M. Nightmare

We interupt this blog for the following entertainment review…

As Top Fans of M. Night Shyamalan, Top Men went to see The Happening this weekend. We have extensively exercised the scientific method (gratuitously recited in the film) and reached a conclusion…

It was not written and directed by Mr. Shyamalan, but by his twelve year old daughter Saleka Shyamalan.

What a twist!

(We hope we’re right for his sake.)

We now return to our irregularly scheduled blog…

Mars Landing

Top Men like space. And Top Men like Mars. And Top Men think it’s good for the Teeming Masses to like space and Mars, too. So we’re giving you plenty of time to mark your calendars for the landing of the Mars Phoenix Lander on the evening of May 25th (only 10 days from now.) Mars landings are not simple – Mars is littered with slight miscalculations.

In honor of this rather amazing achievement we’ve provided two videos for your enjoyment.

The first is a NASA production demonstrating how the landing will take place. No airbags on this landing – it’s a good old-fashioned, rocket-blasting, nail-biting, potential-crater-making touch-down. Fun!

The second is a foward looking video – anticipating Mars in the spring of 2020. Very fun!

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Momentary Lapse

Time-lapse photography is always amazing. But Ross Ching has produced this standout, high-definition time-lapse video that Top Men feel is worth bringing to your attention.

The video has some striking pans. And amazingly he used a digital SLR – not a video camera – to capture the footage. He also provides a full (and we mean full) making-of video to show you how he did it.

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Art-ificial Intelligence

Top Men have never seen any species besides ours paint anything recognizable – let alone a self portrait. Sure it’s probably just a trained and repeated behavior, but we buy paintings this-weekend-only from starving artists who do the same thing.

Besides, let’s face it, for some reason we secretly want animals to be smarter than us.

Watch and wonder.

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Musical Magic

Top Men are simply amazed at this video. Granted it’s not a finished product yet, and there are bound to be some limitations, but this is one of those tools that Top Men would not have believed possible.

It just further reinforces the strange fact that the most important musical instrument any band needs is a computer.

Web site is here.

(Via Tinselman!)

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Huygens Again

Top Men promise this is the last Huygens descent post. It’s been over three years since the thing landed on Titan, but we just stumbled across a large version of a movie we posted almost two years ago. This is an all the bells-and-whistles visualization (and auralization) of just about all the data fit to print. Geeks rejoice!

Here is the movie.
Here is a detailed explanation.

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