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Phil Corbluth’s GitHub Page Online

Phil Corbluth’s new GitHub page is now online and contains repositories of coding projects currently being worked on. Continue reading

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GeekDad: The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings

The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings are fifteen wonderful illustrations by the French astronomer and artist Étienne Léopold Trouvelot Continue reading

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GeekDad: The Conceptual Art of Jakub Rozalski

I recently discovered the amazing artwork of Jakub Rozalski, an illustrator from Poland. Continue reading

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GeekDad: Visions of the Future

NASA / JPL have commissioned an amazing set of posters to commemorate the achievements of NASA’s Voyager mission and the possibilities of space exploration.

“NASA’s Voyager mission took advantage of a once-every-175-year alignment of the outer planets for a grand tour of the solar system. The twin spacecraft revealed details about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune – using each planet’s gravity to send them on to the next destination. Voyager set the stage for such ambitious orbiter missions as Galileo to Jupiter and Cassini to Saturn. Today both Voyager spacecraft continue to return valuable science from the far reaches of our solar system.”

“Imagination is our window into the future. At NASA/JPL we strive to be bold in advancing the edge of possibility so that someday, with the help of new generations of innovators and explorers, these visions of the future can become a reality. As you look through these images of imaginative travel destinations, remember that you can be an architect of the future.”

The Poster can be downloaded from the JPL NASA website

– Your Joyful Benefactor

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One Hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of Gravitational Waves, the announcement that they had been discovered finally came. The two detectors of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)  simultaneously observed a transient gravitational-wave signal last year on September 14th.

From the Introduction in the Physical Review Letters paper:

“In 1916, the year after the final formulation of the field equations of general relativity, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. He found that the linearized weak-field equations had wave solutions: transverse waves of spatial strain that travel at the speed of light, generated by time variations of the mass quadrupole moment of the source. Einstein understood that gravitational-wave amplitudes would be remarkably small; moreover, until the Chapel Hill conference in 1957 there was significant debate about the physical reality of gravitational waves.”

 

From the Conclusion:

 

“The LIGO detectors have observed gravitational waves from the merger of two stellar-mass black holes. The detected waveform matches the predictions of general relativity for the inspiral and merger of a pair of black holes and the ringdown of the resulting single black hole. These observations demonstrate the existence of binary stellar-mass black hole systems. This is the first direct detection of gravitational waves and the first observation of a binary black hole merger.”

 

The complete paper can be read here:

 

 – Your Joyful Benefactor
Image: LIGO

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12th February 2016 · 8:15 am

GeekDad: Kodak to Bring Back the Super 8 Camera

Kodak in collaboration with Swiss designer Yves Béhar, are about to re-introduce the Super 8 camera to the world. The Super 8 motion picture film format was released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak and was an instant hit, being portable with easy to load cartridges. Super 8 also increased the width of the film frames over the standard 8mm format by reducing the size of the film perforations and later a magnetic soundtrack was also introduced. Many an aspiring film director cut their teeth on Super 8, including famous names such as Steven Spielberg and J.J.Abrams who apparently both approve of Kodak’s initiative. The new camera will be a kind of film-digital hybrid, as the device will contain a fold-out electronic viewfinder to allow the user to see what is being shot in real time. Once the film is processed a digital copy will also be delivered to users as part of the format’s new eco-system. Kodak hopes to start selling the camera in September of 2016.

– Your Joyful Benefactor

Image: Kodak

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GeekDad: It Was J.J.Abrams Destiny to Make Star Wars

A few years ago J.J.Abrams gave a wonderful talk at TED about mystery boxes and how these drive his creativity.  There’s a spooky moment when he talks about Star Wars. Here’s the whole video – it’s worth a look…

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6th January 2016 · 8:15 am

Take a look at the amazing photography of Finnish illustrator Vesa Lehtimäki – who likes to build and photograph scenes using Star Wars Lego.

– Your Joyful Benefactor

Image: Vesa Lehtimäki

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25th December 2015 · 11:15 pm