This is a fantastic short film about the tectonic and surface processes that shape mountains and mountain belts.
So in the course of the past 24 hours…
a) Freyja hit some series of buttons as she was walking across my keyboard, resulting in my screen display defaulting to a 180 degree rotation from normal. I am only able to fix this after booting up by tricking the computer into thinking I have it connected to a projector. I think. Still not 100% clear what it thinks it is doing or how to change this default.
b) I spent an hour or two making figures for a paper last night, saving them on a thumbdrive because I was using an older computer that I don’t use very often (I still need to get the requisite programs re-installed on my regular computer after its recent wine-spillage-induced crash and burn). (Well not literally burned.) Anyway, the files were all sitting happily on my thumbdrive — 14 of them. After I finish with them, I transfer them to my new computer. And they are missing. All 14.
d) Does anyone have any suggestions on what to do on either of these fronts?
This Is the Most Detailed Image of the Universe Ever Captured
NASA has just published the most detailed view of the Universe ever taken. It’s called the Extreme Deep Field—or XDF for short. It took ten years of Hubble Space Telescope photographs to make it and it shows some the oldest galaxies ever observed by humans, going 13.2 billion years back in time.
It’s a mindblowing, extremely humbling view. Not only for what it shows, but for what it doesn’t show. While this image contains about 5,500 galaxies, it only displays a tiny part of the sky, a ridiculously small slice of the Universe.
Wow, I never saw the animated gif of this ISS flyby of the Sarychev Volcano in Russia.
Who knew you could discover new physics by shaking a tupperware full of flour back and forth?
But next I’m going to need some controlled experiments on whether animals really do go crazy before an earthquake.
when i was a child i used to think teens were grown ups and when i was a teen i thought college students were grown ups and now that im a college student im just like what the hell is a grown up anymore
when i was a grad student we held a vote to determine if postdocs at a lab meeting counted as adult supervision
we concluded that they did not
this has postponed my after-graduation identity crisis nicely