May 16, 2011
Check this out: Sky Survey
The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity. When we look upon this image, we are in fact peering back in time, as much of the light—having traveled such vast distances—predates civilization itself.
Seen at a depth thousands of times more faint than the dimmest visible star, tens of millions of other suns appear, still perhaps only a hundredth of one percent thought to exist in our galaxy alone. Our Milky Way galaxy is the dominant feature, its dusty arms sweeping through the frame, punctuated by red clouds of glowing hydrogen. To the lower right are our nearest neighbors, each small galaxies themselves with their own hundreds of millions of stars.
May 6, 2011
The Conservatives won the election, right? With a majority? So what the fuck is happening to the market? I thought all of the business papers said that such an outcome would calm the markets down, provide stability, etc., etc. I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions about a trend on Tuesday, when the markets dropped by about 1.5%. I thought that one day does not a trend make. So here we are, five days later. What’s happened? This:
TSX composite 5 day trend
That’s a 4.5% drop in the TSX index in one week. The commodities bubble is bursting, and once again none of the geniuses who report on the market called it. They claimed stability would be the result of this election, if we elected a Conservative majority, not an immediate devaluing of Canadian wealth. Investors were supposed to be calmed by the steady hand of Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty.
Lest anyone accuse me of wishing for this to happen because of my political bent (NDP), you can fuck off. I have painstakingly saved into mutual fund RRSPs for the past ten years, and I also have a small non-RRSP investment portfolio. I’d like to see reasonable growth on both of these, because I know that the underfunded CPP is not going to take care of me in the future, given who we (and by we I mean the 24% of eligible voters who actually voted for these idiots) elect.
May 2, 2011
Conrad Black: Exeunt the poltroons of separatism
Tee-hee. I’m sure Stephen appreciates your support, Conrad. You are a stark reminder of exactly what type of people owns these rags and controls the editorial content.
Oh yes, I almost forgot: GET OUT AND VOTE!