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I love this art.
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Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand
Image Credit & Copyright: Witta Priester
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160417.html

What kind of clouds are these? Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they might seem, do not appear to be harbingers of meteorological doom. Known informally as Undulatus asperatus clouds, they can be stunning in appearance, unusual in occurrence, are relatively unstudied, and have even been suggested as a new type of cloud. Whereas most low cloud decks are flat bottomed, asperatus clouds appear to have significant vertical structure underneath. Speculation therefore holds that asperatus clouds might be related to lenticular clouds that form near mountains, or mammatus clouds associated with thunderstorms, or perhaps a foehn wind -- a type of dry downward wind that flows off mountains. Such a wind called the Canterbury arch streams toward the east coast of New Zealand's South Island. The featured image, taken above Hanmer Springs in Canterbury, New Zealand, in 2005, shows great detail partly because sunlight illuminates the undulating clouds from the side.
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reminds me of chocolate adverts - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcBrpZbpS_I
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No comment required... I'll just leave this here.
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Awesome!
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My latest at Slate: We need Consumer Reports for tech, where safety/security head the list of features. Right now, they're an afterthought -- at best.
Earlier this month, technology researchers revealed that wearable “fitness trackers”—including the popular Fitbit—could “expose their wearers to long-t ...
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First time I've seen this. Very tasty!

Nacreous clouds, according to: https://twitter.com/decadecity/status/694216536215703552
Just saw this #cloudporn coolness out the @1partCarbon office window in Edinburgh. Cloud iridescence? Embedded image. 9:28 AM - 1 Feb 2016. 1 Like. Reply to @_Spakman. Home · Sign up · Log in · Search · About. Not on Twitter? Sign up, tune into the things you care about, and get updates as they ...
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It was really beautiful.
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The UK IPB is so uncool. Check this out.
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This is pretty cool.
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Wonderful.
 
Dark Sun over Ternate
Image Credit & Copyright: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160310.html

A dark Sun hangs in the clearing sky over a volcanic planet in this morning sea and skycape. It was taken during this week's total solar eclipse, a dramatic snapshot from along the narrow path of totality in the dark shadow of a New Moon. Earth's Indonesian isle of Ternate, North Maluku lies in the foreground. The sky is still bright near the eastern horizon though, beyond the region's flattened volcanic peaks and outside the Moon's umbral shadow. In fact, near the equator the dark lunar umbra is rushing eastward across Earth's surface at about 1,700 kilometers (1,100 miles) per hour. Shining through the thin clouds, around the Sun's silhouette is the alluring glow of the solar corona, only easily seen during totality. An inspiring sight for eclipse watchers, this solar corona is the tenuous, hot outer atmosphere of the Sun.
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seems legit. I mean, the spot looks all good and all... It's defo a composite image 'tho?! Babak Tafreshi steez.
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Hard not to love this. 
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I especially like the phone box one and the tree cosies. 
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Rocket League continues to be the best game ever. The new Rocket Labs experimental arenas are fucking awesome! 
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I hadn't heard of Sonic Pi until today. Looks really cool!

Here's someone recreating a Daft Punk track writing live Ruby.
Aerodynamic. 21 Jan 2016. Also available in french / également disponible en français. The goal of these articles is to explore the relationships between music and code, by analyzing and recreating the track Aerodynamic from Daft Punk. Unlike classical approaches to generate sound on a computer, ...
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Bitcoin is fascinating. Interesting reading if you have any interest in the subject at all.
I’ve spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer. The software I’ve written has been used by millions of users, hu…
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Unix and Ruby software engineer, table tennis player, climber and juggler. I like techno clubs and being happy.
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