By marfdrat on July 21, 2014
I understand why some people drink the stuff – they’re lactose intolerant, and it gives them a way to eat their cereal or cream their coffee. I don’t like the stuff, because it strikes me as unnatural. I love almonds, but the idea of grinding them up and making “milk” out of them seems counterproductive. Reading this article about the nutritional value of it makes me like it even less.
By marfdrat on July 10, 2014
People have known for some time that hospitals are a not-so-great place to catch germs. There’s a lot of them floating around in there, and lots of traffic in and out. Infections are a constant risk. A new study identifies elevator buttons as a germy thing to avoid.
By marfdrat on July 9, 2014
You never know when one of the planes will make a super-low landing, like this Turkish F-16 did at the RAF Waddington show in England. One guy didn’t seem to be bothered too much by it, though.
By marfdrat on July 6, 2014
Richmond’s annual Independence Day fireworks display was delayed by the threat of Hurricane Arthur, so they were held on the 5th. To avoid the huge crowd on Brown’s Island, we went down to the floodwall on the south side of the James River to watch. The fireworks were the usual kind of good, but I found myself looking across the river to catch the reflections in the buildings of downtown.
By marfdrat on July 5, 2014
This is awesome. Videographer Jos Stiglingh flies a DJI Phantom 2 drone through a fireworks display. Might be a good way to lose a $1000 copter, but the results are spectacular.
By marfdrat on July 3, 2014
On any given day about 2,500 flights cross the North Atlantic. From the ocean’s surface, it looks pretty quiet up there, but at 30,000 feet, it’s a different story. The folks at NATS (Britain’s air traffic control system) put together a visualization of all that traffic, and it looks amazing. North Atlantic Skies from NATS on Vimeo. Via Engadget
By marfdrat on June 30, 2014
Marcello Barenghi draws photorealistic illustrations of everyday objects, and they are amazing. Check these out, plus a time-lapse video of how he does it.
By marfdrat on June 28, 2014
It’s a crazy-sounding idea, but hey: it could work…
In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China, the Northern and Eastern China Plains, that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest—but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China’s plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming.
By marfdrat on June 20, 2014
Hasan Kale makes incredibly small paintings of his native Istanbul on everyday things.
From onion peels to kiwi seeds or even bits of chocolate, it seems any canvas is sufficient for Turkish artistHasan Kale (previously) as long as it meets the requirement of being incredibly tiny. Hasan delights in the challenge of depicting landscapes of his native Istanbul in the most infinitesimal of brush strokes, a feat that requires the use of a magnifying glass to appreciate the details of each piece.
By marfdrat on June 18, 2014
I hadn’t taken any pictures with film in a long time – maybe 25 or 30 years. My friend Bruce gave me (yes, gave me) a Nikon film camera with a case and a roll of film. It took me forever (actually only a couple of months, but still too long) to actually load the film and go out looking for something to photograph. I think I was scared I wouldn’t remember how to do film anymore. I ended up shooting a couple of rolls, but only about half of them were worth keeping.
By marfdrat on June 16, 2014
My son’s in a band called VisualAudio that’s trying to make it somewhere in the business. We went to see them back in April at The Camel in Richmond, VA.
By marfdrat on June 15, 2014
I stop by the James River crossing at Maidens (in Goochland County, VA) from time to time to see the sun set. Yesterday’s was pretty. These were taken from 8:39 PM (a few minutes after sunset) to 9:01 PM.
By marfdrat on June 15, 2014
My church’s worship band released a CD of original songs titled “Known”. You can hear (and purchase) the songs on iTunes. They did this concert on June 6 to preview the songs for our congregation.
By marfdrat on June 13, 2014
By marfdrat on June 7, 2014
It’s all gold, and it’s all yours – for one million samolians. From the vendor’s product description:
Named the “The Beverly Hills Edition”, this extreme mountain bike, also known as a “fat bike”, is handcrafted and overlaid with pure 24K gold.