1861 kms of floodlights

Is this the longest floodlit border in the world? The orange line snaking across the photo below is the floodlit border between India & Pakistan.

Spectacular: The International Space Station image captures the floodlit border between India and Pakistan in amazing detail

The photo is taken by ISS last month.


The greatest shoe never made

is now made!
For all you middle aged folks who remember Michael J Fox in Back to Future series.
The Nike Air Mag is the shoe Michael brings back from the future. Since then paeans have been written by people hoping the shoe will be made.
Now it is.
Equally importantly, Nike will make only 1500 pairs ( I think) and auction them off. All proceeds go to research on Parkinson disease cure.

The 2011 NIKE MAG from Inside The Sneakerbox on Vimeo.

Everything Sings–Evocative Cartography

I came across the work by Denis Wood – Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas, a compendium of eclectic and idiosyncratic maps showing the patterns of everyday events, things in the half-square mile neighborhood of Boylan Heights in Raleigh, North Carolina. Things and events that normally happen in every community, town and usually pass by unremarked and even unnoticed:

The paper route of the boy who delivers your morning newspaper, lighting zones in your town, you know the kind of things I mean.

Everything Sings grew out of an episode of NPR’s This American Life in which host Ira Glass inadvertently came across Wood’s shelved project from a university course he’d previously taught to landscape architecture students. Glass contributes a fantastic foreword that pretty much sums up what makes the collection so special.


These maps are completely unnecessary. The world didn’t ask for them. They aid no navigation or civic-minded purpose. They’re just for pleasure. They laugh at the stupid Google map I consult five times a day on my phone. They laugh at what a square that map is. At its small-mindedness. They know it’s a sad, workaholic salaryman.~ Ira Glass

What is awesome is the strong emotions and in some cases “aha” moments that these maps generate.


Resonant frequencies got a new example–boxercising

You can’t make stuff like this up.

“A friend called a few weeks ago to tell me about a skyscraper that had to be evacuated after an earthquake in Seoul. For ten minutes the building made wide metronomic swings. Thing was, there had been no earthquake registered in the area. It was a mysteriously super local event. After a two-week investigation, the epicenter had been narrowed down to the building’s twelfth floor gym where the side kicking, upper-cutting, and fist-jabbing of seventeen middle-aged Korean women boxercising to Snap’s 1990s hit “I’ve got the Power” seemed somehow to have hit the building’s resonant frequency, sending the whole structure into convulsions. Surely the gods thought they were doing Seoul’s Technomart a good turn when, at the beginning of time, they decided out of all possible pasts and futures, for this building’s Achilles’ heel to be the improbably collection of seventeen Korean women on the wrong side of forty paired with 1990s American infomercial exercise culture.”

via Clusterflock