, 2014

Dead Fly Art

So apparently this is a thing. The images below are from The Chive in 2009 and you can find more by simply Google image searching “dead fly art.”

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Happy Monday.

November 28, 2014

Making the 1980s HBO Intro

If you’ve ever seen 1980s HBO, you’ve seen this intro. Enjoy this fascinating (and extremely dated – I mean, they had to physically create a bronze HBO!) making-of.

As a young kid, seeing the camera go inside the “O” with the spinning lasers was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

November 17, 2014

The $135 Million Oopsie

This is a pretty fascinating image.

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It’s the NOAA-19 weather satellite that accidentally tipped over during manufacture in 2003. Repairs cost $135 million dollars. Can you imagine?

Via Gizmodo

Dynamic Target Tracking Camera

This video gives new meaning to “keep your eye on the ball.”

November 11, 2014

First Steps in One World Trade Center

I’ve been literally watching One World Trade Center take shape since construction started. So today when I got the chance to spend a few moments in the building for the first time, I excitedly snapped a few photos with my phone.

The lobby is huge and gorgeous. It smells like a mixture of “new car smell” and fresh paint.

Security was very nice but not very subtle. When I entered from the street a few large (but kind) men slowly descended upon me and guided me to the main security desk.

Once past security I was in the elevator bank. The elevator buttons are presented on a touch screen, and you’re only shown the floors relevant to you.

Inside, the elevators don’t have many buttons.

Welcome to New York. Welcome to New York.

From inside the building, the only subtle reminder you’re in such an iconic piece of architecture (besides the view) are the gradually sloping corners, which are a cross section of the building’s overall unique geometry.

Not a bad view.

October 30, 2014

Connor O’Malley is Funny

This guy cracks me up. He takes absurdist comedy to new heights in his Vine videos.

Also notable, “The Shrek is Real.”

“Three gooood terminators.” Instant classic.

October 22, 2014

Retina OSX on the Original Macintosh

I saw this great post about how tiny the original Macintosh screen was compared with the current (and enormous) Retina 5K iMac screen.

So I thought I’d take the opposite approach. Below are 1-to-1 pixel mockups of how Mac OSX Yosemite would have appeared on the original Macintosh’s 512×342 pixel screen.

Enjoy!

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September 29, 2014

Mining Bitcoin with Pencil and Paper

This is a pretty cool example of manually doing some of the math behind Bitcoin.

It’s interesting that SHA-256, the most advanced cryptographic hash function, really just works by reducing numbers to 1s and 0s, then scrambling them up.

September 23, 2014

Real-time Digital Modeling of a Face

At first this video doesn’t seem too special, but skip to 1:48 to see what’s possible.

We’re officially *that* much closer to not being able to believe our eyes anymore.

Slow Flying Airplane That Hovers like a Helicopter

So apparently the Russian Antonov An-2 has such a slow stall speed, it can appear to hover like a helicopter. In this video it’s going around 20 MPH.

There are some reports of people even jumping out of one of these planes without a parachute, and not getting injured.

Just crazy.

Via Hacker News.