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Colin Devroe

Photographer. Podcaster. Blogger. Reverse Engineer.

What I saw this week #57 – February 29, 2019

Don’t have time to get to all of these links today? No problem. Try Unmark (I’ll send you an invite if you’d like.)

Also, there are tons more.

  • Apollo-related stuff: With it being the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo program there is a slew of content surfacing this year. Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed and a few things I’m looking forward to.
  • WWW – the original proposal for what is now the internet.
  • Financial Windfalls – Topic interviewed 15 people about what they did with sudden influxes of cash ranging from a few thousand dollars to huge piles of dough. Interesting read.
  • Why do Zebras have stripes? – I don’t think I would have guessed the reason.
  • Stephen Wolfram’s computer set up – I thought I was bad by being picky. While not nearly as outrageous, this reminds me of Richard Stallman’s rider.
  • 50,000 images of the moon – Composite image of the moon created from 50,000 images. Very cool.
  • The Lion Whisperer – I remember a few GoPro promo videos with Kevin Richardson but I recently came across his channel on YouTube randomly. Fascinating YouTube channel and unbelievably incredible animals.

Reminder: These lists are never exhaustive. And I don’t keep impeccable records. I use Unmark to save most of these but by-and-large I allow some randomness into this process to create these lists.

I’m always looking for interesting things so please feel free to send a few my way if you find something you think I might be interested in.

Warm February Evening, Downtown Scranton – February 2018

It has been nice to have a short respite from winter these last few days. Walking downtown in the evening, without rushing to my next destination. I’m looking forward to spring weather.

Capturing the ISS’s transit of the Sun during the eclipse

This is quite a feat.

Photographer Trevor Mahlmann figured out where you’d need to be within the path of totality in order to capture the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse. That alone is pretty awesome. But there was a hitch.

The land area that you’d need to be on in order to capture it is private land. By happenstance Destin from Smarter Everyday has a friend whose child was midwifed by a woman who knows (or is married to?) the landowner? Incredible.

So the three of them teamed up to get what I would say is easily the best photography done during the eclipse so far.

You can watch Destin’s video on Smarter Everyday and then also head on over to Trevor’s Patreon to help support his work.

Slingshot around the moon, for two

SpaceX:

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year.

That sentence makes me immeasurably happy.

For most of my life I’ve been very disappointed in the human race’s collective efforts to explore space. I wasn’t even alive when the last manned mission to another object in space happened.

However, over the last several years we’ve seen a barrage of successful missions by every country’s space programs and also by private companies. We’ve been exploring distant objects like Pluto, nearer objects like comets, and in-between enormous objects like Jupiter. Oh, and we’ve been driving on Mars every day for years. To top it off we’re now routinely sending objects into orbit around the earth and landing back on the ground. It is a very, very exciting time.

It isn’t too late. We can catch up from the last few decades in a hurry and I’m really happy that two brave and obviously wealthy human beings are willing to push us all forward. All the best to them. Have a great trip.