Which of the following would be brighter, in terms of the amount of energy delivered to your retina:
1. A supernova, seen from as far away as the Sun is from the Earth, or
2. The detonation of a hydrogen bomb pressed against your eyeball?
Applying the physicist rule of thumb suggests that the supernova is brighter.
And indeed, it is … by nine orders of magnitude.
This is one of my favorite movie endings of all time. From “No Country for Old Men.” It doesn’t directly relate to the plot of the film, but it uses a reflection on the past as a way to imply hope for a hopeless future. The end of The Road (the novel, by the same author) carries a similar message, I think…
"Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery."
A voicemail from an assistant manager of a Dunkin Donuts turns hilarious.
Simulation software created by Robert Hodgin for a special exhibit at the Auckland Museum. This is entirely created with code by one artist. Incredible.
Scrap tire junkyard, photo by Klaus Leidorf
Painted this in 5 minutes with Verve for Windows. Free to download, here: http://www.taron.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6
The way home.
Google Maps - When looking up an address, the path home has a light blue outline.
The executive chef at McDonald’s Canada makes a Big Mac at home.
That’s not an iron throne. This is an iron throne.