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Monday, December 15, 2014

New Japanese ALMA Video Is Breathtaking

Topically transcending cultures, the reasons the new Japanese ALMA video below might not get be as widely shared in America would be insignificant reasons.
ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) is one of my favorite projects in astronomy, yielding some of the most freaking ridiculously beautiful data humans have yet to discover and render.  The most well known ALMA related image is probably this one, the Antennae Galaxies composite of ALMA and Hubble observations:
Composite Image Credit:ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO). Visible light image: the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.  For more resolutions go straight to
Japan is one of many countries involved with ALMA, an astronomy array that may remind you visually of the movie Contact.
Image: Contact (1997) Theatrical Release Poster

The new video is a phenomenal and touching audiovisual experience spanning all languages.  That's one of the best things about science; none of this stuff has anything to do with me arbitrarily speaking English.
So obviously without any reservations, I'd excitedly share this new video, simultaneously urging that people of all cultures to try to shed their societal connotations when experiencing something beyond our puny differences! :)

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Printing A Salvador Dali Xmas Card

"There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction." 
-Salvador Dali
Not a bad way to be 
...if you ask me!

This is my kinda Xmas card:
Noel, 1946, Salvador Dali 
(1076x1600 pixels, click to embiggen+print)
Image: Wikiart
Originally I discovered it on "Salvador DalĂ­’s Avant-Garde Christmas Cards"

[UPDATE: These are the printable version I made that I made for meself.  Click to enlarge, Print the first, re-insert the same paper, click to enlarge the 2nd pic and print on the other side.  Enjoy!]

The "shiny" factor*[1], notable in jewelry:
The only LOOSE connection of this to astronomy is 

*1:may require girlfriend/wife to understand :) Happy Holidays!  And no, a card is not enough for them.

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