thinksquad:

Justice League of America #17

thinksquad:

Justice League of America #17

"Today, I don’t think—and I’m almost afraid to write this, because it sounds like the tolling of some great bell—today I don’t think the amateur’s best effort is good enough. We as internet users have less patience and less charity for janky, half-broken experiences. This is quite an evolution, because the whole internet used to be a janky, half-broken experience. And it’s unfortunate for me, and other amateurs of my approximate skill level, because that’s really the only kind we can muster."

The end of history and the last website — The Sea of Fog — Medium

  1. everything that begins to exist has a cause.
  2. the universe began to exist.
  3. therefore, the universe has a cause.

with some good detail about cosmological and physics evidence of design (beginning with Penrose’s observations about the exceedingly high improbability of a low-entropy condition arising out of the Big Bang - on the order of 1/(10^10^123)). William Lane Craig has done a lot to bring this argument to the fore in recent years.

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spacettf:

Solstice MW by Pegaso0970 on Flickr.Tramite Flickr:www.starkeeper.it/VLGiugno2014.htm
Optics: Samyang 24mm F1.5 @F5.6 
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO 
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Mod 
Filters: - 
Guiding Systems: SX Lodestar 
Dates/Times: 20 June 2014 
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy 
Exposure Details: OSC 5x300s @1600 ISO 
Cooling Details: - 
Acquisition: Backyard EOS 
Processing: DSS - PS CS5 
Mean FWHM: - 
SQM-L: 21.32 

spacettf:

Solstice MW by Pegaso0970 on Flickr.

Tramite Flickr:
www.starkeeper.it/VLGiugno2014.htm
Optics: Samyang 24mm F1.5 @F5.6 
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: Canon 5D MkII - Baader Mod
Filters: -
Guiding Systems: SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 20 June 2014 
Location: Pragelato - Turin - Italy
Exposure Details: OSC 5x300s @1600 ISO
Cooling Details: -
Acquisition: Backyard EOS
Processing: DSS - PS CS5 
Mean FWHM: -
SQM-L: 21.32 

The Rules

cleverhacks:

(subject to additions, but rarely changes)

rule 0: it has to work.

rule 1: as simple as possible.

rule 2: use the right tool for the job.

rule 3: a tool you know beats one you don’t (but previous rules trump).

rule 4: learn to use the defaults.

rule 5: learn to use the classics. (cf. taco bell programming)

rule 6: assume good intent, if not competence; the common case is benign neglect.

rule 7: no one-offs.

rule 8: if you don’t have time to do it right, you will never have time to do it over.

rule 9: good and complete beats perfect and unfinished (related: worse is better)

rule 10: if at all possible, do it while you’re thinking of it - but in any case, always write it down.

rule 11: (corollary to rule 10) telepathy should never be an implicit part of your project planning. Communicate, in writing, early and often, especially with those you may not talk to regularly.

rule 12: listen to your gut - if something feels sketchy or vaguely-defined, double-check it before you proceed - better a delay now than a production outage later. Hand-waving is a sure sign of danger ahead.

rule 13: (corollary to rule 12) drive to success, not to a deadline. The timeline should be an output of project planning, not an input.

"It’s a dangerous myth, that we should all need permission any time we’re getting value out of a piece of culture. And it’s one that gets entrenched deeper each time we accept the idea that we’re able to make use of a work because a copyright owner is or would be OK with it, and not just because we have a basic right to participate in culture that is more fundamental than anybody else’s desire to maximize profits."

Houston, We Have A Public Domain Problem — Medium

welcome-foolishmortals:

The 10 best stargazing sites in the world

Atacama Desert-Chile, Mauna Kea-Hawaii, NamibRand International Dark Sky Reserve-Namibia, Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve-New Zealand, Caldera de Taburiente National Park-Canary Islands, Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve-Ireland, Natural Bridges International Dark Sky Park-Utah, Big Bend International Dark Sky Park-Texas, Death Valley National Park-California, Cherry Springs State Park-Pennsylvania

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the starry sky on the himalayas

CLICK ON THE PIC BRO

So amazing

Holy

Def click da pic

the starry sky on the himalayas

CLICK ON THE PIC BRO

So amazing

Holy

Def click da pic

(Source: fullmoonwolves, via fuckyeah-stars)

"Which is why the fundamental law of capitalism must be: If workers have more money, businesses have more customers. Which makes middle-class consumers, not rich businesspeople like us, the true job creators. Which means a thriving middle class is the source of American prosperity, not a consequence of it. The middle class creates us rich people, not the other way around."

The Pitchforks Are Coming … For Us Plutocrats - Nick Hanauer - POLITICO Magazine

in which a 0.01% multi-billionaire exhorts his fellows to push for sensible policy changes now, before the revolution that history shows to be inevitable, suddenly appears.