Ever hear of Dronestagram? It's dedicated to videos and photographs taken with drones.

I came across it in coverage of its 2014 international Photo Contest, sponsored by National Geographic. The eagle shot pictured here won first place. A gallery of the winners is hosted by C|Net here.

Fire in the sky

For Independence Day (Monroe's fireworks were last night), here's a video: a YouTube auteur flew a drone into the middle of his city's fireworks display.


Earth-Two and the Giant Diamond

Two pieces of news from a few blocks over, galactically speaking:

First, just 16 light-years away from us, a potentially habitable "super-Earth." Gliese 832, which is half the size of our sun, is located in the constellation Grus. You can learn more about it at RT.com.

The other thing that turned up last week, a little farther down the road - 900 light-years away - was a diamond that was really big. No, really, really big. How big? As big as Earth.

Rear Window timelapse


Here's something kind of amazing, for those of us of a certain age, who fell in love with Jimmy Stewart and / or Grace Kelly (and palpabale fear at Raymond Burr): a timelapse video stitched out of Rear Window

The first forty-seven seconds show something of how Jeff Desom assembled it; the remainder is stitched out of frames of the film.

 Here's a page where Desom writes a bit more about his process in making this thing.

 Click this link to reserve the DVD, in case it's been too long since you saw it.

Full disclosure: the three posters I bought to hang on my bedroom wall as a teenager were The Beatles, the Sex Pistols, and Rear Window.




A poster on Reddit asks: What are two events that took place in the same time in history but don't seem like they would have?

Sample responses:

  •  When the pyramids were being built, there were still woolly mammoths.
  • The last use of the guillotine was in France the same year Star Wars came out.
  • Oxford University was over 300 years old when the Aztec Empire was founded.
  • 1971: The year in which America drove a lunar buggy on the moon and Switzerland gave women the vote.
  • The first wagon train of the Oregon Trail heads out the same year the fax machine is invented.
  • Nintendo was founded in 1888. Jack the Ripper was on the loose in 1888.
  • Spain was still a fascist dictatorship when Microsoft was founded.

  • There were no classes in calculus in Harvard's curriculum for the first few years because calculus hadn't been discovered yet.

(via Kottke


How Y'All, Youse and Youse Guys Talk

Courtesy of the NYT, a personal dialect map. Answer their 25 questions and they give you a map of where you learned to talk.


I found mine to be both correct and strikingly specific - my responses pinned me as living northwest of New York City - though I thought I'd have seen more reflection of the midwest, where I learned to talk.

The British Library's Flickr page

Did you know that the British Library has over a million images posted on Flickr? And that most or all of them are in public domain?

I could look at 19th-century engravings all day (which, I know, says something unflattering about me). 

40 maps that explain the world


From the Washington Post, forty maps that explain the world.

Some of these reinforce suspcions I already had - the map presented here represents global cigarette consumption - and some of them answer questions I never thought to ask.

How not to die

Popular Mechanics has posted a list of twenty survival tips you want to know in order to stay safe when you're driving an ATV, fording a stream, or trying to outsmart a bear.



2. Don't Mess with Vending Machines.

You skipped lunch. You need a snack. You insert money into a vending machine, press the buttons, and nothing comes out. You get mad.

STAT: Vending machines caused 37 deaths between 1978 and 1995, crushing customers who rocked and toppled the dispensers. No recent stats exist, but the machines are still a danger.

DON'T: Skip lunch.

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

20 common mistakes . . . via NYPL.

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