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News, Radio, and Roger: Top stories Katie Bouman is the 29Katie Bouman: The year-old scientist behind first image of black hole Video: Katie Bouman's> woman behind the first 2016 TED Talk, How to take a picture of a black black hole image hole Boston.com 1 hour ago BBC.com Fox News 8 hours ago 6 hours ago More for katie bouman friendly-neighborhood-patriarch: friendly-neighborhood-ehrhardt: catalogingthedeclineofthewest: Headlines, meet reality. Reality, meet headlines. Her documented “work” on the project is janitorial! MIT news article on the image and the team: http://news.mit.edu/2019/mit-haystack-first-image-black-hole-0410 From the article: An international team of over 200 astronomers, including scientists from MIT’s Haystack Observatory, has captured the first direct images of a black hole. They accomplished this remarkable feat by coordinating the power of eight major radio observatories on four continents, to work together as a virtual, Earth-sized telescope. In a series of papers published today in a special issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters, the team has revealed four images of the supermassive black hole at the heart of Messier 87, or M87, a galaxy within the Virgo galaxy cluster, 55 million light years from Earth. … The Haystack EHT team includes John Barrett, Roger Cappallo, Joseph Crowley, Mark Derome, Kevin Dudevoir, Michael Hecht, Lynn Matthews, Kotaro Moriyama, Michael Poirier, Alan Rogers, Chester Ruszczyk, Jason SooHoo, Don Sousa, Michael Titus, and Alan Whitney. Additional contributors were MIT alumni Daniel Palumbo, Katie Bouman, Lindy Blackburn, Sera Markoff, and Bill Freeman, a professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She’s listed as an “additional contributor.”  Topkek. reblogging because ive seen katie boumans name several times but this is the first time ive heard about andrew chael. he deserves to be recognized. 850k lines of code is no joke.

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Ass, Disney, and Dude: WELL, WHO WANTS TO WORK AT THIS STUPID... FAKEY LUAU ANYWAY angrynebula: brunhiddensmusings: lady-violaceous: lyrangalia: oakumura: gnarly-art: Lilo and Stitch presenting an accurate representation of Hawaiians perspective on luaus held by tourists.  #what’s sad about this is that this is actually what Hawaiians had to do when the western culture took over #a luau was a sacred practice #until the westerners took the concept and had the audacity to change it into a time to stuff your face with food and put on grass skirts and coconut bras and dance the hula #and when they had these events, they didn’t even let actual Hawaiian people in #so to make money to take care of themselves, the Hawaiians were hired to work in these disgraceful events to clean up after the tourists like slaves only to make less than a buck #so good job disney for doing your fucking research and educating these people #sadly, this still goes on even until today and it makes me sick “good job disney” my ass, good job CHRIS SANDERS Let’s not credit just Chris Sanders for this. This happened because they cast actual Hawaiian Actors like Tia Carrere and Jason Scott Lee to play Hawaiian characters, and allowed the actors to have input into writing the characters’ lines.  This sort of authenticity comes from accuracy and authenticity in casting choices. The fact that Chris Sanders as direct/writer facilitated that does not mean he gets credit for the actors’ experience. This is why diversity and representation in media matters. Dude as a hawaiian, this is like straight up what my life as a kid was. My mom worked at those fakey luaus full time to pay rent. My mom is someone who is absolutely passionate and proud about being a hawaiian, living and teaching the ways our ancestors lived and taught. See, we Hawaiians, we live by the way of aloha. And not by the way of “hello” “goodbye”, let me educate you. As Pono Shim, CEO and President of Enterprise Honolulu, the Oahu Economic Development Board, states absolutely perfectly “aloha is to be in the presence of life, to share the essence of one’s being with openness, honesty, and humility. It is a way of being, a way of behaving, a way of life. It is a commitment to accepting others and giving dignity to who they are and what they have to offer.” Aloha is more than hello and goodbye. Think of aloha as an abbreviation. Akahai: meaning kindness Lokahi: meaning unity Olu’Olu’: meaning agreeableness Ha’aha’a: meaning humility Ahonui: meaning patience This is something we all need to live by, seriously, we all should the dropped sub-plot was that lilo hated tourists, which is why she goes around taking pictures of them like they were attractions instead of people; like how they took photos of locals similarly there was a deleted scene where she scares tourists off of a beach by sounding a false tsunami siren to watch them run screamingdeeper in the lore that kid thats a prick to her, mertyle, is the daughter of the person who runs the megamart and crushed a lot of other local businesses- when they have to do a hula to tell a story mertyle actually uses it to describe the low prices, where lilo does a hula about a traditional creation myth that was important to her mother. you may notice both lilo and nani are on first name basis with both the coffee shop owner and the fruitseller, there is big disparity between the locals and foreign interest businesses relegating them to just be tourist industry friendly reminder that lilo stitch is indisputably the best disney film
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Being Alone, Batman, and Books: LIBRARIAN HUMOR ISEE WHAT YOU DID THERE 0 dracophile: randomthingieshere: pheenixwright: invenblocker: pheenixwright: invenblocker: pheenixwright: invenblocker: forthefuns: follow forthefuns for more funny stuff Your honor! Please direct your attention towards the manga.As you can see there are small pieces of paper sticking out of every volume.But no such paper is sticking out of the Batman comic.The reason? The Batman book doesn’t belong to the library. The photographer put it there to take a picture. Once again making hasty assumptions, Wright?First of all, I’d like to direct the court’s attention to this particular spot, in the top right-hand corner.Notice how the words are blocking the top of the Batman book.With this in mind, how can you claim that there is “no such paper sticking out of the Batman comic”?! Say whaaaat?Well uhmLook at the size of the paper pieces, they’re all sticking pretty far out.If there was paper in the batman comic, it would be big enough to stick up over the text.And while gravity does exist, it probably won’t make the paper do a 90 degree turn and just lean horisontally left at the middle.Still grasping for straws, Wright?Hypothetically, if there were a paper there, this picture would not be able to prove its presence. I’ve taken the liberty of drawing a diagram to illustrate my point. We are faced with three possibilities. It is possible that (1) the paper was simply tucked in deeper than the others.Paper is a soft material, Wright. It’s not unreasonable for it to do a (2) 90 degree turn. Or perhaps, (3) a paper does not exist there at all. Either way, you cannot prove your client innocent without sufficient evidence.   Which, of course, is impossible thanks to the obtrusive words. I’m sorry Edgeworth.I concede that I can’t disprove theory 1But the image you submited for theory 2 is contradictory.Look at the tilt of the other papers. They clearly prove how much the paper would tilt.And theory 3 is my point! Why would the library’s book not have this piece of paper when the other library books do?While you still have thory 1, there is another contradiction.The books are not in alphabetical order, this proves that the batman comic was placed there specifically for the picture! Ack.(Perhaps I should’ve left the artistry to the forensic artist…)Now hold it right there! It doesn’t matter which direction the paper is going because it’s impossible to prove it even exists!Those theories are all the same! We do not have enough information to prove them. There could be an infinite amount of papers in there for all we know. I simply presented them only so that the court could better understand your baseless conjecture!… I suppose the order of the books do seem out of the ordinary. However, therein lies not just one possibility. Clearly, those are Japanese graphic novels, also known as “manga”. And the Batman comic book is a graphic novel, too, no?Seeing as it currently has only graphic novels in the shelf, it is possible that any other novels have simply not yet been restocked. Asserting whether or not this effect was deliberate is useless– there is no way of knowing if the photographer and the captioner are the same person, let alone their involvement in this picture.Face it Wright, you can’t prove any of these groundless accusations! Did everyone just ignore the library sticker?

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Bad, Facts, and Friends: adenas-el-amin: facts-i-just-made-up: gabriel-patches-titanfeather: sixpenceee: These swimming pools with black tiles are my aesthetic.  Make the black tiles out of that black material that absorbs all light and swim over the void. Fun fact about Vantablack- Because it absorbs all light, it heats up very fast. If exposed to direct sunlight, it takes in all the UV and heat and contains them, and can reach heats well over 212°F, the boiling point of water. So if you did coat the pool in that material, the water would boil as soon as the sun touched it, killing everyone swimming in it. But that’s not all. The flash boiling of an entire pool of chlorinated water would release the chlorine as gas, which would kill everyone within a 200ft radius of the pool. And it doesn’t end there. The release of chlorine gas combined with the heat of the black tiles would be more than sufficient to fuse the boiled hydrogen ions with the chlorine, creating an explosive reaction with the nitrogen in the air. So shortly after everyone in the pool boils and everyone around the pool dies of chlorine gas poisoning, the region would explode with the force of a small atomic bomb (8kt for a pool like those pictured above), leveling about 50 city blocks. You’d think that would be bad enough, but get this- Such chemical explosions expel gamma rays. Gamma rays ionize hematite, which is the mineral from which the black material mentioned is made. This creates Scopohyoscpnol, a compound known as “The Zombie Drug” because it essentially erases the brain and induces cannibalistic tendencies in its victim. It can be transmitted through saliva, infecting all who are bitten within hours. So basically, if you did have Vantablack tiles in your pool, you would boil your friends, poison your neighbors, nuke your city, and condemn the globe to a zombie plague. But to be fair, it would look pretty cool. username. read the username.

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Shade, Tumblr, and Blog: i-m-snek: Happy Spring! 3(Disclaimer, she was never in direct sunlight. I made sure to keep her in the shade of the trees or the clouds)

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A Dream, Crazy, and Fucking: mister-smalls Petition to sit down all the people who make coma theories about Adventure Time and tell them "listen, this fucking show is about the last human living in a post-apocalyptic world where deadly magic has been reawakened following a global thermonuclear war that wiped out the rest of the human species, how much fucking darker do you want it to be" Even though I thought my first Creative Writing professor was kind of a douche he made a good point about this. One of our first assignments was to write in this eerie, otherworldly style (we were mimicking a specific author whose name escapes me), so we had to write about eerie otherworldly things happening. Its no exaggeration to say that more than half the class had a "big reveal" where we find out that the story's strange events and themes are all in the mind of some person in an insane asylum, or someone having a drug trip. My professor said something like, "you just successfully wrote a world that feels separate from our own, but got frightened last minute and shoe- horned in normalcy. You showed that you were afraid to commit to something different and interesting." Though I'm typically a contrarian and a piece of garbage, I am inclined to agree with my professor. I feel like people who write coma theories and the like are afraid to accept that the world of the story is separate from our own. They like everything wrapped up in this crazy little realism box where nothing out of the ordinary happens in fiction. mister-smalls you win the Best Addition to a Post prize Thank you :) This pretty well hits the nail on the head as to why I generally hate coma/dream theories and people who think they're so fucking deep for coming up with it. In my book its LAZY, plain and simple judiops I think the only times I can think of where lt was all a dream really works are in pieces like Over the Garden Wall, Ink, Coraline, and Mirrormask. In all of those the characters wake up again in their normal world, but there's a very strong implication that the dream world is as real, if not more so, than the real world, and the things they did in the dream world had a very direct impact on the waking world-not in an "Tm gonna be a better person" sense, but literally who lives and who dies at the end of the story Notably, in most of those, its stated flat-out within the first couple of minutes that the character in question is dreaming. It's not a big reveal, it's a fundamental detail of the setting If you're gonna do a dreamworld, actually commit to doing a dreamworld. Whatever it is you do, ACTUALLY COMMIT TO IT. Take Notes, Aspiring Authors
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Community, Computers, and Fire: ooo Verizon LTE 4:27 PM 22 mins Just watched a Nazi get knocked the fuck out pointlesslypointing: alyss-spazz-penedo: pointlesslypointing: cheappussyweaves: alyss-spazz-penedo: cheappussyweaves: alyss-spazz-penedo: decapitatingly: cornelius-s23: 3 Ayyy. This just made my morning..! The fuck is wrong with you people??? Some guy gets punched out and people are just, ‘bravo, bravo, hit him again!’ Seriously??? Yes, maybe it it was provoked, but maybe it wasn’t–and we know literally nothing about the guy besides he fact that he’s wearing a Nazi symbol and he’s white. I do not support Nazis, but they’re fucking human too, and NOTHING JUSTIFIES TREATING HIM LIKE THIS. If the guy was punched because he was talking shit, then that’s between him and the people who punched him. It’s done, hopefully he’s learned a lesson about watching his mouth, EVERYBODY ELSE FUCK OFF IT’S NONE OF OUR BUSINESS WHAT THIS ONE ASSHOLE BELIEVES. If he was jumped because he was wearing that symbol and walking through an area that’s politically hostile towards Nazis, WE JUST WATCHED SOME GUY GET BEAT UP FOR HIS FUCKING RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. Yes, Nazis believe they’re inherently better than everyone else, and /I/ believe that’s an utter load of crock, but superiority isn’t illegal and there’s nothing to prove that this guy has actually hurt anyone or done anything wrong besides support a group of condescending arses. Does innocent until proven guilty just not apply to parts of the population we have a grudge against? What the hell gives anyone looking at this post the right to look down on this guy and assume he deserves what he got???? End your life. And believing I should die because I believe something you don’t agree with makes you better than them, doesn’t it? If you’ve got something personal against the group, okay, fine. I don’t pretend to understand where you’re coming from. But take it out on someone who you know deserves it. End your life. Nazis already killed millions of people in the name of their cause. If they had their way, I would be dead. Him wearing that insignia is a threat of violence against me, people like me, and people from other groups. When someone makes threats, they deserve to get much worse than punched. He got off lightly. Maybe. And maybe that’s what the people doing the punching thought, and that’s why I’m not trying to judge them for it–I’m sure they had their reasons. Put a threat in front of someone’s face, and self-defense is a perfectly justifiable excuse for violence.But everyone else, lashing out at a threat that isn’t right in front of their faces? You’re all sitting behind your phones and computers too, and saying that this guy you don’t even know should be hurt and killed. What do you say to Christians–should the LGBTQ community be rising up and burning down churches? Should women everywhere be assaulting politicians in the street for refusing them their right to abortion, which is a direct threat to their lives and livelihoods?That shit is ILLEGAL. I don’t know the circumstances of the guys in the clip, but everyone out there saying “rah, rah, let’s go lynch some white people!”? No. Spit at the Nazi you see on the streets, call the cops on him, sure. Maybe get him some kind of psychiatric help. Defend yourself if the asshole comes up to you.But specifically hunting someone down who has done nothing to you personally, and take what they’re wearing as provokation enough for violence? No. That helps no one, and solves nothing. No, but if those churches are actively advocating for violence against them, and not paying their fair share of taxes (as most don’t); then allies should be. That way, LGBTQIA+ people dont get the blame for it. Same for the reproductive rights thing.While I do get what you’re saying, claiming something as moral or amoral judging by the law isn’t the smartest thing to do. After all, it’s legal for employers to fire you based on your sexuality; and it’s illegal for gay people to donate blood. So, legalistic morality isn’t the most valid excuse for reactionism.I don’t care if I dont know him. If someone is pointing a gun at an innocent person, I’m going to cheer for the person who knocks it out of their hands and beats them with it. Calling the cops on a neonazi isn’t likely a great idea, considering the large number of cops who at best use excessive force against minorities, and at worst actively support white supremacy.Specifically targeting Nazis does the exact opposite of what you’re claiming it does. It makes them afraid, it keeps them from spreading their propaganda in public, and as such helps the people who would be killed if they were to gain the upper hand. If someone loves being a nazi so much that they’re willing to go out in public wearing paraphernalia, spewing propaganda, and using nazi salutes and slogans; they are beyond “psychiatric help”. If they dont respect you as a person, they won’t respect the hand you’re extending towards them.You don’t let a rabid dog walk the streets, regardless of whether or not you’ve seen it bite anyone.
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