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December 21 2012

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NRA, GTFO   A demonstrator held up a banner as Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, delivered a statement in Washington on Friday. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images via The New York Times)

I’m sincerely asking my followers to reblog the shit out of this photo.

December 08 2012

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Landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars.

   The Curiosity Rover will land on Mars at 10:31 PDT.

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September 29 2012

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Huge protests against the government and austerity in Lisbon right now.

September 25 2012

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Bat-villain cosplay done right

Holy crap, that Penguin is awesome O_O

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that was Danny Devito.

I’m done. I’m dead. I’m both.


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September 14 2012


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August 10 2012

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• David Rudisha storms to gold in 1min 40.91sec
• Kenyan runner avoids wild celebrations at finish

They say David Rudisha is ‘the greatest runner you’ve never heard of’. That is the line that has been rolled out by the headline writers at the BBC, Vanity Fair and a few others in recent weeks. You know him now. Rudisha, the greatest 800m runner in history, broke his own world record at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night. He became the first man in history to run two laps of the track in under 1min 41sec, finishing in 1:40.91.

For a lap and a half, the 80,000 crowd, already giddy with anticipation of seeing Usain Bolt race Yohan Blake in the 200m final later that night, seemed to have been silenced, as through they were stunned by what Rudisha was doing. He led the race from the first bend to the finish line, running a series of split times that defied both belief and sense – 23.30sec for 200m, 49.28sec for 400m, 1min 14.30sec for 600m. On and on he went, his long. muscular stride carrying him smoothly along the track. Finally, as he kicked again around the final bend, it became clear that this was really happening, and the 80,000 erupted into life.

If you did not know Rudisha, it is only because he keeps such a low profile. There were no histrionics on the startline, and no exuberant celebrations at the finish. The only difference was that his smile was a little bigger at one end than it had been at the other. “I am very happy,” he said after he had completed a lap of honour together with his Kenyan teammate Timothy Kitum, who took bronze. “I’ve waited for this moment for a very long time. To come here and get a world record is unbelievable. I had no doubt about winning. Today the weather was beautiful – I decided to go for it.” Indeed it was. Outside the sun was setting, turning the sky a colour that must have been familiar to Rudisha, a twilight shade that he grew up with each night in Iten, up in the Rift Valley. It was a glorious day, falling towards the end of a wonderful Games, and it helped inspire him to produce one of the defining moments of the 2012 Olympics. …

(via David Rudisha breaks world record to win Olympic 800m gold for Kenya | Sport | The Guardian)

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“Some people think I’m bonkers. But I just think I’m free. Man I’m just living my life. There’s nothing crazy about me.” The DJ had a good sense of timing. He dropped Dizzee Rascal’s track Bonkers, which has become a kind of unofficial anthem for these Olympics, just a moment after Usain Bolt had crossed the line, breaking the tape with the forefinger he had held up to his lips to silence the world. Too late Usain, they were all too busy going nuts. By the time Rascal had reached the verse Bolt was face down on the track reeling off a series of push-ups while Yohan Blake cheered him on, along with 80,000 other people in the stadium, and countless millions around the world.

It took Bolt 19.32sec to run the 200m final and two hours and 15 minutes to make his way from the finish line to the press conference room, which is about 20 metres from the track. It was not his fault. He had to take the long way around. It started with a lap of honour that saw him stop to bump fists with everyone and anyone in the front row of the crowd who was wearing Jamaican kit, the masses reaching out to grab at him like the girl in the front row of the Shea Stadium when The Beatles played in ‘65. By the time he had reached the home straight again, Bolt had bumped into a Swedish photographer, who, he said, has “been stressing me for the last three days, he’s always like ‘Usain, Usain, take a picture, take a picture.’” So Bolt obliged. He took the camera and started snapping Blake, who was vamping it up like Vincent Price after a long night on the rum, striking that the scowling beast pose of his. Even Bolt finds that absurd, teasing him much as Muhammad Ali used to mock Sonny Liston, waving his arms around in front of him as though he was pretending to be a zombie.

Bolt said he was so worried that Blake was outshining him with his pre-race routine that he was forced to cook up the regal wave he offered the crowd on the startline tonight, just to tickle the British fans. Before that Bolt had been talking to the volunteer who was holding his kit. “I said to her ‘you nervous? Why?’ and she was like ‘I’m just so excited!’ So that was pretty funny.” …

… And we found out that Bolt believes he can beat David Rudisha, the new Olympic 800m champion, over a 400m race. That, actually, was a more interesting line than the rest, if only because Rudisha is keen on the idea himself, and has said he thinks the race would “be great fun”. If that happens, the world might just fall off its axis.

Pity the poor tongue-tied journalist who asked “Can you assure us that you and the Jamaican drug team…” at which point the room burst into hysterics. “Pardon me that was a slip of the tongue… can you assure us that the Jamaican track team are drug free?” Yes, he could. “Is happiness the real drug?” asked another. And someone else got up just to offer their congratulations on behalf of “the millions of people in India”. …

(via Usain Bolt celebrates at length after winning the Olympic 200m final | Sport | The Guardian)

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Usain Bolt poses with Warren Weir (left) and Yohan Blake (right), after Jamaica swept the board in the Olympic 200m final. Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/NOPP

Shush, he told the crowd before the start. Calm down, he gestured. So serene was he, so unstressed by the whole thing, that after he had taken care of the necessary business he got down on the track and performed a few press-ups. In between times he ran 200m in 19.32 seconds: not a threat to his own world record, or even to his Olympic record, but certainly good enough to reassert his standing as the world’s fastest man.

Yohan Blake, his compatriot and training partner, had beaten Bolt in the national trials at both 100 and 200m, and he did his best once again to give his rival a contest, finishing strongly and closing what had been a big lead as they came off the bend to a margin of 0.4sec – still an eternity – behind the great man. Warren Weir completed a devastating clean sweep of the medals for Jamaica. …

(via Usain Bolt seals his place in the pantheon with stunning fifth gold | Sport | The Guardian)

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Olympic double gold medal winner says he now wants to add a third to his London 2012 collection

(via Usain Bolt’s double gold: ‘I’m now a legend. I am the greatest athlete to live’ | Sport | The Guardian)

August 09 2012


Curiosity’s Descent

This stop-motion video shows 297 frames from the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover as it descended to the surface of Mars. These thumbnail images were received on Earth on Aug. 6, 2012, and cover the last two and a half minutes of descent.

(via NASA - Multimedia - Video Gallery)

August 07 2012


Syria's prime minister confirms defection to 'join revolution of freedom' | World news |

Riyad Hijab is most senior civilian politician to defect since uprising against Assad began

Riyad Hijab, Syria’s prime minister, has confirmed he has defected to join “the revolution of freedom and dignity” to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad – a propaganda coup for the opposition as the country’s crisis escalates.

Hijab is the most senior civilian politician to defect since the uprising against Assad began 17 months ago. Hijab arrived in neighbouring Jordan with two other so far unnamed ministers. “I announce that I am from today a soldier in this blessed revolution,” he said in a statement. Opposition supporters hailed the news but its long-term significance is hard to assess.

Syria’s prime minister is not a position of enormous importance: ministers are appointed by the president and are expected to do his bidding. Real power remains with Assad and the coterie of security chiefs and relatives who surround him. …

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Original Caption Released with Image:

NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover. Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; the inset image is a cutout of the rover stretched to avoid saturation. The rover is descending toward the etched plains just north of the sand dunes that fringe “Mt. Sharp.” From the perspective of the orbiter, the parachute and Curiosity are flying at an angle relative to the surface, so the landing site does not appear directly below the rover.

The parachute appears fully inflated and performing perfectly. Details in the parachute, such as the band gap at the edges and the central hole, are clearly seen. The cords connecting the parachute to the back shell cannot be seen, although they were seen in the image of NASA’s Phoenix lander descending, perhaps due to the difference in lighting angles. The bright spot on the back shell containing Curiosity might be a specular reflection off of a shiny area. Curiosity was released from the back shell sometime after this image was acquired. …

(via Catalog Page for PIA15978)

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The Jamaican is so fast that he also has time to indulge in a spot of air-DJing …

(via Usain ‘Lightning’ Bolt: the joker fools around - in pictures | Sport |

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Usain, Yohan give Jamaica birthday gift

LONDON, England:

Ernesto might have spared Jamaica, for the most part, but the world felt the effects of ‘Hurricane Bolt’ when Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt successfully defended his Olympic 100m title, sprinting to an Olympic record 9.63, as Jamaica booked its third and fourth medals at these games - the perfect gift to a nation celebrating its 50th year of Independence today.

“It’s wonderful, it’s a wonderful feeling to give Jamaica a gold medal and defend my title, and I know that everybody is happy and tomorrow (today) when the national anthem is played, I think it will be even greater for all of us,” said an elated Bolt after his race.

World Champion Yohan Blake equalled his personal best 9.75 to win the silver medal ahead of American Justin Gatlin, who recorded a 9.79 clocking and the youngster also had a special birthday wish for his homeland.

“Jamaica we ‘likkle but we tallawah’, it’s been great and tomorrow (today) is going to be a special moment for us on the podium,” said Blake, who joins Herb McKenley (1952), Lennox Miller (1968) and Donald Quarrie (1976) as Olympic 100m silver medallists. …

(via HURRICANE BOLT - Lead Stories - Jamaica Gleaner - Monday | August 6, 2012)

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