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Sunday, September 26, 2010

"As Time Goes By"

Oi. Where do the days go?

When I lived in Milwaukee, my days went by slowly. I worked from home. I had time to do things. And I got things done. Here in small-city Brillion, my days are gone before I can snap my fingers. And I get far more work done than in the big city. You'd think that would be the other way around. Small city; slower pace; way too much time.

My projects at the moment have kept me so busy that I miss the chance to blog. I don't care much for that, to be honest. I like blogging. Yet the days pass and I never get around to it. I suppose that could be a good thing too. I mean, I'm never bored, or at a loss for things to keep me busy. But still... I hate not blogging like I used to. I'll have to fix that.

If you're an avid reader, hang tight. I'm not in hiding. I'm just... pulled in other directions. Posting will continue. I've just gotta figure out where the brakes are. :)


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Monday, September 20, 2010

"Spray-On Clothing"

Researches at the Imperial College in London have developed a reusable fabric that can be taken off and re-worn. Why, I have no idea, but here's how it works:

The spray consists of short fibres that are mixed into a solvent, allowing it to be sprayed from a can or high-pressure spray gun. The fibers are then mixed with polymers that bind them together to form a fabric. The texture of the fabric can be varied by using wool, linen or acrylic fibres.

Researchers hope this technology can be adapted to create spray-on bandages, among other applications. Here's a video of the process. ... [video]


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"How Beaches Looked 100 Years Ago"

On June 30, 1922, a Washington policeman was at the Tidal Basin bathing beach measuring swimsuits. Well, more accurately, he was measureing the distance between knee and suit, after the Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds issued an order than suits not be over six inches above the knee.

With that in mind, here are some photos that show what beaches looked like 100 years ago. Compare these to today. A lot has changed since then.


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Friday, September 17, 2010

"Climbing a Transmission Tower"

Have you ever wondered what it's like to climb to the top of one of those tall transmission towers? You know, the kind that are used for broadcasting television and radio signals? Well, here's your chance to find out. Click play and follow along via helmet-cam as a technician climbs to the top of a 1,768 foot tower! Have fun, hold on tight, and enjoy the climb!


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Spain on the Edge"

For many, Spain will always be associated with its beautiful coastline and beaches. However, there's a steeper side to this country. This is Spain on the edge, where geography meets history head on. Take a peek, and enjoy!


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"The Ancient Stone City Of Nan Madol"

Nan Madol is an ancient stone city that's located at the eastern coast of Pohnpei, Micronesia. It spans 80 acres, and comprises about 90 man-made islands. Nan Madol has earned the awe of many archaeologists because the islands are made almost entirely of basalt walls that are 18 to 25 feet high and about 17 feet thick.

Archaeologists estimate that a whopping 250 million tons of these basalt logs were needed to construct the whole city. But the question archaeologists have yet to answer is how these walls were constructed so high, given that each basalt log were can weigh as much as 50 tons.


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"NASA Image of the Day"

Did you know, NASA has an Image of the Day Gallery? They do, and every day, you can see new images from space, NASA photos, or artist renditions of things having to do with space and space travel. Take a peek, peruse the gallery, and enjoy!


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

"We Will Not Forget"

Friday, September 10, 2010

"One Froggy Evening"

One Froggy Evening is an animated short film that was released on December 31, 1955. Even today, it's still regarded as one of the finest cartoons ever made. Steven Spielberg called it "the Citizen Kane of animated film."

In 1994 "One Froggy Evening" was voted #5 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. It is currently ranked at IMDb as the fourth best short movie ever. In 2003 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film culturally significant and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Take a peek, and enjoy!


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"Disney Princesses as Super Heroes"

DeviantART member kreugan wondered how the princesses from classic Disney movies would fare as comic book superheroes. I think she did a great job! See all eight princesses at her gallery.


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