June 09, 2012
Time travel in Singapore
How come they have it and we don't?
That's my question.
Long story by Shibani Mahtani in yesterday's Wall Street Journal short: "A street artist known as 'Sticker Lady' has mounted a challenge to this city-state's obsession with order. In her portfolio: stickers pasted onto traffic-signal buttons with messages such as 'Press to Time Travel' or 'Press to Stop Time.'"
"Hey, if you think really hard, maybe we can stop this rain."
Must've been a flashback, what?
Below, a video that accompanied the WSJ article.
Choice of four translucent colors: $3.
Revealed: Bodies of the Easter Island Statues
From Weird Things:
But now a fairly recent investigation called the EISP (Easter Island Statue Project) is uncovering something not well known about the heads of Easter Island: they have bodies.
While experts have known about the bodies for several decades now, it's only recently that tourists have been able to visit the dig sites up close and see that the enigmatic heads actually sit on the shoulders of figures complete down to the feet.
There are over 1,000 heads scattered across the island and most of their bodies have simply been covered up by time.
Why is this such a big deal if experts knew about the bodies the whole time? As the bodies are excavated, petroglyphs once hidden on the statues' backs along with other artifacts which laid at the feet of the statues on what used to be the top layer of soil are uncovering more and more clues about the mysterious islanders who once called Easter Island home.
Lampus Task Lamp
From the website:
Lampus is an adjustable task lamp with three LED modules which, while being lined up, rotate and switch on and off independently.
The Lampus body is made of anodized aluminum.
The combined capacity of all three modules is 9W (equal to 50-60W incandescent light bulb); color temperature is 5500K; light output is 600 lumens.
The lamp works from a regular wall outlet and comes with a three-position control knob.
Each module's light dispersion angle is 60°.
Eyewitness accounts from the National Archives
From the website: "Out of the stacks and vaults of the National Archives comes this selection of eyewitness accounts. They are vivid and intensely personal, transporting us to a deeper understanding of the events described."
"Thomas Jefferson reported firsthand on the fear and panic that gripped the city of Paris in July 1789, during the first violent convulsions of the French Revolution; President Lincoln's family physician poignantly described how the President clung to life through the night of April 14, 1865, after being shot at Ford's Theater; and the crew of the Apollo 8 spacecraft, in 1968, traveled farther from Earth than anyone ever had and saw their home planet as no one had seen it before: a miracle of color and life suspended in space — shimmering, delicate, and impossibly distant. Filled with surprising details, these accounts have the ring of truth."
"Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady, said that she recorded the things she saw because she found her experience 'too great a thing to have alone.' The instinct to tell what we have seen is as old as humanity. The National Archives is filled with countless stories waiting to be shared. Within them lie embedded messages that enlighten us on what has gone before and strengthen us for what may lie ahead."
[via one of my Crack Los Angeles correspondents]
Nature's Platform — "Guaranteed to support a 300-pound man or woman"
Bonus: "Can be set up or removed in three seconds, so no one is inconvenienced."
"Each Nature's Platform is made by hand."
The way we like it.
But I digress.
I recommend implementing anti-poop splash measures prior to use.
But maybe that's just me.
"Color Jam" — Jessica Stockholder
From Gwenda Blair's June 5 New York Times story:
"This week 'Color Jam' begins a summer-long occupation of an intersection in the Loop in downtown Chicago. By wrapping the four corners of State and Adams Streets (and parts of buildings there) in swaths of burnt orange, lime green and turquoise — think of Christo meets Hans Hofmann — she deconstructs this slice of the business-as-usual world and transforms it into a playful and imaginative realm."
"Ms. Stockholder is known for multidimensional, site-specific works that merge painting and sculpture."
"Ms. Stockholder said watching one of her ideas take physical shape involved some surprises. 'These are commercial products and colors, developed for signage, but seeing them in the streetscape, amid signs for CVS, Bank of America and Foot Locker, made everything seem brighter and more vivid.'"
"'Color Jam,' one of the largest public art installations in the city’s history, made its debut on Tuesday and will remain in place until September."
YouTube caption for the video up top, posted on June 2:
"'Color Jam' transforms four corner buildings at State and Adams into planes of bright color."
YouTube caption for the video above: "Between June and September of 2012, a central Loop intersection will be transformed into an artist's canvas as part of the annual Art Loop: an award-winning series that introduces Chicagoans to the best in contemporary public art. Commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance, renowned artist Jessica Stockholder will create a site specific, three-dimensional work of art titled 'Color Jam.' 'Color Jam' will saturate streets, sidewalks and building facades with a bold and resonant palette, creating a sensation of 'walking through an animated film.'"
1700 mm Carl Zeiss lens
Turns out that giant Sigma lens I featured Tuesday was only the warmup: here's the main event.
From Techno World: ""Get a load of this Carl Zeiss telephoto lens announced at Photokina back in 2006. The made-to-order lens was called the Apo Sonnar T* 1700 mm F4, and that little nub at the end? That's a Hasselblad 6×6 medium format camera."
"The monster weighed in at 564 pounds and had to use a special focusing method because of the sheer weight of each glass element. At the time this was the biggest non-military telephoto lens in existence, which begs the question: What does the biggest military zoom look like?"
For another look, check out this picture of the lens being showed off at Photokina.