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Zoom lens for my phone.... I took apart an old VHS video camera and found a few interesting magnifiers. (Also, I used a lens cleaner after I took these pics)
Any zoom pics on my timeline come from this. To class it up I would use velcro instead of the duct tape. ;)

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This thing is called a 5D optical data storage crystal. It's a little piece of fused quartz, etched to remarkable precision using a femtosecond ultraviolet laser.

The "5D" part of the name is just a marketing gimmick (it only has three dimensions, obviously), but it's impressive anyway. Using current technology, these little things can store 360 terabytes of data. Once written, these crystals can survive temperatures up to 1000°C, and could theoretically last for billions of years.

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Another smokey day. The fires are now less the 20 miles from the house and the smoke is getting thicker and you can now see light gray ash falling.

The smoke fills the Willamette Valley from Portland in the North to past Eugene in the South. That is over 100 miles in length

We now have over 35 fires burning across Oregon

It is a eerie to see stuff like this.

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