Standard Lunar Lander – because it’s Friday.
Standard Lunar Lander – because it’s Friday.
Very cool of the fine folks at Google to recognize the 31st anniversary of the Canadarm’s use in space with today’s Google Doodle.
A few moments ago @mynameiskate pointed me at the YouTube logo — modified too — and links to First Orbit a free feature-length movie about Gagarin’s flight:
A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station. The film combines this new footage with Gagarin’s original mission audio and a new musical score by composer Philip Sheppard.
Here’s a great writeup of the First Orbit project at National Geographic:
Posted on YouTube at midnight GMT on April 12, the roughly 108-minute film blends a few 1960s historic reels with modern shots taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli. His video not only retraces Gagarin’s view from orbit, it shows Earth bathed in sunlight at the same angle the cosmonaut would have seen during his 1961 flight.
I guess I know what I’m doing this evening, streaming this video in HD through my Apple TV 🙂
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Only 50 years ago today, a significant milestone in the space race was achieved, launching a man, the Soviet Union’s Yuri Gagarin, beyond the atmosphere and into a single orbit of the Earth.
Lots of cool space and Gagarin related info found via Google today; they also provided the cool animation on their doodle — just float your pointer over the image on Google.com 🙂
I’ll let the video do the talking.
Hat tip to my friend Tim for posting this on Facebook 🙂
Disclosure: I’m involved with an organization that has virtual goods and currency — and yes, you can exchange real money for virtual goods in it.
The virtual economy is heating up. GigaOm reports that Facebook Could Make $250M From Virtual Goods Next Year; make money from stuff that isn’t tangible. Stuff you can’t hold in your hands. Yet, the concept of virtual isn’t really new, it’s really just a new label applied to an ancient concept.
It is kind of interesting, when you think of it. For the vast majority of human history, ideas used to be the only type of non-physical ‘object’ that people would pay money for — ideas manifested as stories, concepts, music, inventions, etc.
Someone had to come up with the idea. And if it was good, then someone paid for that idea.
Then, the idea had to be transformed into reality — a play, a symphony, a building perhaps. The idea becomes physical (for a short time if you’re witnessing a performance). But still you have the physical manifestation of something created in the mind of someone.
Today, we have the virtual manifestation of ideas. Virtual in that when they manifest, they exist only in the medium they were designed for — a Farmville farm lovingly tended and nurtured by someone using a keyboard and mouse. Or an Elvish Archer who’s virtual skills and abilities have been carefully selected and honed.
Today’s virtual goods economy is wonderful, exciting, and offers huge new opportunities that didn’t exist before — from the swetshop goldfarmer to the (mobile-device-app-store) developer– doing work that has no physical manifestation can be both a pastime and a career.
But it shouldn’t surprise us that people and organizations can make money in this way — because we’ve been doing it for thousands of years. Only this medium is new.
Actually it’s for you and me, and I’m referring to the free online suite of tools that flies under the Aviary banner. Actually, it’s more than a suite of tools, Aviary is also a community by and for content creators:
At Aviary, we believe that everyone in the world should have access to powerful creation tools. We therefore chose our company mission to be We make creation accessible to everyone. Our powerful set of tools helps fulfill this mission by enabling small businesses, students, artists & creators across different genres.
What this means for us is that there’s now an awesome set of media creation tools available for you to use, for the cost of your internet connection — yes, the Aviary tools are free (though they originally had a subscription business model).
My mix had too much dead space at the head and tale of the selection. A few quick tweaks in Myna, and the mix is much as you see above.
Then, with a few clicks of your mouse, you can mix it down, and download it or copy some publish code to embed it in your website or blog post (as I did here).
But this is just one of the Aviary suite of bird-themed tools. Others include:
And as I mentioned above, there’s a whole set of Aviary communities focused on the tools, and on creating, discovering, mashing up and publishing content.
It’s free — so can you afford not to take a peek into the bird house?