Thursday, March 6, 2014
Just about everybody who knows about astronomy, specifically in the category of Solar System planets, knows that there are big volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io. The volcanoes were discovered because of a big plume of sulfurous spew that was spied in a Voyager image. So when the New Horizons satellite stopped by Jupiter on its way to Pluto, it took a look at Io, and saw more volcanic plumes arching high into the Jovian sky.
A five-frame "movie", repeated over and over, shows the volcanic plume over Io. There are certainly strange places in the Solar System, and Io is one of the strangest.
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Monday, March 3, 2014
This week's lighthouse is in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, on the island of Ishigaki. It's actually pretty close to the island of Taiwan. It overlooks clear, tropical waters, and has a plaque in Japanese on the walk to the light.
This Panoramio page has a larger picture and a locator map.
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A couple of hotties got engaged recently.
U.S. women's soccer striker Alex Morgan got engaged to a Houston Dynamo player.
Supergirl Laura Vandervoort (who I wrote about here) got engaged to a British actor named Oliver Trevena.
Both guys are very fortunate. Very, very fortunate.
at 8:58 PM
Rihanna wore a garment to a party recently that displayed her feminine assets with only a bare smidge of covering, like a net.
The garment can be seen in the following article, without censoring (which has happened at many other media outlets). I mean, what's the controversy if there aren't any pictures to verify it and help determine the reactions of the participants.
Rihanna leaves nothing to the imagination in see-through fishnet top at Balmain party
So given the low-cut and no-cut (like Rihanna's) outfits out there, it might not be long before a post-award show party looks like a day at the Minoan palace.
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I succumbed to all the publicity surrounding Sandra Bullock's performance in "Gravity", and paid too little attention to the late-year buzz around Cate Blanchett's star turn in "Blue Jasmine". But once I'd made the Undangerous Prediction, I couldn't back off, even as Cate started taking home all the trophies. So by the time the Oscars arrived, I had consigned myself to not getting that prediction right. In retrospect, the mortal locks at the Oscars were "Frozen" for Best Animated Feature Film and Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director. (And Kate Hudson for Sexiest Presenter Dress, and Kate Beckinsale for Sexiest Woman at the Parties (for the latter, check this out). She had serious competition from Miranda Kerr.
Looking ahead, the next undangerous prediction with a deadline is the World Cup and my unfortunate hope-I'm-wrong prediction that the U.S. National Men's Soccer Team won't get out of the group play into the elimination rounds. Now, an 8+ earthquake could happen any time, and Hilary Clinton could declare that she'll seek the presidency anytime. But other than that, I can relax for a few months on the prediction front.
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'if my appeal be answered'
I do not know if there will sometime be
another way - a diff'rent sight and touch,
an altered sound, a new approach, a shared
experience of learning, though there's much
we would already know - the basics, paired
desires and mutual intentions, free
of history and tales of sorrow, which
can color those who know each other well.
The newness is excitement, unexpect-
ed flesh and fresh expression as a spell
of temporary thrall makes us connect
through love's ingrained affections, as we twitch
and shake and quake in our ecstatic throes,
the secret splendor our infection knows.
at 7:22 PM
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Well, checking in on the Crystal Palace, they got a point for a tie, 1-1 with Swansea City, on a late penalty kick. So they are currently 3 points ahead of Sunderland (which is on top of the relegation zone), a point behind Norwich and two points behind Swansea City, with Southampton and Sunderland coming up next. The Sunderland match will be critical, but a win over Southampton would be most welcome. Sunderland has a week off next week before facing Crystal Palace, which is why an extra point or three againts the Southampton Saints would be very useful.
Crystal Palace 1, Swansea City 1
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