Wednesday, 23 May 2012

You have (Snail) Mail

I can't remember the last time I actually sat down and wrote a letter, as lack of time (or motivation) generally means that an email is quicker, and if I really think about it - and can get away with it - I'll  text instead... unsociable? Maybe. But hey, I'd rather do that than spend time in front of a blank screen and the spell check when I could be doing things I actually enjoy...  'Oh the times they are a-changing...'

So, what happens if you're an astronaut in space? Do you get mail? Is it even possible, in zero gravity, to write one? Well, of course I'm sure you can be contacted by a plethera of digital, satellite and other such means out there, but nothing really personal or privateDon Petit, astronaut on the International Space Station asked himself this question: So, if I wanted to write a letter, what IS my actual address? After a quick look at his surroundings: at his sleeping area (read - coffin-sized box), the station, deck and orbital perspective to the Earth, he's come up with the following:
Node 2, Deck 5, ISS, LEO 51.603.

So, if you've got a bit of spare time to kill, and would like to go ahead and strike up a correspondence with an astronaut, in the 'old fashioned way' - Dust off your (ink) pen and get writing!

Via: DesignTaxi

Sunday, 20 May 2012

House of Music

Piano-shaped house in the newly developed area of Huainan, China. Built to encourage tourism, but also used by the music students from the nearby college.
Via: DesignTaxi

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Myth is Myth

It seems that the much-feared predictions around 2012 and the end of the world could be a myth! 

A 1,200 year old mural has recently been found in an ancient Mayan house, and is said to include drawings and calculations of ancient scribes who kept records in this way in order to track the passing of time. 

This calendar refutes the previous one of the world's demise in 2012. Apparently, it is due to occur many thousands of years in the future, long after you and I have left this dimension - unless of course we succeed in the interim time of accelerating its demise!

Via DesignTaxi   Original article: National Geographic

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Pigs Might Fly

Love these... The fascination of hot air ballooning, coupled with creatively designed balloons, is sure to bring a smile to most peoples faces. The first photo, puts an interesting twist on the old saying: 'Pigs might fly.'   Via: Cool Hunter