Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ferry: Battery Powered

This was spotted from the crow's nest today and now I share it with you.

MARCH 22, 2013 — Rolls-Royce plc has signed a contract for the delivery of its Azipull propulsion and control system for a "ferry of the future" that will operate on battery power alone.
The vessel is being built at the Fjellstrand shipyard in Norway, and once in service will be operated by Norwegian ferry operator Norled between Lavik and Oppedal.
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mount Sharp, MARS

PIA16769: Mount Sharp Panorama in Raw Colors

This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in raw color as recorded by the camera. Raw color shows the scene's colors as they would look in a typical smart-phone camera photo, before any adjustment.
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission:  Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Spacecraft:  Curiosity
Instrument:  Mastcam
Product Size: 29178 x 4037 pixels (width x height)
Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
Full-Res TIFF:  PIA16769.tif (353.4 MB)
Full-Res JPEG:  PIA16769.jpg (4.928 MB)

Earthlings, here is a white balanced image with a blue sky. Does this make you feel more comfortable?

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

QR codes - a brief investigation

In the process of using a "free" Internet QR code generator for SONic Geography, I have always had a suspicion that a different QR code result would occur depending on the website visited. There are differences. Look below and then read the explanation.





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My testing method was provided by QR4 - thank you. Beyond the obvious sneaky redirect in result 1 the explanation of the differences is found in this discussion thread from The variable seems to be the error-detection algorithm.

From my investigation I recommend as they give you control over the QR code parameters mentioned in the stackoverflow thread.

Note the URLs of the "free" QR code generator websites in the QR file name of the .PNG

Wikipedia writes about the QR code standard.

SONic Geography runs April-May, 2013 via Toronto CANADA.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Sock Ludlow

On a relaxing Saturday morning while listening to Click and Clack on WNYC and reading the Village Voice, I discovered this contest and here's my submission.