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May 21, 2023

Kestrel Hovering and Hunting in Cornwall

Wrote Kottke:

Hunting Kestrels Are Nature's Steadicams

This video from Paul Dinning features kestrels hunting in Cornwall.

I will never tire of watching raptors hovering in the wind, their wings and bodies making dozens of microadjustments every second so they can keep their heads perfectly still and focused on searching for prey on the ground below.

From The Kid Should See This:

Like hummingbirds and kingfishers, kestrels have the advantage of a larger accessory optic system, a sort of superhero power that detects movement and helps keep their balance, enabling unparalleled head stabilization while hovering.

By bobbing their heads periodically, kestrels can estimate distances and locate prey, sometimes by seeing urine trails with their ultraviolet-sensitive vision.

May 21, 2023 at 04:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Timelapse Video of a Massive Cruise Ship Being Built

Wrote Kottke:

So you've seen how an 18th century sailing battleship was built.

But that was for a vessel 227 feet long that could carry around 850 people.

This timelapse video shows the construction of a much larger ship: a modern-day, 1,100-foot-long cruise ship that houses 6,600 passengers.

The size of this thing is just ridiculous, bordering on the obscene.

It took me a second to realize that the giant thing they were constructing in the first minute of the video is in fact an engine, which, when compared to the rest of the ship, is not that big at all.

Make sure you watch to the end to see the oddball paint job on the bow.

See also a timelapse of a second ship of this class being built, which focuses on different details. (via Core77)

May 21, 2023 at 12:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Park 'N Place — Blast from the past

Screenshot 2023-04-10 at 11.12.15 AM

I featured this (above) on September 6, 2013 at 8:01 a.m.

I ate my own dog food and ordered one that day; my proof:

Screenshot 2023-04-10 at 11.10.04 AM

The light stopped working years ago but who cares?

I'm always amused when I pull into my driveway and espy this little mini-me STOP sign (it's 4.5" wide) at the far end.

I've even featured it in videos.

Here's one from last year:

Here's another from 2013, a few weeks after I bought it, made with Google Glass.

I paid $19.95 ten years ago; the price has increased 20% since then but so what?

It's still reasonable at $23.95.

May 21, 2023 at 08:21 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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