Archive for January, 2012

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011

A monstrous dust storm (Haboob) roared through Phoenix, Arizona in July


What a year! Here’s to 2012 being a more quiet and less destructive year.


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Thanks to Dr. Jones for passing this link along to us.

After solar flare, massive storm speeds Earthward.

After solar flare, massive storm speeds Earthward. A solar flare Sunday triggered an outburst of solar material that should hit Earth Tuesday. The disturbance could lead to voltage swings on some power lines, as well as stronger northern lights.

The Christian Science Monitor   By Pete Spotts, Staff Writer / January 23, 2012

An outburst from the sun late Sunday night is bathing Earth in the most powerful solar-radiation storm in six years.

The radiation storm is the first act of an event that will crescendo Tuesday, when the brunt of the outburst – called a coronal-mass ejection – arrives at Earth. It could trigger a disturbance of Earth’s magnetic field, leading to voltage swings in long-distance power transmission lines as well as the appearance of the northern lights as far south as New York.


The current radiation storm – rated an S3, or strong, on a scale of 1 to 5 – could damage satellite hardware and present an increased risk of radiation exposure to passengers flying at high altitudes across polar routes, say space-weather specialists. These risks, however, are expected to be manageable.


The outburst, which occurred at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Sunday, marks the second major solar eruption in three days.


Sunday’s event began with a moderate solar flare that was “nothing special” on its own, says Doug Biesecker, a solar physicist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo.


But the flare triggered the release of billions of tons of energetic particles from the sun’s atmosphere. This coronal-mass ejection (CME) is hurtling toward Earth at 4 million miles an hour, “by far the fastest CME directed at the Earth during the current solar cycle,” Dr. Biesecker says.


CMEs are vast clouds of protons, electrons, as well as heavy atomic nuclei formed in the nuclear fusion reactions that power the sun.


This CME’s unusually high speed is accelerating some of its protons to nearly the speed of light, and they are arriving in quantities not seen since May 2005.


The resulting radiation storm could cause some hardware or onboard software glitches for satellite operators. And radio communications at high latitudes, as well as navigation-satellite accuracy for high-precision uses, could suffer some degradation for the duration of the radiation storm.


A geomagnetic storm Tuesday could further affect satellites.


For satellite operators, geomagnetic storms have a Janus-like quality. If strong enough, they can produce voltages on a satellite’s exterior that can be powerful enough to arc and cause damage. And the storms can increase the atmosphere’s drag on satellites, causing them to lose altitude.


But such storms also can increase drag on space junk that can pose a risk to satellites, sending more of it to burn up in Earth’s atmosphere.


This week’s geomagnetic storm also could bring auroras to viewers farther south than usual.


Biesecker says the storm may reach a level that could render auroras visible as far south as Idaho and New York, and perhaps even Illinois and Oregon if the CME’s intensity is large than estimated.

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The Joy Of Books

After organizing our bookshelf almost a year ago my wife and I (Sean Ohlenkamp) decided to take it to the next level. We spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto (883 Queen Street West)

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Thanks to Doug B for passing this one along.

Largest Picture. 111 Giga Pixels



Largest picture captured in 111 Giga Pixels The picture was made with the Canon 5D mark II and a 400mm-lens. It consists of 1.665 full format pictures with 21.4 mega pixels, which was recorded by a photo-robot in 172 minutes. Converting 102 GB of raw data with a computer that had a main memory cache of 48 GB and 16 processors… took 94 hours. The picture is the largest in the world. Zoom in to see any particular building or object.

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Thanks to Carolyn T for the link.

Jess Lewis — Wonderful Slippery Thing



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16 Year old girl guitarist plays “Wonderful Slippery Thing”.

Some people are just beyond excellent at what they do.

Simply Wow!


Thanks to Bill B. for calling attention to this one. 

360 Degree VR of Discovery Flight Deck


CLICK HERE for Shuttle Flight Deck

This is a great maneuverable picture of the shuttle flight deck. Use your mouse to move around and see all angles.  The windows have protective covers on them.  Notice the two large square holes in the floor as the picture rotates around to the back of the Flight deck.  These two openings lead to the Mid-deck, which is below and holds all the stowage, sleep stations, food prep, toilet, airlock to the payload bay, and room for 3 seated crew for launch.

Move your mouse to get around the flight deck.


Thanks to Bob P. for passing this one along to us.


What if other planteary bodies orbited our world at the same distance as the moon?

CLICK HERE to see the video by Brad Goodspeed.

What Apps Can Access Your Social Media?














I ran across this story in USA Today and it’s surprising what it reveals — and the hot links it offers to let you address these privacy issues quickly. Here’s the intro to the story. Click the link to visit the complete story and access the hot links. – Robert

What Apps Can Access Your Social Media?
By Sarah Kessler, Mashable

There are more than 130 Facebook app developers with access to my profile. Sixty-eight apps have permission to post to my Twitter feed, eight of them can access my LinkedIn data and another eight are connected to my Gmail account. You don’t have to be an online privacy expert to understand that’s probably too many, but how many apps have permission to your account?

Israel-based entrepreneur Avi Charkham has cut down the time it will take you to find out. After becoming frustrated with how difficult it is to locate app permission pages on social sites, Charkham compiled direct links to such pages for eight different networks into one place on the site MyPermissions.

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Here’s To The Sane Ones


Here’s to the Sane Ones. The people who use their brains, question dogma, don’t accept sound bytes as “reality” and want to see our country thrive. Here’s to the people who know that solutions are full of complexity, compromise and balance. Here’s to a year we can vote for people of character, statesmanship, vision and imagination. Stick a pin in the blow hards and reward the heros and heroines. Here’s to the bright ones who want to make a positive difference, and that’s everyone I list as friends. Happy New Year to all of you.

Pixel Harbor is back for a new year of sharing what’s interesting, notable and qualifies as some of the better examples of excellence.

I hope you’ll find value in what you see here and keep coming back for more. I’ve received a number of good pieces from the collective “you” during the downtime while we’ve been moving to Reno. These contribution will find their way to the screen in the coming months. I plan to post less often and let Facebook and Google+ continue to be THE social nets they’re intended to be. Pixel Harbor is more like a digital magazine focused on inspiration and brain food.

Your feedback is encouraged. Your comments and contributions help us all. Please invite your friends to subscribe. The more the merrier. — Robert

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