Monthly Archive for July, 2006

Pre-space age art

space art

In this era of space telescopes, satellites, and Photoshop, it’s easy to forget that only a few decades ago, we had no idea of what space actually looked like. The task of communicating the wonders of space was left to the dreamers and artists, and we depended on them to stir our imaginations and passion for the universe.

Men like Chesley Bonestell and Jack Coggins took paint to canvas and created worlds and vistas that existed at the limits of imagination. Some of their art was eerily prescient, some of it was dead wrong, and some of it seemed to make no sense whatsover. Occasionally space was presented as a terrifying place. Occasionally, it was presented with whimsy. Nevertheless, these artists were the first space explorers, and they don’t get enough credit for it. Their work influenced a generation of young children to grow up and become scientists, engineers, explorers, and dreamers.

rocket dreamThis wonderful collection of pre-space age art was gleaned from children’s books going all the way back to the late 19th century. Take a look and see if any of these look familiar to you. Even I was able to find a bunch that I owned as a young spaceMonkey.

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From Apollo to Orion

Orion CEV
The Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) in lunar orbit. has scooped the new moniker for the next NASA exploration initiative. The project will be called Orion.

30 years ago, Saturn rockets were launching Apollo capsules to the Moon. Within the next ten years, we will see their 21st century counterparts do the same thing all over again; only this time, Ares rockets will be launching Orion capsules.

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Image credit & copyright NASA/John Frassanito and Associates.

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theMonkey apologizes for the dearth of posts recently. (Is it still “third-person” when one refers to oneself in the pseudonymous? Or would that be “pseudothird-personymous?” Sounds like a scientific species. I like that. Pseudothird personymous: The elusive blogger.)

I apologize retroactively for wasting your time with that paragraph.

watching the blog from the audience...

Waldorf: Reading a post like this makes me nostalgic.

Statler: Oh, yeah? Nostalgic for what?

Waldorf: D.D.T.

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No school like the old school

Chico Marx on the piano, from A Night in Casablanca.

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Assault on Battery leads to charges

Franklin County - Newswire

Clarence Vohltz has been formally charged in the brutal assault of Arthur Battery, of Franklin County.

“This is our attempt to bring a positive reaction to a horrible set of events,” said the Franklin County prosecutor. “As this office has committed before, we are ever-ready to fight this recurrent negative influence in our community.”

Battery is recuperating from injuries sustained in the shocking July 16th attack. While waiting for an automotive technician to arrive after his car malfunctioned, he was approached by Vohltz, who allegedly robbed and beat Battery with a copper-zinc pipe.

Battery’s wife reported that he “was just waiting for the AAA attendant to arrive and give him a jump start. Before Art knew what was happening, Vohltz was all over him. My husband tried to cooperate with him, but Vohltz was so amped up, he just kept going and going.

“I’m so angry. If Art dies, I hope they send Vohltz to the electric chair.”

Battery’s injuries are not expected to be terminal. Still, the prosecutor is prepared to pursue the death penalty if Battery begins to die. “It is within our power to do so, and to do otherwise would only energize the criminal element,” said the prosecutor.

Vohltz has been confined to his cell, and was not permitted to post bail.

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LIM monkeyPi -> 1/[monkey(pi)] = infinite posts has posted a few examples of “funny” math.

math problem

Yes, some geeks have a sense of humor.

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The best Photoshop sharpening technique

Mis-sharpening is one of the most common image enhancement errors. For some reason, people seem to go crazy with the sharpening tool… “I must sharpen, sharpen, SHARPEN MORE!!”

What they don’t realize is that fake sharpness is not real sharpness. The goal of sharpening should be to bring out fine details that are already present in the image. Too much use of the sharpening filter doesn’t bring out existing details, it creates them. And creating things isn’t enhancement, it’s retouching.

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