Stockholm impressions

I know, I know, I write too much about those photos. I’ll try to be brief this time. The Nordic Museum reminds me of the Harry Potter castle with its many towers. I did not visit it, but its neighbour, the Vasa Museum. But more on that in a later post. Me being a total ship ignorant, totally missed that I had passed the Dannebrog Royal Yacht, one of only two remaining officially royal boats still in use. My hotel was located near the ferry harbour, leading to very peculiar traffic signs…

CERN impressions

A spontaneous visit to CERN was surprisingly rewarding. I managed to sneak into the fully booked French guided tour. For the next two hours, we visited two spots: first was the historical synchro-cyclotron, which surprised with a well-produced animation of its inner workings, projected directly onto its skeleton. Then we went to the building above the ATLAS detector, which (of course) could not be visited directly. Instead, we saw another presentation. A small bonus was the direct view into the control room.

Lights of London (yep, these are wallpapers)

When I stood on Queen’s Walk in London, next to the National Theatre (roughly here; btw: this is one of the few occasions where “here” is a sensible choice for a link text, but I digress…), I could not help but notice the abundance of lighting. So I opened the shutter and waved my camera around. Here are the (unedited, except for level adjustments) results:

Triple screen desktop wallpapers II

From this handy index of high resolution Hubble images I have derived another set of three screen wide (3·(1920×1200) = 5760×1200) space wallpapers:

Image credits: Both: NASA, ESA; Orion nebula: M. Robberto (STScI/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team; Helix nebula: NOAO, The Hubble Helix Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)

Triple screen desktop wallpapers

I needed three screen wide wallpapers in resolution 5760×1200. But there were only a hand full of decent ones. So I searched the European Space Organisation image archive for material. Luckily, they release their photos under a Creative Commons license, i.e. the CC-BY 4.0. These four wallpapers are based on two images: Carina Nebula, NGC 3372 by ESO/T. Preibisch and the Milky Way by ESO/S. Brunier.