Tag Archive: photography


Sci-Fi Short Glut – Lost Memories

In a world all too similar to our own, a man loses everything three times in one moment.  A tiny, bite-sized short sci-fi film, just long enough to draw pangs of sympathy for both characters.

View from a Curiosity camera on the Mars Science Laboratory rover.  History!

The most envy-inducing holiday photo ever – Curiosity on Mars.

Oh happy day!  On the 6th of August, 2012, the Curiosity rover made successful touchdown on the surface of Mars.  I stayed up last night to watch the control room feed, streamed live into my living room via the power of the internet, and I was SO HAPPY for those excited men and women the moment they called out ‘touchdown’.  I was almost in tears, just as they were.

More thoughts on this, and what it would have looked like if Curiosity had thrown a few Instagram-like effects on her snap, after the jump.

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Mauro Colagreco, Bob Noto photography

Not pureed asteroid parasite - sea urchin with saffron, coriander and parsley foam.

Sometimes I hanker for sci-fi food – which, I admit, doesn’t make any kind of sense.  I want something so strange, peculiar and out there, that it just couldn’t come from our planet or time!  However, searching for sci-fi food will get you half a million results for gagh, scores of cocktail recipes for pan galactic gargle blasters, and a handful of very well thought out methods for making problematic ice planet desserts.  All well and good – but not alien enough for me – I don’t want the food of an existing franchise, but something odd in and of itself.

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Pyrocycstis lunula algae viewed under a USB microscope

Pyrocycstis lunula algae viewed under a USB microscope

Ok, I need you to squint a little at the photograph above – look for a vaguely crescent-moon shaped outline, with a yellowy-whiteish blob in the middle.  Found one?  That’s a Pyrocycstis Lunula alga!  They’re about 0.1mm to 0.14mm in length, and they’re one of the bioluminescent algae strains that I’ve been culturing.

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Mini Chicken Pakora Plate, Bitesize and Delicious

Mini Chicken Pakora Plate, Bitesize and Delicious

Being a fan of British-Indian restaurant food, I cling like a limpet to the utterly essential book, The Curry Secret.  While it gets me 99% of the recipes I want, a notable exception is Chicken Pakoras.  These chunks of juicy, tender, gently spiced breast meat, wrapped in golden, fluffy, beautifully seasoned batter, are one of my favorite occasional treats when we head to our local curry house.  Read on for my successful jazz-cooking recipe, and a 3d photograph of the food itself!

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Alpha Centauri, by discurrere on DeviantArt

Discurrere's photograph, "Alpha Centauri"

Sometimes I crave a game experience that no-one seems to offer anymore.  Sometimes, it’s not the hero’s journey writ in space marines, treasure hunters or modern soldiers that I want – it’s not even caring for a farm, organizing a mafia, or matching three gems that calls me.  No, sometimes, I want to transcend from the human condition, wrestling with morality decisions that have no right answer, with the ultimate goal of throwing off my petty concerns for flesh, self or identity and elevating the entirity of humanity to something far greater than it can possibly imagine.

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Delicious Scenery And Cozy Worlds

Eszter Burghardt's Wooly Magma image from the Wooly Magma series

Eszter Burghardt's 'Wooly Magma' from the Wooly Saga series

Miniature landscapes again – I love them so.  Maybe it’s the incredible detail that people, such as Eszter Burghardt manage to create with unexpected materials like wool, felt and fuzz, such as in the Wooly Magma photograph above, or perhaps it’s the age old child-like conflict that means that far away things often seem so small.

The photographs that Eszter Burghardt creates, with both foodstuffs and fiber, appeal to senses we might not often associate with scenery – our sense of touch and our sense of taste.  It’s that, coupled with the beauty of natural landscapes that she’s recreated, and the desire to reach out and touch these little worlds, that appeals to me so much.  That, and I love volcanic scenes, and I am particularly curious as to how the under-lighting has been achieved!

Via NotCot.

Marcus Wallinder's underwater photographs

Marcus Wallinder's Underwater Photographs on Green

I shouldn’t post this image, but it’s only to try to get anyone looking here to look at Marcus Wallinder’s photoblog, Green.   Green is his favorite color, and it’s got dozens of beautiful photographs of mosses and shrimps, bubbles and tiny leaves.  They’re crisp, semitransparent, rich and entrancing images.  Go look!