Category Archives: Travel
Things I sometimes do…
I was flying from Seattle to LA the other day and we passed over Mt. Rainier. I’d been working on the laptop at the time but looked up and out the window to check out the scenery. A decent view, but there was some interesting stuff off in the distance that I wished I could see a little better. And so, without thinking, my hand went to the trackpad and started doing the two-finger ‘scroll’ motion on my macbook, trying to get the view out the window to move into a better position. Unfortunately this didn’t work.
Nor does the behavior I’ve done many many times of glancing to the upper-right corner of the newspaper to see what time it is.
Who’s read Vernor Vinge’s ‘Peace War’ and ‘Marooned in Realtime’? Both books feature this great concept of ‘bobbles’ – spherical stasis-fields that are indestructible, 100% perfectly reflective to the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and where time stops within. Chicago’s Millennium Park features a sculpture called ‘The Bean’ which, when viewed end-on, looks seriously bobble-like. (Particularly if you cheat and stretch the image a little bit on the vertical axis :-)
(Bigger version on flickr)
Midnight Sun (in Iceland)
(I’d posted this on my homepage a while back but figured I’d bring it into blog-land)
Here’s a time-lapse I took in summer 2006 while wandering around the Northern part of Iceland. Other than the glitch halfway through (apparently a known bug in Canon’s TC80N3 timer, which is otherwise quite cool) it’s a rather nice example of how the sun never sets this time of year. This was shot starting at about 11:30pm and goes through about 2am.
For a much higher quality version of this, check out the quicktime movie(it’s 20MB so it’ll take a while… but it’s much nicer than crappy youtube video.)
And for lots more Iceland photos, go here (and see for yourself what a photographer’s paradise this place is, particularly when you’re able to take photos at about 1am and get stuff like this).