Monthly Archives: October 2012

I have a cool thing for you today!

Neat, huh? This is an image by Jean-François Rauzier, a Paris-based photographer who creates hyper photos. What’s a hyperphoto? Well, it’s a image made of a lot of little images and put together to create a work of art that is ten thousand times the resolution of a normal photograph. Why do this? So that you can make a photograph that is the size of two school buses and retain perfect crispness.

Seem too fantastical to be true? Check out this linkHere you will find more of his images, but if you click on them you can zoom in to look at the detail. And then you can zoom in again. And again. Did you see the two people walking through the door to the left of the left-most statue at the bottom of this picture? No? Zoom in.

A screenshot to prove it!

How cool is that?

These are awesome on a technical level, but they are also beautiful. I love the surrealist quality of the images. They are beautifully haunting and I want to crawl inside them and explore!

For more images, visit Rauzier’s website. It’s in French, but Chrome translates it pretty well, and if your browser doesn’t translate, the pictures speak for themselves.

Which image is your favorite? Did you find any cool stuff while you were zooming around?

Have a happy, happy weekend!



When The Boy and I go to trivia, there is almost always at least one science-related question. This is always fun, partly because those questions are interesting, but also because it gives everyone in the restaurant an excuse to yell at the Trivia Guy. Not in a mean way, of course. More in an audience participation sort of way. It goes something like this:

Trivia Guy: “Your categories for this round are sports, television shows, and science.”

The Entire Restaurant: “SCIENCE!”

We always do that. I’m not really sure why, but it’s a thing that happens. Maybe it is because objectively, one might even venture empirically, science is awesome.

So, today I bring you SCIENCE! Well, really scientists, but without them we wouldn’t have science, so it all works out.

This is possibly the coolest thing. So many legendary minds in one photograph — Einstein, Bohr, Marie Curie, Schrodinger, Heisenberg, Planck — I wish I could have been a fly on the wall at this conference just to listen to them talk to each other. Even the mundane must be more interesting when seen through the eyes of such genius.

This is probably the most famous of the Solvay Conferences, which began in 1911. This first conference lead Ernest Solvay, a Belgian industrialist, to found the International Solvay Institutes for Physics and Chemistry in Brussels the following year. The conferences were called to discuss outstanding issues in chemistry and physics. The 1927 conference was called for the world’s greatest physicists to discuss quantum theory, which at that time was brand-spanking new. Also, at this conference one of the funniest Einstein related quotes I’ve ever come across was said. Apparently, Einstein didn’t care for Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and said “God does does not play dice.” Niels Bohr’s response? “Einstein, stop telling God what to do.”

I also found this:

This is the 1945 high school report card of John Gurdon, the guy who won a Nobel Prize in medicine this year. Boy, was that teacher wrong!

In short, science (SCIENCE!) is rad and no matter how old we are we should always try to learn everything we can. Even if it is just so that we can be superstars at trivia every week.

Did you learn anything new this week?

Have a happy, happy weekend!

Remember in my last post when I said that I was looking forward to my life settling a bit? And remember how I was excited that it probably would because I had just started a great, new, grown-up job?

I was laid off yesterday.

It’s a fact of life these days, but nothing like this has ever happened to me before. No one has ever even wanted to fire me, especially after only three weeks of work. It feels like I’ve had the air knocked out of me, or like when a tablecloth gets pulled out from under place settings at a dinner party, only not in the cool way where everything stays on the table, unbroken.

The Dinner Table (1897) Henri Matisse

However, I have realized in the last twenty-four hours that I am still on the table. I’m a bit tipped over, and there’s a whole mess of broken stuff scattered around, but I am still here and there are some great people, some of whom I barely know, who do not understand the choice that was made yesterday any more than I do and are helping me pick up the pieces.

I feel a lot better today than I thought I would be able to at this time yesterday. I am still stressed and scared, but I feel like I’m going to make it.

And who knows? Maybe getting laid off will end up being the best thing that could have happened.

I don’t know what’s next, but I believe in myself a little bit more than I did this morning and a hell of a lot more than I did yesterday at five in the afternoon.

We will just have to see what happens. And keep on living.