Solar System to Scale

When looking in a science textbook or a toy mobile of the solar system, it’s easy to depict the sun, planets and moon to scale in comparison to each other. What’s not so easy to visually comprehend the staggering distance that separates each planet on its individual orbit around the sun. Filmmakers Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet challenged themselves to build such a model and the result is this fascinating short film To Scale.

Starting with the Earth as the size of a marble, it turns out you need an area about 7 miles (11.2km) to squeeze in the orbit of the outermost planet, Neptune. The team used glass spheres lit by LEDs and some GPS calculations to map out the solar system on the dry bed of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Once nighttime arrived they shot a timelapse from a nearby mountain that accurately reflects the distance of each orbital path at a scale of roughly 1:847,638,000. Amazing.

If you have more questions about how they did it, here’s a brief making of clip. (via Colossal Submissions)



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Happy 8th Anniversary to Reggies, Chicago! They keep the idea of old school, grubby venues alive with their forward thinking in exposing rare acts from around the world. Not since the Metro (or even Fireside Bowl, the Avalon for Christ’s sake) has there been a steady flow of fresh talent. My anniversary wish for you guys: always strive to be trail blazers for the people. Here’s to 8 more years & beyond.

Lotsofpoorlosers (it’s a joke, ya know, the funny kind only… different)!


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NOW my #lollapalooza weekend has officially begun. Pick this sucker up (and one for me too because now I can’t find a copy ) I wrote a couple of band reviews within. Best festival cheat sheet EVERrr! Nope, I’m not bias at all. Have fun & be safe#lolla #grammyu #GRAMMYUCHI can’t wait to meet y’all

“Sex Metal Barbie”



So many projects, so little time for posting. Always a blast shooting at #hobchicago but this go ’round was a little special… Got to shoot @inthismomentofficial & @mariabrinkofficial. I think the last time I covered them #mariabrink wore flannel! lol Sorry I stayed away so long, this was a great performance!! [APPLAUSE] #inthismoment #wonderlanders #blackwidowtour #bloodlegion #misswidow #girlpower #concertphotography #canon

Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The Most Complete Listing of Shows from the 60s thru the 90s

Ah the Aragon Ballroom. This is a fun listing for the old Rock ‘n’ Rollers that visit the Cool Album of the Day site. Here’s a list of just about ever show that was held at the Aragon Ballroom in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.  If you went there, have fun looking thru this list.  Look for the shows that you saw. Feel ‘bummed’ about the ones you missed. Be angry about the ones that you would have checked out but you didn’t know about, until now.

I’ve combined different listings to form this list. I’ve even contacted band members and did poster research to find others. It’s the best list on the ‘net!

If you were never at the Aragon (it’s still up and running by the way.) it’s still fun to see the shows that were held at the 4500 capacity ‘brawl-room.’  In the old days that would put strung-together folding chairs on the floor. I think they just pack them in now.

Tell us your tales about the Aragon Ballroom below!

“Feast Your Eyes”


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…with my former employers in Milwaukee. For once I’m not working so it was nice to just relax, reconnect & enjoy each other’s company. The mighty Clutch and Sweden’s Graveyard were openers. Only took a few shots to make them look like (as they put it) “serious musicians”. haha Cute. Really cute.

#backstage #Mastodon #TheRave #Milwaukee #Wisconsin #haunted #ProgMagazine