Does My Wife Know?

Amazing finish at the track. The announcer clearly loving it.

[via Queuebot @ Neatorama]

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September 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Asteroid Discoveries 1980-Present

Where I work, there is an ongoing debate about the relative merits of actual measurements and statistical modeling.  Measurements tell you what’s _actually_ going on in reality, but in terms of time and money, it’s expensive.  Statistical modeling is faster and cheaper, but less accurately describes what’s _actually_ going on in reality.

I think this video demonstrates one instance of a seamless blend of measurements and modeling.

[…] asteroids that were discovered from 1980 to 2010 appear in the sequence as they were discovered.

Note that a new pattern emerges in 2010,

with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that’s tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

[via John Farrier @ Neatorama]

August 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Holy Shadows!

Wait for it…

[via Alex Santoso @ Neatorama]

August 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Better Book Title

AKA Ulysses.

[Better Book Titles via Alex Santoso @ Neatorama]

August 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Sk8

Not a skateboarder. Never was. I am a big sucker for well done skateboarding videos though. Here are two non-conventional greats.

A jaw dropping craft project that must’ve been a daunting task:

This next one is distilled joy. Perfectly paired with the music and the skills are silly good:

[via Johnny Cat @ Neatorama and Kottke respectively]

August 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Future Turbine

I’m not an expert on branding, but I feel like calling this gigantic horizontal wind turbine the Aerogenerator X might garnder some unwelcome attention from G.I. Joe.

At over 800 feet wide, this mastadon will garner about 30% more power than the current best vertical wind turbines.

ETA: 2014.

[via Miss Cellania @ Neatorama]

[image via Gizmodo]

August 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

How close can you get to the sun without dying?

Surprisingly close.

The sun is about 93 million miles away from Earth, and if we think of that distance as a football field, a person starting at one end zone could get about 95 yards before burning up.

That equates to about 3 million miles before you go poof.

[Alessandra Calderin @ Popular Science via John Farrier @ Neatorama]

[photo via NYT]

July 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

Layin’ Tracks

This is a bit of a slow burn, but quite interesting and hypnotizing if you have the interest.

A train that lays train tracks:

[via Miss Cellania @ Neatorama]

July 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

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