Posts Tagged ‘glorious’
Google has already been taking us to exotic locations through Street View, but now it’s hoping to enshrine the most famous places on Earth through the World Wonders Project, one car (or trike) at a time. A total of 132 sites, ranging from natural landmarks like Yosemite to much more synthetic constructions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, have both an on-the-ground view as well as 3D renderings, videos and loads of history from UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund, among others. The educational bent is so conspicuous that Google is offering up some of the content in downloadable bundles for schools along with the usual web-based look. All of it promises a much more fascinating, hands-on approach than a dry textbook, and it’s a unique way of bringing encyclopedic knowledge to an era of Chromebooks and the cloud.
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We’re starting to think the Russians have an inside track on high-resolution space photos. When Nokia’s 41-megapixel photo of Earth’s horizon was just a twinkle in the 808 PureView designers’ eyes, the Russian Federal Space Agency had long since finished taking 121-megapixel photos of the whole planet that we’re just now seeing in earnest. Unlike NASA photos, which are usually composites of multiple shots, the Elektro-L weather satellite’s images display the entire planet in one ridiculously detailed take from 22,369 miles away. Why the trippy colors? Instead of just displaying Earth as-is — real colors are so passé, dahling — the satellite layers on near-infrared imagery that paints vegetation in wide swaths of rust-like orange.
You can get a peep of what a day-night cycle looks like for Elektro-L in the video below, and hop over to the sources to get an inkling of just how insanely detailed the images can be. You can also be slightly jealous of the satellite’s network connection: at a minimum 2.6Mbps and maximum 16.4Mbps for bandwidth, odds are that it has faster broadband than you do.
One of the more pleasant surprises at E3 this year was our hands-on with the Xperia Play. I was really expecting to dislike the device, but after playing a few games on it, I found it to be totally legit, even if the games selection isn’t so hot right now. And what’s more, they had Minecraft on it.
As one of the headline games of the new platform, it’s no surprise that Minecraft is getting a little official love — today, it takes the form of a truly sweet looking Minecraft-themed Xperia Play. It’s being sold by Mojang themselves, so you know it’s for real.
It’s not clear whether this is a one-off or just the first of many decals and themes. I’d guess the latter. That hasn’t stopped the bidding from topping $ 1200, though — and there are still six days to go as of this writing. But then again, people do tend to open up their wallets a bit when the proceeds are going to charity, as these will.
Some people might think that thing is garish, but I love it. It matches this mousepad.
We’ve seen O2 Germany’s HTC Schubert and a Chinese HD3, but here’s a giant Windows Phone 7 device with “T-Mobile” clearly painted on the upper right-hand corner of the screen. TmoNews got these alleged images of the HTC HD7 from their usual anonymous source along with a partial spec sheet, which actually claims slightly different dimensions for the phone and double the amount of flash memory (16GB in all) than we heard before. Different strokes for different folks, or is one of these two rumors totally off? You’ll probably want to keep both possibilities in mind before considering this last tidbit from the very same source: the phone will reportedly cost $ 199 on a two-year contract. Or you could just wait for us to blow out all the Windows Phone 7 details tomorrow, of course.
Update: Enjoying the look of this phone from your vantage point in Great Britain, are you? You might be able to pick one up as well — 911sniper apparently found a O2 UK version of the HTC Schubert’s ROM, as reported by Pocketnow below.
MP3: www.symphonyofscience.com My own musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present A Glorious Dawn – Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Stephen Hawking’s Universe series. RIP Dr. Sagan, you will be missed!! This song is now out on 7″ vinyl through Jack White and friends at Third Man Records! Check it out here: store.thirdmanrecords.com And is now available on iTunes as well (Search for A Glorious Dawn) Please, click HQ to watch in better quality. Go here for another scientist remix: www.youtube.com And my website for more original music: www.colorpulsemusic.com Enjoy!! -John firstname.lastname@example.org Lyrics: [Sagan] If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch You must first invent the universe Space is filled with a network of wormholes You might emerge somewhere else in space Some when-else in time The sky calls to us If we do not destroy ourselves We will one day venture to the stars A still more glorious dawn awaits Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise A morning filled with 400 billion suns The rising of the milky way The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths Of exquisite interrelationships Of the awesome machinery of nature I believe our future depends powerfully On how well we understand this cosmos In which we float like a mote of dust In the morning sky But the brain does much more than just recollect It inter-compares, it synthesizes, it analyzes it …
Please start making music again, Nick & Fred!
OK. I made it back from Comic-Con weary and only somewhat alive, but entranced with all the glorious things I saw there. But now that I’m chained back to my desk at Puzzle Central, I can’t stop day dreaming about Walking Dead trailers and MythBusters panels. I was so distracted this week, I couldn’t come up with a puzzle, but I did find a scrap of paper in a drawer with a bunch of numbers on it. If you can figure out what they mean, E-mail me your solution by Friday night and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive a $50 gift certificate from our friends at ThinkGeek. What’s the answer?
10.811Â Â 24.305Â Â 10.811Â Â 26.982Â Â 10.811Â Â 28.086Â Â 40.078
1.0079Â Â 39.948Â Â 54.938Â Â 26.982Â Â 54.938Â Â 9.0122Â Â 10.811
1.0079Â Â 39.948Â Â 12.011Â Â 39.948Â Â 18.998Â Â 10.811Â Â 28.086