Sunday, 28 April 2013

Marine life, assholes and the centre of the Milky Way. (not the soft gooey one)!!!

Well interweb, it is that time of year again when I take a foray into the Indian Ocean in search of Ray’s Sharks and other marine life that so capture my imagination and curiosity.

This time the extra baggage allowance means that I can take my tripod and other gadgets which will enable me to hopefully take some more serious imagery of our milky way on an evening.
I find it curious that I am more interested in what lies beneath our oceans or way above our heads out in the universe than what surrounds me every day.
Then some asshole reminds me.
And so to the scientific bit, Sir geek of geeksville in the county of geekalot will now enlighten those of you who are wondering what the hell I am on about.
The Galactic Centre is the rotational centre of the Milky Way galaxy. It is located at a distance of 8.33±0.35 kpc (~27,000±1,000 ly) from the Earth in the direction of the constellations Sagittarius, Ophiuchus, and Scorpius where the Milky Way appears brightest.

Below is my best effort of photographing it to date.

There is strong evidence that supports the existence of a super massive black hole at the Galactic Centre of the Milky Way.
The complex astronomical radio source Sagittarius A appears to be located almost exactly at the Galactic Centre (approx. 18 hrs, -29 deg), and contains an intense compact radio source, Sagittarius A*, which coincides with a super massive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy. Accretion of gas onto the black hole, probably involving a disk around it, would release energy to power the radio source, itself much larger than the black hole. The latter is too small to see with present instruments and with my failing eyesight I don't stand a chance.
A study in 2008 which linked radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona and California measured the diameter of Sagittarius A* to be 44 million kilometres. For comparison, the radius of Earth's orbit around the Sun is about 150 million kilometres (1.0 AU), while the distance of Mercury from the Sun at closest approach  is 46 million kilometres (0.3 AU). Thus the diameter of the radio source is slightly less than the distance from Mercury to the Sun.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany using Chilean telescopes have confirmed the existence of a super massive black hole at the Galactic Centre, on the order of 4 million solar masses.
Astronomers anticipate an increase of activity in the region of the black hole, giving opportunity for further study, in mid-2013, as it is expected that a large gas cloud will be disrupted by close approach.
 I am hoping on my upcoming trip to be able to get some pretty dark skies in the middle of the Indian Ocean and am therefore hopeful that I will be able to get some nice pretty photographs of the centre of the Milky Way. The fact that I will be closer to the equator than I am in Sunny Sheffield will mean I am able to view more of this wonderful view.
Peace out yall, THE BAGSTAXXX

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Call of Duty, flux pinning and the Catholic Church!!!

Hello interweb, it’s been a while. I have been up to quite a few adventures since we last spoke and a fair few random ideas have passed through my mind.
I thought I would call by and share a few of them with you.
I am slowly getting annoyed to the point of frustration with Treyarch’s poor attempt at a first person shooter game, Black Ops 2. They never were really any good at it and this version has terrible problems from the start. Poor spawn points, horrendous lag spikes and lag compensation coding and some of the worst map design’s I have ever had the misfortune to play on.
It is so bad that I am already looking towards the release of the next game which will not arrive till sometime in November I believe.
However when it does I have great expectations for it. Mainly due to the reason that it has West and Zampella working on it.
If you are not a gamer that probably means nothing to you but if you are and are still unsure here’s a few pointers,
These guys worked on EA's once-popular Medal of Honor military shooter series before founding Infinity Ward and turning Call of Duty into a biggest selling media/gaming/cash cow  for rival Activision.
Remember Call of Duty II back at the launch of the Xbox 360? That was them.
Remember Call of Duty IV: Modern Warfare and its now industry-standard unlock-based multiplayer system? Them too.
Remember that "No Russian" level in 2009's Modern Warfare 2? Them.
These guys know how to make a FPS game and I am looking forward very much to what they will return to the table with. 

 According to a report on Siliconera, this year's Call of Duty game will take place in the same universe as Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare titles.
The site's source, related to the game's voice acting, is the same one who accurately leaked a ton of Sleeping Dogs info over a year before that game's release, so this is at least worth thinking about.
The report says the game will star "a battle hardened veteran in his mid-thirties with a nihilistic point of view" (another one),the game also will include flashbacks of "Soap McTavish"
EEEEK Excited!!!!!
In other news I have been thinking of the way forward into the ever expanding universe and the way forward is flux pinning magnets!!!! Well them and a shit load of liquid nitrogen. Once we have mastered the use of such things we will be able to launch ourselves into the heavens at near light speed and either die a horrible death due to the deep space radiation that we will be exposed to or be smashed into a gazillion pieces by space debris.
Have you ever seen the damage that a grain of sand can do when it hits something at 186,282 miles per second? No, neither have I but you can bet it ain't pretty.
Other things I have been musing about whilst I have been incapacitated after two spinal operations include drug dealers, why do drug dealers who get raided and are caught in possession of drugs with a street value of well over £100.000 live in shit holes?
I mean really, they are scummy little scum bags I know but with that sort of dosh you’d think they might live somewhere a bit nicer or at least be able to afford a cleaner.
I also watched an advert on the television the other day which showed a women using some sort of roll on eye cream thing. Apparently it reduced the appearance of “bags” so I thought (bagsta) great, an invisibility cream and searched through some of Fi’s makeup to see if she had some. Alas it didn’t work and I didn’t even appear slightly reduced, not even on the scales.
There was something about some bloke in a dress retiring or something as well which lead to lots of men in dresses and pointy hats making a lot of smoke and generally taking up far too much prime time television. It looked like a meeting of the KKK but apparently it was the Catholic Church, you know the Roman Empire never did really fall it just re branded itself “The Catholic Church”.
It has also started to really annoy me that people use the word “math” when they mean “maths” , that and the phrase “I could care less” the phrase is actually “I couldn’t care less” think about it it’s not fucking rocket science.
The whole interconnectedness of our universe and even our own home planet never cease to be a source of amazement for me, did you know that algae from the Sahara actually help to fertilise the Amazon rain forest?
For some reason this got me to thinking about parallel universes and the fact that they may have a gravitational effect on our own universe thus pulling the earth onto a different orbit ever so slowly which could in turn be part of the reason it is still bloody snowing in April.
Maybe we could counter this in some way, after all an orbit is simply a balance between motion and gravity and if would probably be a much better use for the flux pinning magnets and shit loads of liquid nitrogen than trying to obliterate ones self at close to light speed.
Anyway interweb enough of my ramblings for today, I will leave you with this thought, Violence goes into the making of peace, as flour goes into the making of bread.
Peace out y'all, THE BAGSTAXXX