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Saturday, January 31, 2015

How to survive Japanese culinary school

Behind the Scenes with Alexia Sinclair | The Art of Saving a Life

Join Alexia as she discusses her artistic process, and her thoughts on the symbolism throughout this vibrant image. Set in an 18th century English doctor’s surgery, the stunning portrait features Dr. Edward Jenner inoculating James Phipps, the first person to receive the smallpox vaccine. Dr. Jenner’s pioneering work in the late 18th century led to the eradication of smallpox in 1980. 



Studio Portraits: How to Make Your Subject Stand Out – PictureCorrect

Studio Portraits: How to Make Your Subject Stand Out – PictureCorrect

NO MORE's Official Super Bowl Ad: 60 Second

This just got my vote as best ad for the 2015 Super Bowl.



Auschwitz: Drone video of Nazi concentration camp

A very haunting video



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Trailer

Grayson Capps - lovesong for bobby long

White Rose

Florida -Patty Griffin

Neko Case - Behind The House (Live From Austin TX)

Melody Gardot - Your Heart Is As Black As Night

DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE - MADELEINE PEYROUX - (2004)

This Land Is Your Land - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

Van Morrison - Moondance

Van Morrison and Candy Dulfer Live Moondance Rockpalast

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - From The Beginning

The Guess Who - Undun - 1969

Lauren Cooper and Doctor Who clash in class - Classic Comic Relief

Rowan Atkinson is Doctor Who - Classic Comic Relief

Violet-backed Starling Stuns with its Amethyst Feathers

Violet-backed Starling Stuns with its Amethyst Feathers: Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa Status: Least Concern Here’s the unbelievably striking Amethyst Starling or Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster). The purple..

JPL | News | Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers to Mystery Objects in Space

JPL | News | Citizen Scientists Lead Astronomers to Mystery Objects in Space

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Video: How the smell of rain happens | Earth | EarthSky

"The researchers used high-speed cameras to capture raindrops falling on 28 different types of surfaces and studied what happened to the raindrops on impact.

They observed that when a raindrop hits a surface, it traps tiny air bubbles at the point of contact. As in a glass of champagne, the bubbles then shoot upward, ultimately bursting from the drop in a fizz of aerosols.
The researchers suspect that in natural environments, aerosols may carry aromatic elements (this is, smells), perhaps along with bacteria and viruses stored in soil. These aerosols may be released during light or moderate rainfall, and then spread via gusts of wind."


Video: How the smell of rain happens | Earth | EarthSky

Asteroid 2004 BL86 to sweep close on January 26 | Human World | EarthSky

Monday (January 26) night:



"Even at its peak brightness, the asteroid will not be bright enough to view with the unaided eye.

But, as night falls on January 26, both professional and amateur astronomers will be pointing their telescopes at the constellation Cancer, where the space rock’s motion will be observed as it flies past us in space. 2004 BL86 will reach visual magnitude of 9, meaning it will be observable as a faint star through telescopes with an aperture of 4 inch (10 cm) and bigger. Although it may be visible even with big binoculars, a steady mount and bigger optics will let an observer see the asteroid’s motion better."


Asteroid 2004 BL86 to sweep close on January 26 | Human World | EarthSky

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Is Film Photography Making a Comeback? – PictureCorrect

"Could film be here to stay? Are younger people interested to know how the effects found in today’s apps were created originally? What do you think?"



Is Film Photography Making a Comeback? – PictureCorrect

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Super Quick Video Tips: How to Make the Most Perfect Bacon Ever

Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2015 and 2016 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

FYI dates of lunar and solar eclipses for 2015 and 2016.





Dates of lunar and solar eclipses in 2015 and 2016 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

Chinese New Year 2015 rings in Year of the Sheep | Human World | EarthSky

Over a billion people in China and millions around the world will celebrate the first day of the Chinese New Year on February 18-19, 2015. It’ll be February 18 according to U.S. calendars, and February 19 in Asia. It’s the most important of Chinese holidays, kicking off a celebration that lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival. Each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2015, it’s the Year of the Sheep.





Chinese New Year 2015 rings in Year of the Sheep | Human World | EarthSky

Cheap Camera Challenge With a 0.3 Megapixel Talking Toy Camera – PictureCorrect

The equipment is nice but in the end it's the photographer that determines how good the image will be.





Cheap Camera Challenge With a 0.3 Megapixel Talking Toy Camera – PictureCorrect

Money on the Mind

Are the wealthy ethical?










Friday, January 9, 2015

Binary pulsar gives up secrets, then disappears | Science Wire | EarthSky

Binary pulsar gives up secrets, then disappears | Science Wire | EarthSky

Record-breaking X-ray flare from Milky Way's supermassive black hole | Science Wire | EarthSky

Record-breaking X-ray flare from Milky Way's supermassive black hole | Science Wire | EarthSky

When does the Age of Aquarius begin? | Human World | EarthSky

Age of Aquarius from astronomical perspective. First of all, we give the answer from an astronomical point of view. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) – which in the 20th century assumed the duty of officially naming and defining all things astronomical – created official constellation boundaries in 1930. From the perspective of astronomy, then, the beginning of the Age of Aquarius is based upon IAU constellation boundaries, which astrologers or New Age practitioners might or might not choose to use in their computations.



According to the Belgian astronomer and mathematical wizard Jean Meeus (bio here), who does adhere to the IAU’s definitions, the sun at the March equinox passed from being in front of the constellation Aries and to being in front of the constellation Pisces in 68 B.C. Looking ahead, again according to Jean Meeus, the March equinox will cross over into the constellation Aquarius in 2597. Once again, these are the astronomical dates, based on IAU constellation boundaries established in 1930.

Astrologers, though, might disregard the span of the constellation Pisces on the sky’s dome, and instead regard an astrological age as a precise 30o shift of the March equinox in front of the backdrop stars.



But even if you equalize the size of the signs of the Zodiac, you need to consider when the Age of Pisces started to be able to know when the Age of Aquarius begins. Apparently, there’s no firm consensus among astrologers as to when the Age of Pisces began, either. And thus there is no consensus as to when the Age of Aquarius begins. In The Book of World Horoscopes, Nicholas Campion suggests that approximated dates for entering the Age of Aquarius range from 1447 AD to 3597 AD. Campion also reviewed published material on the subject, from astrological sources. He says that most writers claim the Age of Aquarius arrived in the 20th century (29 claims). The 24th century is in second place (12 claims). Campion, by the way, is director of the Sophia Centre and Course Director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales, Lampeter. See Campion’s credentials here.



Some astrologers say the Age of Aquarius actually began in 2012. That’s because they believe the star Regulus in the constellation Leo the Lion marked the ancient border between the constellations Leo and Cancer. This star moved to within 30o of the September equinox point in 2012, meaning that Regulus left the sign Leo to enter the sign Virgo in that year. Presuming equal-sized constellations in antiquity, that places the border of the constellations Pisces and Aquarius at 150o west of Regulus, or at the March equinox point. By this reckoning, the Age of Aquarius started in 2012.



When does the Age of Aquarius begin? | Human World | EarthSky






Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Strangeness of Smiling in Photographs

The Strangeness of Smiling in Photographs



“Facebook is, in many ways, a digital graveyard for albums that have a very short half life.”

Sharing used to be, and still can be, handing a photograph to someone and saying, “Here, look at this.” Memories worth creating are memories worth sharing, and a more accurate representation of those memories means you’ll have an easier time recalling them later on.

Read more at http://www.thephoblographer.com/2015/01/02/strangeness-smiling-photographs-outsourcing-memory/#I3GLOKSz80vsy0b8.99

Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History.

NSFW language, but other than that a pretty cool video...



Are the December solstice and January perihelion related? | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

Are the December solstice and January perihelion related? | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky