Herra Kuulapaa has perfected the science—and art—of high speed ballistic photography.
Herra Kuulapaa considers himself “a scientific person fascinated by all kinds of phenomena.” Including, but not limited to: 3D photography, astrophotography, and the precision recording of flaming bullets firing from big guns.
Now, that last one, let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about recording bullets traveling at speeds up to 4,000 FPS (feet per second). Let’s talk about high speed ballistics, because that’s where Herra’s scientific approach turns into his specialty, his art. And, as his site introduces itself, he’s currently “the most comprehensive information source for visual transition phase ballistics.” Which meant, for us, that he was a man we needed to talk with.
Looking back at America’s Pastime, as the players of today get set for Spring Training.
Blink and we find ourselves on the cusp of March. A welcomed date for the winter weary and snow worn citizens of America, it signals warmer weather, longer days, and of course, the start of a new baseball season.
The pinnacle of optimism for every team, Spring Training symbolizes fresh cut grass, ball bark franks, and summer nights in the nosebleeds. Riddled with player evaluations, team conditioning, simulated games, and a whole lot of guessing on what 2014 will bring – it’s a celebrated sports enigma that helps bridge the gap between October and Opening Day.
A day-break wake up, three hour line, and a well-earned sip of Pliny the Younger.
At 7:07AM we pulled onto the Golden Gate Bridge—that burnt red beacon of endless opportunity. To the left swirled the Pacific, calm in the morning, the currents and swells small spirals of churning water. And to the right, the sun began its ascent over the Diablo Range. As with all great journeys, we began at daybreak. We were going to drink beer.
Pliny the Younger has been jostling for the #1 ranking the past few years. It topped charts in 2012, and, at time of tasting, it sat at the #2 spot (as of writing it’s dropped to #3, behind a fabled Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout whose merits, as with many of the top 50 beers, were thoroughly explicated waiting for Pliny).
An ultimate micro-home that boasts an infinite number of possibilities.
Simple, earth loving, miniature, and modular–the PODhouse by the Swiss design firm, Robust Outdoor Brands, is the culmination of an efficiently streamlined design with the implementation of an ideal “pick-and-plot” homestead. The result is the ultimate in micro homes that boast an infinite amount of possibilities.
Whether used as backyard office, a cozy guesthouse, or a secret getaway for you and the misses, this is could be your next home away from home. The POD, which has been in development since 2003, has gone through the rigors of continued testing, improvements, and optimization in order to ensure the highest quality, construction and overall flexibility of shelter.
The recent ruins of Moscow’s suburban sprawl—a vacation “destination.”
To many, the suburbs are an American standby. They’re something ingrained in our culture through film, advertising, and the baby boomer generation. It’s fair to say that everyone grew up differently, but it’s even fairer to say that the suburbia outside Moscow, Russia will challenge most American conventions.
Estonian/Russian photographer Alexander Gronsky’s project “Pastoral” counters the notions of suburbia that many Americans are familiar with. Shot over the course of four years, Gronsky’s photographs show Russian citizens enjoying the outdoors in Moscow’s periphery, with Soviet structures crumbling in the background.
Heroes so legendary, they needed stone tablets.
Well, not exactly stone, and maybe more like cool art prints you can geek out over, excavated and restored back to life by an adventurer named Josh Lane (Lois' brother). Mr. Lane went deep inside the tombs of pop-cultural ass-kicking people in spandex, where he unearthed a set of priceless, holy relics from your childhood.
Here's a preview of the Heroglyphs he discovered, before the guys from the Smithsonian come and lock them away in a vault for eternity.
This devil is far more frightful than even our most fiendish 4×4 dreams.
Jeeps usually come with the devil inside, standard issue. But the crafty folks who welded together El Diablo—well, when they do devil, they do devil big (they’re from Texas).
This isn’t the peacemaking, clean and polished Jeep x Filson, and it’s not the full-romping, full-paycheck Full Metal Jacket Jeep (a Jeep over $100K seems a little antithetical to us). It is, as hell usually breeds, a Jeep that follows—or burns—its own path, in its own red, hellish light.
From life in a Black Hole to Casey Neistat, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
1. EARLY OLYMPICS PHOTOS: Starting with numero uno in 1924 in Chamonix, France. / Airows
2. ARE WE LIVING IN A BLACK HOLE?: Scientists think that we might be the product of another, older universe—our mother universe. / Nat Geo
Self taught photographer, Paul Zizka, finds nature’s beauty in the dark.
People like Paul Zizka are a rare breed. An adventurer turned self-taught professional photographer, he has quietly become one of the most respected mountain landscape and adventure photographers in Canada. We interviewed Paul to get a grasp on his unique perspective.
Moving to Banff, Alberta, from his home in Quebec City eight years ago, Paul quickly fell in love with the surrounding landscape of the Canadian Rockies. He purchased his first DSLR camera, and with the guidance of a number of photography books, he began to take his photography seriously. If you would have asked him eight years ago if he ever thought this would be his career path, the answer would be no. “Everything happened rather quickly from the moment I moved to Banff,” he explained.
Fear not: no beards were harmed in the making of this post.
Pierce Thiot has worms in his beard. And umbrellas. And little Lego men. He’s stuck spaghetti and pencils and balloons and crayons. His mother, he says, is “very proud.”
What began as a mother-hosted, grandchild-headlining talent show, has moved to a social media phenomenon (other accounts relate that WIB? began prior to the talent show, with Thiot “storing his pen in his beard at work.” [source]).
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