Thursday, November 24, 2011


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I fully endorse this method of driving web traffic. Now I have to convince Virby.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zero Workdays to AU 2011!

Yup, it's time once again for the annual Autodesk University conference, and I have zero, nadda, zip, zilch work days left between now and when it all kicks off next Monday. Today I rode the Red Bull Express from start to finish just to make sure there will be no loose ends at work while I'm gone. This will be my 2nd AU pilgimage, but hopefully not my last. It's a week like none other.

For the uninitiated the video above is a small taste of what is about to get underway - a high octane week from start to finish. Where would you put on a show like this? Viva Las Vegas, baby! Where else?! :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Midnight Sun

1 guy. (Joe Capra)
1 island. (Iceland)
17 days.
24 hr shooting schedule.
2,900 miles of driving.
38,000 images.

Stunning photography. Turn on the sound and watch it full screen.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Pendulum Waves

The natural world is just too cool.

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Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and (seemingly) random motion.

For more details see the Harvard Natural Sciences Lectures Demonstrations site.

The period of one complete cycle of the dance is 60 seconds. The length of the longest pendulum has been adjusted so that it executes 51 oscillations in this 60 second period. The length of each successive shorter pendulum is carefully adjusted so that it executes one additional oscillation in this period. Thus, the 15th pendulum (shortest) undergoes 65 oscillations.

This apparatus was built from a design published by Richard Berg [Am J Phys 59(2), 186-187 (1991)] at the University of Maryland. The particular apparatus shown here was built by Harvard's Nils Sorensen.

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I am just way too tempted to build one of these for my own entertainment now!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Fooling around with Dynamic Blocks in AutoCAD

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ironman Kona 2011 Update

Virginia Berasategui (ESP) 9:19:52
Helping hands.

As a reminder for those viewers interested in the recent Kona Ironman World Championship triathlon race, I've completed updating my photo gallery at PBase now. You can find much of the emotion and excitement of the day here:

Ironman Kona 2011


Andi Boecherer (GER) 8:23:19
He ain't heavy.