Wonder Wednesday

Woah!  That is not a photoshop job… that is actual people walking on actual water in an amazing piece of land art by none other than Christo and Jeanne-Claude titled The Floating Piers.  Installed for 16 days back in 2016, it was also huge:

That’s 3km worth of 16m wide golden floating walkway, leading to and island and onto another island.  Again, wow…

Read more about it and see plenty of more pictures (including construction photos) at Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s website.

Wonder Wednesday

It’s another amazing Vihart Pi day video!  But beyond the usual excellence (including the quote from yesterday’s post), this one has something special in that she improvises about 30 minutes of music, based around the continual repetition of a sequence of notes.

And that aspect of it, the building of music around continual repetition, is really fascinating to me.  When I saw Sigur Ros in concert, they played () track 9b (also known as Untitled Track 9b, also also known as Smaskfia).  A track that is just a small piano bit repeated over and over and over and over.  Yet it bored straight into my soul in a way I didn’t even know was possible.  It was a mind blowing experience.  (And they played it right before the intermission, so I got to just sit inside of that wonder.)  In the video above, Vihart creates that inside the of repetition of notes, everything else involved gets heightened, be it the accompanying notes/harmony or simply the way it is played (and the emotion/feeling you can put into that).  Which is something both cool and can be supremely moving.

(Also, if you haven’t seen Vihart’s magnum opus, 12 Tones, I highly encourage you to check it out as well!)

Wonder Wednesday

Ohhh yes, more Perseverance! Starting with these amazing videos of the landing, taken from the descent ship, sky crane, and the rover itself:

And then this 360 degree panorama of the Martian landscape that Perseverance finds itself in:

And to cap it off, this wonderful little bit… turns out the descent chute had a hidden message in it!

Which has already been decoded by internet sleuths (it was in binary):

“Dare Mighty Things.”  The motto of the JPL, and boy, they dared and did a great thing indeed.

 

Wonder Saturday (from Thursday)

Another amazing achievement by NASA and JPL in landing the Perseverance rover on Mars!  I watched the livestream just as I did during the descent of Curiosity back in 2015, and it was just as exciting.  And doubly so to see ‘familiar faces’ in the control room who also worked on Curiosity.  Also fun to note the differences several years of tech have made, with better telemetry and images coming in much sooner after touchdown.

And as if that wasn’t amazing enough… the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to capture a picture of the descent, with the rover capsule dangling beneath its (largest ever, supersonic) parachute!

Wickedly cool all around.