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Painting Restoration Of Jesus Is Messed Up

You can’t Command+Z (Undo) a painting, and this is a clear example with this big messup. 


Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) by Elias Garcia Martinez has held pride of place in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza for more than 100 years.

The woman took her brush to it after years of deterioration due to moisture.

Cultural officials said she had the best intentions and hoped it could be properly restored.


The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to “restore” the image.

BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint.

The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

The woman appears to have realised she was out of her depth and contacted Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councillor in charge of cultural affairs.

Art historians are expected to meet at the church soon to discuss how to proceed.

Mr Ojeda said: “I think she had good intentions. Next week she will meet with a repairer and explain what kind of materials she used.

"If we can’t fix it, we will probably cover the wall with a photo of the painting."

The fresco is not thought to be very valuable, but has a high sentimental value for local people.

Our correspondent says that to make matters worse, the local centre that works to preserve artworks had just received a donation from the painter’s granddaughter which they had planned to use to restore the original fresco.


Kodak’s First Digital Camera

Way back in 1975 — when Kodachrome color slides and Kodak Instamatics were all the rage — Kodak researcher Steve Sasson built the first digicam, cobbled together from spare parts and bleeding edge digital technology.

The lens was from a used parts bin on Kodak’s Super 8 camera assembly line, it used a futuristic CCD image sensor (now commonplace) and took 23 seconds to record a crude 100 line black and white image onto cassette tape.

Sasson explains, "On the side of our portable contraption, we shoehorned in a portable digital cassette instrumentation recorder.  Add to that 16 nickel cadmium batteries, a highly temperamental new type of CCD imaging area array, an a/d converter implementation stolen from a digital voltmeter application, several dozen digital and analog circuits all wired together on approximately half a dozen circuit boards, and you have our interpretation of what a portable all electronic still camera might look like."

The device was semi-portable, and a massive VCR-sized microcomputer was used to display the images on a TV screen using a primitive frame store, but I doubt that the Kodak executives saw digital technology as a credible threat to their existing product line.


Thanks to Chris Zupo for the find!

Speeds Up To 2.5 Terabits Per Second: That’s 7 Blu-ray Movies Per Second

Let’s take a look at how fast our internet connections are now. 

Some people are currently at 12 Mbps, recently they’ve been a lot of upgradable options to jump to 30 Mbps and higher. For example. Verizon has rolled out Fios which goes up to 300Mbps. That’s a full HD movie in around 2 minutes or so. 

The google test connection which is based on fiber optics is now 1 Gpbs, so approximately 3 times faster than than the top tier connection available. 

Now comes a technological advancement that blows it all away. 

2.5 Terabits per second. That’s 2.5 Tbps. 2,500 times faster than even Google’s 1 Gigabit per second fiber optic connection.

American and Israeli researchers have used twisted, vortex beams to transmit data at 2.5 terabits per second. As far as we can discern, this is the fastest wireless network ever created — by some margin. This technique is likely to be used in the next few years to vastly increase the throughput of both wireless and fiber-optic networks.

In this case, Alan Willner and fellow researchers from the University of Southern California, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Tel Aviv University, twisted together eight ~300Gbps visible light data streams using OAM. Each of the eight beams has a different level of OAM twist. The beams are bundled into two groups of four, which are passed through different polarization filters. One bundle of four is transmitted as a thin stream, like a screw thread, while the other four are transmitted around the outside, like a sheathe. The beam is then transmitted over open space (just one meter in this case), and untwisted and processed by the receiving end. 2.5 terabits per second is equivalent to 320 gigabytes per second, or around seven full Blu-ray movies per second.

Spiral, OAM data beams

The future is about to get better exponentially. Get excited. 

What would we possibly use this speed for? Perhaps cloud computing which may be the future. Who knows, but I still want it. 

Woman Controls Robotic Arm By Just Thinking About It

I’m excited to be alive to see this become a possibility. Before, this would only be science fiction, but now it’s real. Just think about how amazing science has gotten where you move things just by thinking about it. You’re alive to see it, and this is amazing. 

It also puts the idea that thought is more physical. Even though you can’t see thoughts and it’s not tangible, it’s still very much real and can be interpreted into reality. 

I thinktherefore I am

Tanorexia: Doctors Mad About H&M Advertisements

Recently, H&M’s recent campaign is causing an outrage (what isn’t these days?), this time from doctors. Why? The super tanned look is a dangereous image to portray to people. Also, they refer to people with such an addiction as “tanorexic”.

Dr. Ralph Braun, a dermatologist and professor at University Hospital Zürich, told 20 Minuten, “I find this very alarming.” If Isabeli’s skin is the standard for tan, says Braun, then we’re in trouble:

"Many people, especially young, will [try] to emulate this and will try to be just as brown, even though their [skin] type is not possible."

Amanda Ammann, a former Miss Switzerland and sufferer of skin cancer, also told 20 Minuten, “I think it’s a shame, because such advertising conveys a wrong impression.”

What do you think, is there a reasonable cause to be upset? Take a look at the pictures and decide for yourself.

tan model hm ad

tan model hm ad

tan model hm ad

(Source: The Huffington Post)

Organic Food Growers Use Pesticides And Fungicides

Being in the creative industry, for some reason many people go Organic. 

One of the reasons most people say is that they want to avoid using pesticides. They want nothing to do with it. 

The reality is that they use pesticides. I figure I would pass this along to anyone knows anyone who goes purely organic. 

When the Soil Association, a major organic accreditation body in the UK, asked consumers why they buy organic food, 95% of them said their top reason was to avoid pesticides. They, like many people, believe that organic farming involves little to no pesticide use. I hate to burst the bubble, but that’s simply not true. Organic farming, just like other forms of agriculture, still uses pesticides and fungicides to prevent critters from destroying their crops. Confused?

Read on:

Mark Rothko’s ‘Orange’ Sold For $86.9 Million

How much would you have paid for this piece, had you had the money available? 

The hammer finally fell at a hair under $87 million, including final commission, breaking both the previous record for Rothko’s most expensive work of $72.84 million and the record for any contemporary work of art at auction, Christie’s said.

Collectors were in full cry all evening, knocking 14 artists’ records down and repeatedly meeting or exceeding pre-sale high estimates.

Total takings of $388.5 million were the highest ever for a contemporary art auction, a record last set in 2007, Christie’s said.