Full Moon and Eclipse Photography: Your Guide to Where They Are in 2019 and How to Capture Them Effectively


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Full moons and eclipses are a unique time to capture some interesting photographs.

Full Moons

Full moons usually happen once a month, with the occasional second full moon falling in the same month. This second full moon is called a Blue Moon.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses

A solar eclipse happens when the new moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow over the sun.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the full moon and the sun, causing the moon to fall into earth’s shadow. Lunar Eclipses occur only at the full moon.

To give you the opportunity to shoot the moon, below is a calendar of Full Moons and Eclipses for 2019, followed by some articles that will help you to capture the moon or eclipse effectively.

Full Moon and Eclipse Calendar

Full Moons

New York, N.Y (US/Eastern)

Date Time
Jan 21 00:17
Feb 19 10:53
Mar 20 21:43
Apr 19 07:12
May 18 17:11
Jun 17 04:31
July 16 17:39
Aug 15 08:31
Sep 14 00:35
Oct 13 17:10
Nov 12 08:37
Dec 12 00:14


Date Type
July 2 Total Solar Eclipse
July 16 Partial Lunar Eclipse
Nov 11 Mercury Transit
Dec 26 Annular Solar Eclipse


Full Moons

Sydney, Australia (AEST)

Date Time
Jan 21 00:17
Feb 20 02:53
Mar 21 12:42
Apr 19 21:12
May 19 07:11
Jun 17 07:38
July 17 17:38
Aug 15 22:29
Sep 14 14:32
Oct 14 08:07
Nov 13 00:34
Dec 12 16:12


Date Type
July 17 Partial Lunar Eclipse


Full Moons

London, England, UK

Date Time
Jan 21 05:16
Feb 19 15:53
Mar 21 01:42
Apr 19 12:12
May 18 22:11
Jun 17 09:30
July 16 22:38
Aug 15 13:29
Sep 14 05:32
Oct 13 22:07
Nov 12 13:34
Dec 12 05:12


Date Type
July 16-17 Partial Lunar Eclipse
Nov 11 Mercury Transit


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‘Fearless Girl’ statue keeps popping up around the world


She gained fame valiantly standing to face Wall Street’s Charging Bull, and now, the Fearless Girl statue has popped up in yet another country.

A faithful reproduction of the highly publicised New York bronze statue by artist Kristen Visbal has been unveiled in Melbourne, Australia, standing tall with hands on hips in the city’s Federation Square.

Launched ahead of International Women’s Day on Mar. 8, the statue was unveiled by the artist herself on Tuesday. 

'Fearless Girl' stands tall in Melbourne's Federation Square.

‘Fearless Girl’ stands tall in Melbourne’s Federation Square.

The original statue, which was placed in 2017 on the eve of International Women’s Day, is still located in New York’s financial district, but was moved around the corner in December 2018 to face the New York Stock Exchange.

Like the original statue, the Fearless Girl replica is intended to remind passersby of the gender inequality that still exists, particularly in workplaces, and to inspire women and girls in particular to find courage in the face of discrimination.

The original 'Fearless Girl' faces the New York Stock Exchange.

The original ‘Fearless Girl’ faces the New York Stock Exchange.

“The arrival of our very own Fearless Girl in Victoria is a reminder that we must continue to build a better world for future generations of women,” Victorian minister for women, Gabrielle Williams, said in a press statement. 

“We need to tackle pay gaps, increase the number of women in leadership positions, provide flexible work environments and ensure girls and young women have strong female role models they can look up to.”

It’s worth noting the statue has some big money behind it, presented by Australian social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn, alongside superannuation funds HESTA and Cbus. 

They are not affiliated with State Street Global Advisors Trust Company or McCann ad agency, who commissioned the original Fearless Girl sculpture.

“Many workplaces in Australia still have a long way to go in acting on gender equality and the impacts of this don’t stop at work,” Maurice Blackburn CEO, Jacob Varghese, said in a press statement. 

“In unveiling Fearless Girl for the first time here in Australia we hope to establish a powerful reminder that we must continue to fight to change our workplaces for the better in delivering equality.” 

Of course, some folks have already taken photos with the defiant youngster, adopting that iconic stance.

Could this be the start of a global movement of Fearless Girl statues? We’re all for it. 

But unfortunately legal matters could stop everything in its tracks. State Street Global Advisors filed a lawsuit against Visbal on Feb. 14 in New York State Supreme Court, claiming trademark infringement for three “unauthorised” replicas of the statue they commissioned. 

And yes, that includes Australia’s new statue, as well as the replica unveiled outside Oslo’s Grand Hotel in 2018. Go and pose with Fearless Girl while you can, Australia, just in case.

from Mashable! http://bit.ly/2GMXqLJ

Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis dies aged 64


“He was one of the greats, if not the greatest.”

Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis has died aged 64 after a short illness, his manager Keith Aspden has confirmed in a statement to NPR.

Hollis’s cousin-in-law Anthony Costello broke the news in a tweet on Monday night, saying: “RIP Mark Hollis. Cousin-in-law. Wonderful husband and father. Fascinating and principled man. Retired from the music business 20 years ago but an indefinable musical icon.”

Talk Talk formed in 1981, and established themselves with early singles such as ‘Talk Talk’, ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Such a Shame’, which performed modestly in the UK but achieved greater commercial success in mainland Europe.

In 1986, the band released The Colour of Spring, an album that moved away from their synthpop roots and paved the way for 1988’s Spirit of Eden, a highly experimental album that drew from jazz, impressionism and rock. The album was a critical success, but a commercial flop. Despite its failure in the eyes of the band’s label EMI, Spirit of Eden, and its 1991 follow-up, Laughing Stock, have since achieved a cult following. The band’s later work is often credited as the beginnings of the post-rock genre.

Talk Talk split shortly after the release of Laughing Stock and Hollis released just one self-titled solo album in 1998, retiring from music afterwards.

In an Instagram tribute, Talk Talk’s former bassist Paul Webb (aka Rustin Man) said: “Musically he was a genius and it was a honour and a privilege to have been in a band with him. I have not seen Mark for many years, but like many musicians of our generation I have been profoundly influenced by his trailblazing musical ideas. He knew how to create depth of feeling with sound and space like no other. He was one of the greats, if not the greatest.”

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An LA hospital will put Alexa in over 100 patients’ rooms


Over 100 patients staying at Cedars-Sinai can now ask Alexa to control their TVs and call their nurses for them. The hospital has launched a pilot program to test an Alexa-powered healthcare platform called "Aiva," putting Echo speakers in over a hundred hospital rooms. According to Cedars-Sinai, Aiva is the "the world’s first patient-centered voice assistant platform for hospitals." Patients can use it to call for help when needed, especially if they’re not mobile and unable to use their hands. For instance, they can say: "Alexa, tell my nurse I need to get up to use the restroom."

Aiva will then notify the appropriate caregiver for the task, whether it’s a nurse or a doctor, by sending a message straight to their phone. A request for pain meds will go straight to a registered nurse, for instance, while a request for bathroom help would go to a clinical partner.

In addition, patients can use standard Alexa features to control their in-room entertainment options. They can tell the voice assistant to switch the TV on or off, to change the channel, to play music on the Echo, to read audiobooks or to tell them the latest weather and sports information. That could free up nurses’ time for more important tasks.

Peachy Hain, Cedars-Sinai’s executive director of Medical and Surgical Services, explained that the use of voice-activated devices can help "enhance [patients’] hospital experience." She added that "[i]n the hospital, patients have little to distract them from pain or loneliness." In a way, Alexa could serve not just as a convenient means to get a hold of their doctors and nurses, but also as a way to give them some degree of independence.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Cedars-Sinai

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Huawei’s folding Mate X: a closer look


Yesterday gave us a closer view of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Of course, there were still a plate of glass, a security rope and a few feet between us and the device. Huawei, thankfully, was a bit more willing to grant us access to their own foldable, the Mate X, at a closed-door meeting earlier this morning.

There were still ground rules for the foldable. Namely, a Huawei rep was driving the whole thing. Limited interaction with the device itself was allowed, but he was doing most of the navigating and all of the folding. While the product is pretty close to final, there’s still some work to be done before bringing it to market, and in Huawei’s words, the company wanted to give us “the best possible experience.”

In this case, that mostly means knowing the limitations of what the near-final product can actually do. For now, that means web browsing, some photography and opening up Google Maps — which, to be fair, comprises a fairly large chunk of what people will actually be doing with the product.

That said, there’s a lot to account for with a new form factor. After all, phone makers have gotten really good at working with a defined two-dimensional plan a decade after the introduction of the first iPhone and Samsung Galaxy device. Folding, flipping and bouncing between screens presents all sorts of new challenges.

That said, in the demo at least, things seemed pretty smooth here. The device was pretty responsive in a less controlled environment than we’d previously seen it — or, for that matter, the Fold. There were a few moments and some blank screens for half a second or so, however, when the apps had to jump screens. All of which is to say the Mate X is real. I’ve seen it, and am so far pretty impressed with the execution.

The product design, too, is quite well thought-out. The product is surprisingly thin both folded and unfolded, and elements like the fold-over camera lip, which offers a place to grip (à la the lip on the rear of the Kindle Oasis) are nice touches.

The screen, too, looks quite nice at first glance. That said, as with all of the foldables we’ve seen to date, capturing a glare from overhead light picks up crinkles on the display, along with a large seam in the middle, where the device folds over. You can’t feel them with your finger as you glide over to touch, but it’s easy to imagine how messy all of this could ultimately look after a few years of use.

The system also works when folded at a 90-degree angle, which could prove useful for future executions that Huawei is looking into. It’s clear that this is just the beginning of not only the form factor, but practical applications. It’s going to be fun watching developers figure out all of the stuff they can do with the product.

That “still early days” approach also applies to price point. Huawei acknowledges that the device is prohibitively expensive at ~ €2,200. That price includes the design to add 5G to the product — notably, there is no non-5G version planned, unlike the Galaxy Fold. That will no doubt make the Mate X even more of a niche product, until the next-gen cellular service rolls out for more users.

In a way, the Mate X is a proof of concept — albeit proof that the thing can be relatively mass-produced. At double the cost of a high-end flagship, I don’t expect the company plans to sell a lot of these, but the more it’s able to scale, the lower the price will ultimately be.

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I Can’t Peel Myself Away From These Internet Conspiracy Theories That Are So Believable They Might Be True

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The perfect conspiracy theory needs some element of truth in order to really suck you in. You can’t just toss up some outlandish claim and expect people to believe it unless it’s within the realm of possibility, and in order for that to happen, it needs a great degree of plausibility.

Of course, there are people who think the best way to conceal the truth as a conspiracy theory is to throw out something so outrageous that expectations are set unbelievably high. This way when the truth is revealed it doesn’t seem so insane after all because you’ve already been duped by something far more insane.

I stumbled onto this AskReddit thread last night asking what conspiracy theories are so believable they might actually be true. The responses range from Robert Kardashian’s alleged involvement in O.J. Simpson’s coverup to Trader Joe’s fooling customers to covert government drug dealers. I legitimately couldn’t stop reading these so I had to share some of the best with you bros:

Robert Kardashian destroyed evidence that would have convicted OJ. He was handed a Louis Vuitton garment bag by OJ’s assistant right as OJ returned from Chicago. None of the cops paid any attention to him as he walked away with the bag. When the “bag theory” was discovered a month later Kardashian claimed to have lost it.

Anyone who has followed Michael Jordan’s career can believe this.

Michael Jordan’s first retirement was actually a suspension by the NBA because of his gambling.

This seems 1000% plausible.

The real reason Apple removed the headphone jack was to try to remove Square paysystems as a competitor for Apple Pay

Snapchat worked with the FBI to popularize (and secretly test and improve) face-recognition-technology. We went from “wow, this is like magic” to “this is totally normal” in a few years and there’s no way that the technology isn’t being by law enforcement.

PETA is controlled opposition run by the meat industry designed to make animal rights activists look bad.

This one seems legit.

The reason Disney came out with a movie called “Frozen” was so that when you Googled “Disney frozen” you would get information about the movie and not websites talking about Walt Disney’s body being frozen

Rob Gronkowski didn’t actually injure his groin after scoring his 69th career touchdown, he just thought it would be funny/appropriate.

Cops go on Waze and leave random police sightings to cause people to slow without actually having to stay and check on people.

Apple started the meme about AirPods being expensive as a marketing ploy

“Trader Joe’s makes their parking lots small on purpose to make them seem more popular than they really are.” —Kyle Kinane

Is this even a conspiracy? I thought this was a fact.

The development of the F-35 fighter jet is “so over budget” so the military can fund other top-secret projects without making a new line item on the budget.

I had an article about this a few weeks ago, but it focused on the ’10 Year Challenge’ instead of Throwback Thursday. The logic is sound.

One of my favorites is that the government was behind #ThrowbackThursday in order to get us to digitize and upload pictures that they would not have had access to in order to improve age progression/facial recognition algorithms

Youtube in a mobile browser is so shitty so they can force you to use the app and not use an adblocker.

I could actually go for some Long John’s right now.

Long john silvers is some kind of money laundering scheme on the basis that they have been open for as long as i can remember but i have also literally never seen a busy long johns.

Too real.

The Oil and Coal industries invested heavily in killing off nuclear power as an attractive alternative. These days we have reactor designs many times safer than other methods of generating power, and the waste issue is something that could be fixed with sufficient investment.

“Everyone should learn to code” is a movement to flood the market with Software Engineers so that salaries can be reduced.

That’s also why they’re dropping Software Engineer as a title for the lesser title of “coder”.

I’d say that this one disturbed me the most, assuming this person’s legit.

I dunno if it’s a “conspiracy theory” at this point, but a lot of people still don’t acknowledge that your internet searches and social media profiles area absolutely being used as training models by major IT companies. I was a drunk college student and had access to them to run AI training, if you still think you’re “off the grid” you’re an idiot. Being frank, it’s not a big deal if you don’t have dark shit to hide, those people are too busy building the new technological world to give a shit that you look at midget porn. But don’t delude yourself to think people don’t have access to anything you do on the internet.

This will 100% come out in the news before his rule is over.

The president of The Philippines, Duterte, is very anti-drugs to hide his own involvements with drug cartels off which he makes billions.

This has basically been proven by journalist Gary Webb who mysteriously died by suicide with two shots to the head. A two shot suicide.

The CIA was involved in selling crack to low income black neighborhoods to fund activities they couldn’t get approved by Congress. I mean, I’m pretty sure most people believe there was some involvement and it’s just a matter of degree. But, I think they were nuts deep in directly smuggling and selling crack through intermediaries to black communities with full knowledge of the justice department and executive branch.

Amelia Earheart was taken prisoner by the japanese.

I’d be bothered by this one if I wasn’t so stoked to learn that I was 10% viking.

The idea that genetics services like 23 and me may be selling records to the government and/or insurance companies. There have been cases of criminals being caught with genetic

I’ve never heard this first one before but I love it.

knumb: I have a few I love.

1. Kobayashi the competitive eater is really a fantastic up close slight of hand artist.
2. Weather forecasters buy stock in supermarket chains and then over exaggerate winter storms.

The value of expensive art is just as a pseudo currency for rich people to subtly buy drugs or other illicit things.

I can picture so many people losing their damn minds over this one.

The NFL politicized players taking a knee to draw attention away from reports about the extent of damage caused by CTE.

Last, but not least

The government spreads true conspiracies to make them sound ridiculous and unbelievable so that people don’t suspect those conspiracies are true.

There are a lot more of these over in the AskReddit thread and you can read them all by clicking here. You can also add your own by hitting up the Facebook comments on @BroBible!

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Electroneum Unveils Smartphone with Crypto Mining Capabilities


The UK-headquartered blockchain company has launched an $80 Android-based smartphone capable of cryptocurrency mining.

Dubbed as M1, the smartphone is Google Mobile Services (GMS)-certified and comes with a cloud mining technology integration enabling users to earn crypto through an app, according to the official announcement published on February 25th.

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Started in 2015, Electroneum offers an app based cryptocurrency mining facility on smartphones. Its app can be downloaded just like any other app from PlayStore or AppStore and the users can start mining the platform’s native digital coin on their smartphone.

At the launch of the smartphone, users can mine only Electroneum’s native token ETN and once the setup is complete, the mining can also be done offline.

However, it is to be noted that the phone itself is not mining any cryptocurrency as the power-hungry process will drain the battery in minutes. The firm confirmed that the app only provides a “mining simulation” on the phone and the earned tokens are Airdropped accordingly.

Mentioning the launch of M1, the company’s founder and CEO Richard Ells said: “With our experience in tech, we were able to gather a world-class team consisting of telecommunications, manufacturing, emerging area mobile-operators, product design, and marketing specialists, all helping to make this utopian vision of ours a reality.

“Without the broad range of talent and expertise, we could never have imagined the possibility of making a product of this caliber accessible for anyone in the world, and we are extremely proud of the result.”

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The inexpensive smartphone did not cut short much in the specs sheet as its M1 is bundled with a 4G modem, 8 GB internal and 32 GB expandable storage, and two SIM slots. The processor, however, reflects the price point of the phone as it has an unspecified 1.3 GHz QuadCore chip. The phone also hosts a sub-par camera system with a 5 MP rear and 2 MP front modules.

Blockchain in Smartphones

Cell phone manufacturers have become bullish on the blockchain, especially on crypto storage. Samsung on its recently launched flagship phone S10 series has integrated crypto storage system.

The trend, however, was set by the Sirin Labs with the launch of its blockchain-enabled smartphone device FINNEY followed by HTC’s jump in the sector with Exodus.

Despite the presence of major market players, Electroneum’s offer is eye-catching because of the price-tag as its competitions cost around $1000 mark.

from Finance Magnates http://bit.ly/2NyqqHG