Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Milky Way

Here's a picture taken by one of my astro-acquaintances from the mountains this last weekend. everybody, even the very experienced, said it was one of if not the best skies they had ever seen.
this picture shows more than what we could see with the naked eye, but you get the idea.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

iceland album #1

here is the link to my first iceland album... photos from reykjavik, the sexy blue lagoon, and the geyser and awesome waterfall tour we took. i highly recommend watching the slideshow ever so gently.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Swift J1644+57

In late March 2011, NASA's Swift satellite alerted astronomers to intense and unusual high-energy flares from a new source in the constellation Draco. They soon realized that the source, which is now known as Swift J1644+57, was the result of a truly extraordinary event -- the awakening of a distant galaxy's dormant black hole as it shredded and consumed a star. The galaxy is so far away that the radiation from the blast has traveled 3.9 billion years before reaching Earth.

Most galaxies, including our own, possess a central supersized black hole weighing millions of times the sun's mass. According to the new studies, the black hole in the galaxy hosting Swift J1644+57 may be twice the mass of the four-million-solar-mass black hole lurking at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. As a star falls toward a black hole, it is ripped apart by intense tides. The gas is corralled into a disk that swirls around the black hole and becomes rapidly heated to temperatures of millions of degrees.

The innermost gas in the disk spirals toward the black hole, where rapid motion and magnetism creates dual, oppositely directed "funnels" through which some particles may escape. Particle jets driving matter at velocities greater than 80-90 percent the speed of light form along the black hole's spin axis. In the case of Swift J1644+57, one of these jets happened to point straight at Earth.

Theoretical studies of tidally disrupted stars suggested that they would appear as flares at optical and ultraviolet energies. The brightness and energy of a black hole's jet is greatly enhanced when viewed head-on. The phenomenon, called relativistic beaming, explains why Swift J1644+57 was seen at X-ray energies and appeared so strikingly luminous.

When first detected on March 28, the flares were initially assumed to signal a gamma-ray burst, one of the nearly daily short blasts of high-energy radiation often associated with the death of a massive star and the birth of a black hole in the distant universe. But as the emission continued to brighten and flare, astronomers realized that the most plausible explanation was the tidal disruption of a sun-like star seen as beamed emission.

Uhhh yeahhh, got Pretty Light tickets for September 27th in Burlington!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Holy Landscapes Batman!

To counteract the depressing post below this.


not so light hearted

Ok, here's a link to footage of our military in action that Kevin suggested I watch.
It's sad just to warn you all.

And for anyone looking for a good book to read; World on the Edge, by Lester Brown is fantastic! far.

just food for thought.

2Cellos: Smooth Criminal

Cellar Troubadour

Thursday, August 11, 2011

rocksy's victims

york's butt

seth's leg

echo's heel

erins car choices

so this is going to be easy.
erin is in love with so many different kinds of cars,
i think if everyone keeps their eyes open it should take only a half a day or so

1. toyota prius
2. 1970's model mercedes benz diesel wagon
3. volvo C30

and oh yeah, a $20000 automobile will be just a tad too much.

let the search begin.
the winner will be the 50th caller.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011


Saturday, August 6, 2011

States: Time to Begin

FBI missing children phone app

A customer looks at the Apple iPhone 4. The FBI joined the booming mobile phone app market with the launch of a tool to help parents find missing kids.
The FBI joined the booming mobile phone app market on Friday with the launch of a tool to help parents find missing kids.
"You're shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?" the promotional blurb for the application says.
The answer? If you have the free FBI app -- which is only available for iPhones at the moment -- and stored photos and vital information about your children on it, the data you need to be reunited with your missing child would be "literally right at hand."
Parents using the app "can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or on the spot" or email the key information to the authorities using a special tab on the app in the event their child goes missing.
According to the , a child goes missing in the United States every 40 seconds, and "many never return home."
The FBI has plans to expand the app for use on other , and to add more features.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Found this. Had to post it again.

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