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Feb 04, 2014

The Typography of Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey"

created at: 02/04/2014"Typeset in the Future" is a new blog by Dave Addey that's "dedicated to fonts in sci-fi." For his inaugural post, he sets about dissecting the type in (what Chris thinks is) the greatest science fiction film ever made, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Released in 1968, the film represents breakthroughs in both set design and typography, of which it takes full advantage.… read more

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Dec 16, 2013

The Largest True Color Photo of Space....Was Shot by an Amateur

This 360 degree panorama of the night sky wasn't shot by a satellite or a high-powered telescope. It was (simply?) stitched together from 37,000 images by amateur photographer, Nick… read more

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Jun 11, 2012

An Astronaut’s Incredible Photos of “Star Trails"

Space. It's mysterious, possibly infinite, and as captured in these photographs by NASA astronaut Don Pettit, absolutely stunning.   

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Mar 21, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 21, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

This is the sun. Yes, that sun. Photographer Alan… read more

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Nov 15, 2011

Stunning Star Trail Photography from the Australian Outback

Photographer Lincoln Harrison has created the most amazing long exposure star trail photographs in the Australian Outback. Taking up to fifteen hours to capture each lens, Harrison uses standard, albeit high-end, photography equipment like the "Nikon D7000, Nikon D3100, and a wide assortment of lenses. Harrison captures a large number of exposures of the foreground and stars separately. He then combines the images (sometimes hundreds of them) into amazing photographs showing the sky dominated by colorful star trails."

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Jul 18, 2011

How to: Make a Bendy Straw Rocket Launcher

Sometimes, the most fun craft projects are just stylish reinterpretations of the stuff you already know about.

'Member how fun it is to (still) shoot your straw wrapper across the table at your significant other, because she's awesome, and doesn't care about stuff like that, and will probably shoot hers back at you? Well, why not apply the same principle, and make a… read more

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Jun 16, 2011

How to Make an X-Wing Fighter from Office Supplies

A Day-At-The-Office Choose Your Own Adventure

You're at work. Sitting there, staring out the window. Then, check the clock, back at the window. Pretend to write an email. Clock, window, then get up to use the restroom. Then, you play around in your office supply drawer, and say to yourself "Boy, I should clean that."

Do you:

A) Go back to staring out the window. At least you have one...

B) Work

C) Actually clean and organize your drawer

D) Use the stuff in said drawer to make an… read more

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Apr 12, 2011

Astronaut Want Ad: Job Opportunities for Commercial Space Travel

created at: 04/12/2011

Until recently, the odds of getting a job as a full time astronaut that actually travel into space were incredibly slim: most candidates are not only ranked military officers and trained fighter pilots, but had Ph.Ds in the sciences, inpeccable physical health, have a body of a certain size, shape, and weight, pass a trillion tests, to only have a few go into space each year.

All that's still true, but a game-changing want ad just posted: Richard Branson's Virgin group is branching out into space travel, and they're… read more

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Oct 14, 2010

DIY Spacecraft Videos Shot from 19 Miles above Earth

 

created at: 10/14/2010

At ManMade, we will always support the DIY efforts that allow folks to live out the things they love. Especially when it involves outer space. 

We were super excited when Robert Harrison took still photos with a digital point and shoot attached to a giant weather balloon, and think this latest effort by photographer Luke Geissbuhler is simply amazing. 

"Geissbuhler spent eight months fine-tuning a miniature spacecraft that could withstand the extreme conditions of the edge of space. He also had to get approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration.

 

In order to be able to retrieve the footage, the device would have to survive extreme weather conditions, sub-zero temperatures and a… read more

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Apr 06, 2010

How To: Build a Model Hubble Telescope

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Hubblesite.org is offering three awesome, free how-tos to recreate model Hubble telescopes. There's excellent instructions and lots of free printable parts and decals "These models aren’t working telescopes – you can’t peer at the sky with them. But they can give you an up-close look at the telescope’s structure and a challenging project to engage your model-making skills."

The first is the easiest to make, and uses a short length PVC pipe to support the main structure. The other two save you a trip to the hardware store, and are pure paper, created without special materials (though you'll need a few supplies from your… read more

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Mar 29, 2010

Who Needs a Space Shuttle? Amazing Pictures of Earth Captured by One Man, a Balloon, and His Compact Camera

created at: 03/29/2010

Robert Harrison loves space.

And, like anyone with a DIY-bent and a passion, he wanted to do what he could to participate in space exploration: so he made a space craft, and then took pictures of the Earth with it.

The materials? Some styrofoam, duct tape, a Canon CyberShot, a big ole helium balloon, and GPS/radio transmitter combo so he could find it once the balloon burst and it returned… read more

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Feb 23, 2010

How To: Make an Eight Pack of Crayon Rockets!

John Coker loves rockets, and couldn't help but notice the similarities between a rockets aerodynamic shape - long skinny body, pointed nose cone, etc - and a classic Crayola crayon.

So he got to thinking...And after ten years, he finally figured it… read more

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Feb 19, 2010

The Flaming Lips House

Flaming Lips HouseWayne Coyne, the frontman of the elaborate and psychedelic Flaming Lips, has recently refabbed a home in Oklahoma City to become...well, the architectural equivalent of a Flaming Lips song.  

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