When Chuck Norris says nothing is wrong, what that REALLY means is, NOTHING is wrong. everything is going according to plan; falling into place; whatever WAS wrong is just about to be made right… This is exactly how he wants it… #ChuckNorris #MissingInAction
Rapid escalation of clashes in Kiev
Three demonstrators have been killed in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev, as protesters and police hunker down amid the debate over whether the country should build closer ties to the European Union.
The country’s government, led by prime minister Mykola Azarov, has sought to legitimize protesters by force and by law, enacting harsh restrictions on the right for demonstrations.
Photos: Sergei Grits, Darko Vojinovic / Associated Press, Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images
One of the nicknames given to Mars by the ancient Egyptians was sekded-ef em khetkhet, which means “who travels backwards,” a clear reference to its apparent retrograde motion. It was mysterious to the early observers, but with our current understanding we know that this retrograde motion is entirely an illusion caused by the Earth passing the slower moving Mars, which has a larger orbit.
Image credit: Cenk E. Tezel & Tunc Tezel
Animation credit: Eugene Alvin Villar
Huh. People noticed this kind of thing so long ago. We have come along way in modern society, but it’s always worth remembering that we aren’t the first curious scientists to walk the Earth. I’m kind of jealous, actually. Back in them “olden days” the sky was the only nightly entertainment to tune into, and unlike today’s programming, there is always something interesting to see up there.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the Fuller Projection?
This map presents a world that is nearly contiguous and at accurate sizes and shapes to the continents.
And there is no “correct” orientation for it (the directionality of north/south being arbitrary after all )
The downsides are that it cuts up Antarctica and distorts the size of oceans, which is bad news for sailors and penguin researchers, but for geography in general it’s AWESOME(X)
I love this for (at least) two reasons:
1) I feel like if extra-terrestrials ever approached our solar system, they would do so from either the top or bottom (as relative to Earth’s North Pole at least, itself being relative to what we decide to call “top”) so as to avoid collisions/close passes with asteroidal flotsam and cometary jetsam. They’d have a 50% chance of seeing Earth from (half of) this perspective, so we should understand what our world would look like from up/down there.
2) I really love the idea of a flat world where all corners are inhospitable prisons of ice and snow. Sci-fi premise unlocked.
This is not the Fuller Projection. This is.
This pictured above is the Peirce Quincuncial.
I’m just sayin’ since the Fuller Projection is my favorite, and the one pictured above certainly ain’t it.
And yeah, I have shoes with toes.
This is why I love Tumblr, because I can find out that I am totally wrong (someone should tell John Green he is wrong too) and I can not only not feel bad about it, I learn something in the process. It’s like, life man.