Photobomb of the year!
Photo: Bill Furey

Repeatedly building homes in the path of known Godzilla migration routes was a colossal failure in mid-century Japanese urban planning.

How I Reduced My $67K Medical Debt to$2,500 — My Bill of Health

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I went to the Adventure Aquarium today over in Camden and saw a Mata-Mata Turtle. It legit looked like it was straight out of a Kaiju movie. Its back had vertical moss spots that looked like tiny little pine trees growing on a hillside. I could imagine it being hundreds of feet wide and happily nestled into a series of mountains.

「要想回望宇宙的诞生，看见第一群恒星的星光，你必须先磨出一面和房屋一般大的镜子。它的表面必须光滑到如此的地步——如果镜子被放大到一整个大陆那么大，它的上面不会有超出脚踝高度的山峰或低谷。只有这么大这么平的镜子，才能收集并聚焦来自天空中最遥远星系的微弱光线……

「Ball 航空航天公司提供的制动器能以10纳米的精度推动镜面，这个宽度仅为头发的万分之一。这些电机的工作原理是“弯曲”，即“将大的运动转化为小的运动”。」

「整个韦布望远镜的重量，只有一个大型地面望远镜重量的2%左右。」

「镜子由铍制成，这种材料轻、结实、坚硬，呈粉末状，有毒，是一种令人头疼的东西，但也是唯一可行的东西。铍粉在俄亥俄州被压成块，然后在阿拉巴马州被切割。镜片上再覆一层黄金，因为黄金能极好地反射红外线。最后，加利福尼亚一家专门为这个项目而建造的工厂为镜面抛光。」

「即使被发射到外太空，地球、月球和太阳仍然会向望远镜辐射出太多的热量，使它无法感知宇宙中最遥远结构的微弱闪烁。

「遮阳罩的材料，研究小组选了Kapton，这是一种光滑的银色塑料，看起来很像薯片袋的内层，厚度只有人类头发的直径。Kapton的撕裂风险不低，因此需要很多层作为冗余ーー研究小组决定安装五层。一个由吊臂、电缆和细绳所组成的系统，将把这五层遮阳罩都充分展开，分离并系紧。」

「大约在2004年，2位NASA工程师来到门泽尔的办公室，说他们有办法。其中一人拿起门泽尔桌上的一张纸，把它折成Z字形。遮阳罩可以折叠成许多这样的Z字形，也就是“手风琴式折叠”。门泽尔觉得这个办法行得通 。

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The Webb Space Telescope Will Rewrite Cosmic History. If It Works. (2021). www.quantamagazine.org/why-nasas-james-webb-space-telescope-matters-so-much-20211203

I’m reposting this publicly, so that anyone who needs to hear it, sees this post.

Even if you only compare focal length, which is a characteristic of the lens, you will get very different results.

Photography is not an objective view of reality.

Smart phone focal lengths are generally unkind.

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「这世界不再依身体的尺度而建，而是依机器的尺度而建。」

「现代美国人的休闲时间比三十年前明显减少。换句话说，就像增加的工厂生产速度并未减少工时，增加的运输速度将人连接往更分散的场所，而非将人自旅行时间中解放出来。例如，许多加州人如今每日花三四小时往返于工作场所和家之间。步行的衰微是关于缺乏步行空间，也关于缺乏时间——产生许多思考、求爱、幻想、照见的幽静、自然空间已消失。机器加速，而生活已与机器同步。」

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature-the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

~ Rachel Carson

Just a bonehead, eating some berries.

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Hey everyone. Just wanted to eliminate the confusion and let you know that this is actually me. 😂 Hope you are having an awesome Thursday!

It's a website provided by the US government on how to improve your chances of not dying or being seriously injured during a variety disasters. It's not perfect, and includes some unlikely disasters the US government likes people being worried about.

But on the common stuff like flooding and power outages it's a good reference.

I was thinking about it as a significant storm is currently impacting California.

#DisasterPreparedness

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#happynewyear2023
#art
Elizabeth Somerville 🎨

Sunset.

#msfs