Our photo of the day features First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters having a wonderful time at the Great Wall of China — wish you were here!
Shared on Twitter by White House photographer Pete Souza.
Getty Images has always been one of the best spots to find quality photographs of all kinds of stuff, but they’ve also been very protective of their copyrights. I respect that, and have always refrained from using their images without licensing them — but apparently, there were quite a few other humans out there on the Internets who didn’t. As a result, Getty Images announced this week that they’re giving up trying to enforce their copyrights the old-fashioned way (with nasty lawyer letters) and making millions of their photos free to use on blogs and other sites, simply by embedding the code for an iframe.
So here’s my first embedded Getty photo, from today’s festival of right wing lunacy, CPAC 2014, showing the heinous comb-over of Donald Trump in all its forward-sweeping glory.
Trump’s speech? Oh, it was the usual rambling disconnected mess, starting with a teleprompter joke (the CPAC audience never gets tired of that one), seguing into a call for America to grab Iraq’s oil (I know, right?), and concluding with a strange story about how much the Chinese love him, his buildings, and his ties.
For which he received a standing ovation, of course.
Just a Tuesday night open thread with a pretty photo of birds on a beach.
I posted a not-very-good photo of this comic a while back, but here’s a much better one: the Lizard Collection’s copy of The Avengers #2, published in November 1963, with an awesome Jack Kirby cover featuring the retro-original all-golden Iron Man costume.
In the second issue of The Avengers, they’re tormented by the Space Phantom, a shape-shifting alien who assumes the appearance of the Incredible Hulk on this cover. The story of this one ends with the Hulk getting all pissed off at the other Avengers because he thinks they hate him, and quitting. Marvel pioneered the emo superhero.
This copy is in really good shape — obviously some creases on the lower right cover where a kid’s hand touched it a lot, but the inks are incredibly bright for the age of the book, thanks to being preserved in a sealed box in the Arizona climate for 40 years.
The back cover, as many of these early comic book covers were, is an advertisement for Famous Artists Schools:
Via White House photographer @petesouza.
Shortly after finishing the Boston Marathon this week David Green, 49, was walking to meet friends when two bombs exploded in front of him as he faced east on the corner of Fairfield and Boylston Streets. He snapped a photograph with his iPhone before rushing to help those wounded.
He posted it to Facebook with an account of his experiences.
On Thursday, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation released images of the two suspects in the blast, Mr. Green’s friends began to notice a figure in the bottom left corner of his picture that closely resembled one of the suspects.
One posted it in a running forum, from where it went viral, and sparked a debate over its veracity.
In an interview late Thursday, Mr. Green, who runs a sportswear company in Florida, confirmed that the picture was genuine, and that the F.B.I. had contacted him and requested a copy. “I have spoken to several agents,” Mr. Green said, “and they have got the photos, they are picking up material from me, and I don’t think there’s any doubt.” Mr. Green said he took the photo at 2:50:15 p.m. on Monday.
Agents had told him, he said, that his picture was the best they had, because it was taken from a better camera than the others that were posted.
(With this higher resolution photo, I now think that it does not show suspect #1 as well.)
Here’s the suspect clipped out at full resolution:
Someone at Reddit discovered another photo of the suspects; it’s definitely suspect #2 on the left, hurrying around the corner, and it may be suspect #1 in the group of people about 5 yards behind, with the tan pants.
Saturn’s north polar hexagon basks in the Sun’s light now that spring has come to the northern hemisphere. Many smaller storms dot the north polar region and Saturn’s signature rings, which appear to disappear on account of Saturn’s shadow, put in an appearance in the background.
The image was taken with the Cassini spacecraft’s wide-angle camera on Nov. 27, 2012 using a spectral filter sensitive to wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 750 nanometers.
The view was acquired at a distance of approximately 403,000 miles (649,000 kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 21 degrees. Image scale is 22 miles (35 kilometers) per pixel.