tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-36554382686271967082016-12-13T15:45:02.984+02:00CultCaseA blog about culture and artCultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.comBlogger4915tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-75935141734814873962013-02-21T18:27:00.001+02:002013-02-22T08:10:46.780+02:00Averted Imagination: 3 Spectacular Bright Sun Photographs<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b0GMuCQsf8U/USZI_b2SE9I/AAAAAAAAPc4/EIfIuj7ewWk/s1600/sun.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b0GMuCQsf8U/USZI_b2SE9I/AAAAAAAAPc4/EIfIuj7ewWk/s640/sun.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />By day he makes <a href="http://www.greatarrow.com/" target="_blank">greeting cards</a>. At night, photographer Alan Friedman pursue his passion for astronomy. Using a telescope with special filters he creates the most spectacular high-res photos of the sun and other bright objects in space. His observatory, just in case you ask yourself, is located in a downtown backyard "amidst street lights and the turbulent winds of the jet stream" but, as you can see below, he makes the most out of it.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Solar Nirvana</span><br /><br /><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p-uVbu2YhzM/USY_WTkygPI/AAAAAAAAPb0/YHw3FcZjoYU/s1600/sunpositive060412.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="630" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p-uVbu2YhzM/USY_WTkygPI/AAAAAAAAPb0/YHw3FcZjoYU/s640/sunpositive060412.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />The sun's disk is "alive with activity" in this amazing shot described by Friedman as the "most dynamic show in many years". More version of this photograph which was also published on the Discovery Channel and on Discover magazine's Bad Astronomy blog, right <a href="http://www.avertedimagination.com/img_pages/solar_nirvana.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">Giant Color Prominence</span><br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hBapp_rXCl0/USZA4Vv5DHI/AAAAAAAAPcc/gZmepOfl55I/s1600/sun_031610.jpg" imageanchor="1" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="390" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hBapp_rXCl0/USZA4Vv5DHI/AAAAAAAAPcc/gZmepOfl55I/s640/sun_031610.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />A fine art print of this image which was featured on Spaceweather.com and as NASA's APOD is available for sale. 24 hours after that giant prominence&nbsp;color shot was taken that filament was still hanging on&nbsp;there. Source and more versions&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avertedimagination.com/img_pages/a_big_one_color031610.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">High five on the fifth of May</span><br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xk5aZxQtfqw/USY_g0aFfKI/AAAAAAAAPb8/z4g1IyU3NtA/s1600/cincodemayo.jpg" imageanchor="1" target="_blank"><img border="0" height="566" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Xk5aZxQtfqw/USY_g0aFfKI/AAAAAAAAPb8/z4g1IyU3NtA/s640/cincodemayo.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>"High five on the fifth of May... a grand new active region rotating into view, a massive prominence unleashed and blown away by the solar wind, handsome sunspot 1471, some wonderful filaments arching across the chromosphere... and clear skies to enjoy all of the above...". Source and moon colored version&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avertedimagination.com/img_pages/cincodemayo.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /><div><br /></div><div>For more amazing Alan Friedman photography visit&nbsp;<a href="http://avertedimagination.com/" target="_blank">avertedimagination.com</a><br /><div><div><br /><br /></div></div></div>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-29074135876866835642013-02-04T21:08:00.000+02:002013-02-04T21:09:35.768+02:00Living Sculptures: 3 Bottle Ecosystem Projects<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QHwy3FPENHA/UQ_PttmyEXI/AAAAAAAAPZI/GUwZD52147M/s1600/3+bottle+ecosystems.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QHwy3FPENHA/UQ_PttmyEXI/AAAAAAAAPZI/GUwZD52147M/s640/3+bottle+ecosystems.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />They're very easy to make, hyper-creative and fascinating and like many other cool things they used to be very popular in the 70's: Bottle Ecosystems, also known as 'terrarium's and 'vivariums',&nbsp;are simple bottles which include the basic&nbsp;ingredients&nbsp;for life to survive: light, dirt, moisture and of course a DNA based organism, or a few of them. The following are 3 bottle ecosystem projects we find particularly inspiring. Think&nbsp;Bottle Ecosystems are&nbsp;cool and want to give it a try? Check out Jenna Consolo's project (below) or just watch&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69hYV9ti_R8" target="_blank">this 5:20 min video</a> from Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden that demonstrate how to create a simple terrarium out of a 2L pop bottle and some other easy to find items.<br /><br /><h2>[1] Summer Fun: Ecosystem Edition</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RQJyCFDouPo/UQ_IUYnMXkI/AAAAAAAAPYw/VxHQDIRZwZs/s1600/Summer+Fun.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RQJyCFDouPo/UQ_IUYnMXkI/AAAAAAAAPYw/VxHQDIRZwZs/s640/Summer+Fun.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />It was never her idea for a summer with the kids but some other kids did something similar for a science project and then&nbsp;her friend Michelle <a href="http://scribbit.blogspot.co.il/2010/05/kids-summer-crafts-build-ecosystem.html">posted about&nbsp;how to build an Ecosystem</a>&nbsp;that is "perfectly contained and functions without any outside work or maintenance"&nbsp;describing what she did and show she did it with her children in Alaska. So, Jenna Consolo decided it's time for her and the kids to build their own&nbsp;terrarium.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OczoD-fEHDU/UQ_IcFdH1rI/AAAAAAAAPY4/ZxcbqPpg6OI/s1600/Summer+Fun1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OczoD-fEHDU/UQ_IcFdH1rI/AAAAAAAAPY4/ZxcbqPpg6OI/s640/Summer+Fun1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Here is what you'll need to follow-up on such project with your own terrarium. The process and results (shown above) are described in&nbsp;<a href="http://cranberrycorner.blogspot.co.il/2010/07/summer-fun-ecosystem-edition.html" target="_blank">this blog post</a>&nbsp;on&nbsp;the Cranberry Corner blog:<br /><ul><li>3 clear 2-liter (empty) soda bottles</li><li>Clear packing tape</li><li>Aquarium gravel</li><li>Water</li><li>Dechlorinator</li><li>Rubber band</li><li>4" piece of netting (or just cut up pantyhose)</li><li>Soil</li><li>Fish, snails or other aquatic life</li><li>Elodea, duck weed, anachris or other aquatic plants</li><li>Crickets, pill bugs and earthworms</li><li>A few dead leaves and small sticks</li></ul><br /><h2>[2] Clea Cregan's Miniscapes</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IPyJOvzYbto/UQ_GbLGv0UI/AAAAAAAAPYg/EZ8qUruxu-0/s1600/clea-cregan.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IPyJOvzYbto/UQ_GbLGv0UI/AAAAAAAAPYg/EZ8qUruxu-0/s640/clea-cregan.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Started 6 years ago as&nbsp;&nbsp;as a hobby, Clea Cregan's Miniscapes now merges desktop gardening and design to produce beautiful terrariums they call "miniature gardens" and "living sculptures". <br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c85BwrC_ezk/UQ_GkntbirI/AAAAAAAAPYo/fx5kJIu80I8/s1600/clea-cregan1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-c85BwrC_ezk/UQ_GkntbirI/AAAAAAAAPYo/fx5kJIu80I8/s640/clea-cregan1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Cregan's creations are usually made for for office receptions, board room tables and studios but also for home environments. Interested? Check out <a href="http://www.miniscapes.net/" target="_blank">Miniscapes's site</a> or read <a href="http://thedesignfiles.net/2011/09/interview-clea-cregan/" target="_blank">this interview</a>&nbsp;with Cregan on TheDesignFiles.<br /><br /><h2>[3] Wet Environment Terrarium</h2><div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BF6IAXgfmfY/UQ-8tFOpKvI/AAAAAAAAPYQ/-ADNNHeoqRU/s1600/terrariums1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="560" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BF6IAXgfmfY/UQ-8tFOpKvI/AAAAAAAAPYQ/-ADNNHeoqRU/s640/terrariums1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Nicole Cammorata, a&nbsp;Boston-based journalist, writer, and editor and a talented photographer published this story in the Boston Globe detailing how to make your own plant terrariums. Sadly, the <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2012/03/28/steps-gorgeous-homemade-terrariums/ycFj4ofsuWyZsznx4yAweI/story.html" target="_blank">full story</a> which takes you through the process step-by-step, is behind the Globe's paywall but we still loved the this sequence she <a href="http://www.scarletandsterling.com/2012/03/diy-plant-terrariums.html" target="_blank">posted on Cammorata's blog</a>&nbsp;how to create a terrarium that&nbsp;"favors more of a wet environment". Know any more cool bottle ecosystem projects? Be sure to <a href="http://www.cultcase.com/2007/01/contact-cultcase.html" target="_blank">contact us</a>&nbsp;or post them in the comments thread.</div>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-63221546853019603652013-01-17T17:14:00.002+02:002013-01-17T17:16:52.161+02:00From Smallpox to HIV: 6 Glass Sculptures of Colorless Deadly Viruses<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CbLEGRmrgp8/UPf6HyEKyZI/AAAAAAAAPWs/HRg2WVT3XIs/s1600/Luke%2BJerram.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CbLEGRmrgp8/UPf6HyEKyZI/AAAAAAAAPWs/HRg2WVT3XIs/s640/Luke%2BJerram.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Deadly viruses such as Smallpox, E.coli and HIV have claimed the lives of hundreds of millions of people but they always seem to have these fantastically vivid colors, right? Well, not exactly. As opposed to what we're used to see on TV and in the movies, viruses are actually colorless as they are simply smaller than the wavelength of light. British artist <a href="http://www.lukejerram.com/" target="_blank">Luke Jerram</a> thought that's just isn't right, so, since around 2004 he has been making his own representations of viruses, alternative to the artificially colored imagery we are used to receive through the media.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sawctkWL78Q" width="640"></iframe> <br />Jerram's sculptures are made in collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch and are designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol, using scientific photographs and models. The following are 6 scientifically accurate glass representations of deadly viruses created by Luke Jerram. For more about Jerram and his amazing artwork check out the above BBC video or visit <a href="http://www.lukejerram.com/" target="_blank">lukejerram.com</a>.<br /><br /><h2>[1] Smallpox</h2><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ax8poghFtw/UPgE_MAiCgI/AAAAAAAAPW8/LBjwnxAq95U/s1600/Smallpox1.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--ax8poghFtw/UPgE_MAiCgI/AAAAAAAAPW8/LBjwnxAq95U/s640/Smallpox1.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[2] T4 Bacteriophage Virus</h2><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0usJibBgOdc/UPgFSKgR9aI/AAAAAAAAPXM/ooli8LSi6Q8/s1600/t4phage_widescreen.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0usJibBgOdc/UPgFSKgR9aI/AAAAAAAAPXM/ooli8LSi6Q8/s640/t4phage_widescreen.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[3] HIV</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S5JsKGzsqyE/UPgFGnfsm5I/AAAAAAAAPXE/RtGoxu3Yitk/s1600/hivseries2.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S5JsKGzsqyE/UPgFGnfsm5I/AAAAAAAAPXE/RtGoxu3Yitk/s640/hivseries2.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[4] E.coli</h2><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AmYnbLwaUaw/UPgHo5JfWqI/AAAAAAAAPXc/sDYWLZV5Zac/s1600/barc.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AmYnbLwaUaw/UPgHo5JfWqI/AAAAAAAAPXc/sDYWLZV5Zac/s640/barc.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[5] Swine Flu</h2><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-skanvx8HH6c/UPgHwsOKA6I/AAAAAAAAPXk/EWmLVnV3SFI/s1600/onblack2.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-skanvx8HH6c/UPgHwsOKA6I/AAAAAAAAPXk/EWmLVnV3SFI/s640/onblack2.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br /><h2>[6] Untitled Future Mutation</h2><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t6PluWEQkMU/UPgH2y0ytSI/AAAAAAAAPXs/5Wg10Jt4jqo/s1600/untitledfuturemutation1wide.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="358" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t6PluWEQkMU/UPgH2y0ytSI/AAAAAAAAPXs/5Wg10Jt4jqo/s640/untitledfuturemutation1wide.jpg" width="640" /></a><br /><br />CultHats to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience" target="_blank">IFeakingLoveScience</a><br /><br />CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-39364598520935051532012-01-31T14:44:00.001+02:002012-12-26T12:17:23.700+02:00Color Pic-a-Pix Light Vol 1: Solve the Puzzle and Discover a Beautiful Pixel-Art Picture<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sDe6XdP3BVE/TyfeC6i2pbI/AAAAAAAAOUI/F-xZWMdwews/s1600/color-pic-a-pix-light-vol1-200x150.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="150" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sDe6XdP3BVE/TyfeC6i2pbI/AAAAAAAAOUI/F-xZWMdwews/s400/color-pic-a-pix-light-vol1-200x150.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>The object in this new game from <a href="http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/" target="_blank">Conceptis</a> is to reveal a hidden picture by painting blocks according to the rules. There is only one unique solution for each puzzle.<br /><br />Rules are pretty simple: Each row and column should be painted so their length, color and sequence corresponds to the clues, and there is at least one empty square between adjacent same-color blocks. It is allowed to have no empty square between adjacent different-color blocks.<br /><br /><b>How to play</b><br /><br />Select the color you wish to use and click the desired square in the grid. First mouse click fills a square, second mouse click displays a dot to indicate the square is blank and third click brings the square back to its original state. Multiple squares may be filled or blanked by dragging the mouse.<br /><br /><b>Play Color Pic-a-Pix Light Vol 1</b><br /><br /> <object data="http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/flash/11/108.swf" height="460" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="550"> <param name="quality" value="high" valuetype="data"><param name="movie" value="http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/flash/11/108.swf" valuetype="data"><param name="FlashVars" value="hidelogos=1"></object><a href="http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/redirect.aspx?ref=0&uri=puzzle/pic-a-pix&src=cultcase&v=light"><img height="59" width="548" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-celAxaMbb1M/UNrNGdS14tI/AAAAAAAAPRY/1FO61WpcAoI/s400/light-footer.jpg" /></a>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3655438268627196708.post-80316514327728552912011-08-04T15:58:00.005+03:002011-08-04T16:04:55.094+03:00Creek Face<a target="_blank" href="http://freepostia.com/mypost.php?id=1665"><img src="http://www.freepostia.com/fimages/628HaMsw.jpg" /></a><br /><br /><div>Creek Face by <a target="_blank" href="http://freepostia.com/mypost.php?id=1665">Stumbleforfree</a> / freepostia.com</div>CultCasehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14754513431553464537noreply@blogger.com0