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ausonia:

Breathtaking - I’m having trouble understanding the scale

ausonia:

Breathtaking - I’m having trouble understanding the scale

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Gotta say… Bendis writes the fuck out of the X-Men. Right here is a panel where everything changed. Also, HOLY SHIT KRIS ANKA! The colors are fucking majestic. Every hour is the golden hour. Anyway, right here Scott Summers earned some empathy. You gotta read this issue for the scoop. Uncanny 26. Historically, Claremont got the romance of Scott Summers down. If things had gone right, Slim woulda retired to raise some kids and show up every now and again to fuck around in Asgard with the New Mutants. Instead, Marvel launched X-Factor and Scott Summers became the shittiest dad in the multiverse or wherever. The Bendis X-Men books are nailing that spirit of the Paul Smith era where Scott Summers is out at sea, fighting serpents, dealing with how being sad sucks, and ending up in Magneto’s Sea Monkey castle. 

beingstowarddeath:

asbestoe:

Endless smoking. Marlowe uses all available surfaces to light the match. There is no situation where a cigarette is not welcome. “It’s OK with me”

Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye (1973) directed by Robert Altman

BEST.

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ageofdestruction:

alanis: Clouds and shadows on Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 24th May 2012.

Between 28 and 36°S, 284°E, on the arc of highlands that surround the southeast Solis Planum. The crater split between the 2nd and 3rd images is Voeykov, about 75 km across, named for climatologist and geographer Alexander Ivanovich Voeykov (1842-1916). The small, deep crater toward bottom left of the 4th image is Los, named for a village of about 400 people in Gävleborg County, Sweden.

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and 5 monochrome images for animation. Colour is not balanced naturalistically, and the slightly psychedelic colours of the clouds are a result of mismatches between the images where the clouds have moved between exposures.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.

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surprisecondom:

Nuclear test 15 megatons, Nevada, 1953, various angles.

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artsyrabbits:

Nyam- Osoryn Tsultem

Ensemble of the Clouds

1977

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spaceexp:

Golden Sand Dunes of Mars - Hidden Valley Sol 703

Source: Moe_Ali

Oh hey! I have a short story in the August issue of Bastion Science Fiction Magazine — available wherever eBooks are sold. Bastion is a great new journal that focuses on some of the more classic sf elements that are “reminiscent of the golden age.”  

My story is called “Mirror of Stars,” and it’s sort of like about radio waves traveling through space and being picked up by a backwards-thinking culture where solar technologies are considered old and clunky but giant, resource-draining machines are more efficient. There’s also some stuff about colonization and overpopulation. And, some junk inspired by some stuff I read about all the types of drugs astronauts have to get all cranked up on when they go to space. 

Here’s the opening few lines:

The signal thrashes like a kite through waves of interstellar clutter picked up by the comm system: explosions on the surface of suns, electromagnetic distortions, and radiation crashing against cosmic winds—the signal. 

Mek was cruising through the main belt in his solar-glider, the Aurora, searching for a clear broadcast of the signal. For a kid who grew up under the crowded domes of Vuzz this was as close to heaven as he could get—no over-recycled air crapping up his lungs, no big brother cams ensuring he wasn’t taking more than his share of food or fuel. Just Mek, his solar-glider, and the vastness of the cosmos.

Overpopulation was the problem. Give up your place under the domed cities of Vuzz, said the Imperium, and we’ll give you an old solar-glider, some supplies, and a trade route to keep you busy. Best of all, you’ll have the stars. 

“I’ll have the stars,” said Mek.

R. Leigh Hennig at Bastion helped tighten this thing up. Leigh applied some careful thought to the story, which made the editing process just a great experience all around. I thought I had the story figured out, y’know, and Leigh helped me to really figure the story out, especially on some pacing issues involving a spaceship battle, which, y’know, was a cool fucking thing to write about, if you get to write about anything, right.

This issue of Bastion also has some great great great contributions from Clint Spivey, Emma Osborne, Mary Alexandra Agner, William Delman, J. Daniel Batt, Jared W. Cooper, and Garrick Fincham. 

Bastion’s August issue can be purchased here

saskrotch:

Going Deep with David Rees

This might be the cutest, most genuine moment I’ve seen in an educational show.

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