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Sit And Spin (Well, Sit And Watch It Spin)

Have you ever really gone somewhere if you don’t bring back good pictures?

Well, yes, of course you have. Still, it’s good to haul out the camera-equipped futurephone and grab a couple of quick snaps as something to share when you get back.

Or, in the case of NASA, you could launch a hideously complex, astoundingly expensive camera at the moon and then set it into orbit, gaining some of the most thoroughly researched photos of our closest celestial neighbor.

Not exactly a few cameraphone snaps, but it’ll do.

Even better, some researchers at Arizona State University performed some complex calculations and created an algorithm that would allow them to stitch together the photographic mapping information of the moon gained by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2009, and combine it into one single, beautiful movie.

It was more difficult than you dudes think it was to create this compilation of greatest hits. The hard part wasn’t simply stitching the views together, it was compensating for the different positions in space the LRO was when it took the photographs, the different angle of the sun’s rays hitting the moon, the location of the moon in the shot, etc.

It wasn’t easy, is that I’m saying.

It is beautiful. Watch this.


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Poetic Bumble

A couple of quick things today, dudes. I’ve got a poem and a cute bumble bee.

No, seriously. The bumble bee is really very cute, especially for what it does.

You know what? Let’s just go to the video and let you decide for yourself.

See? I told you it was cute. I mean, how often do we get to see a bee give some guy’s finger the high-five?

Now for something a little more. . . somber. It’s a touching poem by a dude named Raul Gutierrez, who has a 3-year-old child. Lately, Raul has been keeping track of some of the more. . . wobbly bits he’s been telling the little dude. It’s a wonderful little piece that ends with an amazing stinger, one worthy of a high-fiving bee.

Get ready to feel your sensawonda get kicked up a notch or three and then get kicked in the nads. Just a warning. Watch out for that last line. Still, a very moving poem.

Lies I’ve told my 3 year old recently

Trees talk to each other at night.

All fish are named either Lorna or Jack.

Before your eyeballs fall out from watching too much TV, they get very loose.

Tiny bears live in drain pipes.

If you are very very quiet you can hear the clouds rub against the sky.

The moon and the sun had a fight a long time ago.

Everyone knows at least one secret language.

When nobody is looking, I can fly.

We are all held together by invisible threads.

Books get lonely too.

Sadness can be eaten.

I will always be there.

Yeah. See what I mean?

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More Google-Eyed Gazing, Of A More Earth-Bound Nature

It’s picture time again, dudes.

This time, though, I’d like to thank the fine folks at National Geographic for the beautiful eye candy we’re about to start drooling over. I’ve loved National Geographic magazine for a long, long time and it wasn’t just for the pictures of the naked tribeswomen that sometimes ran between the covers.

Yes, I know it’s a cliché, but they only get like that because they’re true. Hey, they didn’t have the internet or VHS tapes when I was a young dude. We had to make do.

Anyway. Back to the topic of discussion.

It’s National Geographic. For decades, the magazine has been the place to go if you wanted to see awesome photography. And that hasn’t changed. Just check some of these.

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Gorgeous, isn’t it? It’s a stunning photograph of a climber named Cory Richards. He and his fellow climbers made their way through winds strong enough to be classed as a hurricane and shivered through temps as low as -50°F just to reach the summit of Gasherbrum II.

It’s only one of the many spectacular photographs that are on the National Geographic website and are part of a series of photos called The New Age of Exploration.

Basically, the contention of this photo series is that mankind has been bred to see what is over the horizon, what’s around the next bend, and what’s at the top of the highest mountain. We just can’t help ourselves. It’s who we are.

And, to prove it, National Geographic went out and collected some of the most amazing photos from around the world to document our love of exploration. Of course there are photographs from the various moon landings and pictures of the Earth as seen from Mars, but there is so much more.

The wonderful thing about this is that it gives us a chance to see just how amazing and beautiful our home really is. We constantly are surrounded by astonishing beauty, vistas to blind the unwary eye, and all sorts of stupefyingly outrageous things on both the micro and macro scale.

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National Geographic goes everywhere. I got the picture to the left from a gallery of Exploring the Deepest Recesses of the Planet. That’s Fangtooth, a fish found deep in the ocean, 6,500 feet deep in the ocean. That’s a long, long way down.

So if you’ve got a few minutes, why not head over to the National Geographic site and just flip through. I guarantee you will find something to astonish you, something you will just have to share.

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