(1 min vid) Kung Fu: Who Has a Right to Revenge?

Old Man: I have seen what you can do. All I have in this world is this sword. It’s yours if you do what I want done. An eye for an eye.
KCC: Keep your sword!
Old Man: You’re a man. You feel. Don’t you care about what happened?!?! They raped my little girl!!
KCC: I am a man! I care!
Old Man: Then do something about it!!
KCC: (He grabs the sword) I will do something. I will break the necklace’s beads of vengeance. There has been enough killing (He breaks the sword). I will end it.
Old Man: If I don’t have a right to revenge, who does?!
KCC: No one.

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Trump rips into social media for censoring conservatives – while doing nothing to others

Trump tweeted:

Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking loudly and clearly for the Trump Administration, we won’t let that happen. They are closing down the opinions of many people on the RIGHT, while at the same time doing nothing to others…….

…..Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police. If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed. I get used to it and watch with a grain of salt, or don’t watch at all..

….Too many voices are being destroyed, some good & some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen. Who is making the choices, because I can already tell you that too many mistakes are being made. Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!

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Video: Bear sprints past cargo planes inside Anchorage International Airport

I used to work a few hundred yards from here.

At the very end of this short video, UPS freighter tails can be seen. Our NW Airlines cargo facility, where we did all the transloads, used to be between UPS and the trees showing behind the tails.

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From: ADN, 7/28/18

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Video: Bear sprints past parked planes at Anchorage’s airport

At first, James Batman thought a black, furry dog had sprinted by him at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, near where FedEx parks its cargo planes.

“Then I looked back again and saw it had no tail….

The bear had gotten into the area by burrowing under a nearby fence, said Trudy Wassel, division operations manager at airport. Airport staff had since repaired the area.

Wassel said the airport has two, full-time wildlife biologists to handle wildlife issues.

“We take it very seriously,” she said.

The airport borders Point Woronzof and Kincaid Park, areas where it’s not uncommon to see black bears, said Ken Marsh, a spokesman at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

AlaskaMan’s oldest finisher, Brown bear attack survivor, Bob Eder tells his 2018 Alaskaman story

It was six years ago today I got whacked by that bear and, really, changing my life forever. Yesterday, as validation that the incident is not going to change what I’ve always done, I participated and completed the most epic endurance event I’ve ever attempted in my life: the Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. A 2.6 mile ocean swim in 55 deg water followed by a 113 mile bike ride climbing 4,200, and ending with a 27.5 mile run and mountain hike event climbing another 6,000’ , up and down Alyeska twice! It’s billed as the hardest single day endurance event in America, which I can now personally attest to. Add in a chilling heavy morning fog you could barely see in front of you and close to the hottest day of the year, only added to the challenge.

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Always gotta be ready to go: 800-pound boulder falls off truck, killing mother and daughter

800-pound boulder falls off truck in Rosemount, killing mother and daughter from Shoreview

A boulder estimated to weigh 800 pounds fell off the back of a truck in Rosemount [Minnesota] and struck a car going in the opposite direction, killing a mother and daughter from Shoreview. …

Scott estimated the boulder was about 3 feet by 3 feet.

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(vid) Rescued Magpie Helps Woman Believe in Herself Again

Some think Magpies are just nuisances.

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Rescued Magpie Helps Woman Believe in Herself Again

When this woman had a terrible accident, her world shattered. But a hurt baby magpie showed up in her backyard and taught her how to believe in herself again 💙Today on Soulmates, watch this incredible pair grow strong together with the love and support of their amazing family

Posted by Soulmates on Sunday, June 17, 2018

PHOTO: This is the Milky Way Photographed in a Crystal Ball

• More than 200 BILLION STARS in our Milky Way galaxy!
• More than 200 BILLIONS GALAXIES in the universe.
• Our sun is an average sized star.

Number of ‘suns’ in the universe: 200 billion X 200 billion!

Some theorize the universe may be infinite, because every time we upgrade the Hubble telescope we see more galaxies behind the known universe.

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“I went up to Paranal Observatory for an observing shift, and I decided to test the crystal ball as an astrophotography lens,”….

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(vid) Anchorage airport maintenance means noise over our house for two summers! — Is the project even safe? Planes can only take off and land in one direction during crosswinds and tail winds!

I’ve been dreading this, and tried to see if the planes could fly westerly when winds allow instead, to give us a little break at times. Unbelievably, the airport only has instruments on one side of the east/west runway (FAA’s decision), which need to be always used because some airlines unnecessarily require pilots to always use IFR instruments even on bright, sunny days.

Two of the officials in the conference call will also be affected by the noise because of where they live. They were frustrated nothing could be done. I left the conversation dumfounded. FAA and a few airlines’ ridiculous rules have left us in a one-way pickle.

Is this project even safe? As I write this, the wind is officially a strong crosswind from the south at 20mph, since planes can only take off to the east and land from the east.

What if crosswinds or tail winds are even stronger? I was told there is no workaround solution, and that planes will likely not be able to land at the military base. Landing in Fairbanks appears to be the only option, which is 260 miles by air and 360 miles by bus (if passengers have to be transported). Continue reading “(vid) Anchorage airport maintenance means noise over our house for two summers! — Is the project even safe? Planes can only take off and land in one direction during crosswinds and tail winds!”

(vid) Fujifilm Instax SQ6 review – Instant camera uses Polaroid style film – square format

For some, this could be a fun little camera.

Hopefully, square format cameras will help move along *multi-aspect sensors* in digital to even include square. This little camera can help educate people in how square is also special, and should be part of the digital world too.

Why should we be stuck in 3:2 once the 3:2 SLR mirror box is gone?

I keep harping on this, hoping this major artistic change will come.

Gordon’s written review here

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How Lens Compression and Perspective Distortion Work

We all know that if you shoot a portrait of someone’s face up close with a wide angle lens, their face will be distorted and the background will appear extremely far behind them. This is called “extension distortion.” If you back up and take a picture of the same person with a telephoto lens, the subject and background will become more “compressed” meaning that the foreground and background will appear closer together. This is called “compression distortion.”

These noticeable differences lead most photographers to believe that wide angle lenses are distorting a scene while telephoto lenses are compressing a scene, but they are overlooking what is actually happening: the camera is moving. In reality, the distance from the camera to the subject is what is creating these distortions.

Two years ago, I wrote an article titled “Lens Compression Doesn’t Exist,” and in that article, I created an animated gif to prove that a wide angle lens cropped in and a telephoto lens will create the same amount of foreground and background “compression” if the camera remains in the same place. … (article)

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