Earlier this week, an Australian conservative state government minister for roads and other stuff... Duncan Gay, ordered the removal of Sydney's first and only rainbow crossing. It had been a highlight of the recent mardi gras celebrations.
As it was ripped up.
In the middle of the night.
And now there is an organic backlash as people around Australia, and the world, create their own in chalk. Everywhere.
(disclaimer.... we made one in Sydney Park, St Peters this afternoon.)
The crossing on twitter
The hashtag is diyrainbow.
And they're being posted on facebook here
Some more here: here
posted by taff
on Apr 14, 2013 -
The light from a primary rainbow is partially polarised
. Now, in a paper accepted
by the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, the authors show how to use the weak signal from rainbows in starlight reflected by exoplanets to detect the presence of liquid water clouds. [arXiv preprint link
In particular, liquid water clouds covering as little as 10%-20% of the planetary surface, with more than half of these covered by ice clouds, still create a polarized rainbow feature in the planetary signal. Indeed, calculations of flux and polarization signals of an exoplanet with a realistic Earth-like cloud coverage, show a strong polarized rainbow feature.
posted by Talkie Toaster
on Nov 7, 2012 -
The E. chromi
project is forging ahead with its plan, using recombinant bacteria to detect and display disease states of the human body in your toilet. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Apr 27, 2011 -
uniCornify the Web!
That's right. Unicorns and rainbows when you feel the web is icky or frustrating. Here's what Metafilter
could look like. If you want you can add their java snippet to your browser bar and cornify anything!
posted by filmgeek
on Feb 4, 2009 -
, in spray
, of moonlight
, in reflective paint
, without sky
, with spokes
, in clouds
, in the fog
, more. Halos
, horizon distortion
, green flashes
. Surface and volume shadows
. Waves atop the atmosphere
. Picture of the Day
. Still no unicorns.
posted by fantabulous timewaster
on Jan 13, 2009 -
Rainbow Innuendo Episode
Evidentially Rainbow was a children's show in Britain (Canada?) in the Late 70's - early 80's. (I never heard of it till now here in Ohio.) Anyway, wether this went on the air or whether it was just a gag reel for the cast and crew... I doubt anyone will know. I went out and found the full 16MB MPEG version for downloading, because I love ya. Must be seen to believed. Possibly NSFW. Maybe.
Can't believe your ears/eyes? Want to see the script? Here ya go
posted by Dome-O-Rama
on Feb 26, 2004 -
Those of you old enough to remember watching sporting events in the late 70's and early 80's may remeber a gentleman with a rainbow colored wig who enjoyed holding up a sign reading JOHN 3:16. That gentleman was named Rollen Stewart
and while he was ubiquitous for a time, he came to sad and bizarre end. His rise and fall detailed in this article
and a short movie
is an interesting cautionary tale about the nature of celebrity in a media saturated world.
posted by jonmc
on Oct 14, 2002 -
You may have heard of the Dark Side of the Rainbow
, the synching of Pink Floyd
's The Dark Side of the Moon with The Wizard of Oz. But this isn't the only mystery that surrounds the band. The Publius Enigma
is the story of an anonymous Usenet poster
connected to the band in some way that claimed that The Division Bell album held a very tangible and real prize. Was it a cosmic mystery of an esoteric nature or just a gimmick to sell records?
posted by euphorb
on Mar 28, 2002 -