Monthly Archives: November 2014

A 4K timelapse of the Sun

Constructed from more than 17,000 images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, this 7-minute video covers two weeks in October:

Creator James Tyrwhitt-Drake writes,

The surface of the sun from October 14th to 30th, 2014, showing sunspot AR 2192, the largest sunspot of the last two solar cycles (22 years). During this time sunspot AR 2191 produced six X-class and four M-class solar flares. The animation shows the sun in the ultraviolet 304 ångström wavelength, and plays at a rate of 52.5 minutes per second. It is composed of more than 17,000 images, 72 GB of data produced by the solar dynamics observatory + HelioViewer. This animation has be rendered in 4K, and resized to the Youtube maximum resolution of 3840×2160. The animation has been rotated 180 degrees so that south is “up”. The audio is the ‘heartbeat’ of the sun, processed from SOHO HMI data by Alexander G. Kosovichev.

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Brilliant kinetic Lego: Particle accelerator & human head

Love it:

This is a working particle accelerator built using LEGO bricks. I call it the LBC (Large Brick Collider). It can accelerate a LEGO soccer ball to just over 12.5 kilometers per hour.

I’m even more enamored of this one:

[A] kinetic sculpture of a human head. As the top of the head opens it reveals a wonderful world of pure imagination built using LEGO bricks.

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Black Friday: Get the Nik Collection for free with Kelby One membership

Great news from Scott Kelby & co.

The entire Nik Collection (it’s usually $149 by itself) included with your membership bundle, and our membership prices are the lowest ever!

The collection includes: Silver Efex Pro (the ultimate B&W conversion plug-in) Color Efex Pro (my personal favorite plug-in of all time); Nik Sharpener Pro; Nik Define; the brand new Nik Analog Efex; HDR Efex Pro and Viveza! You get it all!

Here’s the link to our Cyber Weekend Deals! (go there right now. There’s lots of great stuff to choose from).


Leica’s M Magazine

Spartan & gorgeous:

Whether the civil war in Central Africa or the problem districts of Caracas—countless stories are being told with the Leica M system. The LFI loan pool also contributes towards this: Leica cameras are being lent continuously to photographers around the world, so that they can produce very special stories. Discover the world of Leica M photography with exciting reportages and haunting picture series, news, films and the complete M Magazine. 

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So, what does Photoshop feel like on a Chromebook?

Google & Adobe have been collaborating to enable Photoshop to stream to Chrome OS, and it works as well as you’d hope—and probably better. PetaPixel writes,

Essentially, this version would run off of a server, allowing you to use as weak of a machine as you like, since the program isn’t relying at all on your computer’s processing power.

The long and short of it is that, as Ars Technica puts it, “Streaming Photoshop looked like… Photoshop. That’s probably the best praise you can give it.”

That was my experience using it for a bit back at Adobe: surprisingly good.