Eye Candy – Hyperlapse Dubai

Eye Candy - Rob Whitworth DubaiI’m a fan of really great creative stop-motion, time-lapse and tilt-shift videography. The newest format to have evolved from traditional time-lapse is “Hyperlapse”. And the king of hyperlapse is a British film-maker called Rob Whitworth. Rob is a well-known urban film-maker, with a reputation for creating breathtaking videos that show locations in a dramatic and captivating way. Whitworth’s easily identifiable style has attracted critical acclaim, and has received millions of on-line hits.

He is presently based in Shanghai, China and has broad experience working in various Asian destinations. For his latest project however, we find Whitworth in the global city that is Dubai.

Known for its classically inspired as well as modern skyline, Whitworth used this enchanting city in a desert Oasis as his latest backdrop and subject. He immersed himself into the city’s soul for three months, and in the process explores and shows off every nook and cranny with his camera as he tries his best to capture a city that is a continued juxtaposition between traditional/historical and modern values.

The video starts off with a view of the city from inside the cockpit of an Emirates A380 followed in quick succession of views from many of Dubai’s newest land marks, including the Burj Khalifa.

I hope you enjoy this piece of eye candy as much as I did. Enjoy!

Science Saturday – Honey Mathematics

Science Saturday - Liquid Rope Coil EffectSmarterEveryDay’s Destin, posted an interesting video that I thought all you Math buffs out there might enjoy as a Science Saturday post.

It’s all about the science behind the “Liquid Rope Coil Effect”. This is most noticeable when you pour honey on your toast, or shampoo in the shower, but I had no idea that the math’s behind something so simple was so complex. So complex in fact that they haven’t figured out al the equations regarding coiling honey 🙂

The rope coil effect has to do with the viscosity of a liquid or fluid, and the pronouncement of the effect is determined a great deal by Gravity’s impact on the liquid as it falls. There are four types of flow that scientists have figured out the math for. The rope coil effect is a result of the Gravitational Regime condition, when there is enough height pulling on the viscous fluid, and enough momentum from the spinning frequency, to give it the appearance of rope coiling on itself. Who knew honey could be so mathematically complex!

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Swiss Airline Alpine Formation Flight

Switzerland’s infamous Lauberhorn mountain, home of the worlds longest downhill ski course, hosted its annual leg of the Ski World Cup late last month.

As a way to celebrate the return of this years leg, the national airline, Swiss, arranged a formation flight with one of their Airbus A320 alongside six F5 Tiger of the Swiss Airfoirce’s aerobatics team, the Patrouille Suisse.

The formation took in the sights of the beautiful Bernese Alps and gave spectators a fantastic sight as they flew overhead in tight formation.

The display, filmed from more than 30 different camera angles from inside and outside the Airbus shows off the piloting skills of all pilots involved. The nice flying bits start from about 1:50 in to the video.


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Science Saturday – Leidenfrost Effect Explained

Science Saturday - Leidenfrost EffectThe Leidenfrost Effect has nothing to do with frost or the Dutch city of Leiden. Rather, it’s named after a German physicist, Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost, who published a scientific paper on the phenomenon back in 1756.

You can witness it for yourself, if you sprinkle water onto a really hot frying pan or the rings of an electric cooking hob. That moment when the hob gets really hot and water droplets go whizzing off as if on a cushion of air is the Leidenfrost effect in its simplest manifestation.

It usually occurs when the surface temperature that the water droplets touch is greater than 200C. Past the Leidenfrost point, the bottom surface of the water droplet turns to vapour so quickly that it creates a little insulating pocket under the drop. Pressure from the vapour keeps the droplet aloft, like a tiny little hovercraft.

As it scoots around on the heated surface, molecules of water keep turning into vapour from the underside of the droplet, in a process known as film boiling. But the part of the Leidenfrost effect that’s the most interesting to scientists is how the droplets move.
With so little friction between the liquid and the surface, even slight disturbances in the vapour pockets – caused by escaping molecules of gas – are enough to send the droplets ricocheting all over the place. And the bigger the droplet, the less stable its vapour cushion is, so the more it moves around.

It’s speed, if controllable, could be used in various different applications, from pharmaceuticals to ink-jet printing. That being said, the temperatures required for are so high that it could prove hazardous and costly in terms of heat generation.


Reagan’s Words On Soviet Union – Still Valid Today

Putin StalinI’m not a fan of the US Republican Party, but I was a fan of US President, Ronald Reagan. Sure, he had his idiosyncrasies when it came to social reform and domestic policy in American, but his stance on the Soviet Union was unwavering, and in the end, his administration oversaw the increase in economic spending in the form of an open arms race with the Soviet Union, as well as a covert proxy war funded and fought via the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. The results being the economic crippling of the Soviet Union, eventually leading to its ultimate collapse.

His words spoken two decades ago are every bit as valid and relevant today as they were then. His dubbing of the Soviet Union as the “evil empire” could be as much describing today’s Russia ruled by an increasing megalomaniacal menace, Vladimir Putin, as it was then to describe Gorbachev’s politburo back in the 1980’s. The difference that set’s Gorbachev and Putin apart is that Gorbachev was actually trying to rebuild the Soviet Union for the better, whereas Putin aims to cling on the power come hell or high-water, lest he be dragged off his perch and prosecuted by the proletariat for the various crimes he has committed against them in his 16 years in power.

Reagan rightly pointed out of the Soviet’s that “they lie, they cheat, you can’t trust them”. It’s a lesson forgotten by today’s Western “leaders”. Only two weeks ago, a wet behind the ears Federica Mogherini announced a plan to lift sanctions against Russia and rebuild economic ties with the dictator, whilst our neighbours in Ukraine continue to fight and die as their country struggles against the occupation from it’s aggressive Russian neighbours. It seems that despite Europe’s leaders being taught the lessons of history, such as Hitler’s bare-faced lies to Neville Chamberlain or of the duplicitous Stalin carving up the map of Europe in Yalta, they still prefer to live in a world where they believe that today’s world leaders wouldn’t dare dream of thinking or acting in a similar fashion.

But one has to only look at Putin’s track record to know that he is capable of anything and has in fact already shown that to be the case. His crack down on freedoms of speech, his near monopolistic stranglehold on the press, and the increasing, almost monotheistic “Power Vertical” he so lovingly refers too in his speeches, all point to a man who has become drunk on power. And his continued wars in Chechnya, Transnistria, Dagestan, Georgia and now Ukraine all demonstrate that he will stop at nothing to maintain his position at the top at home, and project his power abroad.

In Reagan’s own words back then, “detente” with the Soviet Union was a “one way street” and that the Soviet Union repeatedly acknowledged and declared that their intention was to “further their [communist] cause. Meaning that they reserve the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat, in order to attain that”. This pretty much sums up today’s Russia and Putin’s current foreign and domestic policies. But if you don’t believe me, then why not listen to the words of “Ronnie” and decide for yourself.

Another Aviation Disaster Affects Asia

Taiwan Crash ATR Taiwan Crash CarDramatic footage of the latest aviation disaster to have hit Asia in the past few months has been posted all across social media.

TransAsia flight 235 crashed in Taipei, Taiwan, earlier today. At least 16 people survived the crash of Flight GE235 and were taken to hospitals for treatment, according to the Taipei City Fire Department, with the current death-toll at 21, and two occupants of the plane still unaccounted for. The aircraft’s cockpit-voice recorder and flight-data recorder have been recovered for analysis.

At 10:55am (local time), the scheduled flight took off in the morning from Sungshan domestic airport in down-town Taipei on an hour-long flight to the island of Kinmen off mainland China. The ATR 72-600 aircraft, a twin-engine turbo-propeller model carrying 53 passengers and five crew, lost contact with air traffic control. The aircraft’s fuselage landed in the Keelung River near the city’s Sungshan airport.

Footage taken from a dashboard-mounted camera in a car showed the plane in what appears to be a deep stall. The the plane’s wings then tilt at a steep angle as it entered an incipient spin, eventually clipping a taxi with port wing-tip before barrelling into the motorway crash guard and finally plunging into the Keelung River. Two people in the taxi suffered injuries, the city government said. Two tour groups from mainland China with 31 members were aboard the plane.

Last July saw 48 people die when a TransAsia Airways flight crashed in Taiwan’s Penghu archipelago. That plane went down after the pilots couldn’t find the runway seconds before their aircraft slammed down on the island, according to the accident report. Ten people survived that crash, which was also an ATR 72 twin-engine turbo-propeller aircraft.

Including today’s crash, TransAsia’s ATR 72 planes were involved in four accidents over the last two decades that killed 73 people, according to AviationSafetyNetwork, which tracks accident data.