I’m still working my through some unprocessed photos from last summer, one of which is this shot of the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin.
Some of you may already know how much I love this bridge, so I take any chance I get to shoot it whenever I’m in Dublin :-)
This photo is available to licence on PicFair.
In this week’s post: Printer tracking, Honda AVs, Transformers, volume controls, video game sounds, Stewart International Airport, Mars colonisation and solar paint!
Each Friday I share some of the best things I encounter, from the internet mostly but also from real life! Hopefully what I find interesting will also be interesting to you :-)
Consumer printers have been embedding trackable yellow dots on printed sheets for years. The dots are so small they are invisible to the naked eye and encode the printer’s serial number and the date and time of the printout. Not only that, according to the article in Quartz, a newer version of the stenography is now being used by manufacturers which is as yet undetectable.
In a nice piece of guerrilla marketing as part of the promotion for the upcoming Transformers movie, a Transformer was added to an 1815 painting in the Dulwich Picture Gallery museum in London. The reaction of the museum visitors was filmed using hidden cameras. Check out the video here.
Ridiculous Volume Controls
A programmer on Reddit showed off a bad volume slider implementation and issued a challenge to other programmers to create a “better” one. Check out the pick of the litter here.
Classic Video Game Sounds
This is a good nostalgic video of sound designers describing the psychology of classic video game sounds from Pong, Super Mario Brothers and Sonic all the way up to that sound from Metal Gear Solid.
Stewart International Airport
This is an interesting article in the telegraph about Stewart International Airport. Stewart International is a small airport in New York 60 miles north of Manhattan. Norwegian Air have launched a new direct service to Stewart International from Dublin, Shannon, Belfast, Edinburgh and Gatwick for between £140 and £250 each way.
By the sounds of it, Stewart is the Knock of New York. Transport to and from is limited, but it has lots of land, and a runway big enough and cheap enough for low cost carriers to gain a foothold. I flew in and out of Knock last year and aside from the “Knock tax” (aka airport development fee), I found it to be a small but efficient operation, servicing multiple near-capacity regional flights. Like Knock airport, Stewart International has scenic destinations nearby (forests and national parks), so the mix of the nature of up-state New York with the urban exploration of Manhattan might make for a great cheaper New York holiday for lots of Irish and UK tourists.
[Bonus fact: Stewart International is right next door to the Orange County Choppers showroom also]
Get Your Ass To Mars!
Elon Musk has published a paper on how Space X plans to colonise Mars using a series of refuelling points in space, reusable space-craft and an in-situ fuel plant on Mars to get you home. The plan is to reduce the cost of travel to roughly the price of a house to make it affordable, accessible and in demand by a larger number of space tourists.
From 2022 , an expedition will launch every 2 years, with a trip taking on average 115 days (80 to 150 days depending on payload). You can read the published paper in the New Space journal here for free until July 5. It includes the below graph, which is quite possible the best Gantt chart the human race will ever produce :-)
Cool Thing Of The Week: Solar Paint
Scientists in RMIT University in Australia have developed a solar paint that can use moisture in the air to generate hydrogen and oxygen. They don’t know quite how to harvest the emitted hydrogen yet, but that didn’t stop them making a video about it! (To clarify I think the paint is cool, not the video, it’s a bit crap :-p)
See you next week :-)
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