Thursday, March 3, 2011

Black And White Photographs

Sometimes color ruins a photograph.
Below are some examples.

Each of these photos would not be nearly as good had they been taken in color.
Click the link below each picture to see more work from the artist.

by Push1987

San Ramon, CA
by BetsyW566

Luz en San Benito
By Pablo Germade

By Spenser81

By Nenad Djedovic
The last two are my personal favorites.
But, they're all great.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dr. Seuss

Let's remember today as the day one of the greatest children's book authors was born....THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL...or, as we all know him, Dr. Seuss.

What American childhood in the last few decades has not been touched by one of Seuss' stories?
We all have a favorite. Mine is The Cate in the Hat.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Remote Control Spybots - birds, insects, etc

Careful! That may not be a real hummingbird at your bedroom window.

Companies like AeroVironment are developing spybots that look and act like insects and birds.
These bots are meant for use by the military.
Officials suggest they could be used by police and fire departments, too.
Although, I can't imagine why the fire department needs their camera to look like a hummingbird.

Check out the video of AeroVironment's Nano Hummingbird in action below.
The upper left corner of the video is a feed from the Hummingbird's camera (located in it's belly).

If that doesn't give you any the willies, consider this:

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is creating ways to use REAL insects (equipped with cameras and manipulated by electric stimulation) in the way the Hummingbird above can be used.


Monday, February 28, 2011

The Dirty Thirties -- Dustbowl photos

There are many reports relating the hardships created by the Dustbowl years of the 1930's.
So many deaths and so many nightmares.

We should learn the stories of the people most effected.
Also important to remember: the cause of the "black blizzards" was man-made.

Humanity continues to shape our world for our benefit.
What generation will suffer another tragic response by mother nature?

As, the saying goes, "It is the doom of men that they forget".

Here are some photos from the period: