Thursday, December 30, 2010

Band Generator

1 - Go to Wikipedia. Hit “random”
or click
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.

Now you just need to learn to play an instrument well.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Lego Antikythera Mechanism

Incredible how something like that can just vanish from civilization for so long. It took nearly 1,000 years before a device like this could be rebuilt.

Makes you wonder what kinds of things have been lost and remain undiscovered.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Lunar Eclipse/Winter Solstice

The luster will be a bit "off" on Dec. 21st, the first day of northern winter, when the full Moon passes almost dead-center through Earth's shadow. For 72 minutes of eerie totality, an amber light will play across the snows of North America, throwing landscapes into an unusual state of ruddy shadow.

The eclipse begins on Tuesday morning, Dec. 21st, at 1:33 am EST (Monday, Dec. 20th, at 10:33 pm PST). At that time, Earth's shadow will appear as a dark-red bite at the edge of the lunar disk. It takes about an hour for the "bite" to expand and swallow the entire Moon. Totality commences at 02:41 am EST (11:41 pm PST) and lasts for 72 minutes.

If you're planning to dash out for only one quick look -­ it is December, after all -­ choose this moment: 03:17 am EST (17 minutes past midnight PST). That's when the Moon will be in deepest shadow, displaying the most fantastic shades of coppery red.

This would have been a post including pictures of the lunar eclipse; however, the skies over the city I live in have conspired against me, and sadly, I could not see the eclipse past the clouds.

Unfortunate, considering this is the first time a lunar eclipse has lined up with the Winter Solstice since 1638.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Short Wolf-Themed Prose

Knowledge of death is reflective and conceptual, and thus wolves are spared it. For them, survival is not a choice; it is the only thing that they know, and so wolves will continue to hunt until their bodies are too weak to carry them further.  Inborn instincts drive paws further and deeper in snow; it entices noses to sniff and ears to perk; it rallies them to cooperate, to leap and strike, it guides fang to throat—and all for one reason: survival.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Need A Dispenser Here..!

I like to imagine that I'm a rather independent guy. I've been living pretty much on my own since I was about 14 when my parents were divorced. Technically, I live with my father, but with my school and his work, we are only seldom in the house at the same time. Even before my parents were divorced, I was a somewhat introverted child, so I adjusted easily and was never much bothered by the isolation. In fact, the whole idea of loneliness had never really entered my mind--that is, until recently.

It's such an odd sensation meeting one of the handful of people that will--intentionally or not--make you question just who you are; who will, through some subtle, accidental words or through momentous action, challenge the foundations you've built for yourself.

I was oblivious to how much I'd craved contact with someone else until I actually felt that closeness, and then  an unconscious loneliness came over me like a wave. I had no experience with this kind of emotion; it was something that must have been building-up over the years that I was unaware of, and so I didn't know how to deal with it. The loneliness quickly turned to obsession and desperation. Desperation is a cruel emotion and people can smell it on you. It works so that, the more you want something, the further it will be from you.

It seems to me that it was the reason things ended, though I can't be sure. That is a horrible sensation in itself. It's like when you have to watch your dog be put down, and as it happens there is that thought that enters your mind: that maybe there was something that you could have done, or worse, maybe it was something you did.

- ec.wolf