Pro blogger, media architect, student of environmental and computer sciences, social media guy, ultimate frisbee player. I live in Portland, Maine, write for MNN.com, and work anywhere there's a good project.
Meow! I love cats, you love cats, we all love cats. Empires have been built upon humanity’s collective love of the family Felidae. From Keyboard Cat to Grumpy Cat — if it has a tail, little pointy ears, and purrs, we probably love it.
Imagine a large conference room in a nameless chain hotel stranded just off the freeway, 20 miles outside of a major city. The conference room is decked out in bland tables and matching chairs arrayed around a brightly lit stage flanked on either side by large projector screens. At the microphone, the MC is playing to the crowd. […]
When it comes to industrial mining, bigger is better. Mining companies, always looking to increase their bottom lines by boosting their economies of scale, have pushed for larger trucks, scoops, and cranes to rip the raw materials from the ground. The size of some of these machines is staggering. The Bagger 288, an enormous bucket-wheel excavator used in ope […]
Climber John Freeman recently posted a video of a scary fall he took while ice climbing in Banff National Park two years ago. Freeman, an experienced and skilled climber, was high up on a free-standing ice pillar when one of his ax blows created a fault that snapped the ice clean from the face. His helmet cam caught his perspective as everything in his world […]
Last year I wrote a comprehensive article about yurts that was enjoyed by a lot of readers (more than 2,000 Facebook likes and 100 Tweets as of today). Based on how well that article did, I thought it would be worth the time to put together something similar about tipi — and if you’re unsure about the difference between tipis and yurts, keep reading. I' […]
Every year the worldwide sea level rises about 3 mm. That doesn’t sound like much, just a little over a 1/10th of an inch, but even that small rise spread out over the entire ocean is a lot of water. Multiply that over years and decades, factor in an increased rate of rise (thanks to our growing addiction to carbon), and you’ve got yourself a radically chang […]
This is the Kannesteinen rock of Oppedal, Norway. Shaped by thousands of years of ocean waves, the polished mushroom rock is a popular local stop for tourists. This is a beautiful example of what you can accomplish when you have a whole lotta time. Also, the ocean is powerful! Want to read more about interesting rock formations? Check out these stories h […]
Kyle Vanhemert over at Wired turned up a beautiful story about video artist Dennis Hlynsky and his work documenting the flight patterns of birds. Mr. Hlynsky processes video of birds in flight in a way that documents their entire flight path. His technique layers successive frames of the video on top of one another and leaves them visible. […]