The dissolving shell of an exploded star, out there in space far, far away. These expulsions of tremendous amounts of matter forms clouds which, if lucky, grow denser and denser and start spinning and, maybe one day, if it ate all its vegetables, this spinning leads to fusion, and the birth of another star, a heavier star.
A star is fusion. But contained fusion, due to the gravity pressing down on the enormous weight of the star - fusion + gravity = star. If we can re-produce this on glorious Earth, we will create Paradise, with endless and clean power. Star Trek, man.
What is fusion? The opposite of fission - which is the splitting of the atom, releasing energy. Fusion is the fusing of atoms, also releasing energy. Lots. The sunlight that warms your face is from fusion deep within our star, The Sun.
Stars are born from a compression of ginormous gas clouds, ignite a fusion cycle, and then burn through their fuel supply. The bigger stars will create elements all the way up to our old friend Iron (Fe). Iron is truly magic, for, among many other wonders, it spells the end of stars - if a star ever starts fusing Iron, it will die shortly, in a megahuge explosion called a Supernova, the remnants of which will push matter - Iron, Calcium, Gold, etc - throughout the local space.
Here's some more star porn (click pic for big):
Nuclear explosion during a good old fashioned Nevada detonation. It's beautiful, in a "UR F'd" kinda way. Powered by nuclear fission, which is quite simply splitting a heavy element into lighter elements. This splitting releases energy, and a chain reaction event releases a metric fuckton of death waves. An explosion like the above probably used only a teaspoonful of matter. You, right now, have the power of many, many nuclear bombs packed inside your body.
Remember: These are the same folks who are rooting on the Rapture. FSM help us all if they can actually push the Big Red Button.
Chicago, 1941. PBR was somehow blended 33 to 1 back then, and, I presume now. Are we not being told of this wondrous process? I've never heard of it before. But then, I'm moving with the Heineken crowd these days.
Another genius, but no Tesla. There are few in our history who can compare.
Here's some art found in a museum:
Delusions of a mammalian brain, high on itself. Ain't it grand?
"Random" is my favorite button - as in on the oldest of the CD players where "Random" was introduced, along with the multi disc changer, and suddenly a new world of music was born.
I like the "Back" button too. But also high on the list is the BIG RED BUTTON. You know shit's goin' down when you hit the BRB. Like an attack by a power-gloved smug 80's cool kid:
Hudson: That's it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?
Burke: Maybe we could build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh? Why don't we try that?
An apt summary of current events.
See if you can spot the subtle sexism in this toy. I mean, "technician"? Compared to:
And we're caught in the gyre, a small percentage of lunatics and lizards representing an even smaller percentage of wealthy and powerful hold America hostage, and thereby directly threatening the world. Witness the evil deeds of the Murdoch empire in England and behold what has been going on in America for some time: Tycoons shaking the very pillars of democracy in the name of their own Profits. They've successfully taken all the pointers helpfully laid out by Orwell and directly applied them to our Real World, with fantastic results.
Orwell would no doubt roll in his grave, were he not most likely dust and ashes by now.
As will we all, some day. So, might as well enjoy the ride, no matter how insane.
Legolas and Gimli - best of friends!
Also, Galaxy 666 sounds awesome. I bet it's rockin'.
Suborbitals. This is a very promising, though profound, movement. I mean, really, a DIY gang putting a man into Space? It's crazy! And awesome. Their launch failed on their first attempt last year, but they gave it another go recently, and success! Unmanned first launch: