Google Bought Snapseed

That [Google has bought Snapseed][] comes as no surprise. What was a nice surprise was the note they wrote:

> We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

Something to remember: focus on doing one thing well.

[Google has bought Snapseed]: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/09/17/google-buys-developer-of-snapseed-apples-2011-ipad-app-of-the-year/

Heavier-than-Air Solar Ships

A company called SolarShip has debuted its plans for three heavier-than-air airships that use solar panels built into the roof of their envelope to power themselves. The short video they have released illustrates the concept really well: I almost used “demonstrates” but these are clearly computer animations — very well done animations keyed over actual footage for some stunning realism. I love seeing people re-thinking supposedly old technology like airships using modern materials to create new possibilities, and I like to imagine what it would be like to work in such a company.