How did the sailors of early modern Europe learn to traverse the world’s seas? By going to school and doing maths problems
How European sailors learned celestial navigation | Aeon Essays
Posted in astronomy, Geometry, History, mathematics, Science, Technology, Travel |
Tagged history, mathematics, navigation, sailing, sailors, science, technology, travel |
Chinese researchers have discovered a new way to make water droplets spin, creating a potential new kind of hydropower.
Posted in China, Geometry, Materials, Physics, Science, Technology, Trickery |
Tagged bouncing, China, droplets, hydropower, magnetic levitation, manipulation, materials, patterns, physics, research, science, spinning, technology, tricks, water, water droplets, water repellant |
When you know your camera’s disadvantages, you can use them to your advantage. I’ve found mine has trouble focusing on small bright shiny objects for macros. Too close and it wants me to turn on the flash. Turn on the flash and it won’t focus on the object, or it’ll wash it out.
For this photo I managed to balance all the exceptions to get a spacey science fictiony new agey album/book cover of an orb, slightly out of focus. With the albedo, it looks like it could be a moon of a gas giant.
I used a frosted glass marble on white paper in low lighting with the flash off. No editing was done except for the signature.
Posted in Art, Colors, Geometry, Photography, Science Fiction/Fantasy |
Tagged album cover, ball, bokeh, book cover, camera, colors, glass, gray, grey, lighting, limitations, macro, marble, orb, photography, science fiction, sphere, techniques |
Like a vampire, the bloodthirsty 2016 is destroyed by the dawn of a new year, overwhelmed by 2017’s light of hope.
“Die”, get it?
May this pun be the worst thing to happen to you this year.
Posted in Colors, Geometry, Humor, Photography |
Tagged 2016, 2017, blue, bokeh, colors, dice, die, humor, joke, macro, New Year's Day, numbers, photography, pun |
A 3D-printed kinetic sculpture with unusual gears. At the 2016 Greater Hartford Maker Faire at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
Posted in College, Connecticut, Education, Gadgets, Geometry, Materials, New England, Odd, Science, Technology, Trickery |
Tagged 3D printing, college, community college, Connecticut, education, faire, Farmington, gears, Greater Hartford, Greater Hartford Maker Faire, Greater Hartford Maker Faire 2016, Hartford, kinetic, maker, maker faire, New England, science, sculpture, technology, Tunxis Community College |
Blue game die for Macro Mondays “Games People Play” theme.
Posted in Art, Colors, Geometry, Photography |
Tagged blue, bokeh, chance, choices, dice, die, flickr, games, macro, numbers, photography, random |
Waterfall walkway under the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Posted in Buildings and Architecture, Colors, Geometry, Photography, Pittsburgh, Scenic |
Tagged blue, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, fence, gray, Pennsylvania, perspective, Pittsburgh, sidewalk, walkway, water, waterfall |