Monday, March 24, 2008

Cat's Eye Hubble Remix

Credit & Copyright: Vicent Peris(OAUV / PTeam), MAST, STScI, AURA, NASA


Staring across interstellar space, the alluring Cat's Eye Nebula lies three thousand light-years from Earth. One of the most famous planetary nebulae in the sky, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) is over half a light-year across and represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Here, Hubble Space Telescope archival image data has been reprocessed to create another look the cosmic cat's eye. Compared to well-known Hubble pictures, the alternative processing strives to sharpen and improve the visiblility of details in light and dark areas of the nebula and also applies a more complex color palette. Of course, gazing into the Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our Sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

dog ball bot

warning: can be loud.

This is just so cute. Go Jerry go!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

1USD = 100JPY

The US dollar hits 12-year low against the Japanese yen today.
1 USD buys you 100.4 JPY as of now.

Japanese Yen Soars To 12-year High Versus Dollar

(RTTNews) - Thursday morning, the Japanese yen soared to a 12-year high versus the US dollar and new multi-day highs against the euro and the pound. Against the Swiss franc, the yen climbed to one-week high during this time.

A Bloomberg report stated that, the dollar fell against the yen on speculation U.S. retail sales growth slowed, adding to evidence the economy is entering a recession.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Mixi's asshole move

The Japanese equivalent to Myspace, Mixi, is adding lines to their terms of service that let them retroactively utilize users’ content for their own ends. In the words of AltJapan: By posting information, including diaries and the like, on this service, users grant the service the unrestricted right to use said information (whether in the form of reproduction, publication, distribution, translation, modification or the like) without compensation.” In other words, all your content are belong to us. Jprobe

x-AC 曰く、


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追記: 附則によれば、「2 本利用規約の施行前にユーザーによって行われた行為についても本利用規約が適用されます。」だそうです (by mhatta Tue, 04 Mar 2008 11:13:31 +0900) slashdot jp

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Carter's right hand

I haven't seen this idea thrown around, that Vince Carter's right arm, all the way from his finger tips to his right shoulder, has taken too much stress in his Raptors' years. As a result, he doesn't play ball like a franchise player anymore. Instead he shuffles his feet up and down the court, barely making an effort. After all sticking his arm through the rim in a dunk can't be good for him. You don't see anyone else does it in the league.

That's the price he pays being the most prolific, most violent dunker in the long history of the NBA.

There have been many arguments on who should be crowned the best dunker of all time. Should it be Dr J? Wilkins? Jordan? Carter? Howard? People who argue otherwise have not really paid attention to Carter.

I'm hoping the ranking will settle once and for all like this:

1- Carter (because he simply is)
Listed height: 6' 6" (198 cm)
Style: with authority, he cuts through lanes and jumps over defenders.

2- Jordan (classic Jordan late 80s to early 90s + his success)
Real height: 6 ft 4.75 in (195 cm)
Style: with air, he glides though air and jumps over defenders.

3- open to discussion