Must Reads #media Edition: Human Helicopter, Animated #Asiana, #Canon Crash Test, and Complex #comics

What were the best, most fascinating, exciting, puzzling, or inspiring things I read or watched this week? Some will be about technology, photography, or education. Some will not. Catch up on some things you missed. Maybe I dug up a few obscure gems that are totally new to you. Check out the brief ones now and save the more lengthy ones for later. Share and share alike…here’s the Must Read list:

Update 7/12 8:28 – Fixed bad links.



Prize-winning Human-Powered Helicopter (1:45)

This video shows off a beautifully efficient use of energy! And the poetry of the size of the machine! Congratulations to the @AeroVelo team for their accomplishment. These are the people I want working on renewable energy solutions!

Computer Animations Recreate the Asiana Crash (:27 and 1:04)

This set of animations contrast the Asiana crash with a normal landing. I am not sure if this is 100% accurate, but it does give some interesting context to the incident. The company that created these is the project of a former airline pilot, turned computer animator, which does lend some legitimacy to the videos.

Impact Testing on Inexpensive Canon Lens (1:25)

It’s nice to see that strong glass is used on less expensive camera lenses! I hope that my Nikon lenses would hold up the same way, but I’m not trying it!


Superheroes’ histories — Minimalistic posters showing the strength that comes from hard pasts

I just love the depth and poetry of these minimalist designs – a story in each image. Plus, super heros are still hot, right now!

Aging Ninja Turtles

You know you’re getting old when the Ninja Turtles look like this! This one’s just for fun.

Rare uplifting Bukowski poem…

…made into a beautifully surrealist comic by @zenpencils (amazing artist and blogger!), with an enjoyable Game of Thrones reference.


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