Wild weekend

Wild weekend

In this section, we recommend the content that we liked most this week. It may not be new, and have a range of formats, the only thing that matters is that it managed to distinguish itself from everything else we heard, read or viewed in the past week.


I'm 38 so when I was a kid in the early nineties there was already concern about global warming, but we had a more significant environmental threat at the time, the ozone hole. That was the popular name attributed to the phenomenon of ozone depletion over the Antarctic, but it's not difficult for me to imagine that if you are twenty years younger than me its something that you might be unaware. It took a couple of decades of research to build enough evidence to convince the world that human activities, particularly the production of CFC's were destroying the ozone layer that protects life on earth from UV light. Fortunately, the governments of the world took action and in 1989 with the Montreal Protocol CFC's, and HFC's got banned. Unfortunately, recovery has been slow because “CFCs have lifetimes from 50 to 100 years", and only recently did we have confirmation that the ozone hole is starting to shrink, although it won't recover entirely in my lifetime. - Luís Queirós
 


Most of you are familiar with LIGO (laser interferometer gravitational wave observatory) that allowed scientists to have directly detected gravitational waves in September of 2005. Since then it already registered two other instances of gravitational waves produced by collisions of black holes, and in 2017 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to LIGO founders. It´s a big deal because it gave humanity another way to explore the cosmos but the instrument itself is susceptible to interference from tectonic activity and even vibrations caused by heavy trucks can affect its readings. So the best way to have a LIGO unencumbered by earthly affairs is to build it in space. Meet LISA (laser interferometer space antenna), the proposed space-based gravitational-wave observatory to replace LIGO. Unlike earth where instruments can be upgraded and repaired, a space observatory has to work correctly from the moment it´s launched and "to maximize the chance of a functional space-based gravitational-wave observatory, the European Space Agency launched the LISA pathfinder, a satellite that is designed to test key technologies required for LISA." - Luís Queirós


Both of us on Toothy Saber like gear and that extends to new technology products, materials and in my friend's case climbing equipment. In this case, I'm excited to watch all the advances made in clothing material or to frame in a better way adapting or improving them for use in clothing. The progress is mostly in outdoor clothing, but I still dream of the day that we can wear every day, stylish clothes with the same advantages in waterproofing, sweet control, comfort and above wall less need for ironing. - Luís Queirós


Fuji has been dominating. It's not selling the most cameras, it's not even doing the most incredible cutting-edge cameras. But what it is doing, is the most well thought out pieces of photo gear in ages. And they have done it again, the X-H1 is the bigger more impressive brother to the smaller X-T2. Its focus is crystal clear, to deliver the best video performance, AF and sensor stabilization in its class. And if you believe first impressions and early reviews, it looks like Fuji has another winner on its hands. Well done Fuji. Kaizen.- Diogo Carvalho

Fuji X-H1 First Impressions - Luminous Landscape

Not Such A Well Kept Secret Anyone who reads this site regularly knows how much I like my Fuji cameras. Right now, I own the XT-2, X-Pro 2, and 100F, and a good-size stable of zooms and prime lenses. It should be quite obvious that I am a mirrorless advocate.


I entered the movie theater with the greatest of expectations, to me this was going to be the biggest MCU hit ever, period. And to my mild disappointment, it wasn't. Don't get me wrong I loved the movie, and I know I probably will the next chance I get to see it again, so what's wrong? Noting really. We just live in an age of so many great, awesome even, movie franchises that it's hard for me and for you too I would guess, to really, REALLY get surprised and amazed. That's Last Jedi territory, but I digress. Despite all of that the Black Panther is an extremely solid proposition, excellent performances, and a very compelling story arc. In short, there really isn't any real reason why you shouldn't enjoy this entry in the MCU, heck stop listen to me! Go check Ars review, they loved it and clearly aren't old bitter and tired like I am. I really need a vacation.- Diogo Carvalho

Black Panther reinvents the superhero origin story in a profound way

We've all seen a lot of bloated, meandering superhero movies over the past year, stuffed with exhaustingly large super teams and unmemorable villains. So what makes Black Panther a welcome change isn't just its hero, whose charisma and gravitas are undeniable, but that it is an elegantly structured adventure.

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