Friday, April 30, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Sporting goods

This is a tennis ball. The color of this tennis ball, known as “optic yellow” was created to be more visible on television. This color and white are the only two colors recognized by the ITF (international tennis federation) and the USTA (United States tennis association). 300 million tennis balls are produced every year, using about 20,000 tons of rubber. Want to recycle your tennis balls? (those that have not been dog toys, or water damaged)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Beverages

This is beer. Beer is the third most consumed liquid on the planet, first is water followed by tea. The brewing of beer is believed to date back to as early as 9000bc in ancient Egypt. The top 3 consumers of beer per capita are: Czech Republic, Ireland, and Germany.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Pets

MacroPhotoFun   SOLVED by facebook fan: Claire.  This is a paw.  The study of when dogs were domesticated is still a work in progress. The current belief is that dog domestication was a long process that began about 30,000 years ago, the earliest evidence of a domesticated dog comes from Germany 14,000 years ago. It is believed that all current domesticated dogs are descendents of gray wolves.
There are an estimated 72 million dogs in the United States, they account for 37.2 percent of all household pets, followed by cats 32.4 percent, birds 3.9 percent, and horses at 1.8 percent.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Lesser house fly

  This is a female small housefly (Fannia canicularis), this fly is about four to six millimeters in length. The white-bordered eyes meet at the top of the head in the males, but not in the females. Female flies lay their eggs in batches of up to 50 and may lay up to 2,000 eggs during their lifespan. The eggs have the ability to float in liquid and semi-liquid decaying organic matter and will hatch after only 2 days. The larvae take about 6 or more days to reach pupation, which lasts about 7 days. They usually take approx. 2–4 weeks to develop into adults and have a life expectancy from two to three weeks. This species is considered a possible disease carrier because they are often found on excrement.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Nail Clipper

The invention of the nail clipper has been attributed to Chapel S. Carter, son of a Connecticut Baptist church deacon, in the year 1896

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Sphinx Moth

This is a Sphinx Moth (Hyles lineata)

Most of these moths are medium to large with heavy bodies. Some species can have a wingspan of up to 5 inches. In most species, the larval stage is called a "hornworm" because the caterpillar's posterior end has a harmless hook or horn like appendage protruding upward. The caterpillar of some species can be very destructive to agricultural crops and ornamental plants.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Today's Macro Photograph. Electronics

This is a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) cable. This cable conforms to a video interface standard that is designed to provide very high visual quality on digital display devices like flat panel LCD computer displays and digital projectors. An industry consortium, the Digital Display Working Group (DDWG), developed this system to replace the "legacy analog technology" VGA connector standard. This cable is designed to carry uncompressed digital video data to a display. It is partially compatible with the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) standard in digital mode (DVI-D) and VGA in analog mode (DVI-A).

Friday, April 23, 2010

Today's Macro Photo. Almond Roca Candy

Harry Brown and J. C. Haley invented almond Roca in 1923, they are the founders of Brown & Haley. The familiar tin can was first used in 1927 to extend the product's shelf life. Almond Roca candy are individually wrapped in gold-colored aluminum foil

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today's Macro Photo. In the workshop

This is a Craftsman 21mm laser etched socket. An American named J.J. Richardson, of Woodstock, VT invented the modern socket wrench, which used interchangeable sockets. The tool was patented through the Scientific American Patent Agency on June 18, 1863.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Today's Macro Photo. Rusted fish hook

The earliest recorded fish hooks were from about 7000 BC in Palestine. Some materials that have been used to craft fish hooks include wood, bone, horn, shells, stone, bronze, and iron. It was common to make hooks from multiple materials to leverage the strength and positive characteristics of each material. Europeans began crafting hooks from steel in the 1600s.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Today's Macro Photo. Cotton swab

This is a cotton swab. Leo Gerstenzang invented the cotton swab in the 1920s, after observing his wife applying wads of cotton to toothpicks, which she used to clean their baby’s ears at bath time. He refined his invention into the brand name that we know today as Q-tips, the Q stands for quality. The most common use for cotton swabs is also the most dangerous. Using a cotton swab to clean the ear canal can cause an ear infection or even worse, a perforated eardrum.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Today's Macro Photo -- Onion bulb roots

MacroPhotoFun  Although the onion is known to have been cultivated for the last 5000 years, is it assumed that humans have been eating them for much longer than that, since onions grow wild on every continent. The onion has had a wide range in status, from being a lowly commoner food, to being prescribed for medicinal purposes, and to being worshiped in Egypt. In today’s world onions have achieved the status of a food staple. Globally 175 counties produce about 105 billion pounds of bulb onions. About 8 percent of the global onion production is traded internationally. The leading onion producing countries are China, India, United States, Turkey and Pakistan, in that order.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Today's Macro Photo - household item

MacroPhotoFun  This is a toothbrush. The modern-style toothbrush dates back to somewhere between 1400 to 1600 AD in China. The first toothbrushes were made from bamboo and the bristles were hairs from a hog’s neck. William Addis of England created the next design change, which brought the toothbrush into the mainstream. He tied bristles to an animal bone with wire. The first person to actually patent the toothbrush is H.N. Wadsworth, in 1857, he also used bone for the handle and boar hair for the bristles of the toothbrush. Boar hair was replaced with synthetic bristles in the 1930’s. The first company to produce a toothbrush with nylon bristles was DuPont.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Today's Macro Photo - electronics

Macro Photo Fun (Click photo to enlarge)  This is a power control switch on a PC. This symbol was officially named IEEE 1621 by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) on December 8, 2004. The IEEE definition is: “For use on a power switch or button if the off state is soft-off, is variable, is not known, or the distinction from hard-off is not important. Also for use with a power indicator, or as the icon for the power control panel.” The user interface for the power status control of electronic devices that ordinary people commonly interact with in their work and home lives, including, but not limited to, office equipment and consumer electronics. Key elements are terms, symbols, and indicators. It does not cover internal mechanisms nor interfaces for industrial devices.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Daily Macro Photo - "Woodlouse Spider"

MacroPhotoFun  Dysdera crocata is nocturnal (this shot was taken at night in its natural habitat) and is called the woodlouse spider because it actively hunts them. It is usually found under wood or bark and prefers to hide in sheltered, damp, ground habitats like those provided by logs or rocks, and is sometimes found in urban gardens under old bricks or paving. These spiders do not build webs, however the female will build a silken sack where it will molt and lay eggs, and stay with its offspring until they are ready to leave the nest. Bites by the woodlouse spider are not dangerous, however they can be painful, since their fangs are capable of penetrating the exoskeletons of a wood louse (pill bug, sow bug) they will have no problem penetrating your skin. They are commonly mistaken for the very dangerous brown recluse spider.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Daily Macro Photo. Beef (Apologies to my vegetarian/vegan family and friends)

Macro Photo Fun (Click photo to enlarge) How did that beef get on your plate?  Beef production begins with a cow-calf producer, they maintain a breeding herd of cows that raise calves every year. When a calf is born, it weighs 60-100 pounds. Beef calves are weaned at six to 10 months of age, when they weigh 450-700 pounds they are auctioned off and sent to a feedlot. Most beef cattle spend approximately four to six months in a feedlot where they are fed a grain-based diet, a small percentage are sent from the feedlot to graze for a couple of months before processing, these are the grass fed cattle. Once cattle reach 1,200-1,400 pounds and 18-22 months of age—they are sent to a processing facility. From the processing plants the beef is distributed to stores and restaurants. US beef statistics for 2008: 27.3 billion pounds consumed, $76 billion retail value.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Daily Macro Photo. Aerosol spray paint nozzle

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1949, was the year that Edward Seymour invented spray paint. He added paint to the existing aerosol can technology, as suggested by his wife. He designed this paint delivery system to demonstrate his aluminum paint, this system was instantly popular. Seymour of Sycamore, Inc. still produces aerosol spray paints to this day. Most Aerosol paints also have a metal, glass or plastic ball inside of the can, to mix the paint. One unfortunate side effect of this invention is Graffiti, which started to become a problem in the late 1970s. The national annual estimate for the cost of graffiti cleanup is between $1 and $3 per person.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Daily Macro Photo. Denim Jeans

Macro Photo Fun(Click photo to enlarge)  Denim jeans date back to over 500 years ago, they were first used by the navy in Genoa, Italy.  The most popular brand, Levis was patented in 1873 by Levi Strauss, and Jacob Davis, they  received a patent for “an improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings”, the patent was for the familiar metal rivets.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Daily Macro Photo. The Brown Widow Spider

MacroPhotoFun(Click photo to enlarge)  The Brown Widow Spider (Latrodectus geometricus) was first described in South America. In North America, it was restricted to Florida for many decades. However, around the year 2000, it started appearing in other Gulf Coast states such as Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina, and has become established in Southern California around 2003. The bite of a brown widow spider is minor in comparison to that of a black widow. The two major symptoms of a brown widow bite are that the bite hurts when it was inflicted and it left a red mark. These two symptoms are not much different from the bite of normal household spiders. However, there is one recent report of a verified brown widow bite manifesting in more severe symptoms that required hospitalization of the bite victim.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Daily Macro Photo. Coffee bean

MacroPhotoFun(Click photo to enlarge) Legend has it that a goat herder in Ethiopia named Kaldi, discovered coffee around 800 AD, when he noticed that his goats reacted to a plant that they were eating, and decided to try it himself. Coffee was first prepared the way we know it in Yemen around 1000 AD.  About 150 million Americans are daily coffee drinkers consuming on average 3.1 cups a day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daily Macro Photo. Crane Fly

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Crane flies look like giant mosquitoes, but they are not related. In their adult stage, these insects do not bite, sting, or eat, and they live for about two weeks. They get their nutrition during the larval stage, they eat plant roots and other vegetation. They are usually seen on the lawn or other plants in the morning, because that is where they lay their eggs. At night they are attracted to light.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Today's Macro Photo -- food, this will be popular menu item today. Happy Easter.

Macro Photo Fun(Click photo to enlarge) Asparagus officinalis is a flowering plant species from which the vegetable known as asparagus is obtained. It is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia,and is now widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Daily Macro Photo -- "The staple of most, the weakness of many"

Macro Photo Fun (Click photo to enlarge)- Bread is one of the oldest, and most popular prepared foods, going back to the Neolithic era (New stone age).


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