A technical glitch causes the Hubble Space Telescope, which ordinarily captures magnificently crisp scientific imagery of the cosmos, to lose balance and create this inadvertent piece of modern art.
It is suspected that in this case, Hubble had locked onto a bad guide star, potentially a double star or binary. This caused an error in the tracking system, resulting in this remarkable picture of brightly colored stellar streaks. The prominent red streaks are from stars in the globular cluster NGC 288.
Fun with symbol fonts today. Make your own at fontello!
This feels like this is something I knew how to do, once upon a time, back in the days of MS-DOS…
Let’s say you need a list of files in a certain directory for whatever reason. Maybe your boss wants all the files that belong to a departed coworker, or you need to inventory your gif folder, or you just like lists of things. In Windows, there’s no quick way to copy file names and paste them into a new file (I know, right? Ugh).
So: workaround! Here’s how to get a list of files from a local or network directory and save it to a txt file so you can access it later. Without third-party software. Without tearing your hair out!
Or, even better: dir [FOLDER PATH] | clip
Which puts it in YOUR CLIPBOARD
Just make sure it’s not, like, a billion frillion lines, you know?
Then you can import it into Excel or wherever as text or a delimited file. No clicking! No retyping line by line! This just saved me about four hours of work today \o/!
Kelly Sue Deconnick (via fuckyeahsuperheroines)
Writer behind Captain Marvel.
Dowling Duncan and redesigning the American Dollar:
Why the size?
We have kept the width the same as the existing dollars. However we have changed the size of the note so that the one dollar is shorter and the 100 dollar is the longest. When stacked on top of each other it is easy to see how much money you have. It also makes it easier for the visually impaired to distinguish between notes.
Why a vertical format?
When we researched how notes are used we realized people tend to handle and deal with money vertically rather than horizontally. You tend to hold a wallet or purse vertically when searching for notes. The majority of people hand over notes vertically when making purchases. All machines accept notes vertically. Therefore a vertical note makes more sense.
Why different colors?
It’s one of the strongest ways graphically to distinguish one note from another.
Why these designs?
We wanted a concept behind the imagery so that the image directly relates to the value of each note. We also wanted the notes to be educational, not only for those living in America but visitors as well. Each note uses a black and white image depicting a particular aspect of American history and culture. They are then overprinted with informational graphics or a pattern relating to that particular image.
$1 – The first African American president
$5 – The five biggest native American tribes
$10 – The bill of rights, the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution
$20 – 20th Century America
$50 – The 50 States of America
$100 – The first 100 days of President Franklin Roosevelt. During this time he led the congress to pass more important legislations than most presidents pass in their entire term. This helped fight the economic crises at the time of the great depression. Ever since, every new president has been judged on how well they have done during the first 100 days of their term.