Does anyone know anything about this vessel? She is the "Hybrid Ark", and around the 60-70' mark in size, a gaff-rigged ketch. The build looks modern, but the styling says early 1800s... My Google-fu has failed me :-(
Great. And now we really have no excuse for not visiting the planning office.
On the other hand, an exoplanet we could reach with a probe in my lifetime is one hell of a birthday present!
Originally shared by SETI Institute
Exoplanet Found in Nearest Star System to Earth European astronomers have discovered a planet with about the mass of the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system — the nearest to Earth. It is also the lightest exoplanet ever discovered around a star like the Sun. The planet was detected using the HARPS instrument on the 3.6-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. The results will appear online in the journal Nature on 17 October 2012. The Aliens may not be too far.
Thanks to the glorious statement of the Chairman of Macquarie Radio, claiming that the social media protest that has led to several major advertisers withdrawing from either the show or the station is "21st Century censorship, via cyber bullying", I predict, in my opinion, that the entire company is going to go belly-up, before exploding into a cloud of executive guts, with Alan Jones as a chest-burster squatting in the decaying remains. And about as welcome.
Kim's music is amazing to begin with (just listen to The Organ Donor's March or Sex, Drugs and Nuclear Physics to see what I mean), and this combines two great things, last seen together in TMBG's Apollo 18 - music and space!
Originally shared by Philip Plait (The Bad Astronomer)
The Sky Is Calling
Kim Boekbinder is an indie musician who writes music that's really hard to pin down. Pop, lyrical, quirky... but it's cool, and I really like it. So I was happy when she said she was doing an album of space songs, and thrilled when she asked me to be an advisor on it! She wants to get the science right, and to inspire people about space the way it inspires her. And me, for that matter.
She's got a Kickstarter going to fund the album, and she put the video for her first song, "The Sky Is Calling", there. Go listen, watch, and kick in some moolah. Help support the intersection of SCIENCE and ART!
A Splendid Blue Wren down at Woodman Point. These are quite bold - but always fast moving, so actually gettng them in frame can be a bit of a challenge. This gentleman had his harem of females flitting about and being very co-operative, while he hid deep inside a clump of shrubbery. In the end, though, patience paid off, and he emerged from cover just long enough for me to get two quick shots off.
This is the first time I've seen one in full splendor in the wild, and getting a photo was an added bonus.
... Think a severely bent mix of As Time Goes By (the Max Gillies movie, that is) and Round The Twist. At least that what it looks like from the trailer! I'm really looking forward to it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPmGKiGMTTo
So after the hustle and bustle of the Perth Open, Leece and I decided to play the course that we have not actually played since we did the design work with Kim.
Finding the remains of some of the tees and the basket marks after two solid days of play and one day of torrential rain was tricky in places, but we managed it with only having to resort to the GPS once.
Leece got a 66, and I got a 61, with par being 57, so we're pretty pleased!
Here you can see Leece making an amazing 15m putt on hole 15, and a very neat par putt on hole 18.
This is a replica fossil of a Diprotodon that I installed in one of my playground upgrade projects last year. The replica is buried in the sandpit so as the kids dig they begin to uncover the life sized skeleton of the Diprotodon (also known as the giant wombat).
Diprotodons have been found across mainland Australia and the largest fossils found have been about 3m from nose to tail, standing about 2m tall.
The Mars Rover From Above - A Self Portrait! - "...Remarkable image sets from NASA's #Curiosity#rover and Mars Reconnaissance #Orbiter are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars. The #images from Curiosity's just-activated navigation cameras, or #Navcams, include the rover's first self-portrait, looking down at its deck from above." See More Photos:http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-235#4 #msl #nasa #marsrover #marssciencelaboratory #tech
Barry Jones, one of our few remaining statesmen, hits the nail squarely on the head. I am likewise reminded of a triplet from an Alan Parsons Project song: "If we call for the truth, And question the answers, Only the doubt remains" (Wolfson/Parsons - 'Ammonia Avenue'). This, in turn, raises the related point that our popular culture is similarly represented by the simple sound-bite and empty gossip. The likelihood of a major company releasing an album like "Ammonia Avenue" these days is vanishingly small, because they don't think 'smart' and 'thoughtful' sell.
Originally shared by Perth Disc Golf Ace Race 2012
Well, that's the Ace Race for us for another year... Four players managed to get three Aces, and three of them got four metal hits, but Peter Bray scraped ahead by scoring a fifth metal hit. Amongst the female players, we had one player with five metals, one with a single Ace, and Alicia Smith took home the prize with one ace and two metals - which she has generously decided to share with her two closest competitors.
It was fascinating to watch which holes got the Aces... and which ones got the mulligans. The two did not always coincide! Hole 18 got a lot of mulligans, with the extremely short triple basket, but did not get as many aces as you might otherwise have expected, while hole 12 - the longest on the course - got no mulligans, but still picked up an ace!
Overall, we had 33 players playing on the day, with five additional packs sold to no-shows, or people who love the disc.
Weather-wise, we got pretty lucky, with only one major…
And this is an example of why I won't deal with Apple any more.
Originally shared by Shannon “Loud Rainbow Chikkin” Shoffner
This is just nuts.
Apple won't carry an ebook because it mentions Amazon
Author Holly Lisle has a series of online writing guides that she sells. One volume of this, "How To Think Sideways Lesson 6: How To Discover (Or Create) Your Story’s Market" was rejected by Apple's iBooks store. At first, Apple told Lisle that she wasn't allowed to have "live links" to Amazon in her books. So she removed the links and resubmitted the book, and then Apple rejected it again, telling her that they wouldn't sell her book because it mentioned Amazon, a competitor of its iBooks store.
But I also will not deal with this sort of head-up-ass behavior from a distributor. You don’t tell someone “The problem is the live links,” and then, when that person has complied with your change request and removed the live links, turn around and say, “No, no. T…
Originally shared by Perth Disc Golf Ace Race 2012
With the official announcement out, I can now talk about this year's players' packs!
The disk this you get two Crystal-Z drivers. Add to that a stainless steel water bottle, the usual mini and sticker combo, and (here in Australia) a Discraft towel (instead of the sunglasses in the picture below).
Why the towel and not the sunnies? Because of Australia's import and commerce regulations that require any sunglasses imported into Australia to meet and be labelled according to Australian and New Zealand safety standards.
If your ATD had not picked up on this the players packs would have been sent straight back to the US or destroyed by Customs (after an impoundment of several weeks).