F1 "Spygate"

Here’s the story of how the world (or, at least, those in the world who care) found out that McLaren was stealing from Ferrari. These things really emerge in mundane ways. In this case, through a copy shop employee who just happened to be a rabid fan of the Italian team…

Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Formula One Racing World
“It was June 2007 in sleepy Surrey County, and Coughlan, a statuesque blonde, sauntered through the door of the shop holding a sheaf of 780 pages. Scan them onto two CDs, she told the clerk, a forgettable middle-aged guy in a forgettable office park in the middle of nowhere. Nothing strange about the order, unless you happened to be a Formula One fan and happened to take a close look at the material: schematic drawings, technical reports, pictures, and financial information — enough insider dope to design a Formula One race car. Each page was emblazoned with one of the most famous logos in the world: the prancing black horse of Ferrari.”

FotoMo cut-outs

Not sure why these paper models appeal. They’re created with forced perspective, of small Japanese bits of architecture. Both of which I’m a fan on. Wish it was easier to get hold of the book from which these come. it’s somewhere up here, behind a dense field of Japanese.

There are details of making your own, though, on this Canon site. Another thing to add to my list of craft projects that I’d like to do. Oh, and it looks like the technical term for one of these cut-outs a “FotoMo”.


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Connecting two points

“When the sun illuminated the lens of the Telectroscope next to the Thames, it was, of course, still nighttime in New York. So the screen inside the scope broadcast back only an empty sidewalk silently framed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
But then something miraculous occurred. A police officer and a street cleaner walked into the frame. Stopped. And waved.”


Bird flocking

Beautiful, mathematical shots and study of the ways in which birds fly as flocks.


“The Department of Biological Physics, at Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary, has clearly defined the goals of the project. Here is the last one. “As far as collective movements are common phenomena also in human behaviour (particular relevant in economics) we would like to explore the possibility of exporting the models and the techniques to economic collective choices. In this way we try to develop ways to investigate the reasons of social events, e.g. fashions, to understand socio-economic herding, and possibly to devise methods to tame dangerous excessive market fluctuations.”