What little headline mojo I have has deserted me

Paul Raven @ 25-03-2011

We interrupt this broadcast to bring you the weirdest and most brain-bending un-Shooped image I’ve seen in ages… and that in a year that’s been pretty strong on brain-bending images.

Bregenz Opera festival stage set

The image is copyright Felix Kaestle/Associated Press, and can be found on this Wall Street Journal photoblog page; the caption says it’s “part of the stage setting for the opera ‘Andre Chenier’ by Italian composer Umberto Giordano, which will premiere [at Lake Constance near Bregenz, Austria] in July.” [Found via This Isn’t Happiness]

Personally, I suspect it’s actually an artefact left behind by one of the more playful interventionist splinters of The Culture. WE MAY NEVER KNOW FOR SURE.

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Look at this massive lunar cave entrance

Paul Raven @ 10-02-2011

Just look at it. Posted simply for the fact that it’s a cool thing to think about, and because we seem to be on something of a space riff in recent weeks, here is a picture of a bloody great cave entrance on the Moon.

Lunar cave entrance

That is all.

[ I could so write for BoingBoing. If, y’know, they invited me to. *hint, hint* ]

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All right, Mr. Deep Impact, I’m ready for my close-up

Paul Raven @ 05-11-2010

Offered for no other reason than that images like this still blow my mind in the same way that pictures from the Apollo missions blew my mind as a bookish seven-year-old protogeek: Nasa’s Deep Impact probe managed to get some photos of Comet Hartley 2 from just over 400 miles away [via MetaFilter].

Comet Hartley 2 as seen by Deep Impact [image courtesy NASA]

The Universe == Awesome.