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Paul Ryan may have just proven himself to be the most accomplished political comedian we will see during this election cycle. I'm expecting Donald Trump to suddenly "get it" and explode with his customarily indignant rage when everyone realizes that "warm and genuine" so aptly describes the contents of a freshly filled diaper. The absence of an endorsement seems to underline this particular interpretation of the phrase. The magnitude of political correctness in this assessment of character is positively astounding. This may be a hysterical turning point for the Republican Party. It could completely reverse course and hastily retreat from the incessant pomposity of the recent past to embrace group self-deprecation. The micro-biome of the GOP has become akin to a severe and life-threatening Clostridium Difficile infection of the lower alimentary canal.
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I imagine their meeting went something like this:

Ryan: Don't eff this up for me in 2020.

Trump: You mean 2024.

Ryan: ...

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Stars, high clouds, and reflections from space junk at dawn.
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dusk to dawn
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thermal threshold
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+sporadic -Z Oops, sorry.   I think Google resamples it down to 80M for streaming, but that's still too much for a phone without an unlimited data plan. I uploaded the 420M file. This video is about 3.4G in original resolution and speed after being saved as a .mov file.   The 13,000+ time-lapse jpegs take a bit less than 32G.   I'll see how much I can compress this.

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stars and aircraft
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same night sky
brightness and contrast adjusted to favor faint stars
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Today is Turtle Thursday
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This time-lapse sequence was captured with OpenCamera running on an Alcatel OneTouch Pixie Glitz phone with KitKat 4.4.2 as sold by Tracfone.  This device was only $19.95 and does not require a contract or activation with prepaid minutes if you only want to use it as an Android gadget with Wifi and ignore it's phone capability.  It has a 2mp camera and GPS and can accomodate an SD card up to 32GB, but does not have motion, magnetic compass, or orientation sensors.  http://opencamera.sourceforge.net/
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It might work pretty well.  When doing long sequences like this, I use an outdoor extension cord and a USB charger as batteries do not seem to last very long.  I've downloaded the source for OpenCamera and am looking at it with Android Studio.   I may be able to add some features.  I've never fiddled with an Android app before.

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Same sky as yesterday, but much smaller video.
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shivering atmosphere
constant stars
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same night sky
trails added to emphasize those very faint objects that are only visible for brief periods
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same night sky
higher black point to reduce size of video
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