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  1. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Happy Birthday Sadeyes!   
    It's because Walkabout is an amazing person.   
    Just left a message at Facebook for Alex.  He should be here soon.
  2. Walkabout liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in NASA Moon Data ~ August 21, 2017 Eclipse   
    NASA Moon Data Provides More Accurate 2017 Eclipse Path
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-moon-data-provides-more-accurate-2017-eclipse-path
    On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, millions in the U.S. will have their eyes to the sky as they witness a total solar eclipse. The moon’s shadow will race across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of this shadow, also known as the path of totality, is where observers will see the moon completely cover the sun. And thanks to elevation data of the moon from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, coupled with detailed NASA topography data of Earth, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date.
     
    By bringing in a variety of NASA data sets, visualizer Ernie Wright has created a new and more accurate representation of the eclipse. This video is public domain and can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio.   Early map-making
    Eclipse maps have long been used to plot the predicted path of the moon’s shadow as it crosses the face of Earth. Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel and William Chauvenet, two prominent 19th century astronomers and mathematicians, developed the math still used to make eclipse maps — long before computers and the precise astronomical data gathered during the Space Age.
    Traditionally, eclipse calculations assume that all observers are at sea level and that the moon is a smooth sphere that is perfectly symmetrical around its center of mass. The calculations do not take into account different elevations on Earth and the moon’s cratered, uneven surface.
    A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Credits: NASA/Goddard/SVS/Ernie Wright   For slightly more accurate maps, people use elevation tables and plots of the lunar limb — the edge of the visible surface of the moon as seen from Earth. Until recently, astronomers have used the limb profiles published in 1963 by astronomer Chester Burleigh Watts to create eclipse maps of the moon’s path of totality. To produce his profiles, Watts designed a machine that traced 700 photographs covering every angle of the moon visible from Earth. However, eclipse calculations have gained even greater accuracy based on topography data from LRO observations.
     
    A new look at an ancient phenomenon
    Using LRO elevation maps, NASA visualizer Ernie Wright at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, created a continuously varying lunar limb profile as the moon’s shadow passes over the United States as it will during the upcoming eclipse. The mountains and valleys along the edge of the moon’s disk affect the timing and duration of totality by several seconds. Wright also used several NASA data sets to provide an elevation map of Earth so that eclipse observer locations were depicted at their true altitude.
    The resulting visualizations show something never seen before: the true, time-varying shape of the moon’s shadow, with the effects of both an accurate lunar limb and the Earth’s terrain.
    “We couldn’t have done visualizations like this even 10 years ago,” Wright said. “This is a confluence of increasing computing power and new datasets from remote sensing platforms like LRO and the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.”
    The lunar umbra is the part of the moon’s shadow where the entire sun is blocked by the moon. On an eclipse map, this tells you where to stand in order to experience totality. For centuries, eclipse maps have depicted the shape of the moon’s umbra, or darkest part of its shadow, as a smooth ellipse.
    As evidenced in the new visualizations, the umbral shape is dramatically altered by both the rugged lunar terrain and the elevations of observers on Earth.
    “We’ve known for a while now about the effects of the lunar limb and the elevation of observers on the Earth, but this is the first time we’ve really seen it in this way,” Wright said. “I think it’ll change how people think about mapping eclipses.”
    This map shows a detailed image of the Moon's umbral shadow as it passes over the United States during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Credits: NASA/Goddard/SVS/Ernie Wright   The true shape of the umbra is more like an irregular polygon with slightly curved edges. Each edge corresponds to a single valley on the lunar limb, the last spot on the limb that lets sunlight through. As these edges pass over mountain ranges, they are scalloped by the peaks and valleys of the landscape. The moon’s umbra will cross the Cascades, Rockies and Appalachians during the 2017 eclipse.
    “Solar and lunar eclipses provide an excellent opportunity to talk about the moon, since without the moon there would be no eclipses,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for LRO. “Because we know the shape of the moon better than any other planetary body, thanks to LRO, we can now accurately predict the shape of the shadow as it falls on the face of the Earth. In this way, LRO data sheds new light on our predictions for the upcoming eclipse.”
    The total solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 will cross the continental United States beginning in Oregon and ending in South Carolina. The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the United States was in 1918, when the path of totality entered through the southwest corner of Washington and passed over Denver, Colorado, Jackson, Mississippi, and Orlando, Florida before exiting the country at the Atlantic coast of Florida.
    For more information about the upcoming 2017 solar eclipse, visit:
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
    or
    https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse
    More information on the numerous NASA data sets incorporated into this visualization:
    Blue Marble Next Generation was used for color of the land.
    Shuttle Radar Topography Mission was used for Earth elevations.  This is a global elevation map based on a radar instrument flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-99 in February 2000.
    Lunar Digital Elevation Model  and  Selene/LRO Digital Elevation Model were used for the lunar limb.
    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's DE421 provided Earth, moon, and sun positions.
    By Sarah Schlieder
    NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
    Last Updated: Jan. 5, 2017 Editor: Karl Hille  
  3. The Old Man liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Happy Birthday High Plains Drifter!   
    I got your happy balloons right here, and from a less scary clown.
    Love your picture Grahamster.  It was the best one of the bunch.
    Joe, hope you're having a wonderful day.      
     

     
    OMG, look what I found for your birthday...a "Snake Cake."

  4. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    Again, and again, thank you Alex for another wonderful gift of Mark's music.  It really is a gift to me, especially hearing tracks that I have never heard before.  Thank you.  
  5. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    This is awesome, something I haven't heard before.   Thank you Alex for posting this.  Really enjoyed it.  
  6. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    As always, thank you Alex for your post.
    I have this album, and really appreciate hearing a track from it again.  Been a long time since I listened to it.  The first part of the track has a catchy rhythm to it, so you kinda wanta sway with it.  Got intense in the middle, and then soft and soothing near the end, and then the end gets fast paced, slows, and then finalizes with an awesome trumpet.  Oh how I love trumpets since my father used to play one.  Listening to this track was like watching a TV episode or a movie; an entire story in 19 minutes.
      
     
  7. seesthru liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Tidbits   
    Wow, I didn't know that about farts Seethru, thanks for posting.  Naturally, like everyone else, I don't like the smell, not even my own, contrary to some who do like the smell of their own.  The rest of us have to tolerate it.
     

     
    Tidbit for today since we're chatting about body odor ~
    Sweat itself is odorless.  It's the bacteria on the skin that mingles with it and produces body odor.
  8. seesthru liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Tidbits   
    We all love little bits of interesting information, and here's hoping everyone has something to add.
    I will start with ~
     
  9. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    My favorite episode and no matter what episode, I always love the music since it's by Mark.
    What was the other episode that Frank didn't appear in?  I forgot.
    Again, thank you Alex.
  10. The Old Man liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in "The Ballad Of Lucy Butler"   
    Wonder why the video isn't displaying.  I will give it a go.
    YAY ! !
    And now for the MLM Lucy ~
     
     
  11. The Old Man liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in "The Ballad Of Lucy Butler"   
    Good point.
    From Wikipedia ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Succubus
     
  12. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    Thank you Alex, I appreciate your explanation.  Makes sense.
    Very haunting track.  Again, thank you.
     
  13. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    It's a shame that a soundtrack isn't available, I absolutely love the series.  I personally feel the music rights should be Mark's, not a studio, and not releasing a soundtrack is their big loss.  Thankfully we have a lot of Mark's music, and people like you to bless us with your talent for editing.
    Thanks for sharing this Alex.
  14. The Old Man liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in German actor Gottfried John dies, aged 72   
    Sad news. He was a fantastic actor and I too would have loved to have seen him in more episodes. Gottfried John
  15. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    Absolutely love this track.  Again thank you.    
  16. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    Interesting, this track has Burn Baby Burn (on CD 1) and I'm Ready (on CD 2).  Did you put them together Alex?  I don't have original copies, but copies from the original.  As usual, Mark is Master.
    Thanks again Alex.  I so appreciate you and your posts.    
  17. The Old Man liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in The X-Files is back again (sort of) with new spin-off   
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/x-files-back-again-sort-162135855.html

    From Digital Spy
    Look to the skies, people, The X-Files is returning once again, though not in the way you would expect.
    It seems you may have to listen to the skies on this occasion, as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will lend their voices as Mulder and Scully for a new audio spin-off on Audible.
    The X-Files: Cold Cases will be set before the events of the recent revival series, providing more backstory on the events we saw.
    The new series will also be set after 2008 movie I Want To Believe, revealing more as to why the pair were pulled out of reclusion.

    The synopsis reads: "A database breach at FBI headquarters allows an unknown group to access and capitalize on those investigations left unsolved by the secret department once known as The X-Files.
    "As friends and foes of the agency long-thought gone begin to inexplicably reappear, former agents Mulder and Scully come out of anonymity to tackle a growing conspiracy involving their former department, the US government and forces not of this world."
    Cold Cases will have "creative direction" from X-Files creator Chris Carter, with the adaptation written by Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy).

    Also appearing are characters Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi), 'The Cigarette Smoking Man' (William B Davis) and the 'Lone Gunmen' (Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood).
    You can pre-order the series now.
    Meanwhile, it emerged earlier this year that The X-Files could be set for an 11th season on TV, though Fox is yet to commit to new episodes.
     
  18. maverick96 liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Millennium After The Millennium   
    Andrew, I know that I can speak for all of us with the congrats for winning, and also for stopping by to post.  We hope to see you here often, which we consider our "Home Away From Home."  Welcome to the family.  
  19. maverick96 liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Millennium After The Millennium   
    Andrew, I know that I can speak for all of us with the congrats for winning, and also for stopping by to post.  We hope to see you here often, which we consider our "Home Away From Home."  Welcome to the family.  
  20. SadEyes liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in Snow Files of the Week   
    Wow, thank you so much Alex.  Really enjoyed hearing something by Mark that I've never heard before.  What a treat.  
  21. seesthru liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in ‘The Machine’: Katee Sackoff & Lance Henriksen Join Syfy’s AI Pilot   
    http://deadline.com/2017/04/the-machine-katee-sackoff-lance-henriksen-jaeden-bettencourt-syfy-ai-pilot-1202062434/amp/?ref=yfp
    ‘The Machine’: Katee Sackoff & Lance Henriksen Join Syfy’s AI Pilot

     
    Battlestar Galactica alumna Katee Sackhoff, Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Jaeden Bettencourt (Hotel Transylvania 2) have joined the voice cast of Syfy’s artificial intelligence drama pilot The Machine.
    Based on the 2013 cult film, The Machine is set in a world that is being transformed by the emergence of artificial intelligence. The project explores the epic conflict between man and technology through the lives and motivations of six interwoven characters – each of whom holds the key to humanity’s victory or its destruction.
    Sackoff, Henriksen and Bettencourt will voice supercomputers Nadia, Stanley and Kazimir, respectively.
    Sackhoff, known for her role as Lt. Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, played Vic Moretti in Longmire and voiced Bitch Puddin’ in Robot Chicken. Henriksen’s film credits include Aliens and The Terminator, and on the TV side he most recently recurred on Into the Badlands.
    The Machine is executive produced and written by Caradog James (The Machine, Don’t Knock Twice) with Red & Black Films. The film’s producer, John Giwa-Amu, also will executive produce the pilot alongside Andrew Miller (Secret Circle). James also directs the pilot.
  22. Earthnut liked an answer to a question by The Old Man in New Gadgets & Rainmeter   
    Thanks Darlene, I think the rotating Ouro is my favourite too! I want to recreate the Roedecker version with it eating itself. Either that or Frank's animated Pumpkin which I have left as it is, counting down to Halloween! 
    Yes you can just enter 00 for the hours and 00 for the minutes for midnight on the day of your choosing.
  23. The Old Man liked a post in a topic by Earthnut in M-TIWWA News - Millennium-themed Gadget Pack widgets for Windows & Rainmeter   
    I think I may actually have a KVM switch in storage, but couldn't get it to work last time I tried using it.  Right now I don't have room for the other tower.  Oh well.
    WOW, newegg, I know one or more of the guys who are associated with that site, and it's where I buy my DVD burners.
    Sometimes I feel this is the exchange with my PC. Well, tried twice to paste it so I will have to drag and drop.