Absence of Matter

Man, I guess it’s been over a month already since my last post. I’ve updated some stuff on the backend to allow me to post a lot easier with my workflow (using the blogging bundle for textmate for you coders out there), so hopefully I can pick up the pace again.

I’m going to rehash a bunch of stuff I’ve dug across the web in the last few weeks (almost all space-related), and hopefully get back to some more personal tidbits after this post.

This is a pretty amazing hybrid of a few different technologies: flat screens, a wiimote for 3D positioning, and an iPhone app to switch scenes. Obviously this is not a replacement for real windows, but in my opinion it’s not supposed to be. I would love to leave the ocean or space scenes on while working late into the night – it reminds me of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus. Here’s a time lapse video of the construction of this Winscape.

One of my favorite thinkers, Dr. Michio Kaku, has a blog! Bookmark it or add it to your RSS reader and keep up with science / physics / futurism!

While it’s a matter of opinion, the Hubble Space Telescope houses arguably one of the most important cameras ever made. It’s given us glimpses into the cosmos that we couldn’t have even predicted, and in turn made us even smaller than we thought we were. I’m still taken aback with every new image. Thank you for 20 years of inspiration, HST! If you’re skeptical about the extent of its awesomeness, check out this recent photo of the Carina Nebula.

Check out this ultra-slow motion, 16mm footage of the launch of Apollo II in 1969. You can easily get a sense of the raw power provided by the fuel for liftoff. One of the most incredible aspects is the powerful vacuum created by the force, sucking the debris into it – definitely impossible to notice from afar.

More shuttle footage! This is a fantastic time lapse of STS-131 from assembly to transport to launch. It still amazes me how such complex projects can come together successfully in the end. It shouldn’t, but it does.

I’ve spent the better part of the last few months working on a new website for Natural Curiosities, and we’ve finally launched it this week. They have an eclectic art collection that definitely speaks to me and it’s been a joy working with them. Show them some love!.