Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Tediously Accurate Map of the Solar System

A really cool representation of how empty space is. Follow the link below, and grab your favorite drink 'cause it'll take a while to go through all the planets.

If the moon were only 1 pixel.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Blue-Green and Red Clouds on Sunday Night

NASA Rocket Launch Will Create Blue-Green and Red Clouds on Sunday

NASA
On June 11, East Coast skywatchers may be in for a lovely show Sunday night, as NASA launches a sounding rocket and brightly colored vapor clouds into the night.

The (dog-inspired?) Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket is an information-gathering craft laden with instruments to capture information about our atmosphere and ionosphere. Its path will follow a sharp U-shaped trajectory, launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, soaring miles into the sky, peaking, then falling back to Earth and plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.

The launch is scheduled to occur between 9:04 and 9:19 p.m. EDT. Experts estimate that the flight will take about eight minutes from start to finish. Approximately four or five minutes after the rocket takes off, NASA will deploy 10 soda can–sized canisters full of reactive chemicals. The cans will burst 96 to 124 miles in the air, producing enormous, vibrant blooms of harmless red and blue-green clouds formed by the interaction of barium, strontium, and cupric-oxide. (These are commonly found in fireworks.) If the weather cooperates, these vapor tracers should be visible from New York to North Carolina and westward into Virginia.
NASA
Scientists will track the movement and dissipation of the clouds to understand how particles and air are flowing through the sky above us. Deploying the vapor tracers at a distance from the rocket should help provide an even fuller picture of just what’s going on up there.

You can catch it via Ustream or on the project’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Full article here.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Rise of Cities Across the Globe, 3700BC to 2000AD

Since I'm interested in most things regarding maps this was kinda cool. This goes along with the world population map from a while back.

Last year, a Yale-led research project produced an innovative dataset that mapped the history of urban settlements. Covering a 6,000 year period, the project traced the location and size of cities across the world, starting in 3700 BC (when the first known urban dwellings emerged in Sumer) and continuing through 2000 AD. Done by Yale’s Meredith Reba.

The Yale dataset was originally published in Scientific Data in 2016.

You can read more about the mapping of urban settlements at this Yale website.

And in this day and age what doesn't get turned into a youtube video.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Star Wars - Happy 40th

Almost forgot the date. Star Wars was first released on May 25th, 1977. Today marks it's 40th anniversary.

From a prior post;

The very first Star Wars poster by Brothers Hildebrandt, 1976, before the film was introduced;

A Treasury of Rare and Weird Star Wars Posters From Around the World
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A New Hope, Italy, 1977, by Michelangelo Papuzza

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A New Hope, Romania, 1977

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A New Hope, Israel, 1977




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A New Hope, Japan, 1977

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A New Hope, US, 1977, Drew Struzan

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A New Hope, Poland, 1978, by Jakub Erol

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A New Hope, Hungary, 1979, by András Felvidéki

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A New Hope, Hungary, 1979, by Tibor Helényi

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The Empire Strikes Back, Hong Kong, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, France, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Japan, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Japan, 1980, Noriyoshi Ohrai

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The Empire Strikes Back, Turkey, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Hong Kong, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Germany, 1980

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The Empire Strikes Back, Romania, 1981

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The Empire Strikes Back, Hungary, 1982, by Tibor Helényi

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The Empire Strikes Back, Poland, 1982, Jakub Erol

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The Empire Strikes Back, Poland, 1983, Miroslaw Lakomski

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Return of the Jedi, Hungary, 1984, by Tibor Helényi

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Return of the Jedi, Turkey, 1983

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Return of the Jedi, Poland, 1984, Witold Dybowski

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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Russia, 1990, by Yury Bokser and Alexander Chantsev

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AD&D Core Books Megabundle Sale

OSR Extravaganza Sale @ DriveThruRPG.comFor those who might not have heard about it in their newsfeeds yet, there is a 8 book megabundle sale on the AD&D Core Book PDF's. Currently only $14.95 vs the usual $75.

Here are the books that you get in the bundle:





Dungeon Master's Guide [Premium Edition]











Dungeoneer's Survival Guide












Fiend Folio












Monster Manual [Premium Edition]











Monster Manual II











Oriental Adventures











Player's Handbook [Premium Edition]












Wilderness Survival Guide






FYI if you've already bought some of these titles previously, you'll get a discount for that title.

Now, for me, the Survival Guides are not Core Rules but that's just personal preference. Also the Deities and Demigods is missing from this which I do consider core rules. YMMV.
Still a great bargain if you don't have some or all of these yet. Plus there's the BECMI Known World bundle as well if that's your cup of tea. Plus a whole bunch of other things worth checking out.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Map of Chemistry


As a follow up to the Maps of Mathematics & Physics from last month here's a map  of Chemistry.


As well as the youtube link for those interested.





original article.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Map of the World According to 2nd Languages


Since I'm a big lover of maps, I found these pretty interesting. All of these are from MoveHub. They created an infographic to demonstrate the second languages of countries around the world for people looking to move.

World
Language remains an inescapable leftover of conquest and empire.

Europe

Algeria's second language is French - a remnant of France's occupation - and much of Africa speaks English, Italian or French as a result of their colonialism alongside their many countries' native tongues.

The countries which once belonged to the former Soviet Union – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine – still hold Russian as their second language. Romania, Serbia and Slovakia’s collective second language is Hungarian, from their membership in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.




North America
Canada's second official language is French, whereas both Alaska and the US's second language is Spanish. The second most popular language in Mexico is the indigenous Nahuatl (known historically as Aztec). 

North America
South America

South America is rich in second languages: the native Quechua (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia), the inheritance of Spanish in Brazil and English in Suriname - from the state’s English settlers during the colonial period beginning the 17th century. 

South America


Central America




Africa
Italian is spoken in Libya, and English is the second language of both Egypt and Sudan.

Indigenous languages are more popular the further south one goes, with Botswanans speaking Kalanga, and Zimbabweans speaking Shona.




Asia and the Middle East

Many Malaysians also speak English, and the fraught history between Japan and Korea can be seen by the former country's aptitude for Korean.
Asia & Middle East


Original article here.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sandwich Alignment Chart


A handy chart showing the various alignments of popular sandwiches. It proudly declares that “A hot dog is a sandwich”, adding to the endless debate on the topic.

I fall somewhere in the submarine sandwich category, myself.