Took a trip to the Columbus Zoo recently and snapped this pic on my iPhone 4S.
Took a trip to the Columbus Zoo recently and snapped this pic on my iPhone 4S.
It’s funny how the memory works. Sometimes, all it takes is a song. Other times, it could be something visual. No matter what the trigger is, it can be agreed upon that it’s unexpected.
Taking a day-trip to Amish Country in Ohio, Jess and I thought it would be nice to get the kids out in the open air while we could do some small shopping and window-browsing. We kind of knew what we were getting into, but we did expect to see more in the way of Amish-inspired crafts. Still, it was nice to see what was being offered since we’ve heard so much about the area.
There are many, many different shops that offer hand-made items such as quilts, soaps, and other crafts. In fact, it was an uneventful day in terms of shopping until we walked into the Antique Mall in Berlin Village.
As soon as we walked in, an overwhelming sense of nostalgia hit me, in the sense that an ice sculpture was hit by a speeding freight train. It wasn’t just an antique mall; no, it was an indoor flea market with what seemed like endless tables and booths filled with old “collectibles”.
Back when my family lived in North Carolina, we would visit the local flea market in Newport, usually every other Saturday during the spring and summer months. In fact, my sister and I looked forward to going because it got us out of the house and we could look at the “cool” old stuff that was offered. Plus, I collected baseball cards at this time and it was a way for me to see cards I couldn’t afford.
Now, some of you might laugh at the idea, and that’s understandable. What kid would be happy to go to a flea market with their parents for a good 4 hours on a Saturday? What can I say, the small things made me happy. Anymore these days, most kids are lucky to get 4 hours with their parents a week.
The best part about the flea market Saturday is that after we were done there, we would head over to a service station/social gathering place. I’d call it a bar, but soft drinks were more popular than alcohol here. Seriously, the birthplace of Pepsi was just a 35-minute drive west to New Bern, and so the coolers were always stocked full of Pepsi products.
Outside of the building in front were two gas pumps, and upon closer observation, seemed like they were hardly used due in part to the rust and paint chipping. On the side of the building were a few picnic tables, almost always occupied by families and friends enjoying themselves.
Inside, of course, you would find a bar table to the left, with a few visitors sitting and drinking. The back wall had the old-time coolers, with bottles upon bottles of various soft drinks. Not the plastic bottles, mind you. Old-fashioned 8-ounce glass bottles. The ones that needed an actual bottle opener to drink the contents. In fact, the picture below is exactly what I remember.
My dad and I could be found inside, watching whatever baseball game was being shown on TV, drinking a Pepsi together and having a sandwich. Outside, my mom and sister would be sitting at one of the picnic tables chatting with other women and drinking a Coke and Dr. Pepper, respectively.
We were never in a hurry, obviously. We’d be away from the house from around 9 in the morning, until about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. There were very few times that we didn’t do this, due in part to the weather. Hey, it was an outdoor venue.
This was our routine every time we went to the flea market, and it’s a memory that obviously won’t be soon forgotten.
It’s funny, really, to think that in the 5 seconds upon entering the Antique Mall I was able to bring back the memories of my youth at the flea market.
A new paper out today reports that the Voyager 1 spacecraft appears to have traveled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere. However, the data they cite is the same as what NASA Voyager scientists claimed in December 2012 was just a new region at the edge of the solar system that scientists previously didn’t know was there. They called it a “highway” of magnetic particles, shepherding Voyager 1 out into interstellar space, whereas the new paper put out by the American Geophysical Union says Voyager 1 has crossed a “heliocliff” and into interstellar space.
Source: Universe Today
The official response from NASA, included in the same article:
“It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space. In December 2012, the Voyager science team reported that Voyager 1 is within a new region called ‘the magnetic highway’ where energetic particles changed dramatically. A change in the direction of the magnetic field is the last critical indicator of reaching interstellar space and that change of direction has not yet been observed.”
The fact that almost 36 years later, Voyager 1 has travelled 11 billion miles through our solar system and is still transmitting data back to Earth is nothing short of amazing. I for one can’t wait until it does actually head out into interstellar space and see what information comes back.
Name: The Curse of Woodrock: Twins
Developer: Readmusync s.l.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Developers are constantly coming up with new ways for users to use their apps, so it’s no surprise that interactive books are starting to take off.
The Curse of Woodrock: Twins is another entry into the interactive market. To quote the developer:
Synchronizing music, text and images immerses the reader into a multisensory experience. It is the result of merging the reader itself, art and science into a world halfway between cinema, music and literature: With the help of different technological and emotional resources, we offer unique, unforgettable moments in a tremendously deep personal way. Pure entertainment. A new media type. Amusing.
Early 1901, Gustave Whitehead built his 21st manned aircraft. He called it the “Condor”. That summer – more than two years before the Wright Brothers – he made history’s first manned, powered, controlled, sustained flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft. A photo and other proof exists. As a result, on March 8, 2013, the world’s foremost authority on aviation history, “Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft”, formally recognized Gustave Whitehead’s claim.
For as long as I can remember, we were taught that the Wright brothers were the pioneers in aviation, having their first successful controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight take place on December 17, 1903. In fact, North Carolina (specifically Kitty Hawk) is home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where you can learn more about why they chose that area for testing as well as looking at different models they used. In fact, the license plates for North Carolina read “First in Flight”.
Another state possibly affected by this is Ohio, where “Birthplace of Aviation” can be found throughout the state.
There’s been a lot of controversy regarding the Wright brothers and their claim to fame, but this is the first solid piece of evidence I’ve seen that could actually change the history books.
This could really be happening. Just weeks after a baby girl was functionally cured of the HIV virus, early treatment has been found to put HIV into seemingly permanent remission in 14 adults. It’s breathtaking progress in the fight against HIV.
Keep in mind that the virus is still present but in reduced form, and it’s possible that it can still be transmitted. However, it’s still great news towards the fight against HIV.
The big news yesterday in the tech world, of course, was the announcement from Google that as of July 1, 2013, Google Reader would be discontinued. In fact, there were actually 8 different products/services that are going to be discontinued by the end of the year. However, one product stood out to me more than Google Reader, which is Snapseed.
Beginning today we’ll no longer sell or provide updates for Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows. Existing customers will continue to be able to download the software and can contact us for support. We’ll continue to offer the Snapseed mobile app on iOS and Android for free.
Source: Google Official Blog
A few months ago when Google re-released Snapseed for iOS and Android as a free app, I wondered what this would mean in terms of the Picasa desktop app, if Google would somehow combine the two apps or even replace Picasa altogether. Snapseed was still a paid app for desktop computers, but the mobile version became free and so naturally I was curious about their direction.
Killing the desktop app didn’t answer either question I had; instead, it just raises even more questions about their plans with photo management and editing.
Something I actually remember when I was teenager:
The Phoenix Lights (sometimes called the “Lights over Phoenix”) were a series of widely sighted unidentified flying objects observed in the skies over Arizona and Nevada in the United States, and Sonora, Mexico on March 13, 1997.
From the same article, it appears that the same phenomenon happened two more times. Once in 2007:
A repeat of the lights occurred February 6, 2007, and was recorded by the local Fox News television station. According to military officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, these were flares dropped by F-16 aircraft training at Luke Air Force Base.
and again in 2008:
On April 21, 2008, lights were again reported over North Phoenix by local residents. According to witnesses, the lights formed a vertical line, then spread apart and made a diamond shape. The lights also formed a U-shape at one time.
Interesting response from the US Government, if that’s indeed what happened those nights.
One of my favorite iOS apps, iPoe – The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allan Poe Collection, is free today only, down from $3.99.
Rediscover Edgar Allan Poe as you’ve never imagined! iPoe is a new concept where music, illustration and interactivity combine to invite you to dive into the darkest corner of the human soul.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
This project started out as a simple tool for using the iTunes Search API to download 600x600px artwork for TV shows. However, it became a lot more popular than I expected and requests were made to add movie and iBook artwork. I’ve added these in addition to incorporating album artwork and app icons from the App Store.
Source: Ben Dodson
If you’re looking to get the same high-quality artwork that the iTunes Store offers into your own personal collection, give this a try.