From the streets of Seattle’s Capitol Hill, the 12th Man celebrates the Seahawks victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. See more on my Flickr page.

Thomas Prior took some incredible and insane photographs of the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.

(via Kottke)

Thomas Prior took some incredible and insane photographs of the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico.

(via Kottke)

Oakland photographer Simon Christen spent two years creating this time-lapse masterpiece of San Francisco’s fog.

New United States Capital?

One reason the area now know as Washington D.C. was chosen to be the location of the national capital was because it was roughly the geographic center of the original thirteen states. If the United States had to relocate its capital using this rule today, where would it be? Three possible answers:

  1. Just based on the geographical extremes of the continental US, the geographic center is near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

  2. Throwing Alaska and Hawaii in the mix really changes things, Alaska in particular. Alaska pulls the geographic center so far north and so far west that the geographic center is not even in US territory. It is in British Columbia, Canada, near Prince George.

  3. Maybe the more reasonable solution is to take population into account. According to the 2010 census, the population center of the United States is near Plato Missouri.

This Google Map pins all three candidates for new United States national capital.

One more thing: when will I learn and remember the difference between capital and capitol? Likely never.

The wonderfully delightful animated short, Paperman, which premiered before Wreck it Ralph. Wired has a story about its creation.

The first thing you notice about Paperman is how different it seems from most modern cartoons, not just because of the limited color palette and retro styling of the characters and the world they live in, but because it doesn’t look like the generic, quasi-photo-realistic CGI animation of everything from Pixar’s Brave to, well, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph. It actually looks as if real people have created it, not machines, and that’s something we haven’t really seen in feature animation for years.

That’s intentional, according to the man behind the short. Director John Kahrs told Cartoon Brew that the origin of Paperman “really came out of working so much with Glen [Keane] on Tangled.” After looking at the work of Keane — a classic Disney animator who worked on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin, among many other projects – Kahrs found himself with a new appreciation for traditional animation and drawing techniques. “I thought, Why do we have to leave these drawings behind? Why can’t we bring them back up to the front of the image again? Is there a way that CG can kinda carry along the hand drawn line in a way that we haven’t done before?” > >The answer was yes. It just required a technology that no one had actually created yet.