Zachary Nichols


I'm the Founder and Creative Director of George & Elaine in New York City. This site acts as a collection of interests and ongoing experiments in web technologies. If you would like to work together, please visit George & Elaine.

For the past year or so I have been working on a series of terrain visualizations of the coordinates where the greatest number of civilians were killed in US drone strikes.

This piece is Ladha, where roughly 37 civilians where killed by 5 drone bombs on an August afternoon in 2009.

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The universe is brimming with vexing, invisible dark matter — something we can’t identify, interact with or observe. However, solutions for the issue of its genesis are constantly being proposed. Most ideas focus on dark matter’s form or how it is birthed from gravity. A third new concept by Erik Verlinde reconsiders gravity entirely. Perhaps gravity is not a fundamental force, but an effect of some other fundamental interactions? This could explain dark matter.

Today, it’s important to remember that while devastation to our person, our home, our country, or our citizenship deserve every bit of acknowledgement, we are a species of thinkers, doers and problem solvers. We can, and will, find that gleam of imagination that allows us to interpret the existing conditions as new circumstances for progress.

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With the winter, my morning slog to preparedness has a new stage: turning myself into a layered clothes-lasagna. As Sinclair Lewis put it, “Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.” I’ve got a new part time job.

The lack of snow thus far, and the approaching Winter Storm Jonas, has me thinking doubly of our pallbearer’s lockstep to climate change and of tropic climates. Today the warmer thoughts are winning out — like the work by Elena Chiavi, Ahmad El Mad, Matteo Golden pictured.

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“I re-invented my image so many times that I’m in denial that I was originally an overweight Korean woman.”


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Captivating new photos of our on-again-off-again planet neighbor, Pluto, combining blue, red, and infrared images into a serpentine composite.

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Short dance film “Fred Astaire with a stomach full of Corn Chips and Valium” by Phillip R Lopez. The director’s comments about the camera’s movement being entirely integral to a piece of this sort are exactly the reason this one’s worth a watch.

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Delight in simplicity. A short — only 70 frames short — little animation by Eran Hilleli. He calls it “just a place i hung out in last night.” Indeed.

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A three-axis gimbal rig simulates the tumbles encountered during a space mission.

“Three tubular aluminum cages could revolve separately or in combination to give roll, pitch, and yaw motions at speeds, up to 30 rpm, greater than those expected in actual spaceflight. Nitrogen-gas jets, attached to the three cages, controlled the motion. At the center of the innermost cage, the pilot was strapped into a plastic seat, similar to that in a Mercury capsule. His head, body, and legs were held in place, leaving only his arms free. The pilot actuated the jets by means of a right-hand control column. Communication was by radio which was operated by a button atop the left-hand column. Complex tumbling motions were started by the operator at the control station and control then switched to the pilot. By reading instruments mounted at eye level before him, the pilot interpreted his motions and made corrections accordingly.”

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  • reply Anthony Apr 29th, 2015 | 1:57pm

    Cool! If that was me in the simulator, I’d get sick in a second and this picture would look a lot different…