Thursday, April 23, 2009

Eternal Sunsets And Eternal Sunshine

A little plug for my favorite website:

The premise is simple: the site links to various web cams, all over the world. When the sun is ready to set the website is displayed in a little "thumbnail". Many, but not all, permit you to go to the website itself. No ads. What a simple concept, yet oh so addicting.

It isn't just the sunset, but learning about places all over the world.

In turn, there are two sites that I visit again and again. One is a web cam at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks:
It's been a lifelong dream to see the midnight sun, and last year I did. On the webcam, that is.

On the weather statistics page, the site displays the daily sunrise and sunset times and the length of the day.

Right now the snow is finally melting. Soon, I will wake up at 6am and find that the web cam (4 hours behind us) is showing daylight. The first time I saw that, realizing I waw seeing sunshine at 2am, it gave me goosebumps.

One day I will be there in person.

The other site is on an island off the coast of Antarctica. For part of the year you can see the penguins. You see them nest, and the chicks grow. This is one of the milder parts of Antarctica, I suspect. There is a German research station on this island, which is Chilean territory, called Bernardo O'Higgins. Think that's a funny name? Look it up and learn something interesting about the history of Chile.
Here's the website for the "Penguin Cam".

This camera even has its "own" blog, which I read using Babelfish. This is a free translation service and the translations are...well, they can be hilarious.

Right now it is fall at Bernardo O'Higgins, and I can only view the webcam on weekends.

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