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OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/16/2013 7:51:56 PM   
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Sent to me by a friend who reads my AAR:

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/16/2013 9:43:04 PM   
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Nice idea.


A bit unrelated, but reminds me of one of the most impressive flash animations I have ever seen:
The Scale of the Universe

Takes a while to understand what dimensions are shown here, more so if you are not used to it.

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/16/2013 11:38:57 PM   
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Thank you. The grandeur of the Universe is incomprehensible to the greater majority of humans. The frontier which stands before us is so wondrous, I cannot fathom for one instant the desire of some to deny the human urge to explore, and cast it as a waste of time, resources, and finances.

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/17/2013 12:13:32 AM   
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Utterly exquisite, isn't it Rev? How can one comprehend that and not wonder about a guiding hand? The spleandor, utter beauty, and sheer majesty of that corner of creation the we can "see" always makes me feel small and humble, perhaps because I believe there's so much more to see and understand just a little bit farther beyond..

I wouldn't worry much about homo sapiens. We're not even a blip on the cosmic radar. Heck, the dinosaurs lived 1000 times longer than we have, so far. And any species that invents politicians ain't going nowhere, nohow, anyway. We won't get there, but when we pass, the next species might, or when they pass, the next. But sooner or later good old Terra is gonna spread some genes out there and take part in whatever community happens to be hoppin at the moment. It's a great time to be alive, yeah?

JWE

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/17/2013 12:43:18 AM   
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We're dust motes on the dust motes on the balls on an ant.

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/17/2013 1:05:08 AM   
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Termi you have such a way with words.

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/17/2013 3:29:35 PM   
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We're dust motes on the dust motes on the balls on an ant.


An aunt really shouldn't have balls...

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/17/2013 5:02:49 PM   
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quote:

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Utterly exquisite, isn't it Rev? How can one comprehend that and not wonder about a guiding hand? The spleandor, utter beauty, and sheer majesty of that corner of creation the we can "see" always makes me feel small and humble, perhaps because I believe there's so much more to see and understand just a little bit farther beyond..


JWE


My "guiding hand" moment always came at sea after passing through a squall line and the sun blazes through the clouds. Storm clouds and rain all around you and for a few moments you would be in light. It was a breathtaking sight for me every time.


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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/17/2013 10:06:04 PM   
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My "guiding hand" moment always came at sea after passing through a squall line and the sun blazes through the clouds. Storm clouds and rain all around you and for a few moments you would be in light. It was a breathtaking sight for me every time.

Oh yeah, Oldman. There's times like that when Creation reveals itself; no words and no art can ever capture the splendor of it. It reaches down and grabs you at your core and says "damn, isn't this utterly cool?" And it leaves you with a philosophical moment that changes you forever. Sailors, like you, know exactly what I'm talking about. Maybe that's why they are demographically inclined to support deep space research and planetary exploration.

You ever been South of the equator? And seen the Magellanic Clouds, and wondered? ...

Oh, well. JWE

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RE: OT: A Speed of Light Cartoon - 5/18/2013 2:32:59 AM   
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We were on our way back from the Med with some time to spare and the old man was thinking about going over the equator since most of the crew never had the honor. Unfortunately we had a shipmate that had to be helo'd off because of an emergency and we had to sail toward the Azores. Funny story, the Air force would not fly out to pick him up due to time of day or some excuse so a Portuguese pilot flew out, handle bar mustache,leather flight jacket and to top it off what looked like a 50 mission crush hat from WWII. He did a couple of passes around the ship, got his bearing, flew in low with a basket and snacthed the young man and went on his way. The captain decided it would be better to head straight home so no shell backs for us. Oh well. One day I might just have to take a trip south.

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