Archive for July 2016

Alien Cow Abduction Lamp   Leave a comment


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Always the cows getting abducted by the Space Aliens. What do those sneaky Aliens want with the bovine?  They sometimes seem to release the cows, sometimes not.

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Some entrepreneur has come up with a really cool idea. An abduction lamp.

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Why always dairy cows? This could be more about milk than beef.

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Posted July 31, 2016 by markosun in Animals, Space Aliens

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter   Leave a comment


The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a NASA robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon in an eccentric polar mapping orbit. Data collected by LRO has been described as essential for planning NASA’s future human and robotic missions to the Moon. Its detailed mapping program is identifying safe landing sites, locating potential resources on the Moon, characterizing the radiation environment, and demonstrating new technologies.

The probe has made a 3-D map of the Moon’s surface and has provided high resolution images of Apollo landing sites. The first images from LRO were published on July 2, 2009, showing a region in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium (Sea of Clouds).

Launched on June 18, 2009, in conjunction with the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), as the vanguard of NASA’s Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, LRO was the first United States mission to the Moon in over ten years. LRO and LCROSS were launched as part of the United States’s Vision for Space Exploration program.

Artist’s illustration of the LRO

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Far side of the Moon

 

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Near side of the Moon

 

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North Pole

 

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South Pole

 

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Earthrise over Compton Crater

 

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Apollo 11 landing site

 

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Apollo 17 landing site

 

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Posted July 30, 2016 by markosun in Space

Boomer, the Cat with personality, and no fear   Leave a comment





Posted July 30, 2016 by markosun in Animals

The Basket Building   Leave a comment


The Longaberger Company is an American manufacturer and distributor of handcrafted maple wood baskets and other home and lifestyle products. It was one of the primary employers in the area near Dresden, Ohio with more than 8,200 employees and 1 billion dollars in sales. Started in Dresden, the company is now headquartered in Newark, Ohio.

The old Longaberger corporate headquarters on State Route 16 is a local landmark and a well-known example of novelty architecture, since it takes the shape of the company’s biggest seller, the “Medium Market Basket”. The seven-story, 180,000-square-foot building was designed by The Longaberger Company, and executed by NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering. The building opened in 1997. The basket handles weigh almost 150 tons and can be heated during cold weather to prevent ice damage. Originally, Dave Longaberger wanted all of the Longaberger buildings to be shaped like baskets, but only the headquarters was completed at the time of his death. The company stopped paying property taxes on the building at the end of 2014, and as of July 2016 intended to relocate all remaining employees to offices in nearby Frazeysburg.

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The Longaberger headquarters building in Newark has a seven-story atrium inside. Jonathan Quilter/Dispatch The 7-story atrium inside the Longaberger Headquarters (The Big Basket) in Newark on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.(Columbus Dispatch photo by Jonathan Quilter)

The Longaberger headquarters building in Newark has a seven-story atrium inside.
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The 7-story atrium inside the Longaberger Headquarters (The Big Basket) in Newark on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.(Columbus Dispatch photo by Jonathan Quilter)

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Posted July 30, 2016 by markosun in Buildings

In celebration of Sharknado 4   Leave a comment


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Posted July 30, 2016 by markosun in Animals

You know it’s humid when this happens   Leave a comment


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Calendar caves in

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Posted July 30, 2016 by markosun in Weather

Rio Olympics Event Venues   Leave a comment


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Olympic Park

 

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Athletes Village

 

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Olympic Stadium

 

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Swimming

 

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Diving

 

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Gymnastics

 

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Velodrome

 

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Tennis

 

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BMX

 

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Slalom Kayaking

 

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Beach Volleyball

 

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Field Hockey

 

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Posted July 30, 2016 by markosun in Sports