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Slow Motion Lightning Video

Yes, I know that this video was all over the internet last couple of days. And yet I can't resist linking to it. This is really unexpected view of the inner (and deeply awesome) workings of nature - a lightning bolt captured from its conception, shot at least at 5,000 frames per second:



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Also check entertaining reddit comments thread

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The Sky's the Limit (Beautiful & Awesome Weather)

We featured "Extreme Instability" site many times on DRB, but the spectacular photography of Mike Hollingshead never fails to inspire and astonish:





(image credit: Mike Hollingshead)

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2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Too bad we did not see this in person. However, the large-format images on this page is perhaps, the next best thing - at least on the 'interwebs':




(photos by Lars Baron, Streeter Lecka, Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Dead Start Program

This could be a great image for some album cover:

"Core Memory Project" by Mark Richards. See the whole vintage computing gallery here, and also buy the book!


"Control Data Corp" (CDC) 6660


(image credit: Mark Richards)

For more crazy wiring images, head here.

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Eye in the Sky

Kepa Rasmussen creates very strange masks, mannequins and other "wearable sculptures". Check out his site for some very unusual art pieces.


(image credit: Kepa Rasmussen)

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Got room for rent?

From this awesome retro-future set on Flickr:


(shot from "UFO" UK series)

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Mixed fresh links for today:

Styrofoam Dome Homes - [architecture] [Japan]
Another crazy Rube Goldberg machine - [cool video]
Luxury workstations for (very rich) geeks - [geek tech]
Most fascinating waterfall effects - [design] [video]
incredible Pro Theremin Players - [weird music]
Strangest vehicles used for marketing - [auto]
Drunk, drunk squirrel - [fun video]
Demolition Caravan Derby - [car video]
Chess players, frozen in time - [cool video]

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Before the Age of iPhone


(image credit: Dr. Odio)

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Most Dangerous Hiking Trail

Mount Huashan in China, "The Number One Precipitous Mountain under Heaven" - covered by DRB on this page "Most Dangerous Roads in the World" and also in "China in the Mist"



We'd like to find more pictures of this trail: let us know if you braved this crazy path (and obviously lived to tell about it).

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Trucks to Remember

Shorpy has recently unearthed a wonderful image of vintage trucks (from 1924 "Piggly Wiggly" company). Here is the fragment - see bigger version (lots of detail!) - here.



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Some unbelievable characters

Here is a guy we'd like to interview:



Don't want to mess with this bunch, though:


(photo by Ivan Ushakov)

Sculptures can be very weird, too -





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Don't hurt me


(original unknown)

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Simply Awesome



Can you name this celestial object?

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Sophisticated

See the ultra-big version here


(via Cyclopaedia)

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Not the Internet!



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Drama



Dramatic Blonde.

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