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2007-02-18 02:17:00 PM  
lorian69: Holy shiat, what the hell is this?!

We've traced it, it's coming from inside your house. For the love of God, get out of your house!
 
2007-02-18 02:17:30 PM  
lorian69: Holy shiat, what the hell is this?!

that's jaysus, too!

there's a whole herd of jaysi running loose
 
2007-02-18 02:18:00 PM  
This thread is staying in my bookmarks for ever and ever and ever.
 
2007-02-18 02:18:34 PM  
lorian69: Holy shiat, what the hell is this?!

img374.imageshack.us
 
2007-02-18 02:18:39 PM  
Here (pops) is an unaltered full size image.
I did try to bring up the levels on the pic to show that the object is above houses.
It just brings up a lot of noise in the pic, so I left it alone.
 
2007-02-18 02:19:05 PM  
I drank a lava lamp once. It wasn't lava like the man said.
 
2007-02-18 02:19:16 PM  
there's a whole herd of jaysi running loose

A collective noun for messiahs. This thread is awesome.
 
2007-02-18 02:19:18 PM  
img.photobucket.com

ZOMG!!!
 
2007-02-18 02:20:11 PM  
You're a Grade A moran!
 
2007-02-18 02:22:41 PM  
SpinStopper: Well played ;)

dude! i had your profile listed in mine like AGES ago - havent visited in quite a bit - just saw you got married! congrats & thats one uber-cute wedding pic - gives off a really genuine feel :-)
 
2007-02-18 02:22:53 PM  
Step 1. Learn to take a picture
Step 2. Stop drinking
Step 3. Street lamp
 
2007-02-18 02:23:23 PM  
forked_at_fark: Here (pops) is an unaltered full size image.

Oh my God.

Go pass out into an overdue drug-induced oblivion. If you remember this thread when you wake up, take the same picture in the daylight. You might just see a streetlight
 
2007-02-18 02:23:38 PM  
Just so we're all clear on this:

img398.imageshack.us
 
2007-02-18 02:23:41 PM  
forked_at_fark, there's really nothing you could show us at this point that would make us take you any more seriously.

Unless an alien actually walks into your room and let's you take pictures before the probing starts.

Actually, that would probably still make us laugh.
 
2007-02-18 02:25:48 PM  
As much as I would love to snark (and I will), I will add one bit of realism here:

If you manage to catch the ISS, you can usually discern structure - not just a bright glowing blob.

Satellites generally look like small, bright stars, but move quickly across the field of view.

What you describe and shows matches neither of these possibilities.

≡ I say (shocker) streetlight.

BTW - if you really want to get images of planets, get a halfway decent scope (you can get one for less that $200) and a camera mount, and have at. A camera alone is usually insufficient.
 
2007-02-18 02:25:58 PM  
Your pictures, they do nothing. I vote its a flashlight in your arnis.
 
2007-02-18 02:28:42 PM  
A few passes with the magic photoshop alien-ufo-spotting filter finds... OMG!!!

www.maj.com

it's a streetlight.
 
2007-02-18 02:29:03 PM  
Planet Streetlight from the galaxy My Street near the My House Nebula
 
2007-02-18 02:32:32 PM  
I almost breezed past this thread, then saw the comment count.

My five dollars was well spent this month.
 
2007-02-18 02:32:58 PM  
For reference, the ISS looks like this:

www.walkerjs.com

That thing next to it is my satellite dish.
 
2007-02-18 02:34:05 PM  
Weaps: That thing next to it is my satellite dish.

Heh, I thought it was the USS Enterprise
 
2007-02-18 02:35:37 PM  
Sure that thing is a gray alien playing a bass guitar.
 
2007-02-18 02:37:39 PM  
Please donate your camera to some poor arts student that can actually make use of it. I think you should stick to webcams and those booths in the mall.
 
2007-02-18 02:38:09 PM  
web.ics.purdue.edu

hmmm....
 
2007-02-18 02:42:17 PM  
I used to work for the City of Chicago streets and san, and I can say that I find some of these comments hilarious.

That is NOT a "Street Light."

/It is, however, a parking lot light
 
2007-02-18 02:42:51 PM  
I am glad you people are so entertained, but it is not a farking streetlight.

It looks like a farking streetlight to me too.
But, there are no farking streetlights that high up in the sky.

And, my camera is not a POS.
I have taken some rather good moon photos.

www.forkedatfark.org
 
2007-02-18 02:43:20 PM  
Heap

that is awesome! hahaha
 
2007-02-18 02:43:25 PM  
I going to open a colon cleansing franchise. All the employees will dress like aliens.

Cartman will be our spokes person. Like Jared.

genius!
 
2007-02-18 02:43:51 PM  
Holy crap! I just sculpted that out of my mashed potatoes last night!

It was a streetlight.
 
2007-02-18 02:45:48 PM  
And, my camera is not a POS.

Perhaps not, but your streetl - I mean, your unexplained object in the sky - seems to have exactly the same flaring problem as the fireworks picture in your profile. Merest coincidence, of course.
 
2007-02-18 02:46:11 PM  
forked_at_fark: I am glad you people are so entertained, but it is not a farking streetlight.

It looks like a farking streetlight to me too.
But, there are no farking streetlights that high up in the sky.


Priceless.


/oh, if ONLY this thread could be GREENLIT!!!
 
2007-02-18 02:47:19 PM  
Using my excessively meager photoshop skills, I played with the image a bit to see if there was any detail other than a bright streetlight-shaped blob. This is the best I got:

www-personal.umich.edu

Having been given zero extra detail about the photo (exact location, angle, other photos to show surrounding objects) and the fact that the object looks exactly like a streetlight, it pretty much looks like you took a photo from a sidewalk (or other low location) aimed upward at the bright light that you somehow couldn't tell was only 20 feet away.
 
BOZ
2007-02-18 02:47:23 PM  
forked_at_fark: I have taken some rather good moon photos.

Hmmm it's awfully lumpy, and where is the Kraft trademark? I doubt it's even real cheese hon!

/green cheese for the younguns
 
2007-02-18 02:47:57 PM  
forked_at_fark
it is not a farking streetlight.

You keep saying that, but offer no details to back it up.

A picture of the location in daylight would be helpful. So would details of how the pic was shot - through a window, in what weather conditions, etc?

As it really does not look at all like the alternatives you have proposed, do you really expect anyone to assume anything other than streetlight / parking lot light?
 
2007-02-18 02:48:28 PM  
I thought Weaps was trying to hide something, so I ran his pic through CSI's "Photo Enhance" computer:

img355.imageshack.us


...I knew it.
 
2007-02-18 02:49:59 PM  
lorian69

Now i'm convinced. Aliens!

/flee
 
2007-02-18 02:51:26 PM  
Barnacles!: /oh, if ONLY this thread could be GREENLIT!!!

Oh God yes.
 
2007-02-18 02:54:26 PM  
It's a streetlight.
 
2007-02-18 02:56:02 PM  
lorian69: it pretty much looks like you took a photo from a sidewalk (or other low location)

No, I took the pic from a second floor balcony.
I aimed up about 20 or 30 degrees.

Let me see if I can find a daylight picture.
 
2007-02-18 02:57:33 PM  
web.ics.purdue.edu

i totally forgot about the CSI super cop lab filter.
 
2007-02-18 02:57:36 PM  
img238.imageshack.us
 
2007-02-18 02:58:01 PM  
forked_at_fark: No, I took the pic from a second floor balcony.
I aimed up about 20 or 30 degrees.


I bet there's a road that goes up the side of a hill where that tree is also located, right across the street from you.
 
2007-02-18 02:59:56 PM  
forked_at_fark

"I aimed up about 20 or 30 degrees."

Well, which is it? If it was 20 degrees, it is a streetlight.

If it was 30 degrees it is a spaceship, with a levitating beam, and if you look closely it is levitating someone up to the ship.

That person? A streetlight repairman, needed on the spaceship's homeworld.
 
2007-02-18 03:01:57 PM  
I love this thread so much.
 
2007-02-18 03:03:14 PM  
Why don't we let William of Occam sort this out:

William, what is more likely:

a) that a hitherto unobserved light source hovvering over some hills very far away just happens to look exactly like a nearby streelamp when photographed, or

b) Forked accidentally took a picture of said nearby streetlight and didn't realise it?

What's that you say Bill? B? Never! Really? I'm shocked.
 
2007-02-18 03:03:23 PM  
halfof33

it was at the exact median of 25 degrees

it was a spaceship, with a levitating beam, and if you look closely it is levitating up the streetlight to the ship for a good arse rodgering

/GREEN THIS THREAD!
 
2007-02-18 03:03:29 PM  
forked_at_fark

Let me see if I can find a daylight picture.

That, or a long-exposure from the same spot so we can see what the surrounding details are. Doesn't really matter whether or not the object is still visible.
 
2007-02-18 03:04:03 PM  
Barnacles!: I love this thread so much.

It's no "Ballsack Conundrum" but it sure is good for a Sunday morning!
 
2007-02-18 03:04:33 PM  
www.fotosearch.com
 
2007-02-18 03:05:10 PM  
Meet Us at the Stick: It's no "Ballsack Conundrum"

if it was greenlit, it would totally be a contender. The liters would LOVE it.
 
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