Labour and National on Section 92a

Interesting (but brief) video of Labour and National on section 92a during a Q&A session.

Basically National blames Labour for passing the law (even though they supported it) and saw they will watch how it works… Not a particularly useful response.

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How creativity is being strangled by the law

A thought provoking video of a TED talk by Larry Lessig during which, he discusses how modern culture and law are clashing and how nonsensical laws are killing creativity.

Its from 2007 but is still very relevant especially when you consider laws such as Section 92a. His closing comments about how everyone is effectively breaking the law everyday and doing so knowingly and the corrupting influence that has their values and culture in general was particularly interesting to me.

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Videos of US Airways Flight 1549 landing in Hudson river

Wow some pretty amazing footage here. The first from some CCTV cameras on a pier, the second from cameras operated by the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic service.

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mmm, just noticed that the Google ads attached to the clips are for “stress and panic relief meds”, “Internet access at sea”, “Cheap flights from New York” and “Cheap Travel Insurance” :)

World’s first deep sea web cam

The ORCA EITS (Eye in the sea) has been deployed at 880m. They have a bunch of videos of what it has captured so far, as well as a live feed.

The EITS plugs into the Monterey Accelerated Research System (MARS) which consists of a 52-km undersea cable that carries data and power to a “science node” 891 meters (2,923 feet) below the surface of Monterey Bay off the coast of California. More than eight different science experiments can be attached to this main hub and additional experiments can be daisy-chained from the main hub.

Which is a pretty cool idea since they can now run experiments for long periods of time. Previously they could only deploy experiment platforms, such as the EITS, for a maximum of 2 days due to limited battery life. The EITS is planed to be deployed from 3 to to 6 months at a time.

Since there is no light below 200m, the EITS uses a black and white camera and a red-light (which is invisible to most of the deep-sea critters) for extra illumination.