Archive | February 1, 2014

Check Out The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) Tonight!!

How I wish there was a real-time Northern Lights webcam – but alas, there is not that I can find operating anywhere in the world!

However, without delay, please check out the AuroraMax High-Definition cam that’s live. It’s located in the town of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

The link is on behalf of the government of Canadian Space Agency – thanks, eh!!

If you’re into this sort of thing like I am, I follow the AuroraMax alerts on Twitter so I can be sure to check out the Northern Lights.

Here are 2 webcam screen shots I got from the above site – the first shows a faint green and pink ribbon, and the second shows a very bright neon green showstopper!

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I have actually seen the aurora borealis for my own eyes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; I used to live there and saw their greeny splendor (well, they were green that night). I can’t really explain the beautiful, yet eerie nature of their appearance and movement. They’re sometimes referred to as “sky sprites”, which I think is accurate. They’re like color-changing, shape-shifting neon curtains that sway slowly and gracefully in the night sky…visually, they’re kind of difficult to keep track of since they appear, change “shape”, disappear, and reform. Yeah, it’s kinda like that.

While I’m at it, feel free to check out another Northern Lights webcam in Fairbanks, Alaska from Ronn Murray’s Photography – they maintain the “Alaska Aurora Webcam“. Ronn Murray Photography is also on Twitter.

Below are 3 screen shots from that webcam – notice the variations  and intensities of the lights:

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Apparently, we’ve got incoming solar flares, so perhaps the show will be brighter and more intense Feb 1st and Feb. 2nd…? AURORAMAX ALERT • A G1 (Minor) Geomagnetic Storm Watch is now in effect.

Check out what the Northern Lights look like in “real time”:

Enjoy God’s natural wonders,

Cousin Belle

Medijate! Interactive Flash Website

MEDIJATE

…From the mind of Larry Carlson.

I don’t even know if I can explain this site – it’s not for the faint of heart! In all seriousness, if you’re prone to seizures, please avoid it. For the rest of you, step into an unforgettable and artistic digital world…

From the entry page, use your mouse to hover over the word Medijate – a sound clip plays, repeating the word. Hover over the tree and it interactively changes shape…

MedijateEntry

Enter into a world of enlightening and disturbing images – it’ll remind you of that scary boat ride in Willy Wonka. Here’s the landing page…

MeijateFront

…and a surreal image…

MedijateScary

…an image when you click the word “POP” (and it flashes)…

MedijatePop

Just go and click on everything in this dreamy, psychedelic portal!!!

Cousin Belle

“Drive Me Insane” – A Highly Recommended Interactive Website!

OOOOH, this is amazing!! I love interactive websites where I can interact with machines or people. Actually, on this site, you can do both!

The interactive website called “Drive Me Insane” is truly a labor of love – and patience:

From the owner: “This site allows you to use home automation to have fun at someone else’s expense. Turn on their lights, play with the screams and voices, and get visual feedback on all of it. And yes, it’s all real.”

The owners are Paul and Gertie, and they’ve set up 2 user-controlled rooms where you can turn off and on lights/lamps, a fan, gadgets, and other cool doodads. You can pan the camera in the office. You can turn on the audio to hear whatever is going on.

In addition to the fun, the website offers instructions on how you can set your home up to do the same – off or online. They use X10 cameras, and I can vouch for the validity of using the controllers, and they’re not expensive. I happen to use my X10 setup for home security.

In their office you can even type in a message to be displayed on their scrolling marquee:

“Send a message to this cam by typing it in the text area and clicking the envelope. Your messages will appear on the marquee sign in the office and will be read by a voice synth.”

Go have some fun now!

Cousin Belle