19 April 2012


It's time to clear the decks of some accumulated links ~ but these are not bilgewater.  Arrr, treasures they be, mate.  See if you don't agree.

25 Incredibly Lucky Photographs of Animals.  Being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment and skills are all important.  But there are times when you just could not have predicted the microsecond when that perfect image might occur.  My favorites (subject to change) are numbers 1, 4, 8, 14, 20, 22.  Yours?

What's the Most Epic Photograph Ever Taken?  Any such collection is subjective, but I think you'll agree that these images are all evocative, powerful, and in a few cases either heart-breaking or inspiring.  See how many you can identify without reading the caption.

Multiple Marble Machine Mayhem.  Actually a quiet, unhurried presentation of engineering and construction genius, on a miniature scale.  Rube Goldberg had nothing on this guy.  Watch closely to see whether you can spot the physics behind each marble machine's parts.

World's Longest Rivers.  The ten longest rivers in the world, measured according to the length of the longest continuous river channel in a given river system.  (It's in the form of a slide show, so simply click "next".)  They range in length from 2,734 miles to 4,135 miles.  Do you think you can predict which world rivers appear on the list?  Of the ones that do, which have you seen, and which would you most like to see next?  For me, the Amazon!

Ever Wonder What the Stars Look Like .... from Space?  Video from the International Space Station provides the stunning answers.

The Scale of the Universe 2.  Ending on a grand and intricate note, click on "start" and then use the scroll bar (or your mouse's scroll wheel) to zoom in and out ~ not too quickly or you'll miss something!  Click on any object for more information.  It's always good to put things into perspective, especially with a dash of fun and "I didn't know that".

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