Test your sense of color.

Our sense of color is one of the things I believe makes us unique.  I’ve noticed that it seems to be a subjective reality to an extent.  Josef Albers wrote a book on the “Interactions of Color,” where he talks about the phenomenon.

Test your sense of color.

I scored a 15 the first time and a 3 the second time.  And found that my sense of greenish blue is where I was the least keen.

Missing particle.

Who says science cannot be beautiful?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), a 27 kilometer (17 mile) long particle accelerator straddling the border of Switzerland and France, is nearly set to begin its first particle beam tests.”

People are working away to find a particle that could explain how our universe came into being. One theory includes a particle called the Higgs boson, which according to theory gives mass to other particles.  They would like to identify the nature of dark matter which they think constructs galaxies.  Experiments to delve into these ideas, and many more, are set to be done in this newly constructed Particle Collider.  It is within the Science Center at CERN inside the Globe of Science and Innovation which was originally built for the Swiss National Expo ’02.  The building design itself is astounding.

Early this year they set the last big piece.  As reported by National Geographic, thousands of scientists from 80 countries are planning projects on the new collider, which became a main focus for world research into the nature of matter and the origins of the universe after the U.S. Congress in 1993 halted construction on the proposed Superconducting Super Collider in Texas.  Experiments began on the 10th of September.

View at the edge of the Bridgers.

A Bozeman resident, a rambler through the lands, a man with a camera always hanging halfway out of his back pocket, Ryan Wilson, recently sent me a couple of photos caught as the light began it’s disappearing act over the Gallatin Valley.  I think Ryan found the elements for his logo in the dumpster of some long forgotten town out west.

In the photo below the light finds it’s way over the hills and across the diagonal line of the photo. You can find Blackmore in the distance pointing out of the Hyalite range.

Big Sky Country is the name they decided to give Montana, here is a good example of why that is. Those mountains, the Tobacco Roots, are at least 60 miles away.

Pretty photos Ryan.

Revealing our physical world.

Artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt, who have been artists in residence at the NASA Space and Sciences Laboratory are making extraordinary works of visual magnatude.

Semiconductor make moving image works which reveal our physical world in flux; cities in motion, shifting landscapes and systems in chaos. Since 1999 UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt have worked with digital animation to transcend the constraints of time, scale and natural forces; they explore the world beyond human experience, questioning our very existence.”

Semiconductor holds performances, artshows and screenings all over the world.

They are doing what I dream of doing. Visualizing what is really going on around us and it seems so valuable.  Visual expression is so powerful.

They have been showcased at the Lumen Eclipse. “Magnetic Movie” was shot at the SSL at UC Berkley and won a British Animation Award in 2008.

It’s been dubbed e-ink.

Esquire has implemented motion graphics into their 75th anniversary issue by using e-ink.  The magazine had to make a six-figure investment to hire an engineer in China to develop a battery small enough to be inserted in the magazine cover.  Funny thing is the battery only lasts 90 days, of course it will run out.  E-ink can be used exclusivley by Esquire till the end of 2009 as reported by the New York Times.  Esquire is owned by Hearst-Argyle a large news cooperation so I am seeing potential here.

They should start implementing charging centers around the bus stops and news booths so people can download or charge the battery of their daily news.  However, e-ink is in it’s nascent stages so impractical for mass consumerism.  Hopefully it will be used in a strong enough way that the energy it saves is more than the energy it uses, and for less disposable products.  The cost as reported by the Fast Company could end up being much more than our earth can afford.

Motion graphics are so eye catching.

Communication at light speed.

What our relatively immediate form of communication actually takes.  New advancements in Compressing Light.

The speed of light is a constant used in physical calculations, measured at 299,792,458 meters per second.  The concept of the speed of light blows my mind.  People have learned to contain it and direct it to carry information.  We use it to express our ideas through pixels, we manipulate and store our ideas in light.  Really beautiful when one thinks about it.

“The speed of light can be assigned a definite numerical value because the fundamental SI unit of length, the metre, has been defined since October 21, 1983, as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second; in other words, any increase in the measurement precision of the speed of light would reduce the uncertainty in practical realizations of the metre but would not alter the numerical value of c. The approximate value of 3×108 m/s is commonly used in rough estimates (the error is 0.07%).”