Welcome to another edition of “Stuff I Found On The Web“. In today’s edition, we will be looking at shooting AK-47’s underwater (because why not?), removing backgrounds from images, imagining yourself inside the Space Shuttle Discovery, and an inside look at what happens to whistleblowers after the whistle has long been blown. Sounds interesting? Read on.
The YouTube series, Smarter Every Day, is showing you what it is like when a machine gun is fired underwater. To illustrate this, the gun is fired and then the film is slowed right down to a snail’s pace of 27,450 frames per second. Sounds awesome? That’s because it is.
Watch and learn baby.
Dammit, why did we not have experiments like this in school? Probably because the science teacher knew we hated his guts for his propensity to hand out lots of detentions, and he probably didn’t want his ass riddled with bullets. Smart guy.
Sometimes when you have an image you really like, it would be useful to remove the background of that picture and instead have a white background. Maybe some idiot photobombed the picture like this guy:
And so removing all surrounding idiots and distractions may be an attractive proposition. That’s where Remove Image Backgrounds comes in.
To demonstrate how it works, I found a picture of my ugly mug and put it through the site’s paces.
When you load the image, it appears on the left of the screen. Simply use the red brush to erase what you don’t want and the green brush to cover what you want to keep. Then see your actions update the photo in real time on the right.
It sounds simple but it is a bit finicky and takes a bit of practice to get it right. But everything is reversible, so if you have a dose of the shakes, you can CTRL + Z the last mistake you made.
Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Which little boy hasn’t? I did for 2 days before deciding I wanted to be a postman instead, but that’s another story.
The truth is that space fascinates us all. What is up there? Are there other forms of life watching us? Will we meet them one day? Do they look like Mr Spock? Will we need Will Smith or Bruce Willis to save us? These are all questions that fly through my mind on a regular basis.
Well now you can pretend that you are an astronaut by seeing a 360 degree up-close view of the inside of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Spin right round, see all the knobs and dials, and pretend that you are on a mission to save the earth.
Yes, you know what’s coming next….
Sorry, couldn’t resist. There’s your earworm for the day.
I thought this would be a nice topical link to mention, in light of the whole Edward Snowden affair. The Washington Post highlights 5 former whistleblowers who felt they had to reveal what the US Government was doing in certain areas, and they now look at their lives and how they are coping. One is now an iPhone salesman, one works at an arts and crafts store, one an author, one a fly fisherman, and the last one an advocate. But they all share one thing in common – they have been blacklisted by the US Government which prevents them from gaining any high paying position.
I wonder what job Edward Snowden will get in Russia when he is sitting in his little wooden log cabin in Siberia, watching out for CIA visitors?
That’s all from Stuff I Found On The Web. More on Saturday. In the meantime, let us know what you think of the links here. If you have any links you would like me to consider for SIFOTW, then send them to me via Twitter and I will take a look. But no NSFW stuff please. The NSA is watching.