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ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) --- This view of Earth's horizon as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean was taken by an Expedition 7 crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anvil tops of thunderclouds are also visible. Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Image Credit: ISS007-E-10807 (21 July 2003) – Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

Wall Monitors


Start-ups turn flat-panel TVs into works of art ( – An expensive new digital television is big, beautiful, flat and can hang on the wall. Some might even consider the set a piece of art.

– Source: Yahoo! News – Technology; 3/16/2004; 9:23:00 AM

Change is not always earth-shattering, but sometimes comes in happy little nuggets (to paraphrase Bob Ross). As monitors approach wall-size, their uses multiply. I would love to see the integration of the products described in the above story into future monitors, allowing me to see works of art in all their glory. This opens up art now confined to museums and private collections to a global audience. I also see martian landscapes seen from future HDTV-enabled rovers, live-feeds of the sky from various telescopes around the world, the latest video from deep-sea exploration, performance art, and (dare I say it?) life-size “adult” entertainment. Who knows…maybe one day I will be able to step through a wardrobe into Narnia…

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