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Closest I've come to floating in interstellar space



Make it full screen, click and drag to look around.

http://www.sergebrunier.com/gallerie/pleinciel/360.swf

ETA: Scroll wheel zooms in and out.

Secessionists are trolls

Stop feeding them.

That is all.

Anyone else remember the beating Moveon dot org took over its "Betrayus" ad?

Yeah, I know, that's ancient history, runes carved on stone tablets or at best hieroglyphs on papyrus by now.

I think Moveon is owed an apology, Betrayus seems to have been a very apt nickname and truth be told it's a name that was conferred on the Good General by his own troops not made up by Moveon.



Meta is the most consistently entertaining forum on DU

I get more laughs per thousand posts read here in Meta than anywhere else.

Of course when Benny Hill was on the telly I used to think he was hilarious too so my taste in humor is definitely at least suspect.

Carry on carrying on, y'all. I'll be over here in the corner snickering.



An exceptionally balanced vintage redolent with exquisitely piquant shadenfreude

Cool tool for amateur astrophotographers

Have you taken a shot of the sky and don't have a clue what's in it?

Want to know exactly how big the field of your new camera/lens is?

Upload a sky photo you have taken to the free astrometry server and find out where in the sky it is, what's in it and the field of view of your lens in degrees. This also works for shots you find on the web, you can give the server an image URL instead of uploading one.

http://nova.astrometry.net/

It doesn't have to be a very good picture either, straight out of the camera works better than highly process pretty pics at least for me so far.

Here's an example of a not very clear shot of the sky that has been solved by the astrometry server.

http://nova.astrometry.net/user_images/35297#original

It's called irony, Lou

ZOMG! Teh Main$tream Media FINALLY get adversarial with the Romney campaign

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/a-football-draw-for-romneys-staff-and-the-press/?hp

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Mitt Romney will be participating in his own political version of Monday Night Football when he faces off against President Obama in their final debate of the campaign cycle. But on Sunday morning, Mr. Romney took a break from debate preparation to make a stop at a gridiron of a different sort — a flag football beach face-off between members of the news media and members of Mr. Romney’s staff.

Mr. Romney, wearing black shorts, a black Adidas T-shirt and gray sneakers, walked down to the beach after spending the morning at church, and kicked off the game with a coin toss. (The press won that part, with a call of “tails,” prompting Mr. Romney to quip, “That’s the last call you guys are getting.”)

“Let’s see, look at the captain, Gail’s a captain, is that right?” Mr. Romney said, referring to Gail Gitcho, the campaign’s communications director. “Got a bracelet for you.”

Mr. Romney then handed Ms. Gitcho a white rubber bracelet that read, “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, America Can’t Lose,” an apparent twist on the “Friday Night Lights” motto, which Mr. Romney has recently begun quoting on the campaign trial.




Blackberry Playbook 16 GB, pros and cons?

I've been looking at tablets for a while now, the Playbook gets about as good reviews as any tablet on Amazon and Office Depot has quite a good deal on them at $159, in store only. That's the best price I've seen on the unit by about $40.

Are there any better options in that price range at the moment?

http://www.amazon.com/Blackberry-Playbook-7-Inch-Tablet-16GB/dp/B004UL34EY/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1350736310&sr=1-1&keywords=playbook

ETA: I just checked the Office Depot website and evidently the 64 GB Playbook is now $189, which is about $40 less than it was a couple of days ago when I was in the store looking at them.

So my OP also covers the 64 GB model, the new price is within my budget.

Along came a spider

I was walking in front of my home a few nights ago with my little headlight flashlight on and nearly ran into this spider spinning a web right at head height, went in and grabbed my camera and got some shots.

Warning, these are up close and personal shots of a really nasty looking spider, if you are overly creeped out by spiders don't scroll down.






















































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