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Turn Around Bright Eyes (The Eclipse Thread)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rush-O-Matic, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. Rush-O-Matic

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    This could be the major celestial event needed to jump start Audrey's cult. Good luck, we're all counting on you.

    August 21 is the big day. Total solar eclipse, with the shadow passing over most of the United States, including the "scary darkness" band going right through the heartland. If you have no idea what I'm taking about, here you go:
    https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html

    It's a once-in-a-lifetime event . . . if you die before 2024 when the next one crosses North America.


    Just about everybody in the US will at least get some sweet crescent shadows through the trees, but if you want to know if your area is prime real estate, here's a nice map:
    http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html

    Focus: Talk about the eclipse. Do you care? Are you making any special plans? Ditch work, travel or party?

    Alt Focus: Bonnie Tyler.


    (I was going to make an alt. alt. focus for the Dan Band version in Old School, but all those stupid commercials during the NCAA basketball tournament oversaturated that for me, and it's annoying now.)

    Double Secret Alt. Focus: Mark Twain
     
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    Pro tip: The best way to view an eclipse is with binoculars or a telescope.
     
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    Kentucky is the best possible spot. The one in seven years passed over our city. It will rain both days.
     
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    Magnifying Glass FTW.
     
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    It's all about the shadow snakes.

    This is worth watching:



    And here's an extended discussion from that first one:

     
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    I have a welding helmet and extra glass shields, I'm set.
     
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    Alt Focus: Bonnie Tyler.
     
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    God I hope it's not cloudy. I'm going to try and get friends together to drive to the center part that passes through Kentucky. I'm taking welding goggles. Fuck that hole in paper crap.
     
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    I'm considering driving down to Missouri for it. Yea its a hell of a drive but its a hell of an event. I'll make sure I stare directly at it for the best possible view.

    Edit: Considering Missouri because its passing directly over Columbia, its a college town
     
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    Pretty excited about it. We're getting the whole deal here.
     
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    I may or may not have bought some of those recently. I took the day off and hope to see it. The SO's Mom is making a 3 hour trek to stay with us and watch. Good thing I like her and vice versa.
     
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    I cannot lie, I have been thinking of making the ten hour trip to Boise to catch the total eclipse. I have never seen one in person and there are no guarantees about seeing any future ones.
     
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    You can always fall back on the eclipse simulator. It's called night.

    I got the full eclipse in '79 living on the WA coast. It was light, then dark, then light again.
     
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    That's too bad that that's all you took from it. The quiet and eerie feeling during an eclipse is pretty cool, as are the funky shadows. But, in this case, since it will pass over the whole continental US, there's going to be an added shared experience. Yes, I love listening to music of my favorite bands, but there's nothing like seeing them live with several thousand other people. Not enjoying the spectacle of a rare event seems like a boring way to go through life.
     
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    People here are trekking down to Oregon en masse to view it, and campgrounds are going for upward of 500 a night. For tents.
     
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    Can't I just catch it on YouTube later?
     
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    I saw a partial solar eclipse when I was in the third grade (go ahead and do the math on that one), and it wasn't that impressive. I watched it through my dad's welding mask.
    I've been outside at night; I doubt a full eclipse will blow me away.


    In other news, I done fucked up: I was trimming Jungle Julia's bush last night (she had a trip to the gyno today, and she wanted a nice design to dress up her love mound), and I messed up the lines and had to shave everything off.
     
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    Welcome to the good things in life.