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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ketchup: Part 1

(Not "catsup"- Firefox doesn't even recognize that as a word...)

Been a while since I posted a bunch of stuff, partially because it's been nice out and I didn't want to stay inside, but mostly because I've been lazy.

There's a bunch of stuff, so I'm going to break it up into two posts.

APOD: The Milky Way Over Tenerife
Always thought it would be cool to be an astronaut... Considering 90% of astronauts won't get the chance to be astronauts after the shuttle program ends, I don't think that's a viable option at this point.
"Have you ever seen the band of our Milky Way Galaxy? Chances are you have never seen it like this -- nor could you. In a clear sky from a dark location at the right time, a faint band of light is visible across the sky. This band is the disk of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. The above spectacular picture of the Milky Way arch, however, goes where the unaided eye cannot. The image is actually a deep digital fusion of nine photos that create a panorama fully 360 across. Taken recently in Teide National Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, the image includes the Teide volcano, visible near the image center, behind a volcanic landscape that includes many large rocks."
(APOD- click for image with constellation callouts)

Suspended Staircase
When I get a house, I'm getting a staircase like this:
(via The Daily What)


Michael Paul Smith's Amazing Miniatures
First take a look at this...

And now from afar...
Crazy detail!
"one of the astoundingly detailed models of 1950s American homes, cars, and street scenes made by Michael Paul Smith"
(via Neatorama)

Have you heard about the gay caveman?

Formal Complaint
Curse you David Thorne!
1. How many and why do you have personal images on your work computer? (I know everyone does, but if you do, you can't expect privacy).
2. Gotta love the manager/HR person that thought to scan this and share it with the world.
(via The High Definite)

Science Channel Re-Branding
Am I the only one that thinks this is completely unnecessary?
What else would you call it?

If anyone actually adheres to the new name, it'll just create confusion...
"Hey, what are you watching?"
"Oh you know... Science."
(Brand New)

Pedestrian's Guide to the USA


The GOP's War Against the Youth Vote
The political "old guard" (and Liz Lemon) hates youths

"Just a few years ago, the idea of "mobilizing the student vote" made veteran politicos laugh into their dinner napkins: The thinking was that young voters never show up in large enough volumes to sway elections, and that young people were simply too callow to live up to their supposed ideals.

But a funny thing happened in 2008: The young (along with minorities) really did show up at the polls, and they helped carry Barack Obama to victory. Now those old politicos have taken note, and are busy trying to enact laws that make it harder and harder for students to vote, as you can see in this infographic by Campus Progress, a youth-centered offshoot of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think-tank:

(via Fast Co)

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