Friday, June 26, 2015

Link Round-Up: June 26, 2015

Fire and Blood by Tom Kelly

The Atlantic discovers what we’ve all known for a long time: The Sorting Hat is a personality test for the modern age.

"Child actor-turned-maligned-Star-Trek-character-turned-geek-icon Wil Wheaton has been fairly open about his struggles with mental illness and depression. But for those who haven’t heard about that side of his life before, Project UROK spoke with the actor/writer about the way his anxiety affects him and why he eventually chose to seek help. We’re debuting that interview exclusively here on The A.V. Club." By Caroline Siede; direct YouTube link.

Erwin Wurm just received a parking ticket in the city of Karlsruhe. Nothing to write home about, except for the fact that the offending object was one of his artworks. Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has become famous for bending, inflating and twisting cars, trucks and camper-vans in the name of art.

A lot of people were intrigued when Venus announced their 15mm ultra-wide macro lens the other day (sample images and video), but ultra-wide macros are possible with any wide angle or ultra-wide lens and a thin extension tube. Clay Bolt and Paul Harcourt Davies have been doing it (very well) for quite a while. They even authored a beautiful (and inexpensive) 93 page eBook on the subject. More sites for information & inspiration? | Wide Angle Macro Photography Close-ups with Impact (part 1) | Part 2 | Part 3 | The Art of Wide Angle Macro Photography by Shawn Miller

Russian photo blogger, Dmitry Pisanko, spent months digging through 100GB worth of archives from the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory of NASA, before compiling his selected photos into 6000 frames to produce a breathtaking, four-minute time lapse of our planet Earth.

There seems to be a recent flurry of posts (serious and silly) about genre villains actually being heroes—the latest case is being made for Sauron.

This is how the Sydney Opera House celebrated the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere last month.

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