Take an interactive tour of our solar system’s many moons.
Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Sunday, February 10th, 2019
This orrery is really quite wonderful! Not only is it a great demonstration of what CSS can do, it’s a really accurate visualisation of the solar system.
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Friday, November 2nd, 2018
A proposed flag for the planet.
Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Visions, Ventures, Escape Velocities: A Collection of Space Futures – Center for Science and the Imagination
A collection of short stories and essays speculating on humanity’s future in the solar system. The digital versions are free to download.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Wednesday, November 8th, 2017
Sunday, October 29th, 2017
A lovely interactive photo essay charting the results of what happens when evolution produces a life form that allows a planet to take selfies.
Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
A near-future tale of post-Brexit Kafkaesque isolationism in the skies.
It turned out that taking back control also meant creating an aerial deadzone. Nothing can fly in here without a Library of Alexandria’s worth of paperwork, and nothing can fly out without the same.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Luke just demoed this at Codebar. It’s a lovely audio/visualisation of the solar system—a sonic orrery that you can tweak and adjust.
Friday, October 21st, 2016
This is a rather lovely idea—a disc with eight rings, each marked with the position of a planet, the arrangement of which corresponds to a specific date.
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Mistakes on a plane
I’m in Seattle. An Event Apart just wrapped up here and it was excellent as always. The venue was great and the audience even greater so I was able to thoroughly enjoy myself when it was time for me to give my talk.
I’m going to hang out here for another few days before it’s time for the long flight back to the UK. The flight over was a four-film affair—that’s how I measure the duration of airplane journeys. I watched:
- Steve Jobs,
- The Big Short,
- Spectre, and
I was very glad that I watched Joy after three back-to-back Bechdel failures. Spectre in particular seems to have been written by a teenage boy, and I couldn’t get past the way that the The Big Short used women as narrative props.
I did enjoy Steve Jobs. No surprise there—I enjoy most of Danny Boyle’s films. But there was a moment that took me out of the narrative flow…
The middle portion of the film centres around the launch of the NeXT cube. In one scene, Michael Fassbender’s Jobs refers to another character as “Rain Man”. I immediately started to wonder if that was an anachronistic comment. “When was Rain Man released?” I thought to myself.
It turns out that Rain Man was released in 1988 and the NeXT introduction was also in 1988 but according to IMDB, Rain Man was released in December …and the NeXT introduction was in October.
The jig is up, Sorkin!
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Earth as seen on one day in 2015 from Himawari-8. Beautiful.
Friday, December 19th, 2014
Airships in the atmosphere of Venus. More plausible than it might sound at first.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014
Unfinished Business special: Rumpus On The Planet Of The Apes with Brendan Dawes and Jeremy Keith on Huffduffer
This was a lot of fun for us. It might even be fun to listen to.
If you haven’t seen Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, then listen ye not—this is a spoilerific podcast episode.
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
A lovely visualisation that combines two of my loves: space, and the correct use of the subjunctive.
Monday, August 12th, 2013
Beautiful animated GIFs showing the lungs of our planet.
Saturday, January 26th, 2013
Gorgeous colour-processed images from NASA probes. I could stare at the fountains of Enceladus all day.
Sunday, March 4th, 2012
What happens when your SR-71 Blackbird falls apart at 3.18 times the speed of sounds at 78,800 feet?
Friday, February 11th, 2011
On 18 May 2010, the Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) Project deposited a time capsule in the vaults of datacenter, Swiss Fort Knox, in Saanen, Switzerland. It contained the decoding information for five digital file formats on media ranging from paper, microfilm and floppy discs to CDs, DVDs and USB sticks.