Take a look at this image, You see embedded spirals of green, pinkish-orange, and blue? Incredibly, the green and the blue spirals are the same color. The reason they look different colors is because our brain judges the color of an object by comparing it to surrounding colors.
In 1965, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson published a scientific study which proved that a radio signal with a wavelength of 7.3 cm was being emitted uniformly throughout all parts of the sky. This signal became known as cosmic microwave background
radiation. Penzias and Wilson won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1978 for their findings. It is believed that this cosmic static is comprised of photons of energy that are still cooling 15 billion years after the Big Bang.
Look closely at this picture. It has been made using 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world’s oceans every hour. All of the plastic in this image was collected from the Pacific Ocean. (via)
These are my top 5 favorite iPhone apps, in no particular order…
I’ve been using Evernote for a few years now, and I love it. It’s note-taking that syncs across all of your devices. You can create multiple notebooks and infinite tags, and you can include all sorts of media in your notes. I have it on all of my devices (laptop, desktop, phone), and there’s also a web version. Evernote basically holds the contents of my brain, so this is probably the iPhone app I use the most.
- SAS Survival Guide
Okay look, I know not everyone is as fascinated by hardcore wilderness survival as I am, but even if all you do is take long road trips a couple times a year, this is worth having. The app includes the full text of the SAS Survival Guide, a compass, and a Morse Code signaler. Overkill for the average person? Probably. But anything worth doing is doing to excess.
- Altered States
A collection of 15 binaural programs that claim to help you reach higher states of consciousness. I don’t know about all that, but they are really relaxing, and they’re great if you need some white noise to help you chill out and/or concentrate.
I usually have my Kindle with me everywhere I go, but this comes in handy for the times I don’t. It’s saved me from brain-bashing boredom a few times now, when I’ve found myself unexpectedly waiting somewhere.
- Inception: The App
Look, I’m not even sure I have the right words to express just how fucking awesome this app is. Here’s a line from the description in the app store: “This app is the first result of Christopher Nolan, Hans Zimmer, and Michael Breidenbrucker’s collaboration using augmented sound.” Basically, it uses a combination of the film’s original score and some completely new tracks, and plays music that shifts depending on the conditions around you: how fast you’re moving, how bright it is where you are, etc. This is one of coolest apps I’ve ever seen.
instead of using actual spray cans…some artist are just cleaning dirt off of certain areas to make their masterpieces. and they are calling it reverse graffiti. kind of brilliant.