Year: 2012

The books of Xmas 2012

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted a simple list of the books I’ve acquired at any given point in time, so with a lovely batch received today for Christmas, here goes…

I’m amused that every single book this year comes with a subtitle. As I said of Christmas 2006, not a bad haul!

The cryovolcanoes of Io

There’s something magical about witnessing geological processes we know here on Earth on a moon hundreds of millions of miles beyond our own Moon. In 2007, NASA’s New Horizons space probe (on its way to Pluto) captured a sequence of images of the “cryovolcano” Tvashtar Paterae erupting into space on Jupiter’s moon Io.

I find this animated GIF of the photos mesmerizing…

Animated GIF of Tvashtar Paterae cryovolcano on Io

Hashima / Gunkanjima – a perfect lair for a Bond villain

The latest James Bond film, Skyfall, features Javier Bardem as a classic Bond villain with an equally classic lair on an abandoned island. As I learned watching a recent episode of Top Gear about Bond cars, the crew prefers reality to effects whenever possible, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to learn that Silva’s lair is a real place — Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima), off the coast of Nagasaki in Japan.

Hashima or Gunkanjima ruins

Photo by Jordy Theiller

The island was a company town operated to mine coal starting in 1887, but abandoned in 1974. Reminiscent of Pripyat near Chernobyl, check out lots more photos on Haikyo.org and Gakuranman.

Via Boing Boing.