Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

A stunning video that took three months to put together - by hand, according to website, Wired - "To fully appreciate the Martian landscape, one needs dimension and movement. In the video you see here, Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman transformed HiRISE imagery into a dynamic, three-dimensional, overhead view of the Red Planet—no glasses required.

For Fröjdman, creating the flyover effect was like assembling a puzzle." ...

The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this type. This gives the opportunity to create different studies in 3D. In this film I have chosen some locations and processed the images into panning video clips. There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars! I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I'm afraid I won't see that kind of images during my lifetime. (Please watch the film in 2K if possible for greater details.)



Jan Fröjdman


It has really been time-consuming making these panning clips. In my 3D-process I have manually hand-picked reference points on the anaglyph image pairs. For this film I have chosen more than 33.000 reference points! It took me 3 months of calendar time working with the project every now and then.

The colors in this film are false because the anaglyph images are based on grayscale images. I have therefore color graded the clips. But I have tried to be moderate doing this. The light regions in the clips are yellowish and the dark regions bluish. The clips from the polar regions (the last clips in the film) have a white-blue tone.There are a lot of opinions and studies of what the natural colors on Mars might be. But the dark regions of dust often seems to have a bluish tone. Please study this issue on e.g sites by NASA.

This film is not scientific. As a space enthusiast I have just tried to visualize the planet my way.
The video begins with a nearby approach to Mars moon Phobos.

Pimped Up E-Bike Drives Like A Car: RIDICULOUS RIDES

SPORTS enthusiast has developed the first all weather, four-wheel e-bike that looks exactly like a miniature car. Design engineer Mikael Kjellman produced the crazy PodRide vehicle in Sweden with the basic idea of creating a weather protected and more comfortable bicycle. Making use of an electric motor, this road-legal e-bicycle car can travel long distances both easier and cheaper whilst maintaining an eco-friendly journey.



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Your 'Cool Runnings' bobsled dream come true

In the summer they just add wheels??!! Wtf? Nooo thank you - but for those of you who have always wanted to go bobsledding, you're in luck...

Bobsledding is not just the stuff of "Cool Runnings" and the Winter Olympics. Anyone can take a turn going 70 mph down a professional track at the Olympic Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.



CNNMoney 


Robert Irwin and Jimmy Cuddle a Sloth

So wonderful to see him growing up so well and showing much enthusiasm like his father once did. We think he's ready for his own TV show, don't you?...

Robert Irwin, 13-year-old son of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, shows Jimmy some animals including a dwarf crocodile, a red-tail boa and two sloths.



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New satellite images show inside China’s ghost cities

China still has a startling number of vacant real-estate developments, judging from new satellite analysis by DigitalGlobe and Business Insider.

Chinese ghost cities have made headlines for nearly a decade, with huge new real-estate developments sitting mostly empty for years. Some see them as a sign China is heading for a real-estate crash. Others see them as just the typical style of urban expansion for a giant state-run economy.

While some ghost cities are reportedly filling in, the problem isn’t going away. A recent Baidu study of phone data gave clear evidence of 50 cities with areas of high vacancy. And just this fall China's richest man called Chinese real estate "the biggest bubble in history."

We looked inside some ghost cities with the latest in satellite technology, including time-lapse images, to show what’s making progress and what isn’t.



Business Insider

Real-Life Rapunzel Has 90 Inch Long Hair: HOOKED ON THE LOOK

That's way too long. Nevertheless, interesting...

REAL-LIFE Rapunzel Aliia Nasyrova has hair so long that her husband admits he thinks of it as another member of the family. Aliia, 27, who lives in Riga, Latvia, took 20 years to grow out her hair, which measures 90 inches to the floor - and even has its own space in the marital bed. And while her massive mane attracts stares when out in public, her husband Ivan Balaban says he loves it and is proud of her for not cutting it. Weighing in at 4.5lbs (2kg), Aliia says her lengthy locks weigh as much as the family cat.


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Anthem Of The Seas Vs Huge Waves And 120 MPH Winds. Viewed From My Room On The Third Deck. NO MUSIC!

This scary footage has been viewed over 4M times on YouTube...

All filmed by myself Feb 2016. As requested, this the raw footage and no added audio. No filters used, and all filmed on an iPhone 6S.


Stephen J Burke

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