Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Fuller than thou...

It is a little known fact that the moon over Beautiful South Lake Union is actually twice as full* as when observed from all other places in the universe (see scientific data: Calculating volume changes in a swollen... surface... by R. Lennihan - 1973 and Algorithm for Rapid Calculation of Excluded Volume of Large... by N.G. Jun'lchi Higo - 1989 * hence twice as looney, romantic, etc. Chuck Pefley well-illustrates this phenomenon, below, with only a half-moon, for obvious safety reasons:
One A Day - Mostly Seattle


The half-moon mesmerized me as I scooted home from a meeting last night. It looked almost close enough to touch as it hung before me in the night sky. Of course it isn't, but as this photo was made using a 900 mm lens it looks pretty close. The average distance from Earth to Moon, by the way, is 238,857 miles, though the actual distance varies over the course of the orbit of the moon. Here is a short Wiki article that talks about Lunar Distance.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MAN EATING GIANT SQUID - stand back from the edge of the water

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Globster pictures

It is claimed that some colossal squid grow to 20 metres (66 ft).

Killer giant squid are devouring vast amounts of fish stocks and have even started attacking humans.

Between 1,000 and 1,500 squid washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwest Washington in the fall of 2004. They have also ventured into Puget Sound.

DEADLY sea monsters have woken from the deep to cause carnage among some of the world’s richest fishing grounds.

Millions of killer giant squid are not only devouring vast amounts of fish they have even started attacking humans.

Two Mexican fishermen were recently dragged from their boats and chewed so badly that their bodies could not be identified even by their own families.

No wonder the giant squid are called “diablos rojos” – red devils.

The Humboldt Squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as Jumbo Squid, Jumbo Flying Squid, or Diablo Rojo (Spanish for Red Devil), is a large, predatory squid found in the waters of the Humboldt Current in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. They are most commonly found at depths of 200–700 metres (660–2,300 ft), from Tierra del Fuego to California. Recent findings suggest the range of this species is spreading north into the waters of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska. Though they usually prefer deep water, between 1,000 and 1,500 squid washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwest Washington in the fall of 2004. They have also ventured into Puget Sound.

Kraken pictures Monster squid are the stuff of legend. But for fishermen and marine biologists along 10,000 miles of coast from Chile to Alaska, the myth has become reality. Squids pictures

Since 2002, Humboldt giant squid, named after the 18th century German explorer, have been spreading their tentacles to deplete fishing stocks by moving from their traditional tropical hunting grounds off Mexico and laying claim to a vast sweep of the Pacific.

Humboldt Squid Are Gettin' Restless. Hunting in 1,000-strong packs the giant squid can out-swim and out-think fish. Scientists believe they coordinate attacks by using pigment cells to communicate.

A single female is believed to be able to lay 30 million eggs, each one capable of becoming a giant killing machine. n December 2005, the Melbourne Aquarium in Australia paid $90,000 for the intact body of a giant squid, preserved in a giant block of ice, which had been caught by fishermen off the coast of New Zealand.

Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size: recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 metres (43 ft) for females and 10 metres (33 ft) for males from caudal fin to the tip of the two long tentacles (second only to the colossal squid at an estimated 14 metres (46 ft), one of the largest living organisms). The mantle is about 2 metres (6.6 ft) long (more for females, less for males), and the length of the squid excluding its tentacles is about 5 metres (16 ft). There have been claims reported of specimens of up to 20 metres (66 ft), but no animals of such size have been scientifically documented.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Chelsea's Wedding - How adorably cute

Just prior to Chelsea 's wedding on July 31st... Hillary wanted to play the perfect Mom. She asked Chelsea ...

"Have you had sex with Marc?"

Chelsea said.... "Not according to Dad" Scroll down to see an important caveat from Nancy Pelosi and the DNC.



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