I wonder how I missed this story back in December 2004. This Wired News article says a school teacher, George Masters, has the marketing world abuzz with a homemade ad for Apple Computer's iPod that is rapidly "going viral." It is a 60-second animated advertisement features flying iPods, pulsing hearts and swirling '70s psychedelia. There is a QuickTime video of it in the article. The commercial is set to the beat of "Tiny Machine" by '80s pop band the Darling Buds.
SPACE.com says totally gone or near-dead spacecraft, spent motor casings and rocket stages, all the way down to pieces of solid propellant, insulation, paint flakes, and thousands of frozen bits of still-radioactive nuclear reactor coolant dribbling (from a number of aged Russian radar satellites) orbit around Earth. As of December 29, 2004, there were 9,233 objects large enough to be tracked and catalogued by the USSTRATCOM Space Surveillance Network. Of this total, there were 2,927 payloads along with 6,306 object classed as rocket bodies and debris. That's the statistics as listed in the January issue of The Orbital Debris Quarterly News, issued by the NASA Johnson Space Center Orbital Debris Program Office in Houston, Texas.
Ok, I don't know what this Robert fellow ordered for lunch, but talk about be careful what you ask for!
Aerial photography is a powerful way of collecting, analyzing, and sharing visual information about cultural landscapes. In addition to working with clients on specific projects, Alex MacLean also creates striking visual compositions that have been exhibited all over the world and printed in hundreds of publications, including his own.
LiveScience report that a new analysis of the December earthquake that caused disastrous tsunami waves to strike Asia and Africa. The report finds it was three times more powerful than earlier measurements suggested. This would make it the second largest earthquake ever instrumentally recorded.
Mousey (remove AQFL to e-mail)'s engineer co-worker sent him and me this News @ Nature.com article (LiveScience's story with a 4 minutes streaming video) about Canopy/Tree-dwelling worker ants (Cephalotes atratus) in the tropical forests of the Americas have adopted a neat way of averting disaster should they fall from their perch. They glide to safety, steering towards their home trunk rather than plummeting to the ground, where they might never see their nest-mates again.
The New Yorks Times report that nutritionists and researchers have reacted positively to the news that General Mills has added whole grains to breakfast cereals that did not include them before. But the praise is not without reservation: the fiber content of many of the cereals has increased very little, if at all. "Whole grains" are buzz words for 2005. One market research firm, Mintel, has declared them the ingredient of the year. On Monday, Post cereals announced its lineup of whole grain cereals. The rush brings back memories of the late 1980's and the oat bran craze , which lost steam as soon as oat bran potato chips appeared on the market.
MSNBC's article says Americans know exercise is good for their health. Yet many are overweight, out-of-shape couch potatoes -- and that seems to be just fine with a lot of them, suggests a new nationwide fitness survey.
Various sculptures done with various types of foods (butter, chocolate, cheese, and fruits). Quite impressive.
This link lets you experience the moon just as the Apollo Missions' astronauts did -- almost as you were there -- with QuickTime panorama views. Less known is that during all the missions they made image sequences which with todays computer technics can be stitched together into 360 degrees interactive panoramas giving you the possibility to view the moon almost as you were there. Many of these panoramas have been published before, but in low resolution and displayed in small sizes. During the last year the original films have been rescanned in large resolution and the Apollo 11 images were released the week before the 35 year anniversary.