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blogfanreborn777 · 2 days ago
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Dragon by Đạo Lê Trọng
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nfasth · 23 days ago
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This picture is available as a print through my gallery on Printler, with shipping to most European countries: https://printler.com/en/poster/94422
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arcusxx · 7 months ago
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Autumn
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please explore this place with me. the 3D walkthrough has completely shattered my mind
EDIT: the original listing no longer has the Matterport walkthrough, which can be found here
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lionfloss · 3 months ago
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by suspiciousminds
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nasa · 4 months ago
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Kill the lights – We’re Simulating a Moonwalk!
At the bottom of a very dark swimming pool, divers are getting ready for missions to the Moon. Take a look at this a recent test in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. NASA astronauts are no strangers to extreme environments. We best prepare our astronauts by exposing them to training environments here on Earth that simulate the 1/6th gravity, suit mobility, lighting and lunar terrain they'll expect to see on a mission to the Moon. Practice makes perfect.
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The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center is where astronauts train for spacewalks, and soon, moonwalks.
When astronauts go to the Moon’s South Pole through NASA’s Artemis program, the Sun will only be a few degrees over the horizon, creating long, dark shadows. To recreate this environment, divers at the lab turned off the lights, put up black curtains on the pool walls to minimize reflection, and used powerful underwater lamps to simulate the environment astronauts might experience on lunar missions.
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These conditions replicate the dark, long shadows astronauts could see and lets them evaluate the different lighting configurations. The sand at the bottom is common pool filter sand with some other specialized combinations in the mix.
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This was a test with divers in SCUBA gear to get the lighting conditions right, but soon, NASA plans to conduct tests in this low-light environment using spacesuits.
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Neutral buoyancy is the equal tendency of an object to sink or float. Through a combination of weights and flotation devices, an item is made to be neutrally buoyant and it will seem to "hover" under water. In such a state, even a heavy object can be easily manipulated, much as it is in the zero gravity of space, but will still be affected by factors such as water drag.
The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory is 202 ft in length, 102 ft in width and 40 ft in depth (20 ft above ground level and 20 ft below) and holds 6.2 million gallons of water.
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cosmic-perspective · 2 months ago
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M81 and M82 from last night.
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you-deserve-the-best-in-life · 11 months ago
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Northern lights 🌌 by @visualsofjulius
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indiegamesofcolor · a month ago
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[I.D.: A gifset containing five gifs of the educational Minecraft game Manito Ahbee Aki: The place where the Creator sits.
Gif 1 shows three panning environmental shots. One shot shows bison in the forest. Another shot sweeps over an aerial view of a teepee community in the forest. Another shot shows a large field of wheat.
Gif 2 shows a first person view of the player hunting in a forest with a bow and arrow.
Gif 3 has two scenes. One scene shows the player paddling in a canoe through a river. The next scene switches to a first person view from the canoe as the player approaches the shore where three teepees stand.
Gif 4 shows a line of bison running through a grassy field together.
Gif 5 shows the player talking to the NPC Grandmother Chickadee. A text box with her dialogue appears, saying “Semaa (Tobacco) is a connection to our creator and ancestors. Semaa allows us to communicate with our ancestors to ask for guidance. Semaa is a gift of reciprocity. We give semaa to recieve knowledge and healing. Prior to recieving knowloedge and/or healing from a Knowledge Keeper you must offer semma.”
end I.D.]
Manito Ahbee Aki: The place where the Creator sits is an Indigenous teaching resource built in the world of Minecraft! Travel back in time to Manito Ahbee, a site located in Manitoba’s western Whiteshell area, and experience Anishinaabe culture, community, teachings, and their way of life before European contact. Explore three distinct lessons to understand the Anishinaabe Worldview by learning from Knowledge Keepers!
For free on Windows, Windows, Chromebook, and the iPAD through Minecraft: Education Edition.
Developed by the Louis Riel School Division’s Indigenous Education Team which included their Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers (ICGG). The ICGG works with students and teachers to share Indigenous knowledge across classrooms. 
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dailyadventureprompts · 11 days ago
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Dungeon: The Flooded Foundations
One never knows what they’ll find once they peer beneath the surface
Hooks:
While hanging out around the lake, either on their way to some other adventure or for some well deserved rest, the party spots a crumbling structure out on the water. Scaring up a small boat and Letting curiosity take them where it may, the party paddle out to discover that though the structure’s outer edifice is liable to fall into the water any minute,  the central stone construction is both sturdy and far, far larger than first expected.
The party is in need of a saint’s relic, a staff wielded by a holywoman said to have been lost at the site of a temple “ In the battle of the lake”, most serious scholars will point out the fact that wherever the temple was, it was lost long ago, but careful research will reveal survey maps from the old kingdom which shows not only the temple’s existence, but that the lake it once bordered has migrated several miles in reference to nearby landmarks. A cargotrapher’s mystery if ever there was one.
It seemed like an easy monster hunt at first, track down the chimera that was rampaging through the riverlands and bring its head(s) back to the marquess as proof. When their quarry breaks free however and starts a desperate flight for safety, the party must engage in a frantic chase before the chimera manages to give them the slip and lick its wounds. What a surprise then when the beast drops from the sky, exhausted from its wounds, and ends up striking an old ruined tower and getting buried in the rubble
Setup: What appears to at first be little more than a tumbledown tower in the centre of a lake is in fact the remnant of an ancient temple, lost beneath the waters after a battle with a primordial elemental but saved from complete destruction by the lingering effects of a divine miracle.
After venturing down what was once the temple’s central spire, the party find themselves in a network of vaulted halls and holy chambers that have been long abandoned to time and neglect. The faltering nature of the miracle means that while the central chambers merely have water flowing through them, others are half flooded, while some especially in the lower chambers are completely submerged. What’s more, these rooms exist in a crude and chaotic patchwrok, with some bone-dry hallways cut off with walls of standing water, while progress between un-flooded levels might require holding one’s breath while traversing the intermediate floor. It is a glorious and surreal gauntlet where treasures and holy relics wait for those with hearts brave enough and lungs strong enough to claim them.
Challenges & Complications
The most obvious hurdle the party needs to cross is the water, which seals off much of the temple’s lower levels. Unless the party has a means of breathing water they’ll need to take things slow, scouting out dark, flooded chambers and mapping which paths have airbubbles and which are fit only for the drowned. In this way the temple is two dungeons in one, the hollow airspace at its core to be explored by a lower level party, and the watery labyrinth to be returned to a party with more means of traversing the blocked off chambers. 
A strange mix of inhabitants fill this dungeon, ranging from riverlife that’s managed to find a home in the once sanctified grottoes to those holy protectors unable to escape during the temple’s evacuation. Giant watersnails, the drowned revenants of priests, the occasional bullywug, and some gargoyles who breathlessly still patroll their now sunken home.  Strangest of all these guardians is a rogue celestial that’s taken up stewardship of the now abandoned altars and the secondhand faith that lingers there.   Convinced of it’s duty to “morally inform” the temple’s inhabitants, this sodden angel has begun inducting the remnants and the bottomfeeders into a cult, instructing them in a crude set of ethics that it hopes will elevate their spirits to a state of grace. This wouldn’t be so bad, save for several of the precepts of this bastard’s philosophy require the forceful capture and induction of other sentient creatures, like the party themselves. 
At the base of the temple, locked away in its own air pocket there is a corpse in priest’s robes mummified with age, sat in the centre of a mosaic floor, it rests on its knees in prayer hands holding a staff of gold-flecked wood shoved so violently into the ground beneath that it’s sent cracks throughout the entire chamber. This is the saint that the party might’ve come looking for, and in her hands is the relic, channelling the miracle of her divine patron and holding the waters back. It’d take a tremendous strength to remove the artifact, or breaking a handful the load-bearing altars scattered throughout the temple that act to reinforce her postmortem casting, though that would doubtlessly bring the lake crashing down upon their heads and finally collapse the temple in the process. Worse yet, removing the relic might free the angry elemental it’s held at bay for so long, unleashing a new threat upon the waterways. 
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docileeffects · 3 months ago
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blackswaneuroparedux · 5 months ago
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Time goes faster the more hollow it is. Lives with no meaning go straight past you, like trains that don’t stop at your station.
- Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind    
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nfasth · 20 days ago
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And just like that, it’s June
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heather--moors · 5 months ago
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A peek inside my quarantine.
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lionfloss · 4 months ago
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by suspiciousminds
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yorksnapshots · 5 months ago
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Just a Facade.
The facade of the old St .Andrews Church, Bishopthorpe, York left as a landscape ornament when the rest of the church was demolished due to it being on a waterlogged site.
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mo-s-trip · 3 months ago
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thechroniclesofdust · 20 days ago
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Another secret waterfall in Idaho. The exploration up here makes shooting images really fun, but I cannot believe I didn’t know about this one until recently.
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pangeen · 5 days ago
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Quantum Physics: The study of Super Cold and Super Small.
Via The cosmos way
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st-just · a month ago
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Into the Abyss by Maximiliano Moretto
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