Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival opens on January 5th. The month long event is held in the Heilongjiang Province in North East China. The weather stays cold enough to keep the sculptures frozen for the event. The Ice comes from the Songhua River. More images can be viewed here.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Sam Droege is head of the USGS Native Bee Invertory and Monitoring Program in Maryland. Who knew there are thousands of bee species in the US? Sam is on the way to documenting them all. Enlarge the image by clicking on it to appreciate the detail.
See additional images as well as a video here.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Have you ever wondered just how many nuclear devices have been detonated on our planet? The US has won the gold medal in this category. The Soviets have fallen short in their efforts, but have managed to take home the silver. Any guesses on the bronze medal winner?
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Sometime around 1995 Hiro Yamagata spent $20M in frame-off restorations of twentytwo Mercedes 220a cabriolets. He then painted each of the cars differently while maintaining a nature theme. The project was titled Earthly Paradise. The cars were displayed at the Hollywood Oscars in 1996. Eleven of the cars remain in the US while the other 11 were shipped back to a Japanese museum.
This example is currently for sale for $295,000. Arrangements to purchase can be made through Hemmings Daily.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
People seldom think about the time and effort needed to create the things in our lives with which we come in contact. I think this video can serve as an illustration.
Watch the two minute video and try to imagine how it might have been produced. Then watch the second video that shows just a portion of the vast amount of work that was necessary.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
John Lennon was murdered 33 years ago tonight. 13 years ago a bronze statue of Lennon was installed in a park in Havana, Cuba. People kept stealing the iconic Lennon glasses. When they tried to glue them on people simply broke them off.
A 96 year old Cuban, Juan Gonzalez, has become the guardian of the glasses. Juan has spent most of his days in the last 13 years in the park. When tourists show up to take pictures Juan takes the glasses from his pocket and gently places them on Lennon's face. When they leave he removes them and tucks them into his pocket.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I would have guessed that self service was the way gasoline is purchased in the United States, but I would be wrong. Laws in Oregon and New Jersey (since the 1950's) make it illegal for persons to pump their own gasoline. As an odd twist to the law in New Jersey, those consumers wishing to purchase diesel for their vehicle can pump it themselves.
Friday, December 6, 2013
With a winter storm warning and falling snow it seemed like a good day to put up the Christmas tree. Radio Pants was liberated and took up his seasonal post on the tree. It is his twenty- fourth Christmas with us. Read the story of Radio Pants here.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
You live in NYC and see a puppy in the window. You take him home and name him Bodhe. You raise him to be a model. You design/create a wardrobe for him and start a blog. It is fun as well as successful so you quit your day jobs and ride the wave.
Follow the blog at http://mensweardog.tumblr.com/
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Atheris hispida is a nocturnal venomous viper found in central Africa. Learn more here.
Diadophis punctatus regalis, commonly called the regal ringneck lives in the mountains of the southwest United States and northern Mexico. Learn more here.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Eduardo Kobra is a Brazilian arts who recently finished this massive piece in Lexington, Kentucky. It follows his trademark style of using an array of bright colors. His previous piece is in Moscow where he painted a mural as a tribute to Maya Plisetskaya who is one of leading names in Russian ballet. She turned 88 in October.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
An inspiring story about a woodworker who developed a robotic hand for himself and then went on to enrich the lives of children born with amniotic band syndrome. More information available at the Makerbot site.