16
Dec
08

Snow in Las Vegas 2008

Last night a couple of good friends and I had a snowball fight. I don’t know when the last time they had the opportunity to throw snowballs at people,but it was my first time actually getting into an all out snow war ever. I’ve seen snow before and played in it and made snow angels and all that other jazz, but never have I taken part in basically the beaches of Normandy-style snow projectile battle. Twas Jeff and myself(Team OO ESS AYE) against Jeff’s sister,whom I will refer to as Beav, and young cousin Krista(Team France). From the start we knew who the victors would be, but that wouldn’t stop Team France from attempting to give us what for. Most of the time, Jeff would be posted up behind trees, coming out every now and then to throw Team France off their game a bit. Meanwhile I stayed back and would lay mortar rounds, using the top of my truck as the strike point, showering snow into the faces of Team France. Team OO ESS AYE took their licks but kept on coming. The battle was coming to an end as the snow supply in the back of my truck was running low and both teams had already exhausted the supply of snow on the grass. Jeff decided it would be a good idea to take out the snow mound we had been using as cover because…well because it was there and it was something to be destroyed. First a flying sidekick was landed right into the broad side of the mound(which hardly moved it). Then, from what I saw, was a somersault/tackle which completely decimated the structure. From then on, both teams started chucking large semi-frozen chunks of snow and it was starting to get a bit dangerous. Team France took the final blows as I ran up to each team member and dropped a mortar round of the white stuff all over their heads. Exhausted, cold, and wet, both teams knew who was the victor. Who will win the next snow battle? Only time will tell

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08
Dec
08

I really like QuickPress

I mean, it’s cool. I can put any random idea I want here. Though it could be more like a wordpad instead of making what I type a regular post. There should be a box on the side with all of these in it. A bulletin board! That’s what I meant earlier, not notepad. Anyway, I need to figure out something to write about. Been in a haze lately.

06
Dec
08

ISS

I was sitting on the roof again earlier this evening and I got to catch a glimpse of the Internation Space Station in orbit. It had a magnitude of about -3 which is pretty bright. It took 3 minutes to transit the sky in a NNW to SSE fashion. F’n savage.

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06
Dec
08

Food for your Eyes: In your backyard

On Friday night (Saturday morning) at 1:06AM MST, a humongous fireball lit up the skies over Colorado Springs. Astronomer Chris Peterson photographed the fireball at Cloudbait Observatory using an all-sky camera dedicated to studying meteors.

“In seven years of operation, this is the brightest fireball I’ve ever recorded. I estimate the terminal explosion at magnitude -18; more than 100 times brighter than a full moon” The negative symbol might throw you off, but thats how the magnitude scale works. A full  moon has an apparent magnitude of -12.6, whereas Pluto, at its brightest,  has an apparent magnitude of 13.65

Fireballs this bright are known as superbolides. Superbolides come from meteor-class asteroids that can be anywhere from 3 to 10 meters in diameter and have hundreds of metric tons of mass. When they reach the Earth’s atmosphere, start breaking up, and create the signature “shooting star” type flash, these meteors won’t burn completely and will most likely leave you some nice sized space-rock chunks to pick up(if you’re anywhere close). If they’re big enough to set off seismic detectors and satellites that scan Earth’s surface for nuclear explosions, they better be so nice as to leave you something to bring home.

This short video will show you just how beautiful things like this are. All you have to do is look up and you’re bound to see something.

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As I put this story together, I’m realizing what exactly I saw last night. Around the same time as this fireball came into the atmosphere, I was sitting atop my roof with a pair of binoculars and 4 layers of clothing. I started to tell myself it was too cold to be outside and that it was time to go in, but just as I made my mind up, I looked to the north and saw 5 shooting stars within a matter of seconds. I now realize that those were more than likely pieces of debris from the same superbolide as I was just writing about!

Man….I love space.

30
Nov
08

everything is…is everything

dreamyparkyou are the sun and the moon. you are the stars and the planets. you are the blue sky dotted with clouds. you are the green of the leaves, the brown of the bark. you are everything and you are nothing. we are all connected. you cant tell where your nose ends and the universe begins. sitting outside on a beautiful day like this makes a human think “what more is there to this life? a 9 to 5 job, a wife, 2 kids, and an SUV. thats all i need, right?” wrong

excuse me for not using capitals or proper grammar to the fullest extent that i should be, this is just flowing. which is to say theres no time for me to think about this comma going there, or what-say-ye

we humans are so caught up in our drama, our reality TV shows, our fashion magazines telling the ladies “you arent beautiful until you weigh exactly this much, have this color hair, have this color eyes, have this handbag, have these jeans, have these sunglasses, have this top, work here, live here, shop there, smell like this” forget all of that. be your own person. i promise you, the people that are worth your time dont care about any of that.and the people that do worry about things like that, get them out of your life in a heartbeat because they cant be trusted. their minds have been corrupted by these ideals set by people JUST SO THEY CAN MAKE MONEY AT YOUR EXPENSE.

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for real though, who cares how much money your purse costs? you wasted that much money just so you could have something to put your $1000 phone, your $30 sunglasses, and your $80 bottle of body spray. you could be using that money to give to charity. (OR TO HELP ME START THE ‘BUY ICELAND’ FOUNDATION)

in closing, im appalled by the amount of people in the world that are so disgustingly materialistic. dont turn your TV on anymore, not even the news. the news is more whack than any magazine you could pick up. and if you absolutely must turn the TV on, put it on the Science channel.

expand your mind, become one with everything. well, you already are one with everything, you just have to realize and embrace it.

oh oh and on December 21, 2012 something is DEFINITELY going down. heres proof

http://www.greatdreams.com/2012.htm

read it, enjoy it. catch you later, readers.

26
Nov
08

Food for Your Eyes: 2D Illusions are always good.

arp273Contrary to what you may see, this luminous pair of stars are nowhere near the colliding galaxies of Arp 273. The stars are located within our Milky Way galaxy where as the runaway galaxies actually sit 200 lightyears behind the pair of stars. They will still look exactly the same for millions of years after we die. This is what we get for being stuck on this planet; two dimensions everywhere but here. I guess we have three dimensions if you count time(even though time is an illusion)

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For those who can’t see the stars behind this absolutely amazingly brilliantly beautiful collection of atoms and matter and what-have-you, this is The Great Nebula in Orion, the  hunter. This nebula can be seen by looking at Orion’s left “leg”. There are 3 points of light, the middle point being a fairly visible cluster. If you look at it through binoculars or a telescope you would easily see the stars that make up nebula, just not the different colors of the gases. It almost looks like there’s another Orion inside the nebula. Only this one is equipped with a bow and arrow. This being the case, you might be able to see the 3 points of light that could make up this Bizzarro Orion’s belt. You might be able to see each of those points of light as clusters of stars. Yet another illusion due to our 2D perspective. Give your eyes a chance to focus on the picture as a whole though, you’ll notice Bizzarro Orion squinting eye. You can see his arms stretching his bowstring as he waits for the opportune moment to strike. Everybody, watch out for this Bizzarro Orion in the future. For he may bring our end.

25
Nov
08

It Is

ultradeepfieldgood1imagine what makes up all the different parts of your body. cells that take up different tasks, change their shape, change their function, just to make sure that you yourself function. all the different pieces that makes up each cell. each strand of dna, each atom, each quark, each gluon, each positron.

now look at us, human. in a sense, we are the pieces that make our planet tick. each of us performs a certain function to ensure that the rest of us survives, and in turn, the world survives(as we know it, at least). so we are the atoms that make up our world’s body. each planet, each meteor, asteroid, etc is a cell that performs its function to ensure the system its in functions as its supposed to. each system performs functions to ensure that the galaxy its part of functions the way its supposed to. each galaxy does what it does to make the universe work the way its supposed to.

and there is way more than one universe. to be able to know that they exist, to understand them, and to accept them, one must WAKE UP and see. all the signs are there, you just have to know where to look and what to look at.