Wanderers

What if we could live on the other planets of the Solar System? Here’s Erik Wernquist’s take. He writes:

The film is a vision of our humanity’s future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

1.5 million balloons

Viral Forest:

In 1986, organizers with United Way of Cleveland thought they had the perfect idea to generate a little publicity and create a beautiful spectacle in the process. With a crowd of volunteers working all hours, they filled 1.5 million helium balloons, and released them all at once. Unfortunately, they had no idea the terrible consequences they would unleash by doing so, and their tragic mistake led to the deaths of two people and millions of dollars in damages through lawsuits.

Check the article for some great photos.

Computer generated rooms

60 to 75 percent of all IKEA product images and 35 percent of all non-product images are computer generated. Kirsty Parkin looks into how it all works.

L'origine du monde

Gustave Coubert’s famous painting “L’Origine du monde” (“The Origin of the World”) shows the genitals of a naked woman. Performance artist Deborah de Robertis provides the visitors of the Musée d’Orsay with the oportunity to see how realistic the artwork is.

The art of engineering

I’m a big fan of social search service Aardvark. Today I got a question I couldn’t answer. Aardvark explains why it thought I would:

aardvark: OK. Type ‘mute’ if you’re not interested in art.
(I sent you this question since you know about mechanical engineering.)