Google’s Eclipse megamovie worth watching

For those of us who cannot watch the eclipse today in North America, there’s a fascinating project that would document it.¬†Google has worked with UC Berkeley (Eclipse Megamovie) and¬† has recruited 1,000 volunteer photographers and amateur astronomers for the event. Volunteers must download the Berkeley-created app for this.

The eclipse will last from 9.05 am Pacific, to 4.09 pm Eastern.

So for instance, in Scottsdale, Arizona (as is evident, we are outside the ‘path of totality’) the moon’s shadow will cover just 63.3% of the sun. It all begins at 9:14 am and will continue for 2 hours 46 minutes. Peak time of the eclipse will be 10:34 am.

I found it interesting to read that damage to the retina would only occur is someone looks directly at the sun before or after totality without the protective glasses. Thankfully, those who cannot watch the event live have the citizen-sourced megamovie.

Stanford blog, features competitors

There’s something about being ‘open’ and ‘unofficial’ that grabs me. The unofficial Stanford University blog by a student (Ed Finn) and and editor (Dan Cole,) called Open Culture is a treasure trove of information.

This week, there’s a free audiobook download of James Joyce‘s Ulysses. Before that, a link to Thomas (World is Flat) Friedman‘s video podcast.

Best of all, it does not feature just Stanford material. You could also find the top-10 free university courses (a link via iTunes) that includes competitive schools such as UC Berkeley, Oxford, Harvard and UC Davis. That’s what being Open is all about –being big enough to embrace your “frienemies.”