Monday, August 18, 2014


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Photobomb :)


The disaster that keeps on giving

Fukushima, the disaster that keeps on giving, no longer rates news coverage by the mainline press because radiation is silent and  invisible, something to be ignored until the inevitable impact of same makes it's ugly face known to all things relating to life on planet earth.

Wall St. Journal, Aug 7, 2014 (emphasis added): [Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority] said [Tepco] needs to get its priorities straight when it comes to work to decommission [...] Fukushima Daiichi [...] “The biggest risk is the trench water. Until that matter is addressed, it will be difficult to proceed with other decommissioning work,” [Tanaka] said on Wednesday at his weekly news conference. “It appears that they are getting off track,” he told reporters. Tepco has been trying to remove some 11,000 metric tons of water that contains dangerous radioactive materials such as uranium and plutonium from a trench that runs from the Fukushima Daiichi plant’s No.2 reactor building. […] “What if another tsunami hits the plant and the highly contaminated water in the trench is discharged… ?” Mr. Tanaka asked reporters.

And this

American Genetic Association, Aug 14, 2014: [S]tudies are now beginning to reveal serious biological effects of the Fukushima radiation [...] A series of articles summarizing these studies has now been published in the Journal of Heredity. These describe widespread impacts, ranging from population declines to genetic damage [...] Common to all of the published studies is the hypothesis that chronic (low-dose) exposure to ionizing radiation results in genetic damage and increased mutation rates [...] Hayashi et al. 2014 [...] documented the effects of radiation on rice [...] After three days, a number of effects were observed [...] Taira et al. 2014 [...] examined the response of the pale grass blue butterfly [...] They found size reduction, slowed growth, high mortality and morphological abnormality 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Armed to the Teeth

The cops are armed, armed with military grade tech, you know, choppers, assault rifles, grenade launchers and armored vehicles, complete with personal body armor for the cops who will run the vehicle in question. Next may come gatling or 50 cal machine guns, M1 tanks and drones, lots and lots of drones, some of which may be equipped with weapons like laser guided bombs & missles, like those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, courtesy the arms merchants and government because military surplus gear makes money, right? Homeland Security, the prime driver of all things related to arming cops to the teeth, makes it rather foreboding does it not?

Amerika with a K seems apt if you ask me.

Addendum - from Cato Liberty

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Of Cathedrals & Tech

The great cathedral builders would relate to this gem without issue. As seen in Twisted Sifter, artist Eric Standley takes tech to another level with work like this. 

Exquisite says it all. Seen below is another gem.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Freedom of the Press

This map, courtesy Reporters Without Borders, depicts the level of freedom the 4th estate has in the world. Needless to say, the lighter the color, the freer the press.

Smooth Running

Microsoft has some very cool tech as seen by their many contributions to Siggraph, the place to go to see the latest and greatest in CG, a conference yours truly has gone to on numerous occasions (the parties rock). :) To whit:

We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera. 

Works for me. :)

Had to put in the tech version as the research MS has done on this is incredible.

The precursor to this is Photosynth, awesome tech that brings 3D to 2D photos.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Great Whites - up close & natural

Looking at Great Whites from a cage after baiting them to come to the cage is artifical to the max as the behavior of same has been altered by chumming the water to get them close enough to photograph. With the Woods Hole SharkCam, the first real glimpse into how Great Whites conduct their lives can be done without question. :)

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Evolution - In Real Time

The Voyage of the Beagle is enchanting. Darwin's thought process in starting to formulate the notion of evolution to explain how live evolves, is a revelation, a glimpse into the creative process every "artist" goes through when working out a new idea whether it be evolution, a jazz composition or the design of a new building. In this light, a terrific article tiled, In Darwin's Footsteps, an amazing discovery, made by researchers Peter and Rosemary Grant, proves that evolution can happen in real time.

Seen below are pictures of finches who reside on Daphne Major, a volcanic island in the Galapagos.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Water water everywhere...

BRT has long believed GW is real, now, researchers further substantiate this fact not only by tracking increased CO2 levels detected in the air and oceans but also by tracking increased levels of water vapor in the atmosphere, another prime driver of GW, produced only by us and not Earth, the planet we all call home. :)

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