Photo of the Day

A quadruple Saturn moon transit.

Saturn, like the Earth, is tilted with respect to its orbit around the Sun. Our tilt is about 24 degrees, and Saturn’s is about 27. This means that twice every Saturn year (which are roughly 30 Earth years in length) we see Saturn’s rings edge-on. They can get so thin they practically disappear! That happens in September of this year, and as you can see from the image above image, our viewing angle of the rings is currently very shallow.

The icy particles in the rings orbits over Saturn’s equator, just as the moons do. That means that if we’re seeing the rings nearly edge-on, the orbits of the moons are that way as well. This makes transits — moons moving across the face of the planet — more common. So on February 24 of this year, Hubble was able to snap a spectacular series of images of four of Saturn’s moons projected on Saturn’s visage. You can see how the moons moved in the image below, showing the time-sequence Hubble took of the event.

You Can’t Please Everyone – To Kill a Mockingbird

I just finished rereading To Kill a Mockingbird and I was curious to see how many one star reviews there were for it on Amazon. (58 in case you’re wondering) And since it’s a slow blog day I thought it would be neat to have a new section added called You Can’t Please Everyone and every so often pick a classic book or movie and list some of the reviews of people who have absolutely hated it. All of these are from Amazon and all of them are one star reviews for To Kill a Mockingbird.

Looking for a sappy, cliched, novel to read? One predictable as most young-adult books and more degrading than harlequin romances? Well, To Kill a Mockingbird is your book. In this novel, all Harper Lee gives as a theme is “life isn’t fair.” I think most of us couold have figured that out without a book that should have started where the first “part” ended. Ms. Lee merely portrays a terrible, biased, southern society that seemingly places its main goal on ruining everyone elses life. Her female characters are flat, simple-minded women. Wether or not this is due to its setting is irrelevant. Lee places guilt on a group of people instead of individuals (the Ewells) as it should be. Thank God Ms. Lee only wrote this book; surely her next would degrade society even further. I’m sure it too would be deemed a classic as long as it dealt with politically correct subjects that are far too worn out to remain interesting.

This book is lacking creativity of chacters and of imagination of plot.Harper Lee has written a 281 page documentory of nothing. It uses unutterable words and displeasing language. I waw required to read this book and hope I will never have to read it again. It is a slow unresearched peice of literature that has been overated for years.

This book is the worst book in the world. I read half way through the book and gave up because it made no sence

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The Customer is Not Always Right

A website dedicated to employees and the customers they serve. Here’s an example with an employee who didn’t bless a customer after they sneezed:

Me: “All right, just a moment here while I bring up the info…”

Customer: “Just hurry it up, will you?”

Me: “OK, it’s coming up now…”

Customer: *sneezes*

(About 10 seconds pass in silence. I can hear children talking in the background.)

Customer: “Excuse me…”

(I stay quiet, assuming she’s talking to the children.)

Customer: “EXCUSE ME!”

Me: “Sorry, were you speaking to me?”

Customer: “YES YOU IDIOT! WHAT THE F*** is WRONG with you people?”

Me: “I’m sorry? I’m not sure I understand…”

Customer: “I SNEEZED AND YOU DIDN’T BLESS ME! WHAT ARE YOU, SOME KIND OF ATHEIST?! DON’T YOU REALIZE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DON’T BLESS SOMEONE WHEN THEY SNEEZE?”

Me: “Actually, ma’am, I really don’t, but I apol–”

Customer: *interrupting* “YOU’RE A F***ING HEATHEN! I HOPE YOU BURN IN H*** FOR THIS YOU…” *continues screaming*

Me: “Ma’am, I apologize if I’ve offended. I’ve found your account information, and it looks like your service was terminated three months ago.”

(via Friendly Atheist)