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Animation without Drawing by Simon Schubert

Go check the site out. The guy is an amazing artist :)
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This pic of my daughter was briefly in Explore, then dropped. Need more views and comments and such to get her back in. ;-)

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This evening was my first play with my Pentax GPS Astrotracer on my K-30. I couldn't really get a view of the Milky Way, which is what I had been after, but I think I got the use of the Astrotracer sorted, pretty much; this is a 2-minute exposure with, I'd say, no star trailing. Focus on my 'Takette' 28mm was easy: just wind out to infinity, which hasn't worked with previous lens/camera combos, for various reasons, I think. I stopped down to f/4, and I can't see any coma throughout the frame, so I'm pretty happy.

Now I just need dark skies and a more visible Milky Way. 8)

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What a great kid.

Tearing up reading the bit about his piggy bank.

Please sign (if in the US, I think) and share (everyone)
A Little Boy Starts a Petition to Save NASA

A little boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut one day is on a mission to save NASA. He has started an online petition on the White House website.

Connor Johnson is 6 years old and fixated on space. Not just because it’s pretty cool, but because Connor is quite sure space will be his future.

“The whole reason I want to be an astronaut so I can discover, like, new worlds,” he says.

Connor says, since he was three, he’s been inspired by NASA.

“To discover like asteroids or stuff that I could build stuff out of.”

NASA has given countless kids like Connor reason to believe they too can land in space. But recently, over Thanksgiving, Connor learned Congress is cutting funding to the space program.

“He was disappointed to hear that they were decreasing funding,” said Connor’s mother.

Connor knew he had to do something. He chipped in his allowance – just over $10. Then, he decided to give his whole piggy bank to NASA.

But then, after talking with his family, he decided to create an online petition. They put it out there, posting it on Facebook and emailing friends and family. That got him about 40 signatures.

A Denver news station shared it, helping bring in more signatures. To get a response from the White House, it needs 100,000 signatures.

Which means Connor needs roughly 99,000 more.

“While I would be very sad, NASA is mostly the only space station, like space company, I’ve known for a very long time.”

A young boy inspired to take on a huge challenge to help save the very place that taught him to think big. Just think of all the significant moments that started with someone’s little dream.

Johnson must get 100,000 signatures by December 29. As of Monday morning, his petition had nearly 4,000 signatures.

Sign the online petition here:

Check out Penny4NASA's website for email addresses and phone numbers for your local reps:

Via +Penny4NASA  and "Alll Science All the Time" on facebook (

#space #scienc #nasa #petition  

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Yep. Indeed. 
(watch it all the way through)
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Well, shit. The Google plus app has now crashed my iPad and my iPhone today. Wth is up with that? >_<

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Ha! More Christmassy photo-manipulation. Google are amusing, this month.
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Orion, the Hunter.

Awake this morning at 3am, decided to make some use of it.

Pentax K-30 with SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2
8" f/2 ISO 1600

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The Milky Way over Ayers Rock a few weeks ago.  
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