Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It has been a busy week, mostly aviation related due to an airshow over the weekend (photos to come in the next few posts). Still moon related though, A link to this was passed on to me today, and I liked it so much I thought I'd share it. It is pretty much self explanatory, and it works beautifully (even if the moon at 0:39 is upside down to my southern hemisphere eyes):
Also moon related is this little thing I found. You know how all the moon landing-hoax theorists go on about the whole thing being filmed in a soundstage? Well Michael Bay has done pretty much just that for the new Transformers movie:
Aside from the obvious (to me anyway) accuracy fails with the Apollo spacecraft, and the clever (if misleading) use of real footage, it is remarkable how Bay's depiction of the astronauts looks almost nothing like the real footage, in more ways than are obvious. Not that I would expect accuracy or realism from a Bay movie, but it is an interesting theory tester, and hopefully might convince a few hoax proponents of the lunacy (pun intended) that the hoax theory is. On the other hand, it might inspire a whole new wave of people who don't know any better to fall for the poorly researched, utterly discredited non-science woo that sadly still undermines one of our greatest acheivements.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Gibbous Moon last night 17 Jan. I tried a different white balance setting for this one compared to the half moon in the previous post to get a slightly more natural colour. The Tycho crater (upper centre) and it's impact rays are also starting to show a bit better as the moon gets closer to full. I'm still playing with ways to deal with the contrast between the dark maria and the lighter parts so that both of them resolve nicely.
Tonight is too tropical, hot and wet and decayed cyclon-ey (seriously, 20+ degrees, even though it is raining and nearly 1030 at night) for a photo, so I took advantage of a break in the clouds last night to get this shot.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Okay so it is a bit of an ambush, and the host doesn't even pretend to be unbiased, but it makes me smile to hear bad science taken apart like this.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I get that a throwaway lyric that is actually a quote, in a song that is a parody of both the quoted and the thing he was referring to, could be considered to be offensive language.
But I don't why has it taken twenty five years of virtually continual airplay of a song that was the biggest hit off a monster album (including a radio edit produced at the time of the original release that doesn't feature said lyrics, after they caused controversy then) before anyone got riled up enough about it to officially complain. Again. Especially when there are far more and worse examples of homophobic or otherwise derogarotory or potentially offensive lyrics and themes in other innocuous sounding hit songs.
For example there is one very popular mainstream radio song from the late 90's, with a bouncy catchy riff, and very inoffensive sound, widely played by radio and featured in a few hit movies and TV series even, that is actually about crystal meth addiction, and features lyrics that explicitly reference sex and drug taking. I love the irony of it getting almost daily airplay on my local family friendly mainstream radio station among others. No-one listens to the lyrics apparently :)
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Taupo McDonald's features an extra dining area in the form of a retired DC-3. I'm not sure if this is awesome or completely undignified, but at least it is still around.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
But looking at the neighbours (you can just see our blue car poking out from behind the 4x4), reveals an unusual concentration of cars and tents spread across three sites:
Sunday, January 09, 2011
The model is about a foot long if you want an idea of size:
* The British manufactured English Electric Canberra B(I).12 (the B(I) stands for Bomber (Interdictor)) was used by the RNZAF as a bomber / attack aircraft from 1959 to 1970, and were replaced by the Skyhawks that ultimately served until 2001. The model represents a Canberra as they looked from around 1964.
Incidentally, the Canberra itself is one of the outstanding designs in aviation. One of the first jet powered bombers to enter service, the first one flew in 1949. The last British operated Canberra's left RAF service in 2006. Wiki history of the Canberra here.
Saturday, January 08, 2011
We've been camping and chilling and off-line up in Taupo for most of the week. Now we are back home, so normal service will resume shortly. Probably once I can figure out what day it is without checking.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
I find the action of clipping in oddly reassuring. After a couple of rides with them I am not quite used to the sensation, but have yet to fall over due to forgetting to unclip before coming to a halt. (This is a rite of passage for clipless initiates apparently).