Eyewitness in The Guardian, via mappeal:A Royal Navy Lynx helicopter from the destroyer HMS Dragon fires infrared missile defence flares above the ship during an exercise in the eastern Mediterranean
Photograph: Dave Jenkins/MoD/PA
There’s always a terrible tension between the awful purpose of these weapons and the beauty of some of their images.
Gandalf’s Dragon fireworks have improved over the years.
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What still feels bananacakes to me, though, is messing with form. Repeated efforts at smaller scale using repeated forms. This is Twitter, where the form is “shorter than 140 characters.” But it could be other things too. You can set word limits, or require no piece of dialogue be greater than one sentence long — A Shit Writing Day — Editor’s Picks — Medium
When I observe Silicon Valley by its cultural and technical output, what I see is a tweaked-up greedy optimization algorithm converging hard and fast on a local maximum that involves using web sites and mobile devices to sell ads. I see a place where $3000/month will get you a “crack den” apartment and where people who want to start families leave — Age-ism, Transhumanism, and Silicon Valley’s Cognitive Dissonance — Better Humans — Medium
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It turns out that no, it’s not:
This concept stock photo uses an aerial view of a freeway interchange to illustrate concepts including connection, transportation, complexity, networking and challenge. The base photograph was taken from a helicopter over Oakland, California. The image was composited with Photoshop. I spent over two days painstakingly selecting sections of roadway, then copying pasting sizing and rotating the pieces to fit together an ever more complex puzzle. I also had to copy, paste and position each vehicle, car and truck, and then create appropriate shadows. I believe this complicated maze of on ramps, off ramps and merging roads is a great metaphor for many of today’s important issues ranging from the Internet and world wide web, to social media, to communications and connections.
It’s hard to tell exactly, since the angle and dates are different (and the compositing adds so much on top), but I think the underlying junction is where I-580 and SR 24 meet.
Yeah, for two months I thought wildcat was just a really, really loud weed-wacker that was used every single day — Hacker News comment on the Boston Dynamics Wildcat
They test this across the street from my office. Pretty crazy when you actually see it sprint the length of a football field, turn around and run the length again. Then again, it’s also pretty funny when it faceplants and one of the engineers runs over with a fire extinguisher to make sure it doesn’t explode. — Hacker News comment on the Boston Dynamics Wildcat