Category Archives: GeoPorn

PhotoSurreal – Camera Emphasises Time over Space

Jay Mark Johnson—an architect and renaissance man— purchased a $85,000 rotating slit-scan camera for high-resolution panoramas. (The camera records vast landscapes sliver by sliver.) Finding the accidental effects of motion in front of the camera strangely poetic, he experimented with … Continue reading

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ShadowScan(TM) – 3D Building Models from the Sun’s Shadows

We’ve all seen laser scanner’s that work by projecting laser lines (or grids) over the irregular surface of an object to capture 3D shape. But now some genius researchers at Washington University (which is in St. Louis, Mo BTW), have … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Flexable Hexagons

First discovered in 1939 by a daydreaming student named Arthur H. Stone, flexagons have attracted the curiosity of great scientists for decades, including Stone’s famous friend and colleague Richard Feynman. Fig 1- Flexagons are origami-like puzzles that are simple to … Continue reading

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Temp’florescence – the temporal genius of plants

As architects, we learn how to do functional landscaping – trees for shading, and plantings as living entourage for our buildings. And this is typically the extent of our understanding and landscaping capabilities. Yet there is a much deeper metaphysical … Continue reading

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Archi’ Tech – Scaling Mars w/ Curiosity

Curiosity’s journey to Mars spanned eight months and 352 million miles (566 million kilometers). And after flawlessly executing an elaborate and untested landing routine,  the rover gently touched down on the surface of the red planet. The landing routine was … Continue reading

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Magnetic Migration – magnetosenory cells found in animals

There have been several major breakthroughs in geomagentism. Last week I covered a Finnish startup called IndoorAtlas, which exploits cellphone magnetometers to uniquely position users in the earth’s ambient magnetic field. And now, scientists have confirmed that this is exactly … Continue reading

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GeoMagnetic Location Awareness – IndoorAtlas

by Fred Abler I’ve long suspected I may have a kind of magnetic sixth sense. I seem to ‘feel space’ more acutely than others. And at the key moments in my life, I am overcome by a feeling I can … Continue reading

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Live Mapping… Underground 3D

by Fred Abler Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s quasi Alien’s prequel, is a visually brilliant movie. A team of earth archeologists, a geologist, and a vain android named ‘David’.. delve into deep space in the year 2089. Their mission is to find … Continue reading

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The Menzi Muck – Rheintaler GeoPorn

by Fred Abler If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll know I love GeoPorn. I’m not sure exactly what it is… but I know it when I see it. And I’m definitely not alone in this Earth kink.  We get … Continue reading

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