Friday, December 30, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Uranium Glass Marble Christmas Tree

Here is a picture of some uranium (vaseline, carnival) glass marbles that are arranged in a Christmas tree pattern. The top marble is an orange-reddish fluorescent under ultraviolet (UV) light. The fluorescent activator could be magnesium. The trunk marble is just a brown swirled glass and has no fluorescent properties.

The tree glows when exposed to black light from a compact fluorescent bulb.  See one here:

See the Christmas tree pattern marbles here:

Christmas is coming

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sound of silence and CTNX

I am leaving today for CTNX, the Creative Talent Network in Burbank.
I'll be visiting Otis College of Arts and Design on Friday morning.

See you sometime next week

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stage Coach

I know this one looks a lot like the Hot chocolate one I did a few days ago... I just like playing with this type of image right now.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Animation of Queen Tears Flower Blooming

Here is a video I created from a series of images taken on 11-11-11 over a span of several hours at 7 minute intervals.  The plant is called Queen Tears or Billbergia nutans. The video is dedicated to my Aunt Nita who gave me this flower many years ago.


First snow

Friday, October 28, 2011

Model Airplanes on Display

The Jeffersontown Historical Museum has an impressive display of model aircraft on display until 2012.  The models are the life's work of Floyd Wilder.  He served in the U.S. Navy and then worked for AT&T. This first picture is of a flying wing of model he created himself.  See next image for description.

This next picture is of one of the model display cases.

Historic plane models are on display as well such as the Bell X-1 (first plane to break the sound barrier).  In addition, models of the X-15 and NASA Space Shuttle can be seen.

Maybe one of the fastest airplanes ever to fly, the SR-71 Blackbird model is shown in the image below.

These next two images are just a small sampling of military aircraft models.  Probably the majority of models are of World War II aircraft made the United States, Great Britain, Japan, Germany, and Russia. In addition, a number of World War I aircraft and jet age models can be seen.

Here is a post-war Japanese defense force jet protecting Japan from monsters like Godzilla!

Plaque educating visitors about the model assembler, Floyd Wilder.

Learn more about the museum located in the Jeffersontown, Kentucky library building at their web page: