Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dubya to Brave Sir Julian -

Stuff it bub.

Spokesman for George Bush David Sherzer said he learned of Assange's invitation
only this week.

He said: 'Six months ago, President Bush accepted an
invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on February
26, 2011.

"This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently
been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his
appearance. The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who
has wilfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United

Too bad for this YPO organization. The Bush Center might have been a good partner to work with. Epic facepalm folks. Epic.

Clouds in the foreground

And Brian Eno as soundtrack?

Cool Astronomy vids of the day: Time lapse, Milky Way

Made over the course of a single night. From the YouTube page:

Time-lapse of a whole night at the ALMA Array Operations Site (AOS), located at 5000 meters altitude on the Chajnantor plateau, in the II Region of Chile. As the Moon sets at the beginning of the night, three of the first ALMA antennas start tests as part of the ongoing Commissioning and Science Verification process. Because they are pointing at the same target in the sky at any moment, their movements are perfectly synchronized.

As the sky appears to rotate clockwise around the south celestial pole (roughly on the upper left edge of the video), the Milky Way goes down slowly, until it is lying almost horizontal before sunrise. The center of our galaxy becomes visible during the second half of the night as a yellowish bulge crossed by dark lanes in the center of the image, just above the antennas.

The flashes on the ground are the car lights of the guards patrolling at the AOS. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array is the largest astronomical project in existence and is a truly global partnership between the scientific communities of East Asia, Europe and North America with Chile. ESO is the European partner in ALMA.

And from another angle:

Awesome ain't it?