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visualizing lightspeed

Wednesday,  12/09/09  11:33 PM

This is cool: visualizing the speed of light, in which it takes 1.26 seconds to travel from Earth to the Moon.

Knowing that light is *really* fast, for me this says more about the distance between the Earth and Moon than about light's speed...


Hubble ultra deepfield

Wednesday,  12/09/09  11:38 PM

This is way cool: Hubble's ultra deepfield, taken in late August 2009; the faintest and reddest objects in the image are galaxies that formed 600 million years after the Big Bang..

Hubble ultra deepfield photo montage

(click to enbiggen amazingly) 


Wednesday,  12/09/09  11:42 PM

Another long day followed by a long (but pleasant) meeting over dinner; we managed to drink a bottle each.  So it's going to be like that, is it?

Beware, coherence may be limited.  Even more than usual.  (hic)

A really important resource: the Western States Ride Calendar.  Every known organized cycling ride in the Western U.S.  Wow how cool is that?

Monster Monday: giant waves in HawaiiMonster Monday: Surf's up as biggest waves in five years come to Hawaii.  Wow, those are cool.  I am a wimp when it comes to surfing, but we all love looking at those huge waves, don't we?

Ed Driscoll wonders Is Newsweek a Brand that will Disappear in 2010?  You mean Newsweek still exists?  I thought they transformed themselves into a political-People magazine for liberals, and quietly faded into irrelevance.  Oh, they did.

Google Chrome - now with extensions!Google's Chrome browser now has extensions.  Yay.  Give me Adblock, and Firefox may be history.

Facebook pushes people to go public.  I predict this will not end well.  I knew enough to explicitly switch all the preferences back to private, but I bet many many people will not, and Facebook will never be the same.

Virgin Galactic's Space Ship Two: the Tip of the Iceberg for Private Space TravelYesterday I reported on Virgin Atlantic's Space Ship Two launch; Rand Simberg has more: the Tip of the Iceberg for Private Spaceflight.

Pantone Turquoise: 2010 color of the year?Pantone has named Turquoise 2010 color of the year.  "...evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing."  So be it.

TTAC reports Speed Cameras Gift Wrapped in the Netherlands.  As they should be, everywhere.  Big brother please take a hike.

From the Onion: Alphabet updated with 15 exciting new letters.  Paging Dr. Suess, some people stop at the Z, but not me!  I love it :)

ZooBorn: a tiny Kimodo DragonZooBorn of the day: a tiny Kimodo Dragon.  See even baby giant lizards are cute!


post #508

Wednesday,  12/09/09  11:51 PM

This is post #508 this year, officially making this my most prolific blogging year ever.  So far.  It is also post #1999 of all time.  (Perhaps I should have made another post celebrating that, which would have been #2000 :)  This is probably more exciting to me than to you, but I just had to note the milestone; if you're interested, all 1,999 posts are linked from The Archive.

Cheers, and please stay tuned for thousands more!


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Unnatural Selection
On Blame
Try, or Try Not
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Emergent Properties
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
The Nest
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
Adding Value
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
Toy Story
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
solving bongard problems
visiting Titan
unintelligent design
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
second gear
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
universal healthcare
triple double
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Holiday Inn
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
vote smart
exact nonsense
introducing eyesFinder
to space
where are the desktop apps?
still the first bird
electoral fail
progress ratches
2020 explained