Daily Archives: December 12, 2010

Metrodome Roof Collapse!

Before:
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After:
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Video of the collapse!!!:

This happened about 5 AM. Too much snow, and the Metrodome is basically a big balloon. There is a live snowcam here but the signal is poor. This is why the Vikings game had been moved to Monday, for fear of there being too much snow.

If you work in one of the skyscrapers downtown, this is your chance to get one of those once in a lifetime photos!

This has happened before but no one can remember how long it takes to get it back up again. Or, at least, Amanda, Huxley and I can’t remember.

It would take a 747 over a thousand years to circle the largest star

Of course, it would burn up in the process, but whatever. The following is one of those size and scale videos mainly showing the relative size of our planets and selected stars, then making quick reference to other larger scale structures. It is a good video (hat tip: Joe) but it does have a major flaw: It demonstrates that the earth is small, then it demonstrates that there are many other big structures in the galaxy, then it concludes that we are not the center of the universe. But being small does not make us NOT the center of the universe.

They’ve mixed up their fallacies here. Either they’ve conflated bigosity with centrality, or they’ve taken importance for geography. In any event, being told that you are very small is not the same thing as being told that you are not the center of the Universe.
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