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Surviving 2012 – Megaupload and Time Lapse – Day 21

Yeah. If you bother to read the description of these videos… you’re awesome. Outro Music by Hankijord Time Lapse Music from Incompetech: – – – – – My Links Twitter: Google +: Facebook: – – – – –

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Saturday, June 16th, 2012 Surviving 2012 3 Comments

Astronomer’s Paradise

It’s cold, it’s dry, the air is thin. The nearest city is miles away across a barren landscape of boulder-strewn hills. At night, the only lights to guide you are the stars in the sky. Astronomers, welcome to paradise. Known as the driest place on Earth, Chile’s Atacama Desert has long been recognized as an ideal spot for ground-based telescopes. The skies are free of light pollution, and the high plains enjoy long stretches of steady atmospheric conditions, allowing astronomers to peer deeply into the cosmos without having to worry about turbulence distorting the data. (Related blog: “The Dry Edge of Life—Studying ‘Martians’ in Chile.”) In the new time-lapse movie above, photographers Christoph Malin and Babak Tafreshi (founder of The World at Night, or TWAN, program) offer a rarely seen glimpse of Cerro Paranal, one of the high hills in the Atacama that houses instruments for the European Southern Observatory(ESO). Made by invitation from the ESO, the video includes more than 7500 still images taken between October and November 2011. It shows the beauty of the dark Atacama skies, sometimes framed by the four main domes of the Very Large Telescope, as well as a brief “behind the scenes” look at what telescope operators see from inside one of the domes. In an email to National Geographic, Tafreshi says of the Atacama: There are not many locations left on this planet where you can still experience a dark sky like this. I have been to similar dark skies in other continents

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 2012 Astrology 13 Comments

Vinyl Sticker Time Lapse – Aztec / Mayan Calendar (4 hour sticker!)

Time lapse video of me weeding a huge Mayan Calendar sticker. **Update – It has been pointed out that this image is more of an Aztec calendar, based on the Mayan Calendar, I am keeping all of the information below, about the Mayan Calendar as I found it interesting! 🙂 Thank you!** “The essentials of the Maya calendric system are based upon a system which had been in common use throughout the region, dating back to at least the 5th century BCE. It shares many aspects with calendars employed by other earlier Mesoamerican civilizations, such as the Zapotec and Olmec, and contemporary or later ones such as the Mixtec and Aztec calendars. Although the Mesoamerican calendar did not originate with the Maya, their subsequent extensions and refinements of it were the most sophisticated. Along with those of the Aztecs, the Maya calendars are the best-documented and most completely understood.” – While there are many who beleive that the end of the world will come on December 21, 2012 when the Mayan Calendar ends, the truth is that the calendar will simply go to the next b’ak’tun ( I was driving along the highway with my neighbor, Evan, the other day and we saw an SUV with a Mayan Calendar on the back window. He asked me if I could do a sticker that detailed. I replied, “Yeah, but it would be insane and take forever! In fact, I don’t know if I would finish it before 2012 when the sticker would say the world was going to end.” We both got a pretty

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 Aztec Calendar 23 Comments