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Tagged! Photos this time! October 14, 2006

Posted by oktyabr in graphics, opinions, personal.

Ok, so my wife guessed the wrong “meme” I was supposed to reply to mostly because blogspot has some problems with updating webpages… Hey, there is a reason (or three) that I use wordpress now instead πŸ˜‰

Anyway, this is the meme I’m supposed to reply to… aka “8 Things I find amazing, in picture form“. Ok, here it goes…

#1 Cats. Yes, I am a CAT PERSON. I like dogs too but cats are just so…

independant. And so self-sufficient!

Did you know that dogs are the animal we, as a race of animals, has had “domesticated” for the longest length of time? Something like 100,000 years +. Cats are, in contrast, the newest of our domesticated species, something like 10,000 years, and yet what animal has adapted any better to becoming a part of our lives, our culture, our household, than the cat?

#2 Trees in the fall.

I love having four seasons and for as long as I can remember the changing of the leaves was always special, the way it just sort of happens, all of a sudden. The tree in the photo was absolutely GREEN three days before this shot was taken.

#3 The smallest of things…

This is a common sugar ant, one of the smaller varieties. As a computer “geek” of sorts I have to marvel at the processing power capable of keeping something like this alive, moving, breeding, surviving… all with the computing power of a brain that would fit on the head of a pin. Think that new iMac is powerful? This level of complexity and intricate functionality, in even the smallest of things, is one of the reasons I cannot honestly claim to be an atheist.

#4 The biggest of things

This is a shot taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, an image that literally looks backwards in time billions of years. The swirly things? Those are galaxies, much like our own Milkyway, each containing not millions of stars but hundreds of billions of stars… each. This image, in case you were curious, is taken from a relatively “dark” section of our sky, only a fraction of the size of the full moon, or much smaller than a common postage stamp held at arm’s length.

#5 Fiber Optics

That is a photo of a “two strand” cable of light-carrying fiber optics. That single pair of fibers can carry as much information 266 T1 lines, 133 cable modems, or 29 bundles of 1200 “two wire twist” phone cables (that’s 2400 wires in each bundle), one of which is shown in the photo above the fiber optics!

So why the hell does myspace still take so long to load?!?! πŸ˜‰

#6 My dream car

That’s actually a 2001 model but I wouldn’t cry to have it sitting in my garage! That’s a BMW M3 GTR “Street Version” with the full race version shown behind it. Possibly the best track/street/road car ever built with enough horsepower and torque to eat a corvette for lunch and still carry four adults comfortably back from the race track when you are done playing (yes, unlike the ‘vette, the M3 has a back seat!) A little careful googling will find a video of the race version pushing 200mph down the back straight at the Nurburgring track in Germany.

#7 Debian linux

A little over 10 years ago Debian, nor any linux for that matter, even really existed, leaving the “PC” (Personal Computer) revolution in the hands of Microsoft and Apple and a few other much more minor players. Today Debian is possibly the world’s most active linux with developers worldwide and over 17,000 available software packages, all for free. It is not only equal to the best commercial offerings from MS and Apple but in many ways, clearly superior (ok, I’m biased!!!) πŸ˜€

P.S. That image, the red part anyway, is what will make up my first tatoo in nearly 40 years of life! Stay tuned…

#8 The Rosetta Project

The Rosetta Project aims to archive human language, especially those that are likely to be lost to time in the near future. Concieved as a three inch wide disc made of nickel alloy, the project is expected to hold β€œover 1,000 human languages assembled in the year 02002 C.E. Magnify 1,000 times to find over 15,000 pages of language documentation.” and last, with a bit of sensible caretaking, tens of thousands of years if not longer.

#9 My wife’s lovely nipples

Whaaa?!?!? Only EIGHT photos?!??!!! Sorry folks… πŸ˜‰

Actually I went outside to take the photo of the tree and when I came back in with the camera still in hand I thought I would tease her… “Pull your shirt up for a second, will ya?” She didn’t think it was very funny… LOL! But truthfully, this was a tough “meme” for me to complete.



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