brudesworld:

John Romita, 1968

brudesworld:

John Romita, 1968

mothernaturenetwork:

16 unlikely animal friendships
mothernaturenetwork:

5 ways to support clean energy if you can’t go solarNot all of us can put solar panels on our houses, but we can still support renewable energy. Here’s how.

mothernaturenetwork:

5 ways to support clean energy if you can’t go solar
Not all of us can put solar panels on our houses, but we can still support renewable energy. Here’s how.

mothernaturenetwork:

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin test-fires a rocket engineThe Blue Origin rocket BE-3 is intended to serve as a ‘low-cost hydrogen engine’ for both NASA and private space launches.

mothernaturenetwork:

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin test-fires a rocket engine
The Blue Origin rocket BE-3 is intended to serve as a ‘low-cost hydrogen engine’ for both NASA and private space launches.

instagram:

How I Shoot: Snapping the Perfect #Puddlegram with @mortenordstrom

How I Shoot is a series where we ask Instagrammers to tell us about the set-up and process behind their photos and videos. This week, Morten Nordstrøm (@mortenordstrom) shares his tips for capturing and editing the perfect #puddlegram on a Windows phone. Follow him on Instagram for puddle shots of Copenhagen and browse the #puddlegram hashtag for more inspiration!

When Morten Nordstrøm (@mortenordstrom) isn’t working or studying business administration and communications, he’s out showcasing the beauty of Copenhagen, Denmark, as reflected through the city’s many puddles.

Getting the most out of a puddle’s reflection is an art, and Morten offered these tips for capturing and editing a #puddlegram on a Windows phone:

Camera

Nokia Lumia 925

Vantage Point

"First of all, when shooting puddlegrams you will obviously need a puddle. The bigger the better, but you will be surprised how little water you need to make a big impact.

"My experience is that I get the best effect when I look for a strong central focal point and try to get some depth in the perspective, maybe even a vanishing point. That’s one of the reasons why the majority of my puddlegrams are shot on streets; they often meet these requirements. Moreover they are often full of life, which gives life to the picture and helps to tell a story.

"If you want to do a proper #puddlegram, make sure your lens is as close to the ground as possible—even if it means you have to turn your device upside-down. It’s a little effort and it makes a huge difference. Moreover, mind the weather. Windy puddles won’t serve you well."

Shooting

"I often think a lot about my perspective before I shoot. Other times I just walk around and look for details and shoot what I find interesting and inspiring.

"I’m always shooting with my Nokia Lumia 925 and I have been experimenting a lot with the different camera possibilities. Normally I just use the native camera, other times I use the Nokia Pro Camera which gives me more adjustability. My best advice when taking puddlegrams is to experiment with the number of shots you’re taking and see the different outcomes you can get. Analyzing strengths and weaknesses in these will help make you a more skilled puddleshooter!

"Note that people will be looking when you sit down and place your phone in a puddle. But remember, that is only because they don’t know about the magical perspectives you’re capturing. I sometimes pretend to tie my shoe laces, until the largest group of people has passed."

Editing

"This is where the magic happens. After extensive exploration of Windows Phone options, I ended up always using the same two apps: the Nokia Creative Studio and an app called Fhotoroom. They are very different but complement each other well. I like to keep things simple and often aim for a high sharpness, cold tones and not too strong colors, since I find them disturbing. Finally, I pay a lot of attention in the cropping process. A good crop can change a picture entirely—and so can a bad one.”

retroadv:

Amanda Seyfried - Photographed by Norman Jean Roy
Photographic Collection 13 […more Images]

Hubba hubba

retroadv:

Amanda Seyfried - Photographed by Norman Jean Roy

Photographic Collection 13 […more Images]

Hubba hubba

urbangeographies:

RETHINKING THE URBAN FREEWAY

As urban freeways age and deteriorate, cities increasingly consider removing them. In a 17-page brief on Re-Thinking the Urban Freeway, the Mayors Innovation Project reports that “the time is right” for cash-strapped American cities to consider permanent removal and conversion to boulevards and parks. Freeways often occupy valuable real estate without paying taxes and are costly to maintain. They lower property values and increase blight, the report says.

Although urban freeways were welcomed in the 1950s and 1960s as economic drivers, now they are under scrutiny for interrupting street patterns, making local businesses inaccessible, worsening pollution and demaging public health. Such diverse cities as Boston, Milwaukee, New York, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, and Seoul are among those to have demolished highways – and they have discovered that pollution diminished, local roads absorbed traffic, and real estate values soared.

Note the “before and after” photos of the San Francisco waterfront. On top, see how the hideous Embarcadero Freeway, built in 1959, long blocked bay views and devalued the downtown waterfront. In the bottom photograph, see how installation of the Embarcadero boulevard promoted pedestrian movement and commercial revitalization of the Ferry Building and adjacent areas, after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake prompted removal of the elevated freeway. 

(via thegreenurbanist)

mothernaturenetwork:

For U.S. Christmas trees, a festival of blightsOn top of a deadly soil disease, many Christmas tree farms are reeling from floods, heat waves and other severe weather events encouraged by climate change.

mothernaturenetwork:

For U.S. Christmas trees, a festival of blights
On top of a deadly soil disease, many Christmas tree farms are reeling from floods, heat waves and other severe weather events encouraged by climate change.

mypubliclands:

The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The land and the rugged, surrounding uplands (commonly call the Missouri Breaks) are defined in part by their history. The entire region was the homeland and lifeblood of American Indians. The river served as the pathway for Lewis and Clark, then the waterway for steamboats and a drawing card for fur trappers and traders. Later, the river and the Missouri Breaks were sanctuaries for desperados trying to stay a step ahead of the law. The land was also a source of hope and inspiration for several generations of homesteaders. Today the public lands in the monument make a significant contribution to the local lifestyle and the regional economy.
Within the monument you can float the river, fish, hike, hunt, drive for pleasure, find a little solitude, enjoy a sense of exploration or simply marvel at the variety of resources around you.
Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1cYb5X3

mypubliclands:

The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The land and the rugged, surrounding uplands (commonly call the Missouri Breaks) are defined in part by their history. The entire region was the homeland and lifeblood of American Indians. The river served as the pathway for Lewis and Clark, then the waterway for steamboats and a drawing card for fur trappers and traders. Later, the river and the Missouri Breaks were sanctuaries for desperados trying to stay a step ahead of the law. The land was also a source of hope and inspiration for several generations of homesteaders. Today the public lands in the monument make a significant contribution to the local lifestyle and the regional economy.

Within the monument you can float the river, fish, hike, hunt, drive for pleasure, find a little solitude, enjoy a sense of exploration or simply marvel at the variety of resources around you.

Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1cYb5X3

futureofscience:

Michigan Tech scientists build a $1,500 DIY metal 3D printer


photo: Signe Brewster



SUMMARY:





The team’s lead said he expects the open-source invention to kickstart the creation of more metal printers. While he’s worried about the implications of printing metal, he believes it will do more good than harm.


More and more, it’s clear that 3D printers aren’t just for printing plastic. A team at Michigan Technological University announced Monday that it has created a personal (albeit slightly dangerous) metal 3D printer. The design will be released for free to all as an open-source project and can be built from parts costing less than $1,500.
The printer works by laying down layers of steel that are sealed together with a commercially available welder that is integrated into the printer. The design is still in its infancy, but the team expects that making it open source will speed its development.

futureofscience:

Michigan Tech scientists build a $1,500 DIY metal 3D printer

A metal cuff 3D printed at Shapeways. Photo by Signe Brewster
photo: Signe Brewster
SUMMARY:

The team’s lead said he expects the open-source invention to kickstart the creation of more metal printers. While he’s worried about the implications of printing metal, he believes it will do more good than harm.

More and more, it’s clear that 3D printers aren’t just for printing plastic. A team at Michigan Technological University announced Monday that it has created a personal (albeit slightly dangerous) metal 3D printer. The design will be released for free to all as an open-source project and can be built from parts costing less than $1,500.

The printer works by laying down layers of steel that are sealed together with a commercially available welder that is integrated into the printer. The design is still in its infancy, but the team expects that making it open source will speed its development.

mothernaturenetwork:

How to eat local during the winter monthsIt’s harder to eat local as the days get shorter, but it’s possible. Here’s how.

mothernaturenetwork:

How to eat local during the winter months
It’s harder to eat local as the days get shorter, but it’s possible. Here’s how.

mothernaturenetwork:

Why the platypus will never have a stomachResearchers have found that the animals without stomachs have completely lost the complex genes required for gastric digestion.

mothernaturenetwork:

Why the platypus will never have a stomach
Researchers have found that the animals without stomachs have completely lost the complex genes required for gastric digestion.

kateriantoinette:

My scene today.

You go girl

kateriantoinette:

My scene today.

You go girl

(Source: leonorstheatrejournal, via kateriantoinette)

scanwiches:

James Beard’s Hero: Capicola, Mortadella, Prosciutto, Salami, Provolone, Hot Peppers, On an Italian Hero. See it on display at The James Beard House through December 2012

scanwiches:

James Beard’s Hero: Capicola, Mortadella, Prosciutto, Salami, Provolone, Hot Peppers, On an Italian Hero. See it on display at The James Beard House through December 2012

scanwiches:

Homemade: Bauru

scanwiches:

Homemade: Bauru