Ever wonder how these spooky, 3D images of life beyond the macro are taken? Step inside the lab of the world’s foremost electron microscope photographer: David Scharf.
From the early days of film and hand-coloring to today’s more advanced digital microscopy images, Scharf is truly gifted. And he does it all out of his own home.
My favorite part is him explaining how he mounts his insect samples by putting them to sleep in the fridge. They have a surprise when they wake up:
“That usually calms them down and then they wake up and their butts are glued down.”
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I’ve had the good fortune to work with David Scharf creating some exhibits for science centers, and he is so helpful and generous. I’m glad to see him get some recognition for his amazing views into a world that would otherwise be invisible to us. His images are marvels.
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Up front I will say I enjoyed this latest Star Trek movie a lot. It was super noisy, but enjoyable, beautifully executed, and I particularly like some of the secondary characters, Spock was excellent, etc etc. I just want to share an…
I totally agree with this, and recall catching myself counting who was at that round table while watching the movie (just looking for diversity in general—nope). My only immediate negative comment after the film was the choice of one of the whitest people on Earth to play a guy named Khan Noonien Singh. Why? Why would you do that? “Keeping the twist secret” is such a crappy reason. But, yes and a thousand times yes to this commentary. At the very least, I’m pretty sure whining about her relationship during a mission is not what I think Gene Roddenberry had in mind when he put a black woman in a senior position on the bridge. Uhura is an in-control woman of expertise and command, not some Facebook-bitching girl. And, really, Nurse Chapel had to run off to the other end of the galaxy to get over some one-nighter with fratboy Kirk? Carol Marcus invents a way to turn a dead planet into LIFE but, oops, her clothes had to come off? Shut up, lazy writers.
Not to go all Hulk, but you wanna know my secret? Lately I’m very conscious of this invisible woman crap in sci fi and fantasy and, I’m always angry.
Edited to add one small “however”: When the shaved-head woman of color who was not skinny sat down in Chekov’s place on the bridge, I wanted to cheer. Shame about the hemline and lack-of-script-lines, but still, at least she was there.
And re-edited to add another note: This movie is exactly why Joss Whedon will always kick JJ Abrams’ ass. That is all.
This is such a dumb thing to be happy about, but I one-manned Black Temple (my first and probably only visit there) and a few days ago got Ashes of Al’ar on only my second run of The Eye (which perhaps makes up for the failure of Raven Lord to drop after 20 tries and counting). Yes, I could/should have used my time more productively. Yes, I’m a loser because I never raid on-target for my level because my guildmates are long gone and I’m too nervous and noncommittal to switch. But it’s great fun to see the content, even when it comes so late. Oh, WOW, I can’t quit you!
Van Gogh’s Paintings Get Tilt-Shifted by Serena Malyon
Serena Malyon, a 3rd-year student at art school, took some of van Gogh’s most beautiful paintings and altered them in Photoshop to achieved this amazing tilt-shift effect.
This is a clever use of tilt-shift. It makes me want to apply it to something epic, like “Raft of the Medusa” or “Battle of Anghiari.” Come to think of it, you could craft an entire movie narrative using nothing but tilt-shifted artworks.