Even though it was unarguably impressive to get people to fly to the moon — and back!, the feat of space exploration that impresses me most is the Soviets getting the Venera spacecrafts to land in fucking Venus and transmit pictures just before being destroyed by the intense heat and pressure (Venus, despite being home to heavenly-named locations such as Aphrodite Terra, is actually one very real Hell).

Almost as cool, in 2001 NASA got the NEAR Shoemaker probe to land on the asteroid 433 Eros, a manouver that wasn’t even in the flightplan. Crazy.

Another very spot-on xkcd

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Light Test, a photologue of light tests. Love this kind of thing. (via Kottke)

Yesterday I linked the concrete, today the intimate: Rikki Kasso’s Tokyo Undressed (warning: some photos have lingerie, nipples, pubic hair).

I couldn’t resist posting about There, I Fixed It, a blog about the damnation of elegant solutions. Reproduced above, an attempt at in-car air conditioning.

I hadn’t linked Cat and Girl for a while, but Dorothy’s take on the reactions to Michael Jackson’s death is spot on. (via The Null Device)