Michael Eades mentioned this yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to check it out fully until today. The makers of Google Chrome are doing some very cool experiments with their browser, pushing the limits of what’s possible. This scalable, true-to-scale visualization of our home galaxy, centered on our own Sun, is simply phenomenal. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen on the internet in quite some time. Bravo, Chrome-people. Bravo. Do yourself a favor and check it out now.

First of all, I feel I must comment on the supposed “new zodiac” calendar that took the internet and twitter by storm yesterday. First of all, nothing in this story is new at all. The wobble of the earth’s axis of rotation, called precession, has been occurring and always will be occurring on a constant basis. The sun has constantly (albeit VERY slowly) been changing which constellation it’s been “in” on a given date ever since the earth formed about 4 billion years ago! This whole thing should simply be taken as glaring evidence that Astrology really is utter and complete nonsense. There is absolutely no way that the constellation the sun happens to be in front of when you were born could have any effect on your personality whatsoever. If you believe that, you might as well believe the earth is flat and that a little female humanoid with wings comes fluttering by to take away a child’s baby teeth when they fall out. (HT: Kottke and Bad Astronomy)

Now, let’s get down to what you should be getting down to this weekend:


Duh. Guided By Voices and Times New Viking are at the Cannery. 9pm, $30 walk-up

The David Bowie tribute show originally scheduled for Monday was moved to tonight at Mercy Lounge. Featuring Heavy Cream, Big Surr, Diahrrea Planet, Milktooth, Paper Machete, Peter Barbee, Junkyard Girls, and Erin Manning. FREE, 21+, 9pm

The Dynamites ft. Charles Walker @ Exit/In. $15, 9pm


Duh. Of course you’re coming to La Paz Late Night Presents: FREEZE OUT!

But if you really must do something else…

The Walkmen are at Exit/In. $17 adv./$19 DOS

East Cameron Folkcore, w/ Jacob Jones, The Clones @ the 5 Spot. $5, 21+, 9pm


I’ll go ahead and mention now that Mercy Lounge is having their annual week-long birthday bash next week. Check their calendar for the list of awesome free shows happening all week long.