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March 28, 2020

Apollo 11's landing profile

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March 10, 2020

Martin D-X2E 12 String guitar review

I've always wanted a 12 string guitar, being that so many of my favourite songs feature them, like early Bowie songs. So a couple of months ago I rented a Taylor 150e. I loved the 12 string sound and soon knew I had to buy one, but there was something about the Taylor sound that just didn't click for me, a harshness in the high end that just seemed to bug me somehow. At any rate, I wanted to try out other 12 strings to compare.

I read about Martin's entry in the lower priced 12 string guitars, the Martin X Series D12X1AE, and it sounded interesting, so I headed to a music shop that had one in stock to compare the two. The Martin was strange, with its plywood neck, and mahogany pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides. I didn"t really like the look, but reading more about the theory behind the laminate, I was OK with it. Playing it was a different story, this guitar just didn't play as well as the Taylor... the Taylor looked better, and played better, and also came with a gig bag, but something about the Martin sounded better. An indescribable, subtle, personal warmth that I preferred over the Taylor's.

I left the store a little befuddled. Later that night I discovered Martin has "reimagined" the X Series and new models of the guitar were just released!

We took the D12X1AE and reimagined it. The result is the D-X2E 12 String. This Dreadnought sized model has a Sitka spruce top and figured mahogany pattern high-pressure laminate (HPL) back and sides. New mother-of-pearl pattern inlay on the rosette and fingerboard lend a richness to the D-X2E 12 String, making it as impressive to look at as it is to play. A low profile neck, fingerboard and bridge of select hardwood improve upon the sound transfer of this model. It is equipped with Fishman® MX electronics. With a new, soft gig bag featuring headstock, bridge, and endpin protectors, a durable water-repellent exterior and foam padding, this model is ready to go anywhere.

OK, so the new model now comes with a solid wood neck and a gig bag? Nice! I took a chance and ordered one, and soon I had both guitars, the Taylor and the new Martin, side by side to compare...

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March 09, 2020

Polyphonic Overtone Singing!

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March 01, 2020

Daylight fireball!

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February 09, 2020

Math the Russian way!

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January 09, 2020

Polar stratospheric clouds!

Polar stratospheric clouds above Abisko National park, Sweden from Lights Over Lapland on Vimeo.

The best Polar stratospheric cloud display in decades is currently happening. From

Polar stratospheric clouds are rare. Normally, the stratosphere has no clouds at all. A few times each winter, however, icy clouds form when the temperature in the stratosphere drops below -85C. Such staggeringly-low temperatures are required to help sparse water molecules stick together. This winter, the clouds have been appearing daily since late December, a sign of unusually cold conditions in the stratosphere.

Stratospheric clouds are widely regarded as the most beautiful clouds on Earth. Because of their intense colors (caused by high-altitude sunlight hitting tiny ice crystals), novice sky watchers sometimes mistake the clouds for auroras.

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December 30, 2019

Imagine.. a Stellar Engine to move the Sun!

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