larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
Three obviously related links of awesomeness:

The motion of 2 million stars over 5 million years. (via)

All of NASA's photos and videos in a single, searchable website: https://images.nasa.gov/. Aw, yisssss. (via)

Prince and Muppets. You're welcome. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Stanzas in Memory of the Author of "Obermann"," Matthew Arnold.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (enceladus)
More links:

Why shoelaces eventually come undone. Short answer: when your foot comes down, the sudden stop tugs a very tiny bit on the free ends of the bow, and the tiny tugs build up. (via)

A solar-powered device that condenses water out of low-humidity air. Mind you, that 20% humidity is pretty moist for a desert: our evaporative cooler works effectively only below that, which is most of the time outside of rainy season. Good stuff anyway.

There is heat below the surface of Enceladus. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Dirge for Two Veterans," Walt Whitman.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
Meanwhile, have some linkies:

A complete rotation of the moon, stitching together high-resolution photos from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.* So you can see the back side in HD. (via)

Making a dugout canoe by hand. (via)

Beautiful trolling. Feel free to poke around at some of the other explanations.


* One of the few robots in space that TBD isn't interested in ... the name is not exactly small-child-friendly.


---L.

Subject quote from "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel.
larryhammer: a symbol used in a traditional Iceland magic spell of protection (protection)
A pome for a moon-day:


On a Beach at Night, Walt Whitman

On the beach at night,
Stands a child with her father,
Watching the east, the autumn sky.

Up through the darkness,
While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading,
Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the sky,
Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the east,
Ascends large and calm the lord-star Jupiter,
And nigh at hand, only a very little above,
Swim the delicate sisters the Pleiades.

From the beach the child holding the hand of her father,
Those burial-clouds that lower victorious soon to devour all,
Watching, silently weeps.

Weep not, child,
Weep not, my darling,
With these kisses let me remove your tears,
The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,
They shall not long possess the sky, they devour the stars only in apparition,
Jupiter shall emerge, be patient, watch again another night, the Pleiades shall emerge,
They are immortal, all those stars both silvery and golden shall shine out again,
The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again, they endure,
The vast immortal suns and the long-enduring pensive moons shall again shine.

Then dearest child mournest thou only for Jupiter?
Considerest thou alone the burial of the stars?

Something there is,
(With my lips soothing thee, adding I whisper,
I give thee the first suggestion, the problem and indirection,)
Something there is more immortal even than the stars,
(Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,)
Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter
Longer than sun or any revolving satellite,
Or the radiant sisters the Pleiades.


Offered in honor of yet another family viewing of an ISS transit being blocked by overcast. Wet winter means fewer chances to wave hello to the astronauts (current number: 6). Contrast this, if you dare, with Spring and Fall.

---L.

Subject quote from "Ode to West Wind," Percy Shelley.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (spirals)
Links, links, my bedroom for some links.

How Iceland reduced teen drinking and drug use, as in from 42% of teens drinking to just 5%. (via)

Timelapse of sunset at Griffith Observatory.

NCG 2936 a.k.a. the Porpoise Galaxy.

---L.

Subject quote from "Much Ado About Nothing," II.1, William Shakespeare.
larryhammer: a wisp of smoke, label: "it comes in curlicues, spirals as it twirls" (curlicues)
I wonder which of these links will get more clicks ...

All the photos from all the Apollo missions are online on Flickr. (via all over)

170,000 photographs from 1935-1945 taken by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, including many of the iconic images of the Depression and the War, are also online. (via)

A photograph of ducklings wearing paper skirts. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Valentine for Ernest Mann, Naomi Shihab Nye.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba runs)
Why yes, the World Cup is still on. Why do you ask?

If images of people climbing without ropes upsets you, do not click through to this collection of 30 photos of people in high places. Or, for that matter, if heights upset you. Or if you have a small screen. (via)

Timelapse: whole-sky panoramas shot mostly in and around Arches National Park. Some of the projections are a bit freaky. (via)

Tailoring D&D rules to four-year-olds. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from an unknown source. Neruda, maybe? Any ideas?
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
Links of moving pictures:

Timelapse of five years of an exploding star stitched together from Hubble images. (via)

Stop-motion of origami animals folded from tissue paper. (via)

A 19-year-old gamer geek liveblogs watching Star Wars for the first time: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi. Pullquote:
The message of this music is "Vader is now in charge of all of you" and I am on board with this
ETA: Post-game analysis on Hope, Empire, Jedi. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Four Walls," Charlotte Martin.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (hiking)
After a weekend at Phoenix ComiCon, blear. A couple random links instead of the usual scintilating conversation curated links:

How to identify that light in the sky. (via)

24 places to be avoided by acrophobes, many of them with glass floors. Me, I'm grinning like a loon. Figuratively speaking, given loons don't have lips. Grinning, anyway. (via)

The Mitford sisters, ranked. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Shake It Out," Florence + The Machine.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba & clover)
A project called All of Bach, in which the The Netherlands Bach Society plans to post a new recording of one Bach work a week, with commentary in Dutch and English. As of this week, 6 BWVs are up, 1074 to go. (via)

Interesting collection of photos of monumental statues of the world. (via)

The ISS has a livestream of several HD cameras pointed at earth, as they test several models to see which off-the-shelf hardware survives space the best. If you get a grey screen, wait a few seconds as that means its' switching views; if it's black, the they're probably over the ocean at night (check the location finder on the right). It's fun to put this fullscreen on my second monitor. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Shadows," Gordon Lightfoot.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Yotsuba runs)
Another aurora timelapse. These things never get old. (via)

A pretty good Intersex 101 column. (via)

One Weird Old Trick to Undermine the Patriarchy: on genderswitching while reading aloud to children, starting with The Hobbit. Instead of, yanno, forcing the reader to swap her gender identification. (See also "Bilmoe": adorable anime-esque girl!Bilbo fanarts.) (via, where the comments devolve into funny)

Subject quote from "As Hermes once took to his feathers light," John Keats.

---L.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
Thanks to a rare weather inversion, the Grand Canyon recently was filled with fog. (via)

The World Outside My Window, another time-lapse of imagery from the ISS. (Previous) (via)

Profile anecdata on how American families are changing. (via lost)

---L.

Subject quote from "Vita Nuova," William Watson.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (my fandom)
In 1999, at the age of 93, physicist and Nobel laureate Hans Bethe gave a series of three lectures on quantum mechanics to residents of his retirement home. If you were wanting a lay explanation by someone who worked with some of the greats of the field, complete with personal anecdotes, this is a good place to start. (via)

On the importance of null results: the Large Underground Xenon detector completely failed to detect dark matter, ruling out a large class of several possible forms. We know the stuff exists. We still don't know what it is. (via)

A new study estimating just how common planets like ours may be around stars like our sun -- which is to say, instruments are finally getting good enough to detect small rocky worlds.

---L.

Subject quote from "The Flight of the Duchess," Robert Browing.
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (my fandom)
"The Detection of Shocked CO Emission from G333.6-0.2," a conference paper presented in verse. (via lost)
I wrote my abstract, sent it in,
With words that don’t offend.
Imagine my horror to find that I
Am scheduled at the end.

Let me say, to be last speaker,
There are very few things worse.
And so this talk, to get revenge,
Will be entirely in verse.

One suggested solution to how to understand Schrodinger's cat: explicitly include nonlocality. Which is to say, entangle the cat's state and the decaying atom's state. As the paper's author notes, this has been attempted before. (via)

Mysterious fence+tower constructions found in the Amazon rainforst. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "The Ride of Nostradamus," Walter Thornbury.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
Happy birthday, Curiosity! In Focus also gives us photos in honor of Curiosity's one-year anniversary on Mars, starting with its iconic initial selfie. See also JPL's timelapse of twelve months in two minutes. The Onion also observes the festivities. (some links via)

Also from In Focus, beautiful photos of athletes.

In relation to which, on the similarities and differences of fiction and sports. (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Praise and Love," William Brighty Rands.
larryhammer: photo of Enceladus (the moon, not the mythological being), label: "Enceladus is sexy" (astronomy)
Timelapse of 360 days, synchronized and shown all at once. (via)

Photos of the ISS transiting the sun and the moon. (a herf="http://www.kottke.org/">via)

A short film created as part of an architectural thesis with an interesting title, "Rubix" envisions one answer to the question "What if a city were built on the surface of a Rubik's cube?" (via)

---L.

Subject quote from "Daybreaker," Beth Orton.

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