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I'd love to see that, though I think that'd mean no atmosphere, which would be bad. And, light from other stars.
 
Here is something absolutely spectacular. When we look up at the night sky, we can see our own Milky Way Galaxy as this white fog like line all across it. It's a stunning sight. And we can also see distant stars, but we have no concept of other galaxies because their edges are not distinguishable by the human eye. They are not bright enough to be seen as a whole.

But what if we could see them? How big is our neighboring galaxy, Andromeda, really in our night sky? Below, is an image overlay of the night sky, with our moon, and the actual size of Andromeda. 

Isn't this amazing?

It's huge! And keep in mind that it's currently 2.5 million light years away. Here is another picture from NASA: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130801.html

But, of course, it's going to get even bigger. Andromeda is on a direct collision course with our Milky Way Galaxy, currently approaching at a speed of about 396,000 km/h, and it will slam into us in about 4 billion years (although there is no real risk of actual planets hitting each other). And after a short dance of another 1-2 billion years, we will merge into a new larger galaxy. Here is a simulation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4disyKG7XtU

Of course, this makes little difference to us here on Earth. You see, Earth won't be a habitable planet by then. Our own sun is dying, and will slowly turn Earth into a wasteland over the next 3 billion years. So by the time Andromeda hits us, we will no longer be here. 

Hopefully, we will have become a fully native spacefaring race by that time, with colonies on thousands of planets, as well as entire civilizations living in huge spaceships wandering the universe. http://goo.gl/iTBrr5
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Grey Havens (local Tolkien / nerdfi society) Young Adult group and panel at #denvercomiccon  

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I wanted to add a quote from the movie, but I'd end up writing out Chris Knight and Jordan's parts of the script.
An examination of the greatest geek campus comedy ever, Real Genius, and why it still holds up better than most college films 30 years on.
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Do Tolkien's languages have these type of compound words?
Yonatan Zunger originally shared to Today I Learned::
 
The most common kind of compound word is what's called "endocentric:" it includes the thing that it is. So a houseboat is a kind of boat; a shoe salesman is a kind of salesman; a whoremonger is a kind of monger. (That being an old word for a dealer or trader) The second most common is "exocentric:" made out of nouns and adjectives, but not including the thing that it is. (e.g., a loudmouth is not a kind of mouth, but a kind of person.)

This is all about a third category: exocentric compounds that are built out of verbs, which describe what the thing does. +Brianne Hughes  wrote her master's thesis on these, where she named them "cutthroat compounds," after such an example: A cutthroat is someone who cuts throats.

These are surprisingly rare in English, but are common among kids: apparently, children go through a phase where they spontaneously generate lots of these, and then stop.

This is what's called a "productive" grammar: you can make up new ones and people will understand you, so if I call someone a lack-faith or Bob Stealhorse people will understand me. But they don't fit naturally into English grammar, because English is what's called a "head-initial" language: you tend to put the most significant part of a phrase or sentence first. Since English verbs have to go before their objects, this gets it backwards; it sounds like more natural English to call someone "faithless" or a "horse-thief." That's why, apart from a few cases which happened to survive, English has relatively few cutthroat compounds.

But the few we keep are pretty great, and tend to be very evocative: a sawbones, a killjoy, a slingshot. (And some, like "breakfast," become so common that we even forget that they're compound words) Apparently they dominantly fall into three categories: occupational names, local nature-words, and insults.

What it says about us that we primarily use these especially colorful compounds to describe just what we think of one another, I leave as an exercise for the reader.

h/t +Laura Gibbs.
The following post was excerpted from Sentence First: An Irishman's blog about the English language. A houseboat is a type of boat; a boathouse is a type of house. This illustrates a common pattern in English morphology: the rightmost part of a compound (houseboat) is usually the ‘head’. In other...
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Examples from Quenya: Hirilonde 'Haven-finder', Turambar 'Doom-conqueror'
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GopherFest 2015 (Almost 24 hours later)

On Tuesday, May 26th, starting around 7pm Pacific we will be livestreaming the keynote talks from GopherFest 2015 in San Francisco.

Speakers include:
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Android lets you mash apps together. When you do, cool things start to happen.

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Android lets you mash apps together. When you do, cool things start to happen.
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He’s black. And he’s Muslim. Think that’s not hard enough? He’s gay. Think that’s still not hard enough? He’s an Imam. And he loves life.
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For those wondering how to setup nicknames for your contacts when using voice actions in google now.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/4584610?p=contact_relationships&rd=1

Example:

OK Google... Phyllis is my mom
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