A Bit of Multi-Spectral Awesomeness For Your Delectation

This image has been around for a bit, but I just stumbled on it — so here you go:

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Per the NASA write up, this is a collage of images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory, mostly showing measurements of light at particular wavelenths, w. a bit of other information as well.

I want my own quilt  made to that design.

As the linked material says, the point isn’t just pretty pictures.  It’s that the characteristics of the light (electromagnetic radiation) detected up and down the spectrum reveal very specific details of the processes the produced each particular emission.  See, e.g., the wonderful story of the element that was, then wasn’t, coronium.

One more thing:  this image, or rather the investment required to make all the images that go into this collage, is an example of the kind of nice thing it will be harder and harder to get the longer our current Republican party remains in existence.  Just sayin…

Oh — and Open Thread, too.

118 replies
  1. 1
    scav says:

    You Bad Bad Wonderful Man.

  2. 2
    srv says:

    You probably like all the false-color astronomy too. Have to fashion an artificial world for everyone to live in because reality is too stark for your pointy heads.

  3. 3
    PeakVT says:

    Republicans don’t want us to have any kind of nice thing. Though I wouldn’t mind if they de-funded the SLS pork rocket.

  4. 4
    Tone in DC says:

    The sun, gotta like it (all 864,000 miles of it).

    And yeah, the g00pers can’t stand science. All those mult-syllable words, formulas and what not.
    That shit makes their crania hurt.

  5. 5
    Amir Khalid says:

    @srv:
    Hey! That’s supposed to be Special Timmeh’s shtick!

  6. 6
    scav says:

    @Amir Khalid: Homage from a cover band is what I assumed.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Tone in DC:
    I don’t think it’s the long words that make Republicans hate science. It’s that reality has a well known liberal bias, and science is our best way of finding out about reality. Science is always saying that the Republicans are wrong, and that’s the Worst! Thing! Evar!

  8. 8
    ruemara says:

    Hah! You’re trying to confuse me with your devil’s siren of false colours and so called “images”. Fie, fie on you! Out, heathen!

  9. 9
    PurpleGirl says:

    I will have try to make this into a jigsaw puzzle at Jigsaw Planet.

    It’s got color and texture, which make for good puzzles.

  10. 10
    jeffreyw says:

    I want my own quilt made to that design.

    You might talk to Kevin Drum, his wife is a quilter and may be able to get you set up.

  11. 11

    Open thread needs more awesome, civil disobedience kitteh stages a hunger strike.

  12. 12

    @jeffreyw: How is your kittehs? Does they loves summer? My kittehs are just lying around like rugs due to all the humidity.

  13. 13
    scav says:

    And, to completely overindulge in planetary and photo-tweak with intent, here’s a handle on Scale from TPM (for those avoiding the site for various reasons).

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @srv:

    …false-color astronomy…

    Was reading recently about gene therapy for red-green color blindness. So far demonstrated in male squirrel monkeys which are normally colorblind (demonstration apparently convincing). There is also speculation about inducing tetrachromatic vision in humans eventually, upgrading trichromats to tetrachromats. (I’d take such a treatment if shown safe over several years, to see the differences in the beiges and other pastels that my wife sees very clearly.)

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    LanceThruster says:

    Enjoy it while it lasts because in only 100 trillion short years, all the stars in the universe will go dark.

    Eat, drink, and be merry…

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    Citizen_X says:

    @srv: Srlsly. Why can’t we just stare at the sun in all-natural UV and X-ray frequencies, the way Gawd intended?

    (& yes, I know what UV does to corneas.)

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    One more thing: this image, or rather the investment required to make all the images that go into this collage, is an example of the kind of nice thing it will be harder and harder to get the longer our current Republican party remains in existence.

    This, this, this, this.

    These fucktard primitives need to be driven back under the rocks from which they crawled.

  18. 18
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @ruemara:

    Are you channeling Special Timmeh for that? Is there an FSM saucier available to help with an exorcism?

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    cleek says:

    totally photoshopped

  20. 20
    Tone in DC says:

    @Roger Moore:

    LULz.

    Facts? We HATE facts! It makes perfect sense that my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother rode a dinosaur! Of course it does! Why can’t we (mis)govern without all these damn verifiable statements that reflect reality!
    /g00pers

  21. 21
    dmsilev says:

    @Amir Khalid: Of all the things to get a bug up one’s ass about, astronomical multi-spectral imaging has got to be one of the stranger ones. I guess that’s why Timmeh is Special.

  22. 22
    Cacti says:

    From today’s continuing trial of Trayvon Martin for getting himself shot:

    Zimmerman’s hired expert witness is Vincent Di Maio.

    The same expert Phil Spector paid $26,400 to say his girlfriend shot herself.

    Went for a high-falutin’ paid professional liar.

  23. 23
    Botsplainer says:

    It’s that the characteristics of the light (electromagnetic radiation) detected up and down the spectrum reveal very specific details of the processes the produced each particular emission

    Unnecessary, expensive junk science.

    Everybody knows that the sun blazes because Glenn Greenwald wills it to do so, and His Prophet Snowden(pbuh) makes it happen.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    I guess that’s why Timmeh is Special.

    @dmsilev: Actually, he’s special because he’s an unapologetic pedophile.

    The thing about space imagery is just more of a garden-variety quirk.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Very pretty, Tom. I would love a quilt like that, too.

    Meanwhile, this is what Toronto looked like last night. We’re being told to conserve hydro (electrical power, not water) today because the power grid is hanging on by a thread.

    And this is what Lac-Mégantic looked and sounded like early Saturday morning. Not pretty at all. (Translation).

  26. 26
    Yatsuno says:

    @Amir Khalid: Quite well done though. Can’t say as much for the honourary of the tribute however.

    @Comrade Mary: Twelve and a half centimetres of rain? YOWZA!! You and Le Guy ok?

  27. 27
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Botsplainer:

    Unnecessary, expensive junk science.

    I’m sure that total asshat Stossel is, as we speak, working on a special report to tell us more.

  28. 28
    sparrow says:

    So I went to a new GP for the first time today after moving to a new state. She’s an older, gruff woman, and I thought I would like her… until I told her I had an IUD, and she told me she couldn’t do my gyno exam because “I don’t do abortion and IUDs work by abortion”… uh, ok, in fantasy-land maybe. I unfortunately chose this doctor as my gatekeeper (“point of service” is the euphemism). She was fine for everything else, wrote me scripts and gave me referrals, but I feel kinda “ugh” about ever going back to her.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @PurpleGirl:

    Jigsaw puzzle is the very first thing I thought of! I love tackling the abstract patterns and images. And this is a beauty of the type. Would be a great jigsaw challenge.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Bill Arnold:
    I’m a bit skeptical of claims that some people are tetrachromats and that gives them especially good color perception. I’m male and hence obviously not a tetrachromat, but I had no trouble getting a perfect score on XRite’s Online Color Challenge. If you really want interesting color vision, you’d be better off trying to expand your color perception range; I’d love to be able to see further into the IR or UV than normal.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    @sparrow: Raise hell with your insurer and get another doctor. Be sure to tell them that the doctor they’re paying doesn’t understand the fundamentals of medicine and that you’re not going to allow yourself to be at the mercy of a superstitious quack.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @sparrow: Don’t. And tell her exactly why. You’re not required to stick with a GP that doesn’t represent your values.

  33. 33
    Comrade Mary says:

    @sparrow: Oh hell, yes, if there’s any way of changing your GP, change!

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Comrade Mary: Off topic and perhaps of amusement only to me, but I love the fact that the Toronto airport is called Billly Bishop.

    I’m so down for Chuckie De Gaulle and so on.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Furthermore, lets their fucked up religious views get in the way of their professionalism.

  36. 36
    srv says:

    @scav: If I did covers, it would be all about pies.

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    this was not a very good post.

  38. 38
    scav says:

    @srv: Solids (maybe decorated with a cut leaf or decorative piercings?) or the nice lattice ones?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Tom Levenson: Hey, that’s how everyone knew him. And the premier of Newfoundland who brought the province into Confederation was Joey Smallwood, And the guy who got us started with universal health care was Tommy Douglas. No need to be formal, eh?

    (But when it comes to libraries and such named after History’s Greatest Monster, do you call him James or Jimmy?)

  40. 40
    Yatsuno says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1: C’mon DougJ, at least TRY.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Tom Levenson: Oh, and that’s the little prop-jet island airport. The big one up north is Lester B. Pearson. Nobody ever called him Les, especially after he got that shiny thing.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    Off topic and perhaps of amusement only to me, but I love the fact that the Toronto airport is called Billly Bishop.

    Here in Southern California, we have a Marion Morrison John Wayne and a Leslie Bob Hope, so we’re fully in the spirit of using nicknames for naming airports.

  44. 44
    Redshirt says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1: God created the Sun, so why not study His creation? God created the Universe, so why not study His creation? Is it not for the Glory of God to explore the infinities of His Mysteries?

    Also, God created Evolution, so let us study His genius.

  45. 45
    Bill Arnold says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I’d love to be able to see further into the IR or UV than normal.

    Won’t argue with that. I’d like to be able to see what insects see, for example, or pit vipers. I’m actually skeptical as well about tetrachromats, though there are plenty of tantalizing anecdotes. Seen in a local store a decade ago, paraphrased from vague memory: “husbands need a note from their wife to buy paint”.

  46. 46
    muddy says:

    @sparrow: Not only would I change providers, as I would not wish to encourage her with $, but I would report this to the state medical board. Or the healthcare ombudsman, should there be such a thing where you are. If she doesn’t provide services then she ought to say so upfront. You only found out after having to pay.

  47. 47
    ffredpalakon says:

    It’s not just that Rand Paul had an aide who thought John Wilkes Booth’s heart was in the right place and that “a “non-white majority America would simply cease to be America”; it’s that he wore a confederate wrestling mask and called himself the “Southern Avenger”. Also: “Racists Love Ron and Rand Paul for some reason”.

  48. 48
    pat says:

    @sparrow:
    How is that even legal? I’d write a complaint to the higher ups, as high as you can go.. Disgusting.

    Oh, and I’d definitely get another GP!

  49. 49
    Mnemosyne says:

    @sparrow:

    Change GPs. Right away. Personally, when I have to pick from a random list, I’ll usually pick a woman with an Asian last name — I’ve had really good luck so far doing it that way.

    ETA: And if you really want to be an a-hole, you can say something like, “I’d really rather have a doctor who makes medical decisions based on science and facts, not her religious beliefs.”

  50. 50
    srv says:

    @ffredpalakon: This tripe is so old – Rand even has hoodies now:

    http://store.randpaul2016.com/.....oodie.html

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    muddy says:

    @Roger Moore: I can see a lot of gradations of blue, such as at dusk, that other people can’t see. I read something about different eye colors being better at color, or low light etc.

    One night I was on a date, and commented on the incredible blues of the water near shore at dusk. He said I was wrong, it was black. There were 2 other people working nearby, I suggested we ask them. So he specifically only asks the woman. She agrees it’s black. He is unnervingly triumphant. I say that she has the same eyes like he does, why not ask the man, who had eyes my color (we had just been discussing this)? So now he asks the guy in a really shitty challenging way, of course the man eyes his co-worker nervously and says it just looks dark to him. Then this jerk tries to tell me he only asked the woman because he wasn’t sexist.

    Okay! Not a sexist, but implying that I am lying or deluded about my color vision? I always like these early shows of assholery, it’s a big time saver.

  52. 52
    Tom Levenson says:

    @Comrade Mary: That does tend to dress up the mantlepiece, doesn’t it.

    @Roger Moore: I’ll never think of the Orange County gateway as anything other than Marion’s place again.

  53. 53
    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Redshirt: you’re comment is a bit pedantic. I was talking about the post above, nothing else.

  54. 54
    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Comrade Mary: @Yatsuno: meanwhile, over on the east side of Toronto, we got 20 mm – just a rainy day

    @Comrade Mary: dont forget Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull

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    scav says:

    @Mnemosyne: Yep, she should be reminded of her chosen path of burnished virtue in buying her way into her theoretical heaven using the bodies, health and deaths of people trusting her, and taking their money to feed her corruptible body in this life while at it.

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    “Change GPs. Right away. Personally, when I have to pick from a random list, I’ll usually pick a woman with an Asian last name — I’ve had really good luck so far doing it that way.”

    Why do you think a woman married to an Asian would be best? Smacks of racsism.

  57. 57
    Comrade Mary says:

    @Just One More Canuck: Eastern bastards!

    /shakes fist from a very soggy Junction

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Bill Arnold:

    I’d like to be able to see what insects see, for example, or pit vipers.

    I’d be particularly interested in UV, because both birds and bees see further into the UV than we do. Many flowers have UV markings that are of interest to bees, and I’ve heard some suggestions that some birds have UV markings that let them do gender recognition that we humans can’t. I would love to be able to see that stuff myself. The big drawback is that there’s a huge amount of technology that’s built around models of human vision that would be much less impressive if you expanded your visual range. Anything that mixes three primaries to produce a color gamut (e.g. photographs, TV, fluorescent lighting) would fall flat for somebody with expanded visual perception.

  59. 59
    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    Okay, you’re going to need to sit down, because this is going to come as a shock to you:

    Many women don’t change their names after getting married. No, seriously! It’s really true!

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne: the vast majority of decent women do. So explain your point. Why are women who marry Asian men superior? What races do you think should not practice medicine?

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    Redshirt says:

    IR or UV seeing would be cool. Relatedly, the condition of synesthesia is fascinating. Seeing sounds? Tasting colors? Hearing touch?

  62. 62
    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Comrade Mary: it’s incredible how concentrated the storm was – my in-laws in Hamilton got nothing

    Where in the Junction? I used to live on Laws just south of Dundas

  63. 63
    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    the vast majority of decent women do.

    Ah, interesting that you make a moral assumption about me based on the fact that I did not change my name after getting married. Tell me, what exactly makes me “indecent” for deciding I would prefer to keep the name I was born with?

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    sadly lots of racism amongst commenters here.

    just shows who the real racist in thuis society are.

    (liberals/minorities)

    @Mnemosyne:

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    Still waiting for you to answer my question: what’s “indecent” about a woman not changing her name after getting married?

  66. 66
    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne: i would say your decision of what doctor to visit based on race makes you indecent as well as your other conduct.

  67. 67
    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    i would say your decision of what doctor to visit based on race makes you indecent as well as your other conduct.

    Sorry, you’re dodging the question. What’s “indecent” about a woman keeping her own name after marriage?

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    muddy says:

    @Roger Moore: http://www.pbs.org/lifeofbirds/
    David Attenborough did this series, and they showed what birds see. Sometimes the markings just look a different color in the UV, but some markings were not visible in normal light at all. Butterflies have similar. It was a wonderful series.

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    scav says:

    @Mnemosyne: Moral and derived heuristic might be avoiding women bible_waver considers decent for purposes of health care. Still, as his lot of idealized decency are off being subservient child-bearers in the home, it may not be that useful in practice. If bible_waver is a dying breed, those that willingly submit to his authority might be disappearing faster — might explain his lackluster performance here today.

  70. 70
    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @scav:

    ineresting that you defend someone who decides what doctor to visit based on race.

    What if she said “I’ll only visit doctors with white-sounding last names?”

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne: I hope you don’t own a business as you appear to make racially-based hiring decisions.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Mnemosyne: Particularly doctors because it costs a metric fuck-ton of money to have their medical school documents all transcribed to the new name for licensing purposes, to say nothing of the fact that many jurisdictions invalidate the license to practice upon name change. The same effect accrues to law licenses in many states.
    So a LOT of woman doctors and lawyers never change their names upon marriage. Coincidentally, government offices in university towns see a huge uptick in requests to change names right before graduation as the Medical schools and Law schools get ready to graduate because people may not want their names to have unfortunate connotations with their titles, or want their names to reflect their new professions.
    I’ve known a pediatrician named Dr. Babylove (had been Smith) and an oncologist named Dr. Lively (had been Dethman).

  73. 73
    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    ineresting that you defend someone who decides what doctor to visit based on race.

    I also pick doctors based on gender. I guess it means I’m sexist, too, since I would prefer to have a woman examine my vagina than a man.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Just One More Canuck: Oh, that storm just freakin’ PARKED over us for a couple of hours.The second storm that came through last night at least had the grace to sweep through at 30 km/hour.

    (I’m north of Dundas, but I used to live in Mimico, which got hit extra hard last night, so that’s something.)

  75. 75
    scav says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1: Interesting that you deride choosing a doctor by last name while opining on overall decency based on same. weak tea there sad sack.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Mnemosyne: Trolls, do not feed. (Unless you do so for sport, in which case, carry on, have fun, toddle-oo.)

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    scav says:

    @Soonergrunt: Best marriage of doctors I’ve witnessed: Drs. Hassard and Ward.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Oh, fine, I’ll go ahead and make the racist declaration that BIBLE_DUDE1 wants me to make: I prefer my doctors to be Asian women, because in my experience they’re more competent, better diagnosticians, and better listeners than white doctors. Obviously, what I should have done was forced myself to continue seeing the incompetent white doctor I was seeing before my current doctor because to find a different doctor was raaaaaccist.

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    “I also pick doctors based on gender. I guess it means I’m sexist, too, since I would prefer to have a woman examine my vagina than a man.”

    Are you also more comfortable with some races than others? It appears so.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    So, now that I’ve answered your question, can we get back to your statement that women who don’t change their names after marriage are “indecent”?

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne: look sweetie, you’re getting owned.

    log off

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    Are you also more comfortable with some races than others? It appears so.

    Yes, it’s true: I’m more comfortable with an Asian-American, African-American, or Latina doctor than I am with a white doctor even though I myself am white. What’s that about? Is it some kind of self-loathing? Am I a race traitor? Should I force myself to see only white doctors out of racial solidarity even though, in my experience, they aren’t very good doctors?

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Comrade Mary: No water in your basement I hope

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    Sorry, I’m waiting for your explanation of why it’s racist for a white person to be more comfortable with a minority doctor. Do you think I see them as servants? Please, whitesplain myself to me, because obviously I don’t see the secret racism of firing a white doctor.

    ETA: I’m also more comfortable with Jewish doctors even though I myself am Roman Catholic, so I guess that means I’m not sufficiently anti-Semitic, either.

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    Redshirt says:

    Less trolls, more space chat, please.

    Does everyone understand the immense importance of “phase transitions”?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    I’m just having a little sport with it. Plus I’m always fascinated by the “if white people don’t choose other white people to work for them, that’s raaaacist!” claim, so I’m trying to figure out how that works, exactly.

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    scav says:

    @Redshirt: Go for it. I’m guessing it’s not the switch from stun to kill, and my other phase transitions are possibly even less solar related.

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    “What’s “indecent” about a woman keeping her own name after marriage?”

    It’s actually not her own name… it’s her dad’s name.

    THE PATRIARCHY…. YOU CAN’T ESCAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @Just One More Canuck: Just a soupçon of dampness (that dried up overnight) from a crack that I’ve postponed getting fixed. Guess it’s time to get on the local contractor’s waiting list.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1: Has anyone IRL told you that you’re not very bright? While I’m sure they have, I’ll do you a favor in case they haven’t.
    You are not very bright.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    “What’s “indecent” about a woman keeping her own name after marriage?”

    It’s actually not her own name… it’s her dad’s name.

    So what makes it “indecent” to keep it? I mean, I know you’re steeped in a culture where “purity balls” are the norm so you’re probably thinking of the creepy incestuous overtones of a father owning his daughter and assuming that a woman would want to somehow escape from her father.

    It’s the name my parents gave me, regardless of the cultural baggage attached to it. So why, exactly, is it “indecent” of me to keep it rather than changing it?

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Comrade Mary: My neighbour does basement repair/sealing _ I think he’ll be very busy for the next few weeks

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Soonergrunt: “As the sun is a to a candle, so a candle is to you” — made up gibe.

    Perhaps better, Molly Ivins:

    If he were any dumber they’d have to water him twice a day.

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    Emma says:

    @Comrade Mary: I was in Toronto for my birthday last year and absolutely fell in love. Poor beautiful city. Good thoughts for all the wonderful people who live there.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Can I please be released from moderation for using a forbidden word? KTHXBAI.

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    Bill Arnold says:

    @Roger Moore:

    Many flowers have UV markings that are of interest to bees, and I’ve heard some suggestions that some birds have UV markings that let them do gender recognition that we humans can’t.

    I’m pretty sure that some insects have markings visible only in the UV. Is there any cheap mod that can be done to make an inexpensive UV camera? Last I looked the only plans I found were for florescence cameras, not reflective.

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    Redshirt says:

    @scav: Phase transitions define our reality. We all are familiar with the most common example – water. From ice to liquid to gas. All elements go through phase transitions based on temperatures.

    But there’s more! The entire Universe of matter is the result of a phase transition – from the unimaginable heat of the beginning, matter condensed out of energy, and as temperatures continued to drop, atoms formed, elements formed, and here we are.

    But there’s more! Fusion could be considered a phase transition engine, and there’s a scale of ever increasing density (temperature) that leads to neutron stars and then onto black holes. What comes after the black hole? No one knows. But it’s fair to assume it’s some form of further phase transition.

    E=MC2 can be understood as our entire reality – everything – existing in a dynamic system of phase transitions.

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    BIBLE_DUDE1 says:

    well, here come the “ad hominem” attacks.

    i guess that’s better than what some here are doing — openly defending and encouraging racist hiring practices.

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Mnemosyne: Go forth and sin no more.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @BIBLE_DUDE1:

    i guess that’s better than what some here are doing — openly defending and encouraging racist hiring practices.

    So here’s your chance to explain: why is it racist for a white person to hire a non-white person? Be specific.

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    Emma says:

    @Mnemosyne: Amazingly enough, I would tend to do the same. My current primary doctor is from India — I would fight ninjas to the death for my right to keep her. She was the one who discovered I was on the edge of major physical breakdown from lack of Vitamin D, after a (white, male) doctor had repeatedly told me ALL my problems were due to my weight and that if I were more disciplined about eating I would be fine.

    Mind you, my oncologist is a white guy and I would fight the same way to keep him. But that’s because he sat down with me, showed me the pathology report and EXPLAINED IT LINE BY LINE.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Redshirt:

    E=MC2 can be understood as our entire reality – everything – existing in a dynamic system of phase transitions.

    Totally random (and possibly apocryphal) factoid I just found out: Einstein came up with the theory of relativity while riding his bicycle.

    (Picture is an illustration only, not the actual event.)

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Emma:

    If I get a referral from someone else, it doesn’t really matter to me one way or another because then I feel like someone else has pre-screened the doctor for me. My current team of ADHD specialists is two white women and a white dude (though I’ve only talked to him via phone, so I’m making a bit of an assumption there).

    But if I have to pick a random name off a list with nothing else to go on, I’ll pick the minority. Which apparently makes me raaaaacist.

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    scav says:

    @Redshirt: Ah, mine(ish) but vastly bigger and bangier — geographers just dabble in the shallow end, especially with weather and snow. Sublimation makes it onto the final but that’s about it. Apparently (post wiki-peeking) Ions are involved too. Jealous. Fusion and On Beyond Black Holes?­!

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Mnemosyne: Not exactly. See this account by somebody or other.

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    Redshirt says:

    @scav: Mass itself is a function of phase transition, according to theory. The Higgs Boson (and Higgs Field) existed at extremely high temperatures, but then cooled, and the resultant cooling imparted mass to all matter.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    Well, I did say it might be apocryphal. Still, Einstein on a bicycle!

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    scav says:

    @Redshirt: Ok, brain melt, now I’m reduced to First you get down on your knees, Fiddle with your entropy, Cool your field with greatest haste and Condensate! Condensate! Condensate!

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    Original Lee says:

    W00t! Thanks for posting this. The solar science community is currently facing steep funding cuts due to the fact that even though they’ve been studying the sun for years, they still can’t predict a solar storm that would impact Earth. The age range and experience range of the scientists on the Solar Dynamics Observatory is retirement to doctoral student, but there are fewer and fewer mid-range scientists – the ones who would normally just be hitting their stride as researchers. If this pattern continues, there will be a shortage of people qualified to be P.I. of a big international project like this one.

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    Redshirt says:

    @Original Lee: Isn’t it fair to say all the science communities are facing funding cuts? I’ve yet to hear of any area of science that is not in crisis mode.

    After all, our billionaires need more tax cuts.

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    WaterGIrl says:

    The image is really lovely. Hey, if they can make a quilt like this in those printers that can make guns, I’ll take two.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Redshirt: Excellent answer.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Bill Arnold:

    Is there any cheap mod that can be done to make an inexpensive UV camera?

    There are mods available, but I’m not sure about the “cheap” part. You have to replace the cover over the sensor with one that’s UV transparent. That isn’t super expensive, but it isn’t cheap, either. Then, you have to find a lens that has acceptable UV transmittance and (ideally) is well enough corrected for UV light that your picture is sharp. Then you need a UV passing, visible light blocking filter for the lens. With most modern cameras, you should be able to focus using live view even though no visible light will pass the sensor. You should probably pick a camera that uses a CCD sensor, since they tend to have better UV response than CMOS sensors do.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Roger Moore:
    Also, too, Bjørn Rørslett has a great (if somewhat dated) how to guide to non-visible light photography.

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    Redshirt says:

    UV photos make everything look like an acid trip. They’re beautiful.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @WaterGIrl:

    There are websites where you can upload images and have them printed onto fabric — I found this out from Heather Ross’s book Heather Ross Prints.

    I don’t have the book in front of me, so I don’t remember the name of the site. :-( But you could totally download those images from NASA, upload them to the site, have the fabric printed, and quilt to your heart’s content.

    ETA: Wait, I found it! Spoonflower is the site.

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    Original Lee says:

    @Redshirt: Sorry – had to go to work and can’t comment there. Certain science communities are doing very well, despite the funding crisis. Solar science is quirky because legislators can be brought to connect solar flares with crappy cell phone service but then they look at how long scientists have been trying to predict solar flares and suspect that they’re being played. (For instance, SOHO was launched about 20 years ago and IIRC all of the instruments are still working, so why do we need any more solar satellites?)

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    WaterGIrl says:

    @Mnemosyne: Really late coming back to this thread, but thanks so much for that link!

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