Stanley Kubrick worked for several months with effects technicians to come up with a convincing effect for the floating pen in the shuttle sequence. After trying many different techniques, without success, Kubrick decided to simply use a pen that was taped to a sheet of glass and suspended in front of the camera. (x)2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
sharing photos from my trip to mexico d.f. last month on my blog
Posters from 1989 regarding pro-life / pro-choice by Barbara Kruger
I can’t understand why this is STILL an issue
I don’t think you understand how much I love this artist. I loved her even before I knew how political she was.
The Rio Caño Cristales - most colorful river (caused by algae and moss seen through the water), Colombia.
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954, Coyoacán, Mexico) - What The Water Gave Me, 1938
The blood falls of Antarctica
In some remote regions of the antarctic there are glaciers that appear to be bleeding. This makes for a stunning visual on the bright white snow, but what is going on here?
The falls are actually the product of a subglacial lake that is seeping out from a rupture in the glacier. The red color comes from the microbes living in the dark cold lake that use iron to produce energy (think rust). Scientists think that this population of organisms have been able to evolve separately from the rest of the world for over 1.5 million years.
UC Santa Cruz glaciologist Slawek Tulaczyk studies these types of environments and says they’re great for theorizing life on other planets:
A place like this would be as close of an analog as we can find on this planet for subpermafrost life habitats on Mars.
Tulaczyk and his team drill into Antarctic ice in the hopes of finding these types of ecosystems deep below the surface.