1 World Trade Center’s amazing elevator

I was reading the New York Times and came across this video of the elevator to the observation deck at the top of 1 World Trade Center. As the carriage rises (at 2,000 feet per minute!), the interior walls display a computer-generated view of the city of New York that rises in perspective. Not only does the CG vantage travel up in space to mimic … Continue reading 1 World Trade Center’s amazing elevator

Houston’s Memorial Day flood

It’s been surreal watching national news coverage of Texas’s flooding from the Memorial Day weekend. My hometown of Houston was hard-hit, especially the southwest side of the 610 Loop. Using Google and Twitter searching, I was able to find some pretty incredible photos and videos of flooding taken by local residents. Here’s a small sampling of what I found.

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Chile Volcano Eruption in Slo-Mo

Real life is more beautiful and awe-inspiring than any special effect. This time lapse of Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupting is stunning. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports, “Local officials say people are very, very frightened.” That’s very, very respectable. More: Video Of Volcano Erupting In Chile Is Amazing In Time-Lapse : The Two-Way : NPR Continue reading Chile Volcano Eruption in Slo-Mo

Fall in love with a bunch of beautiful maps

Pack rat or archivist? Or a bit of both? Watch and learn about the John Feathers Map Collection at the Los Angeles Public Library: It’s beautiful to feel such a connection to tangible information. In this age of Google Maps, anyone out there still prefer a paper map from time to time? (I still find them invaluable for orienting to a new place.) Read more: Living … Continue reading Fall in love with a bunch of beautiful maps

What does the Equinox look like from space?

The Vernal Equinox. It’s not the longest day of the year. It’s not the shortest. It’s the…well…what is it? Check out this visual representation using satellite data: Then read a further explanation from NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day Blog: >> APOD: 2014 March 19 – Equinox on a Spinning Earth. Happy Spring Equinox! Continue reading What does the Equinox look like from space?