Archive for the ‘Picture of the Day’ Category

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Posted on April 13th, 2008 in How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of | Comments Off on An Engineer’s Guide to Cats

Wheres Waldo – the Google Earth version!

Posted on April 11th, 2008 in Games, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | 1 Comment »

“The striking young man – never without his
red-and-white-striped top, bobble hat, walking stick and glasses – had
a habit of turning up in the most unlikely and crowded of places, from
ancient Aztec kingdoms to medieval battlefields.

Satellite image of 'Waldo'
Melanie Coles, the artist, has released this photo of the figure taken from a helicopter

But
now a Canadian artist has brought the game into the 21st Century, by
painting an enormous Wally that can be seen by Google Earth satellites.

The
55ft figure was installed on an undisclosed rooftop in Vancouver last
month, sparking a flurry of interest among internet users keen to be
the first to spot this Web 2.0 Wally.”

. . .

“Coles, an art student who publicised the project on her blog www.whereonearthiswaldo.com, is encouraging others to follow her lead and create a network of Google Earth Wallys across the world.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/04/10/wwaldo110.xml

Minas Tirith Matchstick

Posted on April 8th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Time Wasters | 2 Comments »

Acton’s
plans call for his biggest and most detailed model yet as he constructs
a model of the tremendously ancient city that
Tolkien
says “appears hewn from the rock of Mount
Mindolluin”
in the White Mountains. 
Acton’s matchstick version of the seven-level city was started in February
of 2007. The Minas Tirith model will contain hundreds
of city buildings and will be topped with the Tree of Gondor
and the White Tower of Etchelion. “

From his website, “Iowa artist
Patrick Acton turns ordinary wooden matchsticks into incredible works
of art. The Matchstick Marvels display is wood art at its best,
showing creativity and detail work unmatched by other skilled woodworkers.
Millions of matchsticks have been painstakingly glued together to
represent scaled models of life-like sculptures, intricate machines,
and world renown architecture.”

View more pix here
http://www.matchstickmarvels.com/Comingin2009.htm

Happy Bunnyday!

Posted on March 23rd, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Things we should do more of, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Happy Bunnyday!

Just a humorous Happy Holidays from FLB!

The Earth at Night

Posted on March 11th, 2008 in Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Site of the Day, Sleep/Naptime! | Comments Off on The Earth at Night


Take a look at this very cool image of the Earth at night (thumbnail above)
http://incredimazing.com/page/Earth_at_Night-686

The different colors are different sources of light – red is wildfire, purple/yellow is city light, green is natural gas flares, and blue is fishing fleet lights.
The image cites NASA’s Visible Earth 2001 as the source of the map, and the Defense Meteorological Satelite Program as the source for the light data.

PSA : Wear Your Seatbelt!

Posted on March 10th, 2008 in How To's, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, PSA-Types, Science!, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events | Comments Off on PSA : Wear Your Seatbelt!

I’m not going to list reasons why you should wear your seatbelt.
I’m simply going to show you what happens when you DON’T wear your seatbelt.

If you’d like to have an impression of your face on the steering wheel at 30mph, thats up to you.

And, if you must have them :

In 2005, 43,443 people were killed in the estimated 6,159,000
police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes, 2,699,000 people were
injured, and 4,304,000 crashes involved property damage only.

It is estimated that seatbelts saved 15,632 lives in 2005.

(NHTSA)

Seventy-three percent of the passenger vehicle occupants who were in a
fatal crash in 2002 and were restrained survived; of those who were not
restrained, only 43 percent survived. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts
2002, October 2003]

In fatal crashes, 73 percent of all
vehicle occupants who were totally ejected were killed. Only 1 percent
of restrained occupants were ejected. Safety belts are effective in
preventing total ejections. [NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts 2002 –
Overview, July 2003]

In 2000, safety belts prevented nearly 11,900 fatalities and 325,000
serious injuries, saving $50 billion in medical care, lost
productivity, and other injury-related costs. [NHTSA, Economic Impact
of Crashes, May 2002]
In the year 2000, the total economic cost of
motor vehicle crashes in the United States was $230.6 billion. This
represents an amount equal to 2.3 percent of the gross domestic
product, or $820 for every person living in the United States. [NHTSA,
Economic Impact of Crashes, May 2002]

The lifetime economic cost to society for each fatality is over
$977,000. Over 80 percent of this amount is attributable to lost
workplace and household productivity. [NHTSA, Economic Impact of
Crashes, May 2002]

[Ed. comment – Even if YOU wear your seatbelt, and your buddy DOESN’T]

Overall, those not directly involved in crashes pay for nearly
three-quarters of all crashcosts, primarily through insurance premiums,
taxes and travel delay. In 2000 these costs, borne by society rather
than by crash victims, totaled over $170 billion. [NHTSA,Economic
Impact of Crashes, May 2002]

Stats from THIS page.

Music using WIN XP and Vista sounds

Posted on February 20th, 2008 in Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Site of the Day, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Music using WIN XP and Vista sounds

F-22 and Space Shuttle Launch Photo

Posted on February 14th, 2008 in Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day | 11 Comments »

TEAM 0.5

Posted on February 6th, 2008 in Historic Technology, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Science!, Tech News | 2 Comments »

A bit of science for us all. TEAM 0.5 has debuted. What is TEAM? Its the worlds most powerful transmission electron microscope. It gives images with .5 angstrom resolutions, which just so happens to be half the diameter of a single hydrogen atom. It’s located at NCEM at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. THey hope to setup a control room that shows the sample on a screen that looks like an HD flatscreen. 🙂 As of now, their opening date for outside users, is October 08. It corrects for a aberration that has long plagued such high res microscopes that make points of light look like disks. Fixing this has upped the resolution greatly. As of now, they can perform spectroscopy on one atom at a time, which allows scientists to precisely locate impurities of 1 atom per sample.
Here…is a mindblowing example:
Shown here is a gold crystal bridge. Those dots…..those are gold atoms

Thanks Eurekalert, and congrats to the folks at NCEM

Flight of the Paper Airplane

Posted on January 20th, 2008 in Hands On/Build This!, Labs/Experiments, Lacking a Category, Photos/Videoes, Picture of the Day, Things we should do more of | 2 Comments »

It might not be possible to launch a paper airplane from the ISS.
But a skyscraper. . . .