Category Archives: Interesting Things

Daily Documentaries – “The Lord is Not On Trial Here” and “The Challenger”

I have an affliction (i’m sure it’s a syndrome of some sort) which means I struggle to concentrate on one thing unless there are other things going on. I love reading in coffee shops, writing on trains and playing computer games with Time Team on in the background.

With that in mind I am constantly looking out for documentaries to listen to while working. I am lucky that I am the entirety of the drawing office here, so I have plenty of freedom to indulge this quirk.

So, the first of today’s pair:

Peabody award winning documentary “The Lord is Not On Trial Here” tells the story of the 1948 US Supreme court decision which set the precedent of the wall of separation of church and state, and the brave woman who brought the lawsuit, Vashti McCollum. She died in 2006 aged 93. This is well filmed, and beautifully narrated – like all good documentaries, you learn without realising it!

Number 2:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/p00zstkn/

The second is a dramatised documentary about the enquiry into the Challenger disaster, and Richard Feynmann’s contribution to this investigation. I am a huge fan of Feynmann, and his ability to communicate scientific concepts, and his portrayal here seems to have been done with great affection.

The insight into the workings of NASA and the US government of the era is intriguing. Also highly recommended.

Bear in mind that this is only available in the UK at present, and will likely expire after several weeks. Catch it while you can!


Music: My Top 5 Live Performances of 2012

Music: My Top 5 Live Performances of 2012.

Not being much of a music buff, I shall pass you over to my friend for her favourite live performances of the year!


Melvin the Machine

Another video for you.

Conveniently built in two old suitcases, Melvin the Mini Machine is a Rube Goldberg machine specifically designed to travel the world. Each time Melvin fully completes a run, he ‘signs’ a postcard and sticks a stamp to it – making it ready to be sent.


Parrot – Short Film

Awesome film, and truly sad. Watch it, you won’t be sorry.

 

If you liked the film we’d love you to donate at: parrotshortfilm.com
This will allow us to make more films in the future.

And find out about the next short film we’re developing at: indiegogo.com/trunk


This post contains the entire universe.

Nothing to say on this. If you are fascinated by the universe, and want to have your mind boggled by the sheer scale of everything, click the link below and read/play.

You’ll thank me.

Go on, really.

http://images.4channel.org/f/src/589217_scale_of_universe_enhanced.swf


The Blue Marble

NASA’s Suomi satellite, a cutting edge Earth-observing craft designed to observe long term climate change and short term weather effects, has beamed back this awesome image.

There is a brilliant flickr gallery of the spacecraft being built, launched, and a few images that is has beamed back – Click this finely crafted link.

And best of all? Click the image below to see it in glorious high resolution.

https://i2.wp.com/www.nasa.gov/images/content/617883main_VIIRS_4Jan2012.small.jpg

Quite a pretty place, really.


Cake 'n' Stabbin'

The Life and Times of Tinycat

The Hobby Project

A Hobby Blog for everything miniatures, including the Imperial Crusade Project.

stuffandthings152

Just stuff... and things...