Lincoln in Color

In 1860 two things happened: The popular Artist George Peter Alexander Healy painted a realistic portrait of Abraham Lincoln, and the photographer Alexander Hesler (yes, his name is strangely similar to Healy's last two names) photographed numerous images of Lincoln using the wet-plate collodion technique. The photographs are considered by many to be among the … Continue reading Lincoln in Color


Disneyland Ride Feeling

There’s a cool tunnel in Pasadena, on the 210 freeway going east. It goes under a cluster of highways that all meet there, right next to Old Town. When I’m driving through it, I get the strangely distinct feeling that I’m on a Disneyland ride. The darkness, the dim lights lighting up the road, moving … Continue reading Disneyland Ride Feeling

Human Electron Microscopy

Electron microscope photography is awesome. If you've ever seen snowflakes using this technique, they look drastically different than how we're used to seeing them under a visible light microscope. Electrons can resolve smaller objects than photons of light, but in the process the image that we get looks slightly different than what we're used to … Continue reading Human Electron Microscopy

A Thought

As we drive around, our car engines create many powerful explosions per second. Intense chemical reactions of gasoline and oxygen force the pistons out and push our car along the road. Shrink yourself down in space and time, into one of those engine chambers. As electricity flows out of the spark plug, it meets the … Continue reading A Thought