How Fast Can China Go?
On June 30, China had the first official run of a $32 billion high-speed train line between Shanghai and Beijing. "Faster (820 miles in 288 minutes) and sleeker than any other, the needle-nosed CRH380A symbolizes China’s accelerating pace, even as it faces questions about safety, and taps into an ancient rivalry with Japan." On page four, the article discusses what happened less than a month afterwards on July 23rd: the country's first accident involving a bullet train that killed 40 people near Wenzhou.
As a result, 54 high speed trains were recalled, train speeds were reduced
and an overhaul of the high-speed rail system
by Chinese authorities. [more inside]
Locked in a Vegas hotel room with a Phantom Flex
high speed cinema camera (1080p, 2564fps). Tom Guilmette had some fun.
by Mike Barzman
. Shot on a Phantom High Speed Camera
with Stephen Hawking
commentary. Barz Art
(JPG) and audio
(MP3) that can be downloaded. Phantom camera previously mentioned here: High Speed Slow Motion Video Gallery.
"For the month of March 2010, the city of Topeka will be known as Google, Kansas
." Mayor Bill Bunten says the proclamation is an attempt to stand out from the crowd
, as cities around the United States have until March 26 to tell Google they're interested in participating in the Fiber for Communities
program, part of the company's recently announced plans to build a series of superfast broadband networks across the country [previously on MetaFilter
]. Other cities are trying to get Google's attention, but Duluth, Minnesota, has upped the ante
by pledging to name its firstborn sons "Google Fiber" and its firstborn daughters "Googlette Fiber" in a video [YouTube, 3:34]
spoofing Topeka's efforts.
Adam Kimmel shares a video of a couple of sane and sedate
runs down Claremont Avenue in Berkeley, California. (The likely route
Photographer Martin Klimas
specializes in capturing high speed photography, but with a more artistic aesthetic than the usual "bullet through an orange", etc.
of the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse)
free for download. Complete with a finished model gallery
7000 frames per second
Newscientist article, with links to the movies.
"Atmospheric 'sprites' captured in explosive detail
... by researchers using an ultra-high-speed camera.
"The best images yet of the flashes – which resemble a giant undulating jellyfish with its tentacles falling from a halo of light – have allowed the team to pick apart their structure and mechanics. "
Flickr High Speed Photography Pool
We have seen high speed photography here before
, but this flickr group has so very many different objects exploding I thought it worth a post also. My favorite? Lettuce, being struck by a potato going 100mph.
(beautiful high-speed and fine-art photography of drops and splashes) owes a debt of thanks to Harold Edgerton
, inventor of high-speed stroboscopic photography
. A class on high-speed photography at the Edgerton Exploration Center starts in 4 days in Aurora, NE.
Welcome to my Highspeed Photography Site.
Not just cool photos, but insightful details of the technique required to take them. (some pages in german, most in english). via digg
As dial-up internet access begins to fade,
a fight is happening over the right of municipalities to install and run their own broadband Internet access networks.
Various think tanks like the market oriented Heartland Institute
and the community oriented Institute for Local Self Reliance
have chimed in on the debate. Last week the Supreme Court ruled that cable companies do not have to provide "open access" to rival Internet providers.
And down in Lafayette Louisiana,
where the community will soon vote on whether to install a municipal Fiber to Home Network, some of the citizens decided to inject some humor into the issue by holding a film festival.
Remember Bullet Time
? Remember how it got damn annoying from overuse really quickly? When was the last time you saw something neat done with it?
Take a look at Lumasol
Is this too good to be true?
Last week when I called verizon
to transfer my phone service, they suckered me into ordering this dsl service. What really got me, in addition to what they have listed on the site was the 30 day free trial, and that they supposedly use STATIC ip addresses. I was also told that their modem has a router built in that assigns individual ip addresses to each computer. [I have 3 - Windows server, Linux, and Mac]. Too good to be true, right?