my take: you want opinions, but you also want committed opinions. Your poll/survey/vote will erect (or fail to erect) barriers to participation, and those barriers represent a measure of commitment. No barriers = lots of votes, but high risk of Boaty McBoatface. High barriers = few votes, but from those who care.
Archive of: science
27 April 2016
14 July 2015
10 years ago, I and 434,737 other people, filled out a form on the NASA website, submitting our names for inclusion on a CD that would be attached to the New Horizons probe for launch on January 19, 2006. Sent off to the outer Solar System to study Pluto.
Today, 9 years later, at 12:03:50 UTC, those 434,738 names streaked past Pluto at over 36,000 miles per hour.
Congratulations to everyone on the New Horizons team, and Hello Pluto!
28 April 2015
Two Way Street is a fantastic example of what you can do with good metadata around objects. Built by the team at Good, Form & Spectacle it allows you to explore the British Museum collection by multiple facets, including acquisition date, acquisition source, type, material, techniques, and many more.
07 July 2011
You look at the shuttle, it’s not as if it’s this pristine, shining, gleaming piece of metallic technology – it looks like a ship, it’s got dents and burns and inside multiple crews have whacked the paintwork and you can see scratches and things. They are ships that have been operated and lived in and done these incredible voyages all with their individual characters.
Piers Sellers, meteorologist and NASA astronaut.
12 July 2010
The ambient umbrella’s handle glows when rain is forecast. I love the idea of ambient processes, but weather forecasting is still such a fickle thing. I worry about the utility of it.
06 July 2010
A skeuomorph or skeuomorphism (Greek: skeuos—vessel or tool, morphe—shape) is a derivative object which retains ornamental design cues to a structure that was necessary in the original. Skeuomorphs may be deliberately employed to make the new look comfortably old and familiar.
Skeuomorph on Wikipedia. Bookmarked because I’m always forgetting the word and have had need to refer to it twice in the past week.
09 June 2010
06 June 2010
Love the choice of language on this NASA comment form.
25 May 2010
50 Major cities of the world mapped via geotagged Flickr photos. Beauty in vectors, from the Flickr Blog.
25 April 2010
Stunning slow motion footage of the first 30 seconds of the Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch.