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"A virtual Universe"; a short video not to be missed.

Apologies to n2doc if he has already has an OP on the above topic;

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This video is the formal and narrated video showing what the Big Bang looks like from a 12 million years after the event (if there was such one as new theories are postulating) to present day.

They used a 350 million light years across "large enough to be representative of the universe but detailed enough to show great detail" than previous attempts.

The video shows both "the light matter we can see and the dark matter we can't".

The biggest problem was how to produce many differently shaped galaxies for the 40,000 ones depicted.

From the website of the makers of the video, which is pretty much 'a making of...;

"The Illustris project is a large cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, completed in late 2013, using a state of the art numerical code and a comprehensive physical model. Building on several years of effort by members of the collaboration, the Illustris simulation represents an unprecedented combination of high resolution, total volume, and physical fidelity. The About page contains detailed descriptions of the project, for both the general public and researchers in the field.

On this website we present the scientific motivation behind the project, a list of the collaboration members, key results and references, movies and images created from the simulation data, information on upcoming public data access, and tools for interactive data exploration. The short video below is a compilation made from some of the movies available on the Media page."

http://www.illustris-project.org/

I have to say this made my day, well, sort of, but it was a welcome respite after doing yard work all day.

"Oklahoma examines what went wrong in botched execution"

"The governor told a news conference she had called for investigations not only into Lockett’s cause of death, but into whether the Department of Corrections followed execution protocols and even the protocols themselves."

Wonder how long the 'report' will take to be written.

The longer it would take for OK to schedule another execution would be inversely related to public opinion's blood lust; being such good Christians.

Putin, besides being sociopathic, also suffers from NPD

Narcissistic Personality Disorder traits may include:

Believing that you're better than others
Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
Exaggerating your achievements or talents
Expecting constant praise and admiration
Believing that you're special and acting accordingly
Failing to recognize other people's emotions and feelings
Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
Taking advantage of others
Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
Being jealous of others
Believing that others are jealous of you
Trouble keeping healthy relationships
Setting unrealistic goals
Being easily hurt and rejected
Having a fragile self-esteem
Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional."

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20025568

If you extrapolate these symptoms from a single person to how Putin must view the world.

The DSMIV cites as an "essential feature" of the narcissist a "lack of empathy that begins by early childhood and is present in a variety of contexts." If lack of empathy isn't a hallmark of an antisocial individual, then what is (again see the DSMIV "reckless disregard for the safety of others")?

The most important point is that people who are either antisocial or narcissistic are victimizers...who is incredibly self-centered and self-aggrandizing, who is untruthful and cannot be trusted, who fails to see things from any point of view other than his own, and who is able to eliminate fear (and conscience) long enough to pursue any means to an end. Invariably, others are betrayed, deceived, and emotionally (perhaps financially) injured. The narcissist may not commit an act that is illegal, but the damage he does may be devastating. In fact, because the narcissist appears to be law-abiding, others may not be suspicious of him leaving him freer to pursue his objectives, no matter at whose expense...

http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/sept2008/personality-disorders.html#Narcissistic

This is a bad thing for the world and everybody on it and I hope President Obama and the EU take appropriate steps to diffuse the situation.

I took the step of selling most of my stocks because of this interesting time, but I sure hope I'm wrong as to the crap Putin could cause.

NOt sure if this is the forum I should be posting in, but;

I'm thinking of getting a semi exotic house cat.

I'm leaning toward a Savannah but are there better choices?

At first I thought about breeding but for f1s and f2s the cost from reputable sites are in the low 5 figures, WAY out of my range.

For 'fixed' the range is less than a $1,000 and doable.

Another possibility is the Maine Coon Cat (don't worry, there's no racism involved), or maybe the Serval or Serengeti Cat.

Any thoughts/advice/suggestions.

BTW, I have a 2 1/2 yo Tabby and it may be possible to introduce one of these exotics byo an animal rescue but I don't want the existing cat to drop of an embolism.

Right now I am 'boarding' my daughter's 70 lb Huskie in the basement and my cat almost never goes downstairs except to be let out and jumps at any sound, even upstairs.

You just can't make this up; Florida man accidentally shoots self in leg after gun safety class

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/22/florida-man-accidentally-shoots-self-in-leg-after-gun-safety-class/

"Police in Boynton Beach, Florida responded on Friday to a call from a man who claimed he had accidentally shot himself. According to the Palm Beach Post, officers found the man in the bed of his pickup truck nursing a gunshot wound to the leg.

The injured man explained that he was headed home from a gun safety class and had stopped on the side of the road to inspect his Glock pistol. He told officers that he had removed the ammunition clip, but failed to remove the bullet in the weapon’s chamber. As he was manipulating the slide, the weapon discharged.

Police provided emergency first aid treatment at the scene, then transported the victim to a local hospital."

You'd think he'd have stayed awake when the instructor said to "make sure there is not a round in the chamber and ALWAYS keep the safety on".

Just sayin.

That is so funny.

Right-wing pastor: Pat Robertson committed ‘blasphemy’ by mocking creationism.

"A pastor affiliated with the American Family Association has accused religious broadcaster Pat Robertson of “blasphemy” for mocking creationism.

Robertson responded to last week’s debate between Bill Nye, “the Science Guy,” and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham by flatly denouncing the idea that the Earth was only 6,000 years old.

“Let’s be real,” Robertson said on his “700 Club” program. “Let’s not make a joke of ourselves.”

Rev. Mark H. Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, argued God established all scientific laws, so “good science will always point to Him.”"

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/10/right-wing-pastor-pat-robertson-committed-blasphemy-by-mocking-creationism/

I remember the late 60s and something was just 'getting off the ground'; televangelists.

Now, Pat Robertson HIMSELF, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (which features HE as the host), what was later to become ABC Family Channel and Regent University (the FUCKING Regent Hospital) and others is now FUCKING BLASPHEMY!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is so fucking funny!"

"Lawmaker fires handgun in Kentucky Capitol: ‘I am a gun owner… It happens’"

The usual, one of the growing number of media worthy nut jobs.

I would not have posted but what caught my eye, and hence the reason for the post is the picture of said lawmaker and it looks as though it is the official photo, the one taken on maybe the first day of office, but, well, just take a look.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/08/lawmaker-fires-handgun-in-kentucky-capitol-i-am-a-gun-owner-it-happens/

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Captions are greatly welcomed!

One less racist/gun nut/all around nasty person/etc...; but with a funny ending;

"New Hampshire man shoots self in head after gun permit links him to racist graffiti"

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/14/new-hampshire-man-shoots-self-in-head-after-gun-permit-links-him-to-racist-graffiti/

"A New Hampshire man who had been accused of scrawling racist graffiti on the homes of African immigrants was hospitalized recently after shooting himself in the head.

According to court records obtained by the Concord Monitor, 43-year-old tattoo artist Raymond Stevens attempted suicide last week by walking into a cemetery and firing one round into his head. He reportedly survived the shooting but his current condition was not known."

So, in other words, he couldn't 'hit the broad side of his (pin) head!

"“Your subhuman culture has already brought many crimes linked to your mud people,” one message said. “You are not welcome here… You lower the value and safety of our good town… You bring death wherever your cursed people go.”

On Facebook, Stevens noted that he was a “proud Aryan man” and often posted screeds against President Barack Obama. He was also known to be a member of white supremacist groups and sing in a heavy metal band."

Cops got him because of a habit of making lower case 'bs' look like the number 6; this fool did this on his gun permits and where the cops were able to match up the handwriting.

It's Hermann Rorschach's 129th birthday;

And Google has an interactive Home Page today;

https://encrypted.google.com/

It does seem to repeat but there are quite a few of the inkblots but a lot of them are too 'real' to say there are random blots.

Be that as it may, a good way to spend a few minutes (you may/may not want them back) but I don't.

&quot;And Koch (Brothers) Carbon isn’t talking.&quot;

And what aren't Dave and Charles talking about?

"Final destination for refinery waste a secret"

"A four-story mound of black, gritty refinery waste that recently was ordered off the banks of the Detroit River likely was moved to Ohio. Where? Those who know aren’t saying."

"Since the spring of 2012, the pile at Detroit Bulk Storage had grown and grown. After complaints from neighbors and environmental groups, the situation finally was resolved last week when Detroit Mayor Dave Bing ordered Wichita, Kan.-based Koch Carbon to move its mountain."

"Brad Wurfel, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, said he was told that the pile was shipped to Ohio. But he said he didn’t know where. And Koch Carbon isn’t talking."

"Wurfel said pet coke is similar to coal but has a higher sulfur content. A power plant that burns it without a scrubber or other filter would release pollutants that contribute to smog, soot and acid rain."

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/09/04/final-destination-for-refinery-waste-a-secret.html

Me thinks AEP may know where this mountain of Koch's pet coke went.
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