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Woooo!  It's FRIDAY!.  That means it's time to engage in some group-oriented social interactions centering around relaxing, informal activities which often include listening to selections of popular current musical recordings and casting one's body about in a controlled but somewhat randomized manner in which the motions are synchronized to the rhythms within the music.  Er...sorry.  I think I meant it's time to PARTY! 

>I< #twt
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Well, I stole this from GAF
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I'm really liking this new channel and all the different characters. 

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And that's how babies are made, kids. 
Chance Alignment Between Galaxies Mimics a Cosmic Collision

NASA's +Hubble Space Telescope shows a rare view of a pair of overlapping galaxies, called NGC 3314. The two galaxies look as if they are colliding, but they are actually separated by tens of millions of light-years, or about ten times the distance between our +Milky Way and the neighboring +Andromeda Galaxy. The chance alignment of the two galaxies, as seen from Earth, gives a unique look at the silhouetted spiral arms in the closer face-on spiral, NGC 3314A.

The motion of the two galaxies indicates that they are both relatively undisturbed and that they are moving in markedly different directions. This indicates they are not on any collision course. NGC 3314A's warped shape is likely due to an encounter with another nearby galaxy, perhaps the large spiral galaxy NGC 3312 (located outside the Hubble image).

Because of the alignment, NGC 3314B's dust lanes appear lighter than those of NGC 3314A. This is not because that galaxy lacks dust, but rather because its dust lanes are lightened by the bright fog of stars in the foreground. NGC 3314A's dust, in contrast, is backlit by the stars of NGC 3314B, silhouetting them against the bright background.

The color composite was produced from exposures taken in blue and red light with Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The pair of galaxies lie roughly 140 million light-years from Earth, in the direction of the southern hemisphere constellation Hydra.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and W. Keel (University of Alabama)
Explanation of the image from: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2012/29/image/a/
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Yeah, I'd definitely take one of those! Awesome work. 
LANDSCAPE PRINT GIVEAWAY

I've just passed 19,000 people circling me on Google+ Did someone say it was dead? I've decided that I'm going to give away a print of one of my landscape pieces when I hit 20,000 cirlcers!

I will be selecting a circler who interacts with me, I have a list of people who interact, comment, +1 or re-share my work. If you would like to "enter" so to speak, please re-share this update and photo! It will help me get past that 20,000 mile stone! :)

The print will be selected by the winner from my gallery and printed on Ilford Galerie Gloss to the highest quality possible!

You can browse through my gallery of images here:
http://paulpichugin.com/gallery/

Electric City available here: http://paulpichugin.com/gallery/storms/perth-lightning-storm-december-5th/
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Hate the uno game.

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"He's no fucking Dragon"

(Best GoT song ever)

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Sara Cortenez hung out with 41 people.Luke Romatri, Rozemberg Nery, gary strollo, Jonathan Buenviaje, Fábio vieira, Moh Aga, mohmde aspman, mostafa ahmed, Lucas jared, roland müller, surajit jeetu, June domingo, Anas Natto, eve gomez, Danny Caudle, Sohid Islam, Christopher Standridge, Jamie Bull, Brian Statman, asd kamel, Camilo España, Jone sand, thander fero, andre rateke, QUOC MINH GIANG, Reginald Ford, Вадим Семаков, aorans alshammari, Minni Mini, dannu ivan, arman saha, Daniel gonçalves, John Dick, hassaan hamed, Zac Hess, Amit Hire, Trevor Childs, Michael Majrashi, Eugene Mikhaylov, Nicholas Ponari, and ahmed ali

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Sara Cortenez hung out with 47 people.Luke Romatri, Rozemberg Nery, Anil Tailor, Tang yuX, Davis Chan, ciderlanbrasil costa gomes, June domingo, mohammed ahmed, Wahyu Rusdianto, Derek Smith, Hazey Eyez, ABDULLAH AL-SUBAIE, علاء عبدالعال, Mark Stuckless, binoy vb, asd kamel, roland müller, Edwin Enrique Lugo Pariasca, Essiy Asho, Brian Statman, Robert Cobb, ادهم ادهم, KENNETH UDUT, Mahaveer Naik, adeel anwaray, Visal Sony, Tiffany Victor, Luke Mathson, كلما إزداد علمنا ، كلما إزداد إدراكنا بجهلنا ., Amrit Pal, Sathiyaraj Srinivasan, AHMED DABBOUR, Reginald Ford, Edgar Elias Peña De La Torre, Dee Money, mohmde aspman, ali abd, Fábio vieira, Vinil V Menon, gary strollo, Chirag bansal, Christopher Standridge, أحمد السعيد, Tammy Haynes, جمال الجمال, james mcfarland, and surajit jeetu

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