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(to be clear, that's not Charles behind Cthulhu--I actually didn't get a photo of the two humans, just the plush elder god)
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Why do we like science fiction so much? Here's an article that gets into it... and as much as it addresses issues in Pakistan, the problems sound so much like Kenya! (We see you, 8-4-4!)
How science fiction can spur Pakistan into the 21st century
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My Internet friend "Lester Zombie" has died. I will miss him dearly.

"One more thought: At this point it's clear that I'm never gonna be a real Grownup. I win!" --Douglas "Lester Zombie" Hedderich
Explore Lester Z's photos on Flickr. Lester Z has uploaded 2055 photos to Flickr.
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another earthquake in Nepal
The earthquake measured 7.4 on the Richter Scale
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It was a sad day for cat lovers and train fans alike when Tama, the cute calico that had served as stationmaster of Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture since 2007, recently passed away. Heartbroken as Tama’s many supporters were, though, life goes on, and Wakayama Electric Railway has announced that Kishi now has ...
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How do I distinguish sophistry from disciplines/arguments that are legit but too abstruse to use "easy" language?
STANFORD, CA—Known throughout the community for his verbal outbursts and his shopping cart full of trash, area street denizen "Cosmic Stan" must have studied advanced physics at some point, sources reported Monday.
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Also, I feel like I am starting to approach a sort of terminal velocity of learning where I forget old stuff as fast as I learn new stuff :(
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Simulation of space debris orbiting the Earth

Since humanity made its first trip out of Earth's atmosphere, we've been polluting the emptiness surrounding our planet. Orbital debris is a significant concern for all space-faring countries and could seriously impact the future of spaceflight. Because objects in Low-Earth Orbit are moving at a brisk 7km/s (15,000mph) the risk for catastrophic collision, especially with manned spacecraft, is a nontrivial issue. 

This simulation illustrates some of the debris orbiting the planet (not to scale) that our spacecraft must navigate through when exiting the atmosphere. NASA and other government agencies track approximately 19,000 pieces of debris larger than 5cm with an estimate 300,000 pieces larger than 1cm existing below 2,000km. Numerous debris-removal missions are currently being planned to clean up low Earth orbits. 

Source: https://youtu.be/pkfKnxX-L0k

#ScienceGIF   #Science   #GIF   #Space   #NASA   #Earth   #Orbit   #SpaceJunk   #Debris   #Hazard   #Simulation   #Satellite  
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I still think "Threads" will always remain my favorite post-apocalyptic film.
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  • Evergreen State College
    Computer Science, 2008 - 2011
  • Edmonds Community College
    Chemistry, 2005 - 2007
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System maker, Aspie, nerd.
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System maker, Aspie, nerd. For fun and profit I write software. Studied computer science at the Evergreen State College
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Competent Gran Turismo driving skills: I did a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 5'42.384, Suzuka Circuit in 1'33.894, and Monaco in 1'16.848, all using the stock Formula Gran Turismo car.
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This library was designed for decades past when most of Mill Creek was forest and farmland. Mill Creek of the 2010s is most definitely not forest and farmland, and the library feels crowded as a result. The density of people would be totally fine if, say, I were at a restaurant, but a library is a sort of place that should have a more introverted ambiance. The on-shelf book selection is a bit low, I suppose partly to accommodate reduced shelf capacity due to tables and computers. On the plus side, you can have any book, CD or DVD from the Sno-Isle system delivered here; the library system as a whole having a very nice selection.
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