Archive for August, 2015
so here’s another of my favorite characterization moments; Angharad and Capable both get out binoculars and we learn that Angharad can identify all the various factions on site, and seems to know which ones are particularly contemptible. Capable also seems to know quite a bit about their modus operandi. and Toast is making a face like “oh goddamn it.”
it’s interesting because these women live in a gilded cage, but they aren’t sequestered from knowledge, necessarily. we know from the art book and some screencaps that the vault is full of books and they’re encouraged to learn. but it also seems like they’re at least a little involved in the citadel’s politics. they’re probably just brought out every so often for symbolic effect on the masses. but they clearly pay attention to everything.
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Thanks so much to everyone who listened to the first season of the Shipwrecked Podcast! We will be returning to you in OCTOBER with spooky tales, ouija board experiments and more. Stay tuned!
I love that they’re standing on an actual shipwreck.
Also, I never realized podcasts had seasons. But it’s cool; it gives me something to look forward to. Closer… :-)
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…and think: Wow. You guys are going to love this stuff.
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A Trick of Perspective
In 1999, two astronomers from the University of Alabama were scanning the sky for overlapping galaxies when they found this intriguing object, subsequently named NGC 3314. It looks as if the two spiral galaxies are smashing into each other in swirling gravitational frenzy, but in fact they’re actually separated by tens of thousands of light-years—they just happen to be stunningly aligned from our vantage point. The pinwheel galaxy in the foreground (NGC 3314A) is 117 million light-years away, and the galaxy in the background (NGC 3314B) is 140 million light-years away, both in the constellation of Hydra. Even if we didn’t know how far apart they are, we could still tell they’re physically independent—interacting galaxies are usually obvious because the enormous gravitational forces involved in such collisions warp and change the galaxies’ shapes. Though the pinwheel galaxy does look a bit deformed, especially in the streams of white-blue stars at the bottom right, that’s probably due to an encounter with a much closer galaxy. This chance alignment isn’t just an interesting bit of celestial trivia, though. It gives astronomers a unique chance to study the dark material in the foreground pinwheel galaxy. The glow of the background galaxy silhouettes these swirling lanes of interstellar dust, making them more prominent, while the glow of the foreground galaxy makes the background galaxy’s dust look faded. Astronomers can use this to study the properties of the interstellar dust, as well as study gravitational microlensing—the phenomenon where a foreground object bends the light of a background object, allowing the study of objects that faint or emit little light. Images like these are fascinating in a broader sense, too, reminding us of what a limited and yet utterly unique vantage point we occupy in the universe.
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answered your question “No black-and-white Fury Road on ‘this release’ of the bluray.
oh nooooo that sucks – you were so happy about the b/w version :/
IT DOES! I WAS! I WANT IT AND KNOWING THAT GEORGE MILLER HAS COMPLETED THE BEAUTIFUL BLACK-AND-WHITE EDIT AND PEOPLE SING ITS PRAISES…AND WE HAVE TO WAIT TO SEE IT MAKES ME SAD AND MAD (as my kids used to say)
(good of you to commiserate, ty :D)
Unless I’m misreading the reviews there won’t be commentary tracks in this release, either. Sigh. Some day…
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went to the Getty with jackiecwantsablackeye today
saw a Lawrence Alma Tadema (one of my all time fave artists) painting irl for the first time ever which was cool since that artist was one that made me want to study art history. I bought a print of that and also Walk at Dusk another specific painting that first got me interested in researching art. I didn’t see that painting today but it caught my interest the first (and only other) time I was at the Getty about four years ago. Caspar David Friedrich is another one of my faves still to this day
also bonus pic of us with a Getty trashcan a girl took of us 💯😎
You got A Walk at Dusk! I’m totally envious. I remember how excited I was when I was able to use planetarium software to figure out the specific date when Friedrich probably saw the conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter that he painted.
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