Monthly Archives: November 2018

The strange, hypnotic beauty of an underwater wheelchair

A few months back my three-year-old nephew Austin, whose hip joints prevent him from walking, was approved to receive an electric wheelchair thanks to his mom’s tireless efforts. The machine has been a real game-changer for him, and the whole fam is delighted to see how he now zips around, getting involved in board games & other activities that had previously been out of reach.

In a similar vein, artist Sue Austin finds a new kind of freedom under the waves thanks to her winged, motorized wheelchair:

Kottke writes,

It’s a tiny bit surreal to see how freely she moves around in something that many of us associate with an absence of a particular type of movement. But as Austin explains in her 2013 TED Talk, she thinks of her wheelchair in terms of freedom of movement, which is highlighted for others by the underwater video.

If this is of any interest, I’d strongly recommend checking out the excellent 99% Invisible article on the history of curb cuts & the fight for greater accessibility. Give it a listen & I think you’ll be hooked:


[YouTube 1 & 2]

Walk through walls in this eye-popping 3D reconstruction & visualization

Wow—check out this amazing fly-through from Oddviz:

Orphanages are dense and harmonious living spaces housing hundreds of children under same roof simultaneously. Abandoned Jewish Orphanage Building in Ortaköy (OHR-tah-keuy) Istanbul (also known as El Orfelinato) has been home for thousand lives during its century old history. It holds the memory of the past in worn stairs and layers of paint.

El Orfelinato means ‘The Orphanage’ in Spanish. The name has been used by Sephardi Jews (Jews from Spain) community in Istanbul for decades. Sephardi Jews have a 500 year history in Istanbul since they were forced to migrate with mass conversions and executions by Catholic Monarchs in Iberia in 15th century.

oddviz sheds light upon the visual and spatial memory of El Orfelinato, documenting it as it is with photogrammetry and presenting it in doll house view.

And if that’s up your alley, check out their similar Hotel:


[Vimeo] [Via]

Google Photos brings depth editing to iOS

Pretty much like it says on the tin. PetaPixel writes,

There isn’t a filter in the app that lets you selectively see only Portrait mode photos, but the new option in the Edit menu will be present for any Portrait shot.

Download the latest version of Google Photos for iOS to get started with this new feature. Depth editing is already available on the Pixel 3, Pixel 2, and Moto phones that have depth photo support. Google says it’ll also be adding more Android devices soon.


Photography: Orbiting the Earth in 90 minutes

Thanks, NASA, for these minutes of Zen:

Kottke writes,

This is easily the most awe-inspiring and jaw-dropping thing I’ve seen in months. In its low Earth orbit ~250 miles above our planet, the International Space Station takes about 90 minutes to complete one orbit of the Earth. Fewer than 600 people have ever orbited our planet, but with this realtime video by Seán Doran, you can experience what it looks like from the vantage point of the IIS for the full 90 minutes.

Happy Monday.