bioephemera

Archives for January, 2009

Photographer David Bergman created this gigapixel panorama of the Inauguration, which enables you to play “Where’s Waldo” with folks like Al Gore and Newt Gingrich, count the snipers deployed around the Capitol, mercilessly mock folks who fell asleep during the ceremony, and generally goggle at the greatness of technology. This is a better view than…

Speaking of the unpredictable evolution of language, the NYT shares this map of many formerly innocuous placenames in Britain which, over time, have become inadvertently profane. Apparently there are so many embarrassing locale that they’ve become the topic of two books: Mr. Bailey, who grew up on Tumbledown Dick Road in Oxfordshire, and Mr. Hurst…

During President Obama’s Inauguration, the staffer said to me, “the President-elect looks nervous.” I said, “Why should he be nervous? All he has to do now is get through the Oath without screwing it up!” Which, of course, he immediately did. It wasn’t Obama’s fault, though – Chief Justice John Roberts appears to have prompted…

Story from North America from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo. “Story from North America” Garrett Davis and Kristen Lepore Thanks to reader Claire for finding this strangely poignant yet bizarre short film. I’m not sure what to think of this one.

Fun with Satellite Photos

Satellite Image by GeoEye: [1] detail showing the Capitol; [2] detail of area around the Washington Monument I’m compensating for the shock of having to return to actual work today by looking at the GeoEye satellite images of President Obama’s Inauguration. This high-res image is just fascinating! Note that most of the people (the brown…

More robots etc. from SFO

Okay, kids – I know you loved those robot photos from SFO’s science fiction in popular culture exhibit. So before my flight out of SFO after New Year’s, I snagged a few more snapshots! First up: Spaceman Air Freshener. Umm, that doesn’t exactly instill confidence – I think the space station probably smells like a…

Inauguration Day Photo Gallery

This morning we and thousands of others watched the Inauguration on a Jumbotron from the lawn in front of the Lincoln Memorial. We didn’t have tickets to get into the area in front of the Capitol, but that worked out fairly well, as we didn’t have to wait in long security lines in the freezing…

Aquaephemera

Sardine eggs Richard Kirby/BNPS Over the last few weeks, I’ve received many interesting link ideas from readers. I’ve gotten behind on sharing them, so I’m going to try to catch up. Thanks to Laura for this gallery of beautiful plankton photos by Richard Kirby. Read more here. Ludia sarsii Richard Kirby/BNPS

Magnetic Movie Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt) Last fall I stopped by the Hirshhorn Museum’s Black Box theatre to watch a short film by Semiconductor (the artistic team of Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt). Magnetic Movie is a color-drenched, imaginative tour of Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory. The film is below the fold, but before…

Dude, where’s the egg?

A biology-driven ad for the Oslo Gay Festival, via Sociological Images. Demerits for promulgating the tenacious myth of the sentient sperm, but kudos for production values – those are really nice flagella.