Feed your soul and watch this 5:50 minutes of incredible photography by Sebastiao Salgado.- Robert
Thanks to Doug B. for bringing this to our attention.
Feed your soul and watch this 5:50 minutes of incredible photography by Sebastiao Salgado.- Robert
Thanks to Doug B. for bringing this to our attention.
An invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future. This map shows you the delicate tracery of wind flowing over the US.
Thanks to Cathy B. for bringing this one to our attention.
Spirit, MER-A (Mars Exploration Rover — A), is a robotic rover on Mars, active from 2004 to 2010.
This clip is taken from the IMAX movie ”Roving Mars” from 2006. This is an edited short version. 16,468,900 people have already viewed this, at the time of this posting. I hope you’ll find it thought provoking and worthy of your time as well.
If you have a system capable of HD then I urge you to select the highest quality in the usual way. Full Screen is the best! – Robert
Thanks to Peter B. for bringing this link to our attention.
Now that April Fools day is past, here’s a REAL product that catches my attention. – Robert
Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. You can stay at eye level, whether sitting or standing, by adjusting your height remotely, which makes conversations fluid and real. Retractable kickstands will automatically deploy to conserve power when you are not moving around. Efficient motors and lightweight design give Double the ability to last all day without recharging the battery.
Thanks to Bob P. for passing this one along.
Bob added the comment: “ William Gibson said: The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.”
On the 40th anniversary of the famous ‘Blue Marble’ photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts’ life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside – a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.
Watch it in HD if your system permits. 20 minutes of wonder-full perspective. - Robert
Thanks to Bob A. for bringing this to our attention.
Thanks to Carol W. for giving me the book Overview when it first came out in 1987.
A documentary film titled Chasing Ice is up for an Oscar.
Watch this 4+ minutes of unbelievable video and see how our world is changing in real time.
Prepare to be amazed.
Seek out Chasing Ice through your normal channels to learn and see more. The reviews and awards are stunning. My hat is off to world class photographer, Jim Balog and his team for devoting their time, talents, and energy into bringing Balog’s vision to the screen. I spent a week with Jim back in 2005 at a photography workshop in the Tetons. When I asked why he drove a Honda Element instead of something more predictable, like a Land Rover, he replied “I don’t believe it is everyone’s God given right to drive up steep mountain roads at 70 mph. This carries all my gear, I can hose it out when it gets dirty and it gets decent mileage.” — This is a nature photographer who actually cares about the environment instead of just taking great pictures of it. – Robert
Thanks to Mark Szulgit for bringing this link to our attention.
UPDATE January 21, 2013 : For those with an iPad the iBook versions are for you. For everyone else, download the PDF (Portable Document Format) version and view it on your computer, or tablet. - Robert
Soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring some of its most significant discoveries – from dark energy to colliding galaxies. Decend to Earth, where Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, readies for the future of astronomy. Image galleries, video, and interactives bring home the telescopes’ science and engineering in this pair of free books available through the iBooks® app on the iPad.
Thanks to Verna G. for this link.
I was born 30 years too early. All the 16mm film I shot from helicopters, motorcycles, sky diving and hot air balloons, not to mention moving cars, would still be awesome to watch today, if I had one of these cameras back in 1970.
The video is a commercial promo for the product. I make no apology for that. This is not a paid endorsement. I have no financial interest in this camera.
In the words of my good friend Jay: “Another wow.”
Thanks to Jay A. for passing this along to us.
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumps from more than 24 miles above Earth, breaking the speed of sound before he releases his parachute. The 43-year-old broke the record for highest jump set by Joe Kittinger at 19.5 miles in 1960. Kittinger was in the control room in Roswell, New Mexico, together with Baumgartner’s family.
In a companion story:
Chuck Yeager retraced history on Sunday, 65 years to the minute, as the first test pilot to break the sound barrier, taking to the skies once again to fly faster than the speed of sound.
The 89-year-old Yeager broke the sound barrier in a U.S. Air Force F-15 at 10:24 a.m. over the Mojave Desert, the same location where he first flew past Mach 1 on October 14, 1947, the military said in a statement.
When was the last time you watched something on your television that made you sit up and focus all your attention on the screen, and when it was over, you and everyone else in the room broke into applause? That’s just what happened to me tonight with HBO’s new series The Newsroom. — Script by Aaron Sorkin, starring Jeff Daniels in his best role ever, theme music by Thomas Newman, with Sam Waterston and a genuinely wonderful cast that made this show something a bit beyond great.
“A must see” is far too little praise for what the show says about us, our nation and the dysfunctional way we currently learn about what’s happening in our world.
I recommend, endorse and implore you to find a way to watch the Pilot episode. It’s already had 3 episodes on the air. You MUST see the pilot to understand what is going on. But it is well worth your time. We’ve become unwilling victims of the corporate infotainment machine. We should be demanding more.
This is not a paid endorsement – it’s a loud hurrah for something finally worth watching.
Fly above the Earth on the International Space Station at night.
Thanks to Peter B. for passing this along to us.
Rory Hoffman, Nashville studio musician, two time winner of the ICMA Musician of the Year award, and blind from birth, demos the Paul Reed Smith Modern Eagle LTD guitar! Listen to Rory demo all seven possible pickup combinations on this amazing guitar!
Now you may not want to watch the whole 12 minute demo, but you can’t watch even 5 minutes of this without being reminded that we all do far less with the talents we’ve got than we could or should.
Here is one gentleman who exceeds my wildest dreams of guitar performance. Enjoy!
CLICK HERE to view the video. Turn up your sound.
Thanks to RTW for bringing Rory to our attention.
Amazing and impressive! – Robert
Welcome to Samso, an island off the coast of Denmark. Here is an example of something so remarkable: a community pulling together, investing together, and succeeding at becoming completely energy independent.
Thanks to Melanie T. for sharing this one with us.
New iPad Magic Act — On behalf of Stockholm — The Capital of Scandinavia and Step2 Communication. Performed at MIPIM in Cannes by Charlie Caper and Erik Rosales. Magic with technology.
Jackie Gleason once said “What is a Critic? A Critic is someone who relaxes on the rim of the valley and watches all the effort that goes into fighting a battle below and when it is finished, the Critic rides down and kills the survivors.”
So many movies are trying to get made. Green lighted, funded, etc. If you survive the first steps, then actually making the movie has been compared to war. The Producer and Director move an army of production people through all the steps up to release of the film.
Making good movies is hard. Making good movies takes all the elements which include story first and foremost, but then all the craft work such as acting, directing, sets, music, ALL of it.
So my experiment today was this: I bought a ticket to see the movie John Carter. After I watched it, I bought another ticket and watched Safe House. Both were roller coaster rides. Both were lavish with locations and action. Both made me care about the outcome and the lead characters.
Tin Tin and Hugo — which I admit were brilliant productions — were a feast for my eyes. I marveled at the effects and construction of the films. But I DID NOT CARE about the lead characters nearly enough to FORGET the world outside the theater.
I want to suspend time and stop the noise of everyday life and enter a theatre and be taken away for just a couple of hours. Then I want to be returned safely to my home and remember the films that suspended time for me.
Remember how you felt after seeing Avatar, and latest Star Trek remake, and The Matrix and you said silently to yourself – Wow! that was something really different. And then you remember how you felt seeing the first Star Wars and now years later, you realize that George Lucas is a master of visuals and sets and effects and has absolutely NO plot writing skill. He steals every plot element and has stilted characters deliver the lines instead of letting them “act”. Star Wars is a money machine (and was a visual treat for every science fantasy lover out there in the 1977). Lucas’ Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark was the exception.
So what I got out of my experiment today was this: I’ve read a lot of pre-release reviews about how the Disney Movie (PG-13) John Carter is going to fail at the box office. It might. Simply because of terrible marketing. I just read one review in the LA Times. (Don’t read it if you hate spoilers.) And so I’m here as ONE SINGLE ticket buyer to tell you this: IF you decide to take a two hour break from life this weekend, John Carter is every bit as much fun as you can have at a movie and it delivers that suspension of time in grand, magnificent style.
I recommend it to you NOT as a “must see” film but as a genuine good use of your movie dollar.
Celebrate the excellent. A lot of people worked very hard to create this two hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Everyone’s a critic. Your mileage may vary. -Robert Barnes
PS: In case you wondered… Safe House was excellent as a Bourne Identity style action movie. But John Carter was “Fun” and exceptional and really benefits from the big screen. Don’t wait for this one on your TV. John Carter is based on the series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs who later wrote Tarzan.
Largest picture captured in 111 Giga Pixels The picture was made with the Canon 5D mark II and a 400mm-lens. It consists of 1.665 full format pictures with 21.4 mega pixels, which was recorded by a photo-robot in 172 minutes. Converting 102 GB of raw data with a computer that had a main memory cache of 48 GB and 16 processors… took 94 hours. The picture is the largest in the world. Zoom in to see any particular building or object.
Thanks to Carolyn T for the link.
Better that you see it than read about it. -Robert
Thanks to Carolyn T. for passing this along to us.
The Next Generation of Digital Books
Our Choice will change the way we read books. And quite possibly change the world. In this interactive app, Al Gore surveys the causes of global warming and presents groundbreaking insights and solutions already under study and underway that can help stop the unfolding disaster of global warming. Our Choice melds the vice president’s narrative with photography, interactive graphics, animations, and more than an hour of engrossing documentary footage. A new, groundbreaking multi-touch interface allows you to experience that content seamlessly. Pick up and explore anything you see in the book; zoom out to the visual table of contents and quickly browse though the chapters; reach in and explore data-rich interactive graphics.
Thanks to Carol W. for the link
From the good folks at TED “Ideas worth spreading”.
With his team at SENSEable City Lab, MIT’s Carlo Ratti makes cool things by sensing the data we create. He pulls from passive data sets — like the calls we make, the garbage we throw away — to create surprising visualizations of city life. And he and his team create dazzling interactive environments from moving water and flying light, powered by simple gestures caught through sensors.
About Carlo Ratti
Carlo Ratti directs the MIT SENSEable City Lab, which explores the “real-time city” by studying the way sensors and electronics relate to the built environment.
Note: A little past the four minute mark it gets visually interesting. Further on, around eight minutes the water building is wonderful. — Robert
A day in the life of New York City, in miniature. Original Music: composed by Human, co-written by Rosi Golan and Alex Wong.
Thanks to Josh M and Thom W for passing these excellent examples of QuickTime VR (Virtual Reality) along for our enjoyment. They really are exceptional in their beauty and quality.
CLICK ON EACH LINK BELOW to see the individual panorama. Move your mouse around to explore the image, and use the Shift and Command Keys to Zoom In and Out.
I normally give proper photographer credits but in this case it seems that “Utah Ski Panoramas” is uncredited. – Robert
by Terje Sorgjerd.
Time lapse photography of the Milky Way from Spain’s highest mountain. A real treat, a real beauty. Click the video above to play it.
Thanks to Jay A. for passing this along to us.
My personal, all time, number one, favorite television series was Connections by James Burke. A science program that set the standard for all who tried to follow it. It is an original and even by the standards of that time, elaborate and worthy of attention even now.
Connections was the highest rated television series to date when it aired on PBS.
The clip above is the first of five 10 minutes segments of the first program. A program that sets the whole format for the show and gives you an excellent taste of what is to come.
There are very few television programs I would ever recommend to you and this is one of them. James Burke has just posted all of his series on YouTube and you can see them all by clicking the link below.
If you aren’t hooked in the first 10 minutes of “The Trigger Effect” no harm in taking a peek. The rest of you are welcome to a real treat! — Robert
( If the embedded YouTube video is not visible to you click below )
MOVIE MUSIC THAT MATTERED
There is more to life than the Economy, the Middle East and the next election. Take a break for five and half minutes to share it. – Robert
Click the Video to play it.
Thanks to Peter B for bringing this to our attention.
Bookmark the link if you like it.
Dive into the ocean and explore lost shipwrecks, dive and surf spots, the ocean’s deepest trench, marine protected areas, and the latest research discoveries. Interact with the highlight tours below, then download them in Google Earth 5 to explore further.
Note: You will find a button to download Google Earth 5 on this website. There is a video tour from National Geographic as your introduction. -R
Many of you are familiar with the short lectures & presentations that come from TED. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Once you know about TED, you don’t need to be reminded that it exists and is worthy of your time. That’s why I don’t post a continuous list of TED Talks here on PIxel Harbor. You can subscribe to TED directly if you choose.
However… In the past week I have had FOUR individuals ALL send me links to this recently posted talk by Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability. I took the 20 minutes needed to watch her presentation and I think YOU will agree that it is more than worth your time to do so, as well.
It can improve your life.
CLICK THE VIDEO to play it.
Thanks to all of you who wanted to share this short video with us.
Go Discovery! October 23, 2007 at 11:40 am EST when I had my first ride to space on Discovery. She’s beautiful… just sad that this will be her last voyage. Looking forward to climbing aboard the flight deck when Discovery arrives at the Space Station in November, 2010.
Photo: Larry Tanner NASA.
On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel Douglas H. Wheelock assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as @Astro_Wheels on twitter, where he has been tweeting space photos to his followers since he arrived at the space station.
We thought that we should put some of the space photos together as a tribute to him and the whole ISS crew. The space photos bring breathtaking views from our only off planet Vista point.
The following space photos are all visible on Astro_Wheels’ twitpic account, and we are eternally grateful to him for sharing these space photos with the world. The captions are all his own words. [29 Pictures]
Thanks to Linda C. for passing this link along to us.
Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes.
Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
Thanks to Peter B, Bob P, Bill V (all) for forwarding this link to us.
TAC Campaign – 20 year Anniversary retrospective montage “Everybody Hurts” music by REM TV ad.
What place has this video got on an “Art” blog? Well, if just one of you, who might otherwise die during this holiday season, actually lives because you see this 5:22 video… then you’ll have my answer.
I flew to Atlanta this past weekend for a reunion with WTCG / TBS colleagues. It was a wonderful time. I flew home Monday and as we made our way to the airport parking lot on the shuttle bus, someone in a large truck ran the light as we were crossing the intersection. I yelled as did another passenger. Our driver stomped on the brakes and we missed colliding by a mere few inches. The truck would have come right through the side door straight into my lap.
You are very dear people to me. Share this bit with your friends and family. Life is short enough already.
I want to thank Dr. Jones for passing this link along to us. He writes: “The word intense doesn’t do justice to this Australian ad… it’s always interesting to see public service commercials so well made.” I think you’ll agree.
The President’s Photographer premiered Wednesday, November 24, 2010.
Check Local Listings to see when it is airing on your local PBS station. They are repeating it this week.
A National Geographic Special.
For 50 years, presidential photographers have covered it all: upheaval, tragedy, joy — often developing friendships with the presidents they serve. Acting as both visual historians and key links between the public and the presidents, for these photographers no day is the same — whether they are aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union or in the heart of the West Wing.
As the 44th president’s chief photographer, Pete Souza is never far behind President Obama. Now in the National Geographic Special, The President’s Photographer: 50 Years in the Oval Office, viewers can follow Souza, and those who came before him, for a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency. Offering a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world, for history.
Thanks to John S. for recommending this to us.
“Mrs. Mina C. Van Winkle of Newark, New Jersey, in Uniform of Food Administration. She Was President of Woman’s Political Union of New Jersey 8 Years and was later Head of Lecture Bureau of Food Administration.”
The U.S. National Archives digitized more than 15,000 photographs from the series Documerica (Local ID 412-DA) and included them in our online catalog. Our Web site has quick catalog search links for featured DOCUMERICA topics, locations, and photographers.
Looking back through time with the aid of these photographs seems appropriate as we approach Thanksgiving Day 2010. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. – R
Like thousands of others, I grew up inside the images of LIFE magazine. The earthquake in Alaska, the Zapruder film, Richard Avedon, Jay Maisel, and countless other greats. It’s one of the fundamental inspirations that made me become a professional photographer. – It’s fitting that these images live on in the printing press of the 21st Century. They are some of the best of the best. They set the standards for the rest of us. -Robert Barnes
Vern Seward from the Mac Observer brings this FREE app of real value to our attention.
To quote Mr. Seward:
Life photographs are not merely pictures, they are mirrors reflecting us at our best and worst, they are windows into out past, bridges to our present, and links to our future.
Life Magazine now has an iPad app: Life for iPad. Get it. It’s free, but it shouldn’t be. It is so full of photos that you literally can’t see them all, but you’ll want to. They are all just that good. -VS
Indian national Sreesailam Pasupula, 33, of Mumbai was declared the winner with his arresting photograph of glamorous girls parading on a performance stage at Pushkar ka Mela, the world’s largest camel fair in Rajasthan, India.
A gallery of the 50 finalists can be seen at www.lonelyplanet.com/gallery
Click Here to see these exceptional & wonderful images.
The most compelling fiction about ants you will read this year. – R
The Trailhead Queen was dead. At first, there was no overt sign that her long life was ending: no fever, no spasms, no farewells. She simply sat on the floor of the royal chamber and died. As in life, her body was prone and immobile, her legs and antennae relaxed. Her stillness alone failed to give warning to her daughters that a catastrophe had occurred for all of them. She lay there, in fact, as though nothing had happened. She had become a perfect statue of herself. While humans and other vertebrates have an internal skeleton surrounded by soft tissue that quickly rots away, ants are encased in an external skeleton; their soft tissues shrivel into dry threads and lumps, but their exoskeletons remain, a knight’s armor fully intact long after the knight is gone. Hence the workers were at first unaware of their mother’s death. Her quietude said nothing, and the odors of her life, still rising from her, signalled, I remain among you. She smelled alive.
10:41 Video – Simply Brilliant.
I have seldom been so impressed.
This is one worth pausing to enjoy.
The subject is a mechanical engineer who is an artist.
Click Video to Play
“That’s like Left Brain and Right Brain…”
Thanks to Dr. Jones for passing this along to us.