Space Painting

Check out these space painting artists’ wild creative processes.  

Space Painting uses some interesting techniques.

Spacepainter uses spray paint, pot lids and magazine pages to make amazing space art.  He seems to have arrived at a real technique for creating various space effects, including planets, mountains, and even waterfalls.

Look easy?  Try it!  I can’t figure out exactly how he does it.

Now watch the one-minute version.

Ah, this one reveals Spacepainter’s space painting secret! He wears a respirator.

This space scene painter Matt Sorensen uses a lot of FLAMES!

Even MORE flames with Matt Sorensen! Not sure what the first scenes have to do with painting but a real “warm up” if you know what I mean.

What do you think of this kind of Space Art?  Do these space painters make it look too easy?  Would you be more impressed with the results if they hid their creative secrets and pretended that it took days of hard work?

However they do it, I stand in awe of space artists who bring the uncanny and strange to life.

As Earth’s astronomers discover hundreds of alien worlds we need space painting to transform the raw telescopic data about far away planets into real vistas of the bizarre Universe that surrounds us.

Have you ever considered learning how to paint fantastic lands, celestial objects, or science fiction scenes?  

Games, films, magazines and books need talented artists to bring supernatural visions to life.  

I LOVE this kind of art and have always envied artists with the talent to transform a blank canvas into a mind-bending fantasy, science fiction or space painting.  

Here are some cool books on drawing fantastic architecture, space painting of real planets, and how to create science fiction art.

Free Plugin Tattles on Your Other Plugins — P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler)

Free plug in tattles on other plug ins   

Free plugins are my weakness, I admit it.

My second big weakness after free plugins? Paid plugins!

I love plugins because I don’t have to code.

I love plugins because you can try them out, turn them on and off, update them, delete them.

I love plugins because they do amazing stuff!

Currently, this site, which uses the Twenty Ten theme, also has more than 50 plugins.  Some are active all the time.  Some plugins I turn on to make tests, and then turn them off.

Plugins are like Lego blocks for my blog, and I get a kick out of building on new functions that have modded the standard issue Twenty Ten into the site you are reading.

But free plugins (and the ones you pay for) have a downside.  Each one slows down your site’s loading speed.

Not all plugins are created equal — some are slow or “heavy” users of resources and some are fast and “light.”

I just bought an interesting plugin called WP HypnoLinks.  

I wanted to know whether WP HypnoLinks is heavy or light.

To find out the performance speed of WP Hypnolinks I used yet another free plugin called P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) from GoDaddy.  

P3 is one of those plugins you activate for testing and then deactivate.

P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) tells you how much time each active plugin takes to load.  You simply run a scan and look at the load time data for each plugin.

P3 tattles on your free plugins and paid plugins, beloved and marginal, with icy objectivity.

Free Plugin P3 Plugin Performance Profiler Pie Chart

The pie chart above shows the relative slowness of plugins as reported by P3.  

Remember, I am checking the loading speed of WP HypnoLinks.  

The good news: WP HypnoLinks doesn’t even show up among the heavier, slower plugins!  

But how light is light?

P3 let’s us look deeper and give the exact cost of each plugin.  

Here we discover that WP HypnoLinks is super light.

Free Plugin P3 Plugin Profiler WP show WP HypnoLinks is light

Notice that none of my current plugins takes more than half a second to load.  

Total load time is 1.58 seconds.  I can live with that.  

I once had other free plugins that I removed because they were too heavy.

P3 told on those slow plugins and I fired them!

By the way, P3 is the kind of plugin that you deactivate once testing is done.

Have you tried P3?  How about WP HypnoLinks?  What’s your favorite free plugin and how fast does it load?  Leave a comment!

Update 2013 — See the improvements in load time

P3 Plugin Profiler ‹ Blogs News Reviews 2013

Demonstration of the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Rescue Tool

Photo of rescue toolLearn How to Use a Swiss Army Knife Rescue Tool

Imagine coming upon an accident after having seen this video, but without a rescue tool?

Yes there are other tools that can get the job done and you might be able to find them in time.

But are they packaged into a single tool that fits into your glove compartment?

The Boy Scouts have a saying, “Be Prepared.”

I have a saying, “Be prepared and hope to hell you don’t need it.”

Product Features

  • Winner of IWA Knife of the Year 2007
  • Developed in close collaboration with rescue and safety services
  • Can be operated with gloves and has luminescent handles
  • Includes large locking blade, screwdriver/crate opener, wire stripper
  • Luminescent grip shells and sturdy nylon case

The Victorinox Rescue Tool was developed and perfected in conjunction with emergency medical and rescue services in a five-year project.

All parts have been subject to stringent tests, particularly the new window breaker and disc saw tools.

The Rescue Tool includes the most essential functions for freeing a person from a disabled vehicle, including a rounded belt cutter which can be used to safely cut through a seat belt.

All critical tools can be opened wearing gloves and are suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users.

The one-handed blade and strong screwdriver (crate opener) are fixed in position when open thanks to the liner lock mechanism.

The Rescue Tool stands out with a luminescent yellow grip and bright red and yellow nylon case.

The Victorinox Rescue Tool was selected among 77 other knives and awarded the title of “Knife of the Year” 2007 during the IWA, the largest knife exhibition in the world. 

Features:

  • One-handed blade
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Window breaker
  • Strong 6mm screwdriver
  • Cap lifter
  • Wire stripper
  • Punch and reamer
  • Belt cutter
  • Key ring
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick
  • Disc saw
  • Luminescent grip shells
  • Nylon cord
  • Nylon case

 Manufacturer’s Warranty  Lifetime warranty against defects

Ships for free

 

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