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The protons are coming! The protons are coming!


In the Sunlight Foundation computer systems, the people are protected by one unconventional, yet endlessly impressive Timball, our sysadmin. The man investigates the problem and keeps us safe from the offenders. This is his story.

Dear fellow earthlings. We are under attack and the thing that is attacking us is our Sun.

I was alerted via friends on IRC, early this morning they shared with me a Facebook image link:

path of destruction

which showed a scary red spot pretty much completely covering North America (my favorite america), but i wanted to know what the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was doing to monitor the situation. So i jumped on the google and quickly found a pile of realtime data directly from NOAA!

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We’re Muses!


Our sysadmin extraordinaire Timball was presented with this lovely piece of art at Shmoocon a couple of weeks ago:

(In real life the hard drive platters are shinier than they look here)

The piece was made by a gentleman named Phylum Coredata who said Sunlight had inspired it. We think it's pretty awesome (a proper frame is forthcoming). Thanks, P!

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