Infrared Video of an E190 Takeoff

Infrared video is starting to come to the masses with devices like the FLIR camera but this is a completely different level. I love the way the tarmac heats up behind the engines! That’s one of those details you never think about because you (obviously) can’t see in IR. (the takeoff starts at 5:00 in the above video, embedding doesn’t want to take my start time parameter today) You can pretty clearly see normal striations in the skin of the jet.

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Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Giant Air Gun Shoots… Stuff

I’m not entirely sure what this giant air gun is used for (“research”, clearly) but the people who built it made an excellent video showing off its capabilities in slow motion. I’m sure there’s a good reason to launch things at high speed with “low” acceleration (< 600g) but the author of the video is clearly playing it casual. From the description: In the world of ordnance system development the need for system and subsystem testing under dynamic conditions is obvious.

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Fri, Apr 6, 2012

Trailer: Total Recall

Ah, more dystopian future movies. Not quite a remake of 1990's Total Recall and possibly more closely based on Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. There are just too many awesome ways to go with the memory implantation theme, this particular story deals with being able to completely wipe and implant memories, of course. Believe it or not, I'm not sick of the what-is-real-and-what-is-not theme that's been ridden so hard for the last ten years.

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Mon, Apr 2, 2012

Questions No One Knows the Answers to

Here's a video of Chris Anderson's (yes, the WIRED editor) TED Ed talk on questions that no one knows the answer to. The talk consistently touches on curiosity which is conveniently one of my favorite topics. Even though it deals primarily with unanswered physics questions, I post it here instead of Fine Structure because it's a basic view of unanswered questions. Scientists have a ton of competing opinions about the details on these unanswered questions - it's not like no one is trying to answer them - and it's more useful to know that the questions exist in the first place.

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Sun, Mar 18, 2012


Post-apocalyptic animation! A nifty 8 minute animated short from OddBall Animation about someone searching for technology (or answers?) in a wrecked metropolis. Apparently that zone is off-limits to non-androids. source

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Fri, Mar 16, 2012

Awesome Quadcopter Views of SF

Quadcopter videos are awesome! The best part about this is that it's really not super expensive. Quadcopter kits are easily under $500 (less if you already have some of the electronics) and small HD cameras like the Go Pro are ~$300, so you can shoot awesome aerial footage for significantly less than $1000. There are plenty of more expensive hobbies. source

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Fri, Mar 2, 2012

HD Owl High Speed Video

1000 frames per second of an owl about to snatch something after swooping in. I love watching all the intricate movements and the resulting effects on the owl's position. Watch his head too, it stays very consistent despite all the movement going on around it. Why can't we have mechanical objects with such complexity and grace? source

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Fri, Feb 24, 2012