The photos Cassini has been sending back go beyond science. They are art.
In this image, Titan can be seen behind Saturn’s rings with Enceladus peaking onto the crescent. The bright surrounding ring is atmospheric haze above Titan, gas that is scattering sunlight to a camera operating onboard the robotic Cassini spacecraft. Since the image was taken pointing nearly at the Sun, the surfaces of Titan and Enceladus appear in silhouette, and the rings of Saturn appear similar to a photographic negative.
(Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA)
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.– President Barack Obama (via trekkerbud) Via knight of wang
oh my god… i just found out my dear, old friend, robin williams has past away. this is horrible news.
rest in peace peter pan.
o captain, my captain.
Japanese map of the world, 1708. [1512 × 676]
This is the first time I have ever reblogged a map. (Weird, right???) More than any of the other maps I have seen on my dashboard, this one captured my imagination. As I have written before, I adore antique maps; at over 300 years old, this one easily falls in that category. The vast majority of the antique maps that I have been exposed to are European, so the fact that this was created in Asia really intrigues me. The first point I wish to make about this map is that Japan is seen in the center and is crossed by what appears to be a sort of prime meridian. (The prime meridian on most modern maps passes through England.) Furthermore, the islands that comprise Japan are much larger in this map than in more modern maps produced by the West. This placement and size of Japan suggest that the cartographers had a very Japan-centered worldview, in the same way that European mapmakers were Eurocentric. This is valuable because in recent years there has been a great deal of criticism of maps that place Europe or the United States in the center. Although such maps seem to suggest that the West is (unfairly) dominant over the rest of the world, I believe that they are merely evidence of people’s tendency to assign a disproportionate amount of importance to their home/nation. This Japanese world map is evidence of such a tendency. Another fascinating feature of the map is that countries are generally separated by water; this creates the appearance of a world entirely composed of islands. Since Japan itself is solely made up of islands, it is apparent that the Japanese cartographers did not comprehend and/or accept that the rest of the world did not follow the same pattern. This map is therefore a perfect reminder of the importance of maps in understanding the mindsets and worldviews of the people who created them and of the societies in which they arose.