Friday, May 15, 2009
Like many people out there, I'm pretty familiar with YouTube as I use it almost on a daily basis. You can find so much on there such as clips from your favorite TV shows, news broadcasts, science experiments, pranks, music, instructional videos etc.. When I go to YouTube, I pretty much know what I want to search for although sometimes I just surf the site by checking out the most recently updated videos, top rated, or videos that YouTube selects for me based on videos I've watched in the past. I chose a guitar instructional video because I like to see peoples' different techniques to playing just to better my technique or because they are insanely good and I just want to watch. Sometimes, they are very helpful but it depends on how well the instructor teaches and the quality of the video. The nice thing about YouTube is that you can upload your own videos and have your own online instructional class about any topic; I referred to one about snowboarding back in winter. I find that Google Video can be better to use sometimes, especially if you want to watch a full length feature because YouTube has a 10 minute maximum so instead of watching the movie straight through, you have to watch in parts.
Looking back at Earth from Saturn
Originally uploaded by Ikarus Kuwait
I chose this photo because I think this is one of the most amazing pictures ever taken. Who else can say they've taken a picture of Earth from Saturn (granted, this is a composite image), not me! This shot cannot be replicated anytime soon by anyone not working for NASA. We've all seen pictures of Earth from the Moon, a distance of I think around 230,000 miles. This shot just blows that out of the water because it is taken from BEHIND Saturn from the space craft Cassini which was launched in 1997. It really puts things in perspective - now we know what WE look like from far away. Another cool thing about this photo is that you can see the Moon, which is that fuzzy dot to the upper left of the enlarged earth shot. Can you image you were aboard that spacecraft knowing you are a few years away and over 800 million miles apart?