Saturday, January 28, 2006

Do you believe in fairy tales?



Everyone in Denmark believes in Fairy Tales.

For example, Danes believe that it is possible that a Danish Prince can go into a bar in Sydney Australia, and meet a Tasmanian woman and get married to her, and to live in a castle, have a kid, and that kid would one day be the King of Denmark, etc etc. That is an example of a Danish Fairy Tale.

Australians, on the other hand, are nothing if not sports mad and pragmatic. They do not believe that fairy tales are possible.

Before the Olympic Games in 2000, which were held in Sydney, the Danes officially offered to Sydney an exact bronze copy of their most enduring symbol of fairy tales. The Little Mermaid. That is a statue of her sitting on the rock in the foreground. It is not here. It is in the harbour in Copenhagen, Denmark. Overlooking the new Danish Opera House.

But the Danes did actually make this gesture to ... Frank Sartor, the Lord Mayor of Sydney.

It was to be a token of good will between both countries, and because that building in the background was designed by ... a Dane, named Jørn Utzon.

Fitting tribute, one would have thought. Perhaps most people. But NOT the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Frank Sartor.

He said "No, thanks."

So if you ever walk around Sydney Harbour, and gaze over at the Opera House and wonder who made it, you won't be
disturbed by a vision of a Little Mermaid sitting on a rock.

The Danes are wonderful people and most of them live in Wonderful Copenhagen. They tried a second time to give The Little Mermaid to Sydney. This second time the offer was made to the new Lord Mayor, Clover Moore.

Alas. Ms. Moore ALSO rejected the culltural exchange offer.

Poor Sydney! Doomed to eternal 'reality' without the possibity of parole into Fairy Tales.

This, dear readers, is the Truth about what happened and why Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid doesn't live in Sydney.

And, you might inquire, what would the Danes have gotten in exchange? See those little Australian animals on the post cards?

They were created by Maxene Morganson, from Brunswick Heads, up in Northern New South Wales.

Cute, huh? You bet.

One of them was going to live at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen until the idea of a cultural exchange was squashed. Where Danish childen of all ages could have looked at it, and dreamed of one day visiting Australia to see the Opera House and ... maybe even The Little Mermaid, serene on a rock, overlooking the World Heritage Building known to all as the Sydney Opera House.


The moral of this true story is this: some people believe in Fairy Tales and some people don't.

Mullumbimby, New South Wales



Visiting a city is a rare event. This is why. There is tranquility here.

- Stuart Owen Fox

I used to be a photographer

A plant for really fat people to dream about

Flying Fox makes the Worlds Most Delicious Soup!

Celebrate Chinese Year of the Dog on 29/01/06

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Rare tropical orchid from Northern Australia


This little beauty is one of the gems of the tropics in Northern Australia. The head of the plant is about 8 cm.

The technique used here is d.d.i. or direct digital imaging. No camera, film, or chemistry. The image was made in 2003 by the d.d.i. lab. using a flatbed scanner @ 2400 d.p.i. and an Apple computer (G4) with 2 Gb RAM and Adobe Photoshop.

Image created by Stuart Owen Fox.

labrat@clic.org.au

Star of Bethlehem vine & its flower


Its a weed rampant in tropical Australia.

Yellow Kapok - Tropical Australian native


Inside a yellow kapok.

If someone can email its botanical name I would appreciate it.

labrat@clic.org.au

click to enlarge

Spot your next meal CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Camoflage keys to five hidden insects

Nothing stops decay in nature

On the ground of an Australian tropical forest

Australia has more than 700 species of Eucalyptus




Love Eucalyptus! There are so many.

It is also the favourite food of koalas.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Genus Eucalyptus

Homage to a Great, Great Dane



My favourite modern building in the whole world.

Unidentified feathers from Canberra





Keeping it simple.

Rembrandt ink, d.d.i. & Photoshop.

The New Cooktown School of Botanical Art (d.d.i.)




Direct digital imaging is our method of making forensically accurate renditions of objects from the natural world, and presenting them in a new and different way.

We start with an object.

In this case it is a Kapok Bombax Ceiba. It is a flower that grows on a large tree in the tropical regions in the vicinity of Cooktown, Northern Queensland, Australia.

The first persons to identify this plant for science were Joseph Banks (England) and Daniel Solander (Sweden) in 1770. They were the intrepid botanists on board Lt. James Cook's first around the world voyage. Backpackers, if you would.

We do not use a camera, but scan the object directly with a high end flat bed scanner. The image is 'captured' at 2400 d.p.i. in this case. From that point we work with Adobe PhotoShop and create layers. In order to do this we have crammed more than 2 Gb of RAM in the Apple G5.

The inks used in this image were made to the exact formula used by Rembrandt.

This is how art and science merge in this lab when the rats let us near the work bench.

Stuart Owen Fox labrat@clic.org.au

AKA 'The pixel monster.'

CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

For the public record - staff at d.d.i. lab

Chinese year of the hamster is next year

20 X 2 Roses

The origin of the rose

You have been warned

Calling all gay klu klux klan members

Australia Day 26/01/06 National Holiday

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO FINDING THE MISSISNG LINK BETWEEN SERIOUS SCIENCE AND ART

A Secret life of scientists, artists and their lab rats

For believers, miracles happen all the time

KEEP THIS SECRET TO YOURSELF. TELL NOBODY.

More amazing proof of intelligent design

Viva la France!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Inside the famous d.d.i. lab in Mullumbimby



Unlike most labs, this one does not have any bureaucrats that watch over us because we do not accept funding from any sources except the Vatican, the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and Icebergs, and the Royal Society for the Protection of Cats, stray foxes and dogs. Being independent we can follow Albert Einstein's good advice. He said that Science and Art can, and should mix and stop being so bloody exclusive. We agree.

Hybiscus flower (unhypnotized) by direct digital imaging from the d.d.i. lab (click to enlarge)

How to hypnotize your reluctant hybiscus flowers in 10 easy to follow steps


(1.) Stand on left foot
(2.) Scratch your bum
(3.) Yawn
(4.) Feign disinterest
(5.) Think of flying blue cows
(6.) Say loudly "Meow!"
(8.) Repeat step 2
(9.) Think of sex
(10.) zzzzzzz observe results

Monday, January 23, 2006

Good News! Rapturous Calamity Coming Soon!



Make sure those are fresh batteries.

Far out astronaut sexual fantasy in deep space

Male astronaut sex fantasy

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Ultimate baby sitter

DUTCH SCIENTISTS PRODUCE A WHOPPER OF A PIG FOR HUNGRY AMERICAN CONSUMERS


Genetic engineers working at Amsterdamnit University have manipulated newly discovered fat genes from two separate species of pigs, and successfully cloned them into one super pig. The pig is affectionately being called "Chops" by the lab staff, who have hinted they have special plans for it around Christmas next year.

The super pig weighed in at a massive 2,317.069 kg. when only six months old.

When fully grown it is expected to exceed the bulk of a humpback whale. Professor Fritz Van Porker hinted that his team was working on an even larger model, and expect details to be released soon.

"Just think what this can do for our organic nitrates industry," he said, adding, " and we are working improving on the smell."

The super pig has six legs in place of the usual four. The additional legs are needed to support its bulk. As a bonus, two additional hams come with each pig at no extra charge.

-reported by Independent News of the World of Science

Watch for the T.V. Special: "Why Genetic Engineering is Good For You"

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