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TheBlackCat
2006-Apr-12, 11:19 PM
The Bad Astronomy website is great. However, the website has one serious omission: there are no computer wallpapers. So I decided to make some of my own. I hope you like them.

The resolutions are what I think are the most common computer resolutions today. If you are using a monitor with a resolution other than one of these, let me know and I can make additional resolutions. I still have the extremely high-resolution originals, so I can make bigger versions easily. Any other suggestions regarding the wallpapers are also welcome.


The first one should be pretty obvious. It is based on BA's book. It is actually from a scan I made of the cover of my copy. I seperated the text, repositioned it, and added a few things to make it suitable as a wallpaper. I had to change some colors where text crossed color boundaries.

Bad Astronomy Book Wallpaper: 640x480 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Book/bookwallpaper640x480.jpg), 800x600 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Book/bookwallpaper800x600.jpg), 1024x768 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Book/bookwallpaper1024x768.jpg), 1280x800 (widescreen) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Book/bookwallpaper1280x800ws.jpg), 1280x960 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Book/bookwallpaper1280x960.jpg)


The next is a parody of Hoagland and his followers. It consitutes definitive proof from Opportunity that intelligent life had made it to Mars before us.

Bad Astronomy Mars Kilroy Wallpaper: 640x480 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Mars%20Kilroy/kilroywasherewallpaper640x480.jpg), 800x600 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Mars%20Kilroy/kilroywasherewallpaper800x600.jpg), 1024x768 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Mars%20Kilroy/kilroywasherewallpaper1024x768.jpg), 1280x800 (widescreen) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Mars%20Kilroy/kilroywasherewallpaper1280x800ws.jpg), 1280x960 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Mars%20Kilroy/kilroywasherewallpaper1280x960.jpg)


The final is a parody of the "moon hoax" theorists. Once again, it is definitive photographic proof of their opinion that the Apollo 11 moon landings were faked.

Bad Astronomy Apollo 11 Moon Hoax Wallpaper: 640x480 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Moon%20Hoax/moonhoaxwallpaper640x480.jpg), 800x600 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Moon%20Hoax/moonhoaxwallpaper800x600.jpg), 1024x768 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Moon%20Hoax/moonhoaxwallpaper1024x768.jpg), 1280x800 (widescreen) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Moon%20Hoax/moonhoaxwallpaper1280x800ws.jpg), 1280x960 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v89/toddrme/Wallpaper/Bad%20Astronomy/Moon%20Hoax/moonhoaxwallpaper1280x960.jpg)


Enjoy!

Dragon Star
2006-Apr-13, 01:01 AM
I liked the first one the best, very funny :D

antoniseb
2006-Apr-13, 01:23 PM
The third one is goofy since its Apollo eleven, but is shows a rover near a crater, and Apollos 11 through 14 didn't have rovers. I don't think my kids would get that joke though.

I like the Mars Kilroy one best.

trinitree88
2006-Apr-13, 01:47 PM
Black Cat. Nice job. A sense of the absurd is always welcome.:D

Roy Batty
2006-Apr-13, 05:08 PM
Nice! The 3rd one's now my desktop for a while :)

Dragon Star
2006-Apr-13, 08:19 PM
I liked the first one the best, very funny :D

:doh: I don't know why I said the first one, I like the 3rd one the best, comical.

ToSeek
2006-Apr-14, 02:38 PM
Very entertaining - thanks!

TheBlackCat
2006-Apr-25, 04:34 AM
Thanks for the compliments! I am glad you enjoy them.

Blue Fire
2006-Jul-29, 03:53 AM
Nice job, good work, and all that stuff. I needed a laugh just now.

jkmccrann
2006-Dec-02, 04:44 PM
Haha, just found this! Definitely the third one would be my fave!

I had no idea the whole thing was an April Fool's joke! So, that means, Neil, Buzz and co. were twiddling their thumbs for 3 1/2 months whilst the whole shebang went into post production I guess!

Very good mate! :)

WaxRubiks
2006-Dec-02, 05:46 PM
one day jkmccrann will find the missing link.

Roy Batty
2006-Dec-03, 03:54 PM
one day jkmccrann will find the missing link.
He/she seems to have found plenty so far .... :D

The Bad Astronomer
2006-Dec-03, 08:26 PM
Heh. I'm glad he did; I missed this thread when it came out! BlackCat, those are GREAT! I'll have to plug them on my blog. Since they're on Photobucket I don't have to worry about bandwidth issues either. Is that OK with you?

Roy Batty
2006-Dec-03, 09:13 PM
TheBlackCat doesn't seem to have posted since July, what happened to him? :confused:

Dragon Star
2006-Dec-03, 11:31 PM
TheBlackCat doesn't seem to have posted since July, what happened to him? :confused:

Visited on Oct. 11th though.

George
2006-Dec-05, 11:44 PM
Nice going, very funny. :)

The Bad Astronomer
2006-Dec-23, 09:49 PM
I just blogged about this (http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2006/12/23/ba-wallpaper/), so we'll see if we get any more traffic!

C18H27NO3
2006-Dec-26, 03:28 PM
I just found this today and I also love it!

Apollo Hoax is now set as my wallpaper. I imagine the others will cycle through as well...

CameronSS
2007-Mar-19, 08:58 PM
Ha! I just noticed that on the Apollo 11 shot the scene is 3,141,592--the first seven digits of pi! That makes me laugh.
I'm just trying to decide if I want these or my HAL 9000 wallpaper.

Roy Batty
2007-Mar-20, 01:45 PM
Ha! I just noticed that on the Apollo 11 shot the scene is 3,141,592--the first seven digits of pi! That makes me laugh.
I'm just trying to decide if I want these or my HAL 9000 wallpaper.
Damn I missed that reference! Now I notice a certain transcendental 'e' on the 'Take' as well! :doh:

What's your HAL9000 wallpaper btw? (that's the name of the the PC I'm typing on :))

CameronSS
2007-Jul-12, 01:42 AM
>What's your HAL9000 wallpaper btw?
InterfaceLIFT: Widescreen Wallpaper (http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details.php?id=1141)

Roy Batty
2007-Jul-15, 01:34 PM
Hey, thanks! most excellent :)
But should it be talking to me saying things like:
'I'm sorry Roy, I'm afraid I can't do that' though?
... oh wait a minute, that's just what Windows does anyway! :D

WaxRubiks
2007-Jul-15, 01:45 PM
it'll send you out to fix the TV areal in a minute.

Roy Batty
2007-Jul-15, 02:49 PM
it'll send you out to fix the TV areal in a minute.

I am sorry, I'm not in right now. Just popped outside to fix a problem with the AH35 unit....

The Bad Astronomer
2007-Jul-17, 02:18 AM
AE35.

Sheesh.

Roy Batty
2007-Jul-17, 11:11 AM
Mine's a newer model :p:shifty: