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Speaking of Mars: A Miracle of Science on 34th Street!
As a sort of Christmas gift to the astronomy geek community, the British-led European Beagle 2 probe has landed in Isidis Planitia on Mars. Or impacted on Mars and broke into a million pieces. It's not clear at this point.
More cool science stuff: This list of famous mathematical curves explains how a large number of important curves are created and who researched them.
Cromulac generates random words. Many of them look like they belong in Forthright's Phrontistery.
It's nearly Christmas, and you know what that means! Lots of shiny science stuff! (Come on, admit it. You like shiny science stuff.)
Among our shiny science stuff is this site full of ancient inventions.
A six foot wide unpowered human-wearable wing sounds like something out of science fiction. (Specifically, it sounds like something out of "The Menace from Earth.")
Combining the Buffy musical and Lord of the Rings, we get Once More with Hobbits. It's funny, clever, and displays an understanding of both the music of Buffy and the story of Lord of the Rings.
GIMLI:The previous was, if you can't place it, a rewrite of Xander's "witches good" solo from "I've Got a Theory."
On the centennial of the Wright Brothers' flight, it's logical to think about the future of transportation - such as the space elevator, which seems to be coming closer and closer to the realm of the possible with each passing minute.
None of the pictures I created with the church sign generator can be shared in mixed company, nor can they be stored in any medium which might, one day, be seen by my grandmother.
I'm pretty sure that she wouldn't find flatulence jokes and the Prime Mover to be a good mix.
As I post this, at 10 PM on the sixteenth, I'm certain that there will be a lot of hoopla tomorrow about the centennial of the Wright flyer. The thing to remember, amongst the hype, is that it's all true. The airplane truly did change the world.
What not to do during a showing of The Return of the King.
11. In TTT when the Ents decide to march to war, stand up and shout "RUN FOREST, RUN!"I promise not to do any of these when I see the movie. Except for maybe the Charlotte thing.
Research on the bombardier beetle might lead to aircraft engines that can be reignited more easily if they flame out at high altitude.
A Miracle of Science, new and improved with added David Byrne!
The strange quackery of radium water and the story of Kodak film speckled by fallout from the Trinity test are both part of the Museum of Health Physics Instrumentation.
Create your own re-envisioning of the stultifying world of art with Mister Picassohead.
Tiny jewels: macrographs of sand from around the world.
Mars may be coming out of an ice age.
There appears to be too much frozen water at low-latitude regions -- away from the frigid poles -- given the current climate of Mars. The situation is not in equilibrium, said William Feldman of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.With luck, the information from this research will give us some insight into Earth's climate and how it can change.
A Miracle of Science, now with 73% more pointless SF slang!
I'm not up on either fan fiction or Harry Potter, but I certainly enjoyed the Hogwarts Mary Sue Armageddon. I also liked The Game of the Gods, whose author has apparently read too much of both fan fiction and Tolkien's Silmarillion.
Johan Gambolputty (not a psudonym) has collected scripts, songs, and errata from Monty Python in one place for our amusement.
Jessica's family winds up in the papers a lot. I suspect she may secretly be a character in a John Grisham novel. Her cousin runs marathons and defeats cancer. Damn.
Local bar owner has live music. Live musicians play only their own, original songs. ASCAP sends enforcer around to check for illict music use. Enforcer claims bar's entertainment is playing copyrighted music without paying the piper. Bar owner denies this and has many witnesses to back up his version of events. ASCAP sues bar owner twice within one year. Bar owner halts live music at his establishment. Everyone wins!
This wouldn't be worthy of note, except for the fact that witnesses at the bar say the enforcer (a) is wrong and (b) was drinking.
A Miracle of Science, now with more Martian tubes!
Forthright's Phrontistery declares itself "a compendium of lost words." It's great. It reads like the glossary for a lost volume of H.P. Lovecraft stories.
chermadic (adj): of a heavy weight used as a projectile
The police of East Point, Georgia, have a sense of humor.
Read the following statement aloud:
Mark reports that Shaenon Garrity of Narbonic visited A Miracle of Science yesterday. (Ms. Garrity is a dead-tree-published comic author whose webcomic is the one thing I made certain to read every day while I was deep in 20-hour-a-day programming mode.) Cool.
Playland delenda est.
Who cares if it was done with an emulator or a Game Shark or black magic? The video of a gamer beating the bejeezus out of Super Mario Brothers 3 is just fun to watch. In the comments on the page, we also find a very apropos 404 error.
Secrets of the ancients revealed in these pages of A Miracle of Science! (page one, page two)
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