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Archive: September 2012

Fascinating Chemistry Photos Fantastic visuals at a point where science intersects art Awesome Vintage Calculators Highly desirable objects of technological genius “Flying Saucer” Soviet Architecture in Caucasus Truly “The House on the Borderland” Unintentional Faces in Objects, Part 2 There are some “things” in your house… Ghost Towns of the Pacific Northwest: Bordeaux, Washington Exploring Abandoned Places in the Land of Myst Up, Up and [...]

Up, Up and Away: Building an Airship House

“QUANTUM SHOT” #794 Link – article by Avi Abrams H. G. Wells and Jules Verne Would Approve Luke William Grove (originally from Brighton, United Kingdom) is currently building a floating “airship” house in Perpignan, France. This is not a humble abode, tied to Mother Earth with no hope of ever [...]

11 Geeky Couples Portraits We Love

We’ve featured geeky wedding photos and geeky family photos before. Here’s more geek love! 1. Come to the Dark Side (We Have Kisses) Red and Jonny are the most famous stormtrooper cosplayers around and this great vacation picture featuring the two kissing through their helmets is probably the most romantic (non-wedding photo) the two have taken as [...]

Exploring the mysteries of the Earth’s core

Author Jules Verne portrayed the Earth’s core as an alien landscape, but what is really down there ? While you aren’t likely to find dinosaurs and gia…

Jules Verne: Poignantly Prescient

When we think of Jules Verne, we think of the genius behind 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Journey to the Center of the Earth (my personal favorite of only because I read it first, at an impressionable age, and it got me on a sci-fi kick). In these stories, as well as others like [...]

Google Celebrates Jules Verne

Author Jules Verne {wiki} was born on this date, February 8th, in 1828. To celebrate what would have been his 183rd birthday, Google is paying homage to his 1870 novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Google’s logo is shaped as if you are looking out a submarine’s portholes. On the search page, you can [...]

The Art of Predicting Products

The future is not entirely unknowable. There are ways to predict what is coming using semi-scientific techniques such as scenario scripting and trend “trigger” analysis. Often, projections can be made by extrapolating from current trends. Indeed, trend trackers and futurists make a living describing what is coming. But there are also the psychics, village idiots, [...]

Nautilus Door

Craftsman Chris Schaie made a custom door that looks like a hatch from the submarine Nautilius in Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. This brass and wood piece includes an iris peephole and a hand wheel that unlocks the door. Two videos at the link show how this amazing machine works. Link via [...]

The Deadly and Beautiful Crystal Cave

Photo: Carsten Peter, Speleoresearch & Films A geological wonder of immense proportions and intense beauty can be found in the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico… 1000+ feet below the surface. Mentioned on Neatorama before for the photographic wowness, the Cueva de los Cristales - the Giant Crystal Cave – is also one of the most deadly environments [...]

Authors as Drawn by Artists

(L) Neil Gaiman by Leigh Gallagher (R) Jules Verne by Ted McKeever Steven Gettis of Hey Oscar Wilde! It’s Clobberin’ Time!!! website has been collecting artists’ interpretation of their favorite literary figure/author/character since 1998. So far he’s got over 300 drawings done (wow!). I particularly like the drawings of Neil Gaiman and Jules Verne above. Not to [...]