How Paperclips Are Made

I’d never really given much thought as to how paperclips were made until I saw this.

That seemingly bottomless pot of them on my desk, so simple yet so useful.

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Well, now you know.

Via today I learned.

The Entire Universe

In what has been called a “cartographic masterpiece” Pablo Carlos Budassi has combined several images from NASA telescopes with logarithmic maps developed by the astronomers at Princeton to produce this staggering image.

Yes, that’s right.  That is the *entire* universe.  In one single image.

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Click the image to enlarge and zoom in all its 4200 x 4200 pixel glory, or view it at Wikimedia here.

Logarithmic maps (similar to their namesake scales on graphs) manage huge areas as they decrease in scale as you move outwards from the centre of the image, meaning that Earth in the middle here is shown at a considerably larger scale than the outer realms of the universe.

Feel small much?

 

UVIVF Photography

UVIVF is a bit of a mouthful isn’t it?  Just when you thought acronyms were supposed to make things easier, “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence” comes along and says otherwise.

But I’m inclined to forgive and forget on this occasion, because UVIVF is quite simply stunningly beautiful.

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Photographer Craig Burrows uses this UVIVF technique which appears to make the flowers glow by using high intensity UV lighting.  UV light has a shorter wavelength than the range of visible light that humans can see, but given the right light source, filters and camera settings you can capture the reflected wavelengths of light as a visible fluoresce from the subject matter.

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These resulting colours have a ghostly, ethereal quality that makes them look like something from a fantasy world, but by using natural flowers their shape is so instantly recognisable you know that they aren’t.

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My favourite is this close up of a dandelion seed head.

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Craig’s next step is to expand the scene and capture entire gardens using this technique, only with much larger light sources (Craig, if you need a lighting assistant just let me know!).

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Be sure to check out more of his work on Flickr.

Via This is Colossal.

 

Preposterous

My first post of the year!

It isn’t a poignant idea or ground-breaking product, quite the opposite in fact.  Just a bit of fun as much as anything else which is no bad thing.

It’s a short video about absurdity by Florent Porta which is made up of random, contradictory scenes that make no sense.

Here’s to more fun in 2017!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from Inspirational Geek!

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See you in 2017!

Modern Nativity via.

AxiDraw V3

AxiDraw V3: I want one.

I’m not quite sure what I’d use it for, but I want one.  Even just to watch it create seamlessly shaded letters and shapes over and over again would be incredibly satisfying.

It’s probably getting a bit late to add to my Christmas list, but here’s to perhaps treating myself in the new year…

Full product details of the pen plotter (or “drawing machine”) and its capability on Evil Mad Scientist, and be sure to check out their other Art Robots here.

The Importance Of Colour

Some Friday fun with the colourful and whitty illustrations of Stephen Wildish.

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As you can see, colour is, well, rather important!

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Check out more of his clever illustrations as part of his Friday Project here.

Have a good weekend!


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