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Jun. 5th, 2011 | 09:08 pm
mood: touchedtouched
music: Fauna Project - Children of the Sun (in my mind)

epaell, an astronomer working at/with the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) posted this wonderful time-lapse video recently:


Watch this fullscreen, and in 1080p if you've got a good monitor.

I really loved this, and it felt almost like Koyaanisqatsi in reverse to me: instead of seeing life out of balance and technology out of control as a stark contrast to nature, nature and technology intertwined and integrated in harmony here.

I particularly loved the bit starting at 0:47 — the telescopes turning towards the sun like giant flowers. That was brilliant and touching and brought a smile to my heart; I could almost feel the sunlight and the warmth and happiness it brings wash over myself, too.

The only downside is that the video ended rather abruptly. But hey! It's still great.

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o_kill

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from: o_kill
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
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A very nice video indeed.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
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It is, isn't it?

Cute icon, BTW. ^.^

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Moth

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from: moth_wingthane
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that is excellent!

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Yeah — I really enjoyed it. *s*

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moonhare

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from: mondhasen
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Nice video. I didn't realize that they rode on rails.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, or that cockatoos rode on the dishes. ;)

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moonhare

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from: mondhasen
date: Jun. 5th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't want to be cleaning up after them every day :P

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tzisorey

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from: tzisorey
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
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'specially if they've been eating the Lilly Pilly's again.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
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The what now?

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tzisorey

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from: tzisorey
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
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A native plant in a lot of gardens around here - has a nice red flower that quickly turns into an ugly brown rotting flower, then turns into a fruit. Apparently makes a good jam, but I've never tried.

But it seems to give the birds diarrhea - what was once a small largely-solid white pat that dries fairly quickly, becomes a large brown splat that stays sticky for days.

Woe be the person who parks under a nesting tree near a lilly pilly.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
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Ah, thanks! Mmm, yeah, Wikipedia notes that it's a name given to various members of the genus syzygium, notably this and this; the former is said to be used for "a distinctively flavoured jam", too. Mmm, if I ever make it down under, I'll have to try that.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 09:29 am (UTC)
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*s* Yeah, I guess. On the other hand, how clean do these radiotelescopes need to be? If it's necessary to keep them more or less spotless, they're gonna have to be cleaned regularly, anyway, birds or not, so I doubt the presence of the birds makes much of a difference either way.

Of course, cleaning up bird droppings is probably less pleasant than cleaning up dust and the like, still.

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kobolds

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from: kobolds
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
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I very much enjoy that music.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that was very nice, too.

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tzisorey

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from: tzisorey
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
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Crap, there's a bird on the antenna again. HEY, BRUCE! Get the broom, there's a bird on the antenna again.

That's a relief. I thought that really WAS an invading alien fleet out by Alpha Centuri

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
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*chuckles* That conversation just MIGHT have happened several times already. ^_~

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tzisorey

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from: tzisorey
date: Jun. 6th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
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Yes, but we must show all glory to the hive mother when she embraces your species.

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pouched fox

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from: pouchedfox
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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I liked how the roos bounced by in the beginning....
and then the other nature parts mixed in with it.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 7th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
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Oh yes, the roos were cute. Fascinating animals, and totally unlike everything you'd ever encounter here in the wild.

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