Egg Nebula processing by Judy Schmidt
The Egg Nebula (also known as RAFGL 2688 and CRL 2688) is a bipolar protoplanetary nebula approximately 3,000 light-years away from Earth.
Its peculiar properties were first described in 1975 using data from the 11 µm survey obtained with sounding rocket by Air Force Geophysical Laboratory (AFGL) in 1971 to 1974.
The 9 Coolest Space Photos From Astronaut Karen Nyberg - Dispatches from Nyberg’s Pinterest page. By Lindsey Kratochwill | PopSci
Our Earth can be a violent, desperate place. Sometimes it’s nice to take a broader view and be reminded the blue marble can also be a beautiful place to live. Astronaut Karen Nyberg joined the International Space Station as a flight engineer for Expedition 35 back in May. Picking up where former ISS denizen Chris Hadfield left off, Nyberg has taken to social media to share some amazing images from above Earth’s atmosphere.
From an inside look at space living (with boards such as “Science in Space" and "Hair and Space”) to breathtaking views of our home planet, Nyberg’s Pinterest page is a goldmine of space photos. Here are our nine favorites.
Images from top to bottom, left to right:
- Water, Sans Gravity - Nyberg calls this “one of the coolest games in space.” In a weightless environment, water behaves quite differently than here on land. Thanks to the effects of surface tension, it tends to form eerily beautiful spheres. Here Nyberg plays with water sans gravity, and refraction, all in one fantastic picture.
- The Nile on July 14, 2013 - From such a distance, the Nile River (which is 4,132 miles long) looks modest as it snakes through Africa.
- Orion - Many of these photos are taken from space and aimed at our home planet. This one, of the constellation Orion on August 15, 2013, gives us an awesome view of the familiar stars. We Earth-bound folk have looked to Orion to predict seasons and the best time to harvest crops. Home to stars such as Betelgeuse, it’s visible in the night sky from October through March.
- Sunset over South America -There’s something incredible about seeing the sunset from space. On July 15, 2013, Nyberg captured that moment over the Rio de la Plata, or River of Silver, which runs through South America. As seen from space, it really lives up to its name.
- Bangkok, Thailand - Like many cities, Bangkok’s skyline doesn’t go to sleep, which adds to the light pollution that makes it so hard to see stars from Earth. You can see that from space in this photo: Here is Bangkok, with veins of city lights streaking through ghostly cloud cover, taken on August 15, 2013
- Canary Islands -Nyberg calls these cloud patterns “really cool.” We agree! The Canary Islands off the coast of Spain may have been a bit overcast on July 6, 2013, but the sunbathers’ loss was clearly to our benefit.
- Clouds on July 26, 2013 - We gaze up at the sky and find shapes in the clouds. Nyberg looks down on the cotton stuff from above. “These look very botanical to me,” she writes.
- Iran - This swirly looking coastal region is Iran along the Persian Gulf.
- Feather Clouds on August 13, 2013 - Some of the most beautiful photos aren’t ruined by cloud cover, rather the clouds take center stage. In this photo of the South Pacific, Nyberg notes she’s “seeing nature in nature.”
id feel bad for miley if she was just expressing her sexuality and getting picked on for it (which she is bc people are shitty)
so yeah im gonna criticize her
I want them to be walking around in a public place, like a grocery store, and suddenly recognize what they did and dissolve into panicked tears. I want them to lie awake at night and spend hours replaying those scenes wishing through choking, pathetic sobs that they could change the endings. I want them to be terrified of being around the opposite sex because it might happen again. I want them to be so deeply ashamed of themselves that they truly believe their own parents would stop loving them if they really knew the truth. I want them to get the cold sweats and shakes whenever someone mentions the word “rape”.
I want them to look at other people who are happy, who have healthy and pleasurable sexual relationships, and feel broken. I want them to feel enraged whenever someone spouts off “just world” philosophy bullshit. I want them to avoid mirrors because they can’t stand to look at themselves. I want them to spend countless nights getting drunk so they’ll finally have the courage to commit suicide only to realize that they’re a coward (just like they already knew). I want them to spend 15 minutes of every hour in the handicap bathroom at work trying to calm themselves down. I want them to feel inescapable panic about half of the time they have sex for years after the fact. I want them to think about my face any time they’re feeling sexual pleasure or getting naked or masturbating and I want that image to crush any hope of arousal.
I want them to explain to a significant other, through hysterics, exactly what happened on those nights. I want them to fear being out in public because it feels like the truth of those experiences is written on their faces. I want them to spend years in therapy. I want people to tell them that their pain is not a big deal and that they should just stop thinking about those nights because honestly, what is it really helping? I want them to feel a deep, unabiding sadness when people tell women not to go out alone or drink too much or wear sexy clothing because they know it’s not going to help a damn thing.
I want them to feel like I know them better than anyone ever could because I was there, I know what they look like when they rape someone. I want them to feel like I’m inside them, all the time, mocking them for every failure, panic attack and sick day. I want them to believe that it’s always going to be like this. I want them to feel like trash, actual use-and-throw-away trash. I want them to feel angry and have no outlet for that anger except their own body. I want them to feel weak and useless. I want them to feel DEFINED by those experiences. I want them to feel like a monster.
I want them to feel like me.
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Well, here’s the deal, anon. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian group, and they impose those beliefs on the people that they employ and the communities they serve. Here are a few examples:
They are so opposed to LGBT rights that they have lobbied multiple times for exemptions from Federal and Local anti-discrimination laws, and threatened to withdraw their services.
They refused to provide shelter to a homeless gay couple, unless they broke up and renounced their homosexuality.
They refused to provide a transgender woman with shelter that was congruent with her gender presentation, instead insisting she house with men. She chose instead to sleep on the sidewalk and died from the cold.
Speaking of gender, there was also this charming incident where one of their hostels refused to open the door for a 17-year-old victim who had just been brutally raped (or even call the police for her) because that particular hostel had a strict “men only” policy.
Children who can’t prove their immigration status are turned away.
The organization also disposes of any Harry Potter or Twilight related donations (rather than giving them to other charities), because they claim the toys are “incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs”.
During the Bush Administration (thanks to ‘faith-based initiatives’) they fired about 20 long-time employees (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Gay), simply for refusing to sign the organization’s statement of Christian belief.
So, that—in a nutshell—is what’s wrong with it.
i will never stop spreading the word about how fucking shady the salvation army is
think twice before you donate to the bell-ringers in your local mall this holiday season … i am planning on starting a dialogue with the ones that are set to station themselves outside the store i work in
also one time i volunteered with the salvation army around christmas time being an “elf” and helping parents pick out free donated toys for their kids
which was all well and good until they ESCORTED TWO MEN OUT OF THE BUILDING BECAUSE THEY “LOOKED GAY”
this was a first-hand eyewitness account and i should have left then and there, but seeing as i needed to take the bus back to school…
And this is why I’m starting to donate to other charities around Christmas.
No more red buckets for me.
and theres also how in Australia they have teared apart native aboriginal communities to “christianize” them and make them part of capitalist western society, up until the late 60’s they assisted with the taking of aboriginal children from their families in the stolen generation and put the children into missions where they would follow strict pattern of work and christian education
One of my homies used to do missionary work for them. They picked him because he was Chinese American, and they wanted to do outreach in China. He was escorted at all times, not allowed outside of his hotel room except to eat or go do missionary work, and they would scold him if he was “talking to the wrong people” (aka, a woman, because we know merely exchanging words with a woman is temptation of the flesh!!!!).
He was not being paid. They manipulated and abused him and it’s decades later of him still working out the guilt shit, because they knew he came from an abusive family - so they knew all the buttons to push again, except this time the guilt/abuse tricks were backed up with the hope of the salvation of his soul, the hope being held out that maybe, just this once, if he works hard enough, he would be good enough.
This was not a single case - this was how they rolled. They knew how to pick ‘em, break’em and keep ‘em. Cult organizations and Iceberg Slim got the same moves and the same goals - get theirs at the cost of everyone else’s soul.
And here’s my thing: What part of Christianity demands that you lie and manipulate the people spreading the Good Word? If you’re acting in good faith, you shouldn’t have to abuse people into doing it.
So it says everything about what they’re really about. They fuck over people without, and fuck over the people who work for them too.
Happy birthday, Star Trek. Born stardate September 8, 1966.
That’s not a stardate! Stardates are actually one of the most inconsistent and controversial things in Star Trek fandom. At any rate, it can be calculated as 20152.2 with this page: http://trekguide.com/Stardates.htm#TOS-Calculations
Roddenberry based Star Dates on Julian calender so it could also be 39377.2 I’m just glad the Okudas came up with a standardized warp system for TNG.
spray tan what
it’s not a spray tan, it’s that robert was squeezing that damn hard. XD me too robert, me too.
Actually, what really happened is that Tony gripped Thor tight and raised him from perdition.
This is exactly how I would react if Thor or Chris Hemsworth were right next to me, LMAO.
can someone just draw tony flying thor out of peredition omg
Zoo Brazil feat. Philip - Glass
Get your groove on :)
I really don’t get the whole “end it in grim horrific sacrifice” art trope for games
It’s a hugely dissatisfying and often painful way to end a game and it doesn’t go over well.
Even in writing in general, this obsession with making things as depressing as possible is just kind of stupid. When people fall in love with characters they want a resolution that’s good. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it can even have awful parts (like one of the chars dies or something) but to have things end in the grimmest note possible?
It’s a gross trend in writing (esp in video games) lately in the US
Now, don’t misread me here, I’m all for fucking up a character’s day in writing. And you can make something brutally grim and awful initially or during the later stages, near the climax (or even after). But I make them come out of the storm in the end. They get the fluffy clouds in the end.
Here’s the thing, if you really want to write the ultra grim gothic love poetry to death sort of story, if that’s what you want to craft? Making it a gritty horrid ending filled with blood and sadness and brutal sacrifice actually deadens the grittiness of the rest of the story.
Take Joss Whedon for instance.
He kills a buttload of beloved characters, often for fucking stupid reasons. He numbs us to the effect of a character dying. Something like that should pull a serious and major reaction. But he does it so much that we often steel ourselves to the emotional impact. We expect it. It breaks immersion.
It makes his writing not so great.
Fuck, look at George R.R. Pedotastic er um I mean Martin. He killed off so many characters so quickly that I literally stopped giving even the slightest fuck about his characters or his world in the first or second book (see, I don’t even remember which book, that’s how little I give a fuck). Once you’ve deadened the emotional response of your readers to that degree, you’ve lost them. You’ll hold onto the diehard fans who will pretty much lick your anus cuz they love the good parts of your writing too much to walk away and many people will keep on reading without that attachment (or finding ways around what you did) but seriously, if people have to rebuild your endings or your story in order to make it viable, in order to immerse themselves in your writing instead of walking away?
You fucked up as a writer. Badly.
yeah I’m the exact opposite
i WISH more characters would end up fucked and dead at the end
it gives me this satisfying “ahhhhhhh thank god that wasn’t me there” feeling
You do massive endless suffering on characters very well though, not a lot of writers do it like you.
If people have to rebuild your endings or your story in order to make it viable, in order to immerse themselves in your writing instead of walking away - you fucked up as a writer. Badly.