May 26th, 2008

Found this little chap sitting on the window sill. I think it’s a Zebra (jumping) spider, showing two of his four pairs of eyes (and you can just see another one toward the back on the right). It was only around 4mm across.


The Unknown Rebel

May 18th, 2008

This famous photograph was taken by Stuart Franklin during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989. The anonymous man stood in front of the advancing tanks bringing them to a halt. He then climbed onto the lead tank and spoke to the driver, before crowd members pulled him away. There are conflicting stories of the mans identity and his fate after the incident which was also caught on film. Franklin won a World Press Award for the photograph.

Photograph by Stuart Franklin

Photography hobbyist Hamad Darwish was commissioned by Microsoft to take desktop wallpaper photos for inclusion with Windows Vista. Here you can download a complete set including those that didn’t make it into the operating system. The “Aurora” image chosen as the default was created by Vista graphics designer Jenny Lam. Article here.

The Windows XP default wallpaper “Bliss” showing green hillside with blue sky and clouds was photographed by Charles O’Rear, contributor to National Geographic Magazine. The shot was taken at Napa Valley, California.

Windows XP default wallpaper by Charles O'Rear
Photograph by Charles O’Rear