Mind-Blowing Matchstick Sculptures by Patrick Acton Patrick Acton is behind some of the mind-blowing, highly detailed matchstick sculptures you'll ever see. Though as a child he always had a penchant for woodworking, it wasn't until he was fresh out of college when he built a small model of a country church and then one of the USS Constitution that he found that his wintertime hobby was now a full-fledged passion. For nearly 10 years he would painstakingly cut off the heads of matchsticks until he contacted the Ohio Blue Tip Company to see if they might sell the matches without the sulfur tip. It was only after that discovery that they would, that he was able to work much faster. It became the turning point where he started working with not just hundreds of matchsticks but hundreds of thousands. The Iowa-based artist has now glued 3.5 million ordinary wooden matchsticks into more than 60 magnificent models. If you're interested in creating your own matchstick sculptures, Acton has a few techniques he shares on his website. Other Work:
The “Devils Pool” | ReasonPad If you’re ever in Zimbabwe, don’t miss the chance to take a swim in The Devil’s Pool, a small lagoon, enclosed by rocks, on the edge of one of the biggest, most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. Set on Livingstone Island, at a height of 103 meters, Devil’s Pool is definitely one of the most surreal locations on Earth. During the months of September and December, people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls without falling over. Model describes universe with no big bang, no beginning, and no end (PhysOrg.com) -- By suggesting that mass, time, and length can be converted into one another as the universe evolves, Wun-Yi Shu has proposed a new class of cosmological models that may fit observations of the universe better than the current big bang model. What this means specifically is that the new models might explain the increasing acceleration of the universe without relying on a cosmological constant such as dark energy, as well as solve or eliminate other cosmological dilemmas such as the flatness problem and the horizon problem. Shu, an associate professor at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan, explains in a study posted at arXiv.org that the new models emerge from a new perspective of some of the most basic entities: time, space, mass, and length. “We view the speed of light as simply a conversion factor between time and space in spacetime,” Shu writes. As Shu writes in his paper, the newly proposed models have four distinguishing features:
1920's Cherries-Novelty Sequin Embroidery Gold-Lame Cloche Hat at 1stdibs Breathtaking 1920's metallic-gold lame & black net-tulle flapper semi-sheer cloche hat. This is, without a doubt, the most extraordinary antique cloche I have ever laid my eyes on. Sparkling sequin cherries with embroidered 3-D leaves in the most amazing art-deco design. It is shocking that a hat with this amount of detail and presence can literally feel almost weightless but it does. Perfect to wear all night long. Headpieces were very popular in the 1920's and where the crowning jewel for any flapper. This headpiece will fit a range of sizes from 22 to 23 inches around.
Photography's Longest Exposure - household name : : : blog [click +] Six months. That's right. This dream-like picture shows each phase of the sun over Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge taken during half a year. The image was captured on a pin-hole camera made from an empty soda can with a 0.25mm aperture and a single sheet of photographic paper. Photographer Justin Quinnell strapped the camera to a telephone pole overlooking the Gorge, where it was left between December 19, 2007 and June 21, 2008––the Winter and Summer solstices. 'Solargraph' shows six months of the sun's luminescent trails and its subtle change of course caused by the earth's movement in orbit. Quinnell, a renowned pin-hole camera artist, says the photograph took on a personal resonance after his father passed away on April 13, halfway through the exposure.
The Elegant Universe: Pt 1 The Elegant Universe: Part 3 PBS Airdate: November 4, 2003 NARRATOR: Now, on NOVA, take a thrill ride into a world stranger than science fiction, where you play the game by breaking some rules, where a new view of the universe pushes you beyond the limits of your wildest imagination. BRIAN GREENE (Columbia University): And no matter how many times I come here, I never seem to get used to it. NARRATOR: Can he help us solve the greatest puzzle of modern physics—that our understanding of the universe is based on two sets of laws that don't agree? NARRATOR: Resolving that contradiction eluded even Einstein, who made it his final quest. BRIAN GREENE: We really may live in a universe with more dimensions than meet the eye. AMANDA PEET (University of Toronto): People who have said that there were extra dimensions of space have been labeled crackpots, or people who are bananas. NARRATOR: A mirage of science and mathematics or the ultimate theory of everything? S. We see 400 employees in three years.
Walt Curlee digital Illustration/Fine Art Paintings/Prints Incredible Wave Pictures These incredible images of waves were taken by the number 1 photographer of surf: Clark Little. He has dedicated his life to photographing the waves and has published a selection of the the best images of his career. The pictures capture magical moments inside the wave "tube", as surfers say. Sun ... glints off wave Sand ... in surf Tubular ... shining Beach ... surf crashes down Molten ... liquid gold White ... tumultuous water Red ... mysterious shot Break ... wave crashes down Water sparkles dance... More like this: Posted in: LeisureTAGS:amazing pictures, beauti ful pic, beautiful images, beautiful pictues, beautiful pictures, beautiful pictures scenery, google wave put pictures, incredible pictures, juta semmel, scenary pictures, surfing images, wave images, wave pics, wave picture liquid gold, wave pictures, wave pictures liquid gold Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
Picture This | Flying by the seat of his seat Canada's Air Force Capt. Brian Bews ejects as his a CF-18 fighter jet plummets to the ground during a practice flight for an airshow at the Lethbridge County Airport on Friday, July 23, 2010, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. CHEEKY SPANKING STORIES and 5 More Favorite Covers of 2012 Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (The Dial Press) I love that this takes the classic silhouette image and incorporates it with other important images from the book. I may get this as a tattoo. You heard it here first: Bear, silhouette, teapot is the new rock, paper, scissors. The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg (Grand Central Publishing) A crinkled fast food wrapper for a book about an obese woman and her relationship with her family and her relationship with food. Paris I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) This is so sexy and sparse, plus I heart the clever little symbols. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (Angry Robot) There is so much going on here: It’s a woman, made out of birds. Mr. Cheeky Spanking Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Cleis Press) I really like this one, too.
The Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Croatia Photograph by Jack Brauer All of the Croatian people I have met through my years have always talked about the natural beauty of their homeland. I always nodded in agreement because it struck me that most people shared the same sentiment, regardless of their origin. This says to me, that natural beauty and splendor are everywhere. The Plitvice Lakes National Park was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. Photograph by Roman Bonnefoy The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometers (116 sq. miles), whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometers (5 miles). The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 meters (2,087 ft) to 503 meters (1,650 feet) over a distance of some eight km (5 miles), aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. Photograph by Henning Schroder
Personal and Historical Perspectives of Hans Bethe - StumbleUpon The blooming Underground: RHS Chelsea Flower Show Tube Map The 100th RHS Chelsea Flower Show is well under way: the blossoms have been installed, the gnomes have been allowed back in and the Royals have had a nose around. Now all that’s left is to celebrate in the best way we know how – with a Tube map of course. Here’s the London Transport Museum ‘s floral tribute to the annual bouquet bash. Plant buffs, can you guess the flowers for each line? For the less green fingered amongst us. Here’s the cheat sheet… Grey Hydrangeas – Jubilee Line Chocolate Cosmos – Bakerloo Line Green Chrysanthemum – District Line Blue Tulip – Piccadilly Line Black Pansy – Northern Line Red Rose – Central Line Himalayan Blue Poppy – Waterloo & City Line Maroon Lily – Metropolitan Line Blue geranium – Victoria Line Allamanda Cathartica – Circle Line Pink Gerbera – Hammersmith & City Line Orange Gerbera – East London Overground Line Read about the highlights from the last 100 years of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show .