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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   6/8/2012 8:52:28 PM
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Check out this image: http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=73173 Do you think this was "Photoshopped" or is it the real thing?

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Duane Benson   6/8/2012 11:14:33 PM
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The photo certainly could be fake, but it could be real as well. There are quite a few images of the International Space Station transiting the sun and I've seen one purported to be the ISS and Mercury transiting. Everything looks to be about the right size so I'm going to go with real. As far as the Australian Venus transit photo goes, the sunspot pattern is rotated about 90 degrees from the Northern Hemisphere photos I've seen. I'm visualizing two people standing on the globe, one way up North here, and the other way South, both holding a camera pointed at the sun. I'm thinking they would be about upside down relative to each other and that would make the images upside down relative to each other. I'm struggling to visualize how it would flip at the equator though. Maybe a better way to visualize it is to think of leaning back to look up at the sun and Venus. Then rotate yourself 180 degrees and look at it. This is giving me a headache so I think that means it's time for me to call it a day.

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David Ashton   6/9/2012 12:41:24 AM
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Count me in for the antipodean branch.... Ref the pics, Duane's explanation is good. The reason Oz is called "Down under" is that relative to you guys, we are standing on our heads. Actually, we are the right way up and YOU are standing on your heads. Either way, astronomical things look upside down to the other guys. Now the big question is why the froth stays at the top of the glass for both of us....???

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Max The Magnificent   6/9/2012 3:22:26 PM
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The froth doesn't stay on top of my glass for long :-)

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Max The Magnificent   6/9/2012 5:21:27 PM
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You would be amazed how many people have emailed me saying that they would like to join my new incarnation of "The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers". Just so there's no confusion with the original group, I'm contemplating calling us "The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers in the 21st Century", or perhaps " The 21st Century Incarnation of The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers". Maybe I'm overthinking this; perhaps the original name is the best. But we are nothing if not a democratic organization (just so long as everyone does what I say), so I welcome your input and suggestions with regard to what we should call ourselves. Meanwhile, there's a bit of a back story going on. I sent an email to my friend Adam in the UK, which resulted in the following exchange: Max: Do you want to become the head of the UK branch of my new club? Check out my blog (link to this column). Adam: Sounds good to me, yet another thing I can do is addition to work (LOL) Max: How often do you get a chance to put “Commander of the British Legions of The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers” on your business card? Adam: That's true. Do I get to wear a fancy hat? Max: Of course, otherwise what would be the point? (But you have to design it yourself) Now if you wish to become Commander of any particular country, just let me know by posting a comment here and I will determine if you are worthy by the quantity and quality of the nice things you say about me.

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Max The Magnificent   6/9/2012 6:04:15 PM
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The conversation continued: Adam: I think that as "Supreme Commander" you can supply the hats Max: OK, in that case yours will be a Beanie hat -- the type with the propeller on top ( http://amzn.to/MneO1U )

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Paul A. Clayton   6/9/2012 10:14:26 PM
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"The Rejuvenated Ancient Order" might be appropriate and sufficiently (faux-)formal. Avoiding explicit dating seems appropriate, especially as the 21st Century will be left in less than nine decades. (As I neither drink beer not eat meat, I am unsuited to membership--and my charitable contributions have not been significant, so three strikes.)

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David Ashton   6/10/2012 12:52:45 AM
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How do you become an engineer without drinking beer? No slight intended, nor I hope taken, but I don't think I know one engineer who didn't drink more than his fair share of beer at least while acquiring the qualification....

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Duane Benson   6/10/2012 2:18:12 AM
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The concern that I have is that I'm not an ex-soldier and I'm not sure I know the meaning of this word "leisure" that the AOFB Wikipedia entry speaks of. Given that, I may not be qualified to become a member.

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Paul A. Clayton   6/10/2012 9:47:25 AM
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I am not an engineer (nor ever likely to be so qualified) but merely a technophile (primarily with an interest in computer architecture), so your observation of correlation may still stand (though I must imagine that there is at least one engineer who does not consume alcohol [or even just beer--does non-alcoholic beer even count :-)], even excluding Muslims and some Baptists). No offense was taken; curiosity is a proper human trait.

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