Milky Way above Atacama salt lagoon
Galaxies, stars, and a serene reflecting pool combine to create this memorable land and skyscape. The featured panorama is a 12-image mosaic taken last month from the Salar de Atacama salt flat in northern Chile. The calm water is Laguna Cejar, a salty lagoon featuring a large central sinkhole. On the image left, the astrophotographer’s fiancee is seen capturing the same photogenic scene. The night sky is lit up with countless stars, the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies on the left, and the band of our Milky Way galaxy running diagonally up the right. The Milky Way may appear to be causing havoc at the horizon, but those are just the normal lights of a nearby town.
Image credit & copyright: Alex Tudorica (AIfA, U. Bonn)
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)
Textbooks May be Wrong About Volcanoes
In the typical textbook picture, volcanoes, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian islands, erupt when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth. But that picture is wrong, according to a new study from researchers at Caltech and the Univ. of Miami.
New seismology data are confirming that such narrow jets don’t actually exist, says Don Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillian Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, at Caltech. In fact, he adds, basic physics doesn’t support the presence of these jets, called mantle plumes, and the new results corroborate those fundamental ideas.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/textbooks-may-be-wrong-about-volcanoes
Getting control over your life when it feels like it’s giving you a shitty hand is a difficult feat, to say the least. However, you can get control over your life even during the most troubling of times. I’ve been through my fair share of tragedy in life. Something tells me, if you’re reading this entry, that you’ve experienced a tragedy or two in your lifetime. Hell, there’s a good chance a rain cloud is following you around at this time and you can’t see through the darkness.
I’d like to share with you an exercise that gives me perspective during the most troubling of times. Many of which happened earlier this year. To be honest, there were moments where I was crippled by despair. We all know that even those who are crippled can make it through fog (aka your anxieties, depression, despair, etc.) and reach the light (aka a sound mind).
Each and every one of us needs to look at the big picture, especially if we are sucked into day-to-day stress frequently. We’ll never rid ourselves of day-to-day stresses but creating a sound mind makes it easier to deal with daily disorder.
Look at your life as you’re writing a story. You’re the main character. No one else is writing this story. You’re responsible to write it. Now, think about stories you’ve read or interesting stories you’ve watched in movies. What makes an interesting character? What qualities have you admired in characters? Usually, the main character is presented with many challenges but what makes a excellent story?
The main character faces challenges with persistence by trying, trying and trying again to overcome them. They will struggle, oftentimes will fail, and they’ll fall but what truly makes them an intriguing character is that they get back up every time they fall.
Sometimes they suffer but they’re always making new discoveries along the way. Time is never wasted because this story is a complex work of art. The greatest characters, in my opinion, are those who overcome the toughest obstacles only ending up stronger than they were before with a better understanding of their true self and the world around them.
That’s really all life is, a story that we’re writing in real time. Make the decision to actively write your story and it will be the greatest work of art you’ll ever create. Don’t let anyone else take the pen away from you because it’s your story. Don’t be afraid to take risks because life is too short to stay in your comfort zone. You’ll experience a whirlwind of opportunity when you step outside of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid of failure because failure is the first step to learning. Learning anything, even from difficult situations, is a building block to make your foundation stronger (creating a sound mind). Which means, you’re already well on your way to having a strong mind.
Remember, you can’t control outside forces (those around you) but you can control your reactions to them.
Do you want to be the kind of character, person, who crumbles under pressure or be the kind of person who looks their demons right in the eye and takes them head on? You have the power to face them. You’ve gotten this far, haven’t you? You’ve already faced so much stress, turmoil and you haven’t given up. You won’t give up.
Be proud of yourself.
Be confident in your abilities.
Be the person you’ve always dreamed of being.
Believe that you can do anything.
Believe that you will get control over your mind.
Believe in yourself because life is too short not to believe.
A much needed trip
Going to drive from here in WV to CA, leaving in the morning. Incredible and risky. We haven’t been anywhere for 4 years. I am too excited to sleep Bringing our Shibas with us. We should be able to see many cool new sites along the way.