Ghost Nebula and Perseid Meteor by Kevin Black
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I couldn’t see the meteor shower at its peak because it was raining all week but I was able to catch it around 1 a.m. yesterday. I definitely saw at least four in the hour I stayed out, thought that’s really low-balling it since were many instances where I thought I saw something but it was so thin and quick that I couldn’t be sure whether I imagined it because I didn’t want to go home empty handed, or if I really did see it. There were a few incidents too where stars were randomly blinking out, but thinking back, it was probably because there were still quite a bit of rain clouds left over. The fact that I was watching from my backyard with my neighbour’s bright florescent kitchen light shining across the yard didn’t really help either. I think he keeps the light on and his kitchen drapes opened for his cat, who, by the way, kept staring at me; he’s probably not use to strange people just standing there, ruining his scenery for so long, haha.
The first shooting star that I undoubtedly saw was so bright, it caught me completely by surprised, especially since I saw it from the corner of my eye when I turned my head to answer someone. I whipped my head back quickly enough to catch the tail. It was like a fireball streaking across the sky; it was so amazing. I can’t believe the Perseids Showers happens annually and this is the first time I’ve read or heard about it. We couldn’t see it last year because of the Super Moon but what about all the previous years? Did people not care or know about it back then? Have I been deceived by movies all these years in thinking that they’re such rare occurrences when they’re actually quite common? We have five more meteor showers to look forward to this year:
I have no idea if those are as visible or accessible as the Perseids though; I didn’t need a telescope or anything on Friday.
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source: 500px, tumblr, & flickr
I have have no idea whether this is a promo pic for the new season of Sherlock or whether it’s a Cumberbatch photo shoot, but either way, it’s a fantastic shot and omgseason3isbeginsJanuary19!! Now I have something to look forward to after Nikita ends. 🙂
Eruption of Sakurajima Valcano
Southern Kyushu, Japan
Februrary 21-26, 2013
Photographed by Martin Rietze
Almost 30 years ago a Japanese custodian sat in front of a large A1 size sheet of white paper ( approximately 33 x 23 inches), whipped out a pen and started drawing the beginnings of diabolically complex maze, each twist and turn springing spontaneously from his brain onto the paper without aid of a computer. The hobby would consume him as he drew in his spare time until its completion nearly 7 years later when the final labyrinth was rolled up and almost forgotten.
Twitter user@Kya7y was recently going through some of her father’s old things when she happened upon the maze and snapped a few photos to share on Twitter. She was quickly inundated by requests from friends and eventually strangers who had endless questions, the most obvious being: are you making prints!?
When asked about the man behind the maze, she answered “Where does my father work? At a public university!! In the athletic department!!! As a janitor.”
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What a work of art.
It’s completely mind-boggling. I feel like I can spend days on end just looking at this, following paths, and never get bored.
It’s incredible what people can do with just pen and paper.
source: thisiscolossal & spoon-tamago
“Revolver Camera (New York, 1938). Colt 38 carrying a small camera that automatically takes a picture when you pull the trigger. At the left: six pictures taken by the camera.” [source]
This is quite possibly the coolest camera ever.
Although I have to wonder, where does one load the film?
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FYI, this is off topic but Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a really entertaining movie. It’s worth the extra bucks to see it in 3D since it was actually meant to be seen that way — mind you, this is coming from someone who usually hates 3D movies since the glasses never sit right on top of my own frames. This time around however, there was a lot more depth in visual effects (it doesn’t look like Paper Mario) and the 3D is apparent throughout the entire movie (and not just a small segment like in Harry Potter).
Overall, I kind of felt like the movie’s too short since I want to see a bit more character development but you know what, if that means sacrificing all the crazy gory fights and blood spewing decapitations then forget it; this movie’s awesome for what it is. It was never meant to win any Oscars or Academy Awards for being a thought provoking film; characters accept their fate, they deal with their problems and move on, end of story. Honestly, I wouldn’t be opposed to a sequel if they’d expand on the character-team dynamics a bit more.
Oh and be sure to check out the concept art for the witches because they are fantastic!! Go! Go! Go!