Just when you thought the culinary arts could be no better

In light of my previous post, putting Jupiter in a whole new light thanks to NASA’s Juno spacecraft, I thought I’d bring a little enjoyment to your day with a baker’s ability to put cakes in a brand new light with planet cakes. Yes – you got it straight from Horse’s… well let’s just say perhaps not the front end…

Planet cakes!

Kudos to Cakecrumbs for her world of culinary art. And yes this is a cake. Head on over to the blog to see more pictures of the cake and over to another page on the blog to see how to make one in this tutorial.

Awesome work there Cakecrumbs! And another pic below – with Australia prominently placed at the top of the world of course.

 

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Science – here is why I love it so

NASA… I love them. For exploring, and for sharing what they discover on their journeys.

Even more importantly i love the fact that since it is in the public domain citizen filmmakers and scientists can make use of those images in unique and in this case wondrous ways.

Juno takes a handful of still photographs each time it passes Jupiter, each of which are made available to the public thanks to the NASA image, video and audio site. Sean Doran stitched together the images from Juno’s last transit (the images were coloured by Gerald Eichstädt) to create an approximation of what it looks like to fly around the giant planet.

Latest view of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft from Enneagon on Vimeo.

Music added by Avi Solomon. Crank up the sound, and maximise the video!

Flying over Mars (in 3D)

The thought of one day being able to see Mars out the window each morning fills me with hope for the human race – the only race on our planet. To ensure the survival of our species in the long run we need to get ‘off the rock’ on which we were born. As the only species on the planet that has achieved spaceflight so far, we should be focusing on this goal.  Until we look at our long term survival as an opportunity to grow, and venture out there, we’ll have to rely on the creatives who are already out there.

A FICTIVE FLIGHT ABOVE REAL MARS from Jan Fröjdman on Vimeo.

Jan took the HiRISE anaglyph images of Mars that hold information about the topography of Mars surface and with hundreds of high-resolution images created different studies in 3D.

In the film above he chose locations and processed the images into panning video clips. This gives you the feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down on the planet.

 

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We have a new member of the zoo

Bruce - the newest hand puppetToday while walking through one of our favourite Op Shops I found our new member of the family.

This is Bruce, our newest puppet. While we have a lot of puppets of Birds, and other assorted fauna (we really love hand puppets) we’ve never had a true hunter gatherer on the team.

Bruce - the newest hand puppetThat cheeky grin, that glint in his eye, especially when he comes to the ‘Fish are Friends – Not Food’ meetings make Bruce a very popular member of the puppeting team.

It’s obvious that Bruce has a killer smile. At heart though he’s just a big lovable fish in need of some love, and a hand to help him really come to life.

Summer Photography redux

I read a photography post recently on finding inspiration where you live. My photographs around home tend to focus on the human jungle around us. There are the beautiful eucalypt tree shapes and their long leaves, street lights, electricity (telephone) poles, TV aerials and the other manifestations of modern life such as the wires and insulators that deliver our internet and electricity locally. With the weather being what it is this summer (unpredictable) I’ve been able to get quite a few late cloudy sunsets. Last night was no different.

Here are three photos that I wanted to share. There are more notes on each photo.

All images are copyright I Andrew Martin, 2017.

The dystopian future, or the dystopian past

While out and about today shooting video and images for the Ballarat Tramway Museum’s Horse Tram day, Mad Max came visiting the Lake Wendouree precinct.

Found at the Lake Wendouree precinct this afternoon
The MFP cruised through the Lake Wendouree precinct today – January 22, 2017
Found at the Lake Wendouree precinct this afternoon
The MFP cruised through the Lake Wendouree precinct today – January 22, 2017

I’m stoked that I managed to get these two shots. I’d just finished packing up my gear when I saw this coming down the road. Great catch. The car was immaculately presented and sounded just as fantastic.

Mid Summer Photography

While being eaten by bugs and bitten by Mosquitos is never fun, occasionally you get the chance to capture some great photographs.

Enjoy this small gallery of photos from late 2016.

Andrew

Site update – New project pages created

I’ve added a new section for Electronics & I.T. projects. Currently there are two pages underneath that main heading:

  • Arduino,
  • Odroid, and
  • Raspberry Pi

As of today there are no Arduino projects, they are coming soon. In the meantime I’ve begun to add pages for the first Raspberry Pi project that I’m working on – A Windows Active Directory Domain Controller using Linux and SAMBA.

There are additional pages for tools and tips also and these are available from the GO main menu item. Let me know if you try any of these projects. I’ll keep them updated and add new pages as I finish the steps throughout the project.

Honouring Ballarat’s Vietnam Veterans 2016

It’s been a long haul for many ANZAC Vietnam veterans. Returning from serving their country in a foreign land, after fighting and dying for reasons not their own. On their return many found themselves anathema to the people they had fought for and served. Little support on the home front and less from the government who’d sent them overseas saw sickness and depression take its toll on otherwise healthy soldiers. It was not until 1987, some 15 years after the last of our troops returned from Vietnam that they were given a parade and the recognition of having fought for Australia at the government’s behest. They struggled to gain the respect of returned service organisations as well.

As we rapidly approach the 50th remembrance of the Battle of Long Tan (August 18), possibly Vietnam ANZAC’s greatest moment in that conflict I was very proud of our daughter and others in her school leadership team for representing  their school at this important event. To all Vietnam Veterans, and veterans in general; thank you for your service, it is not forgotten nor taken for granted.

Lest we forget.

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Mars in Opposition – and helping NASA release 1000 new images

Every 26 months, Mars is in “opposition” with the Sun. This means that the Sun is on one side of the earth with Mars on the other. Which means that scientists have a direct connection (not quite line of site but close) with NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) allowing for larger data transfers to occur. This month the MRO orbiter sent over 1000 new images. One such is shown below:

Depression with Terraced Margins Northwest of Nicholson Crater

The ‘High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment‘ website has all the images available and in the public domain.

The MRO has sent data back from our planetary neighbour since 2005. Launched to look for signs of water on Mars the MRO has been sending back amazing high-resolution photographs from the surface that will help the process of mapping the planet.