Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I'll keep this last one short, simple, and really, really sweet. Two links to Nina Agdal doing what Nina Agdal does extremely and pleasingly well: modeling swimwear.
(Yeah, she's good at lingerie, too, but I've got some other girls in the near future that do that well, too.)
Nina Agdal models Beach Bunny swimwear
Nina Agdal sizzles as she hits the beach for a sexy swimwear shoot
If you want more of the latter, go here: Sauvage Swimwear
(And if you go to their Models page, there are lots and lots and lots and lots, and some more, pretty girls in swimsuits, and there are videos too, and even look books. Very fun!)
And I will help out Sauvage with a bit of visual advertising and finish the year on a lovely visual note as well:
Thank you, Nina. Looking forward to seeing much more of you in 2014.
at 10:14 PM
"Nearly 1.2 million Americans have died in all the wars in U.S. history since the Revolutionary War began in 1775; by comparison, nearly 1.4 million Americans have died by firearms since Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot June 5, 1968.
In other words, more Americans have died in the past 45 years from domestic gunfire than have died in all the military conflicts since the founding of our nation."
From Norman Chad: Excessiveness in 21st century is at its worst since . . . the 20th century
I wish the right to bear arms didn't lead to so much carnage.
at 9:39 PM
Australia, which elected a new Prime Minister bent on getting rid of their forward-looking and future-leading carbon tax (for which they have my admiration), is a demonstration site for the dangers of global warming.
Now wait. I have chastised skeptics for exploiting short-term variability for their own propagandistic goals, so for me to express that the heat down under is proof or something like it of global warming would be wrong. So I shouldn't. All it serves therefore is as a counterpoint to the skeptics who present a generally normal cold winter in the U.S. and northern hemisphere (yes, there was snow in Egypt recently) as something that somehow disproves global warming. We live in a great big world, and there will be areas that are cool and areas that are warm. In the case of Australia, record warm. All-time record warm.
Records melt in our hottest year: Australia's heat maps were literally off the charts
"2013 will go down as the year that registered Australia's hottest day, month, season, 12-month period - and, by December 31, the hottest calendar year."and
"But for Dr David Jones, head of climate analysis at the bureau, the year's stand-out event was a whole month largely overlooked by a media diverted by the football finals and federal elections. ''From a climate point of view, what happened in September was probably the most remarkable,'' he says.Keep up here. September is a transitional month for Australia - early spring in the southern hemisphere, early autumn in the northern hemisphere. So just as the northern hemisphere is seeing major shifts in the spring (like early ice thaws, early blooming seasons), Australia is seeing the same basic thing, perhaps even more pronounced. And thus even though the world is a variable place and winters still get cold where they are supposed to get cold (despite the fact that winters are not as cold as they used to be, overall), the general pattern, i.e., climate, is still getting warmer.
September's mean temperature soared to be 2.75 degrees above the 1961-90 average, eclipsing the previous record monthly deviation set in April 2005 by 0.09 degrees. Maximums were a stark 3.41 degrees over the norm, with South Australia's top raised by 5.39 degrees and NSW's by 4.68." (NSW = New South Wales)
at 9:34 PM
A lot of men must learn this lesson. Some men don't. Figure out where each path leads.
Why women are happier if they have the last word... but agreeing with everything their wives say only makes husbands miserable
"For the study, published in the British Medical Journal, a group of husbands had to agree with every opinion and request expressed by their wives without complaint, even if they thought they were wrong.
The researchers, from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, found that the men’s quality of life dipped from seven out of ten to three out of ten in only 12 days.
In fact, the impact was so ‘severe’ the study had to be abandoned. And despite the power they wielded, the women’s happiness increased only slightly, from eight to 8.5.
The study said: ‘It seems that being right is a cause of happiness, and agreeing with what one disagrees with is a cause of unhappiness."
So, if you are a husband and you argue (justifiably, when you know what you're talking about) with your wife, you feel happier but you have more conflict in your marriage and your wife might get fed up enough to leave you. If you don't argue with her and try to agree with all of her ideas and opinions, nutty as they might be, then you end up wanting to leave her. Unless of course she's 20 years younger than you, wants to have sex every night, and looks like Brooklyn Decker. Then you agree with anything she thinks, even if it means agreeing that natural stone or metal objects from space are still meteors even after they land on Earth. I mean, seriously...
So the key is... argue just enough with your wife to salvage your pride. And then give it up. That's what happy men have learned to do.
It's hard for me to believe that there was (or is) this much previously undiscovered water under Kenya, but that's supposedly what just got discovered. This is likely to be a good thing for Kenya.
Huge aquifers are discovered in northern Kenya
"Radar Technologies International, the natural resources exploration firm that discovered the aquifers, said that they contained “a minimum reserve of 250 billion cubic meters of water,” or about 66 trillion gallons, and that rainfall in Kenya and Uganda refilled them with about 898 billion gallons annually."
(the linked press release includes an aquifer map)
at 8:52 PM
So here we go. As my 2013 evaluation post indicated, I was both too risky and too sentimental. Can't do that in the prediction business if you want your predictions to look good. These will be better. But I'll still take a couple of risks.
1. The U.S. men's soccer team won't make it out of the group round at the World Cup.
Discussion: Hardly a stretch. They're in a very tough group (Germany, Ghana, and Portugal). It'd be cool if they make it out of the group. But none of the experts expects them to, so why should I?
2. Status quo in the 2014 national elections.
Discussion: The Senate could still be tough to hold in 2014 for the Dems, particularly with Obamacare problems. Otherwise they could exploit the bad opinion the public held of the Republicans after the budget battle. They will, of course, still try. And while a switch in the House looked possible after that, the Obamacare problems cooled it down. Depending on the savviness of the campaigns, the Dems could pick up a few seats. There's a long way to go and a lot of potential events that could influence this ultimately, so I'm playing it safe.
3. Sandra Bullock wins Oscar for Best Actress for "Gravity".
Discussion: I couldn't stop watching, but I didn't think "Gravity" has the gravitas to win Best Picture. It was a technological triumph, and Sandra Bullock acted the heck out of a part where she was mostly alone. That's pretty good. As usual, Meryl Streep and Judi Dench will contend. Dark horse: Julie Delpy.
4. There will be at least one 8+ (Richter scale) earthquake this year.
Discussion: According to Wikipedia, there have only been two years between 2000-2013 when this didn't happen (2007 made up for 2008 by having 4). So obviously this one's a decent chance. But not a gimme. I'm rolling the dice here. Stretching - where? I think South America is due. I hope it's not the Cascade zone (and I will continue to hope that for as long as I live).
5. Hillary Clinton decides she will run for President in 2016.
Discussion: Unless something bizarre happens, her status as the person 80% or so of liberals want to see run will force her hand, plus the siren call of history will be too hard to resist.
6. The Washington Nationals make the major league baseball playoffs again.
Discussion: Call me a sentimentalist because they're a local team, but I think this past year was fluky that they didn't make it. They're a good team with solid pitching, and added a big piece from Detroit, Doug Fister. They were also the best team in baseball in the second half but couldn't overcome the slow start. Question mark: new manager.
7. NASA's new satellite shows there's more precipitation than expected.
Discussion: NASA is slated to launch a new precipitation measuring satellite early in 2014. By the end of the year they should have some preliminary results. If everything works right, I'm predicting that due to the improved coverage and instrumentation, they'll find that there is more precipitation around the world than has been previously estimated and modeled. This is a coin-flip prediction; the other side of the coin is that they could find less than estimated/modeled. But climate change is making more precipitation, so I go with more.
8. There's an Entourage movie!
Discussion: Supposedly, they will start filming this early in 2014. Since it won't have a lot of post-production, I think they'll get it on screens by the end of the year. Which means seeing the stupendously awesomely lovely Emmanuelle Chriqui on the big screen -- yay! Side prediction - Emmanuelle will wear lingerie or a hot swimsuit at least once in the picture. Side prediction #2: Jeremy Piven will have an epic wig-out in the picture.
9. There will be at least two landfalling hurricanes on the U.S. East Coast (or Gulf of Mexico coast) during the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.
Discussion: This past Atlantic season was abnormally quiet. So a very modest prediction is a return to more normal statistics, which means a couple of hurricanes make it onshore. I also do expect a few more solid setbacks to the climate-skeptical position this year, too. I will note them, of course.
10. The Winter Olympics hockey final 4:
Hockey is the "big" thing in the Winter Olympics, and considering that while I enjoy watching the craziness on the slopes or the XC course I don't know anybody by name other than Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White, predicting them is not very reasonable. (But I will bet that the amazing South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na wins it again on the women's singles side). But as for hockey, it's a very tough sport to predict, so all I'm going to to do is predict that the gold medal team will be from one of four countries: Canada, the United States, Russia, or Sweden. I can't go out on a thicker limb than that, can I? But I will also predict that not all four of these teams will be in the actual final 4, i.e., the bronze medal game and the gold-silver game. I will predict that three out of these four will be in those games. But the prediction to base my success on is the gold medal winner.
How shall I do? Only 365 days will tell.
at 8:44 PM
Despite calling them "undangerous", I went too far out on a limb a few times; my heart surpassed my mind in terms of control, and I also had a few totally sentimental unlikely ones. NEXT YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT. The point of "undangerous" predictions is to make predictions that have a fairly good possibility of actually happening. Which means I should get at least 6 out of 10. Let's make a final assessment of last year's effort:
Because I was a little hazardous, I said I'd be lucky to get five of them right. So let's see.
1. Caroline Wozniacki wins a tennis Grand Slam.
WRONG. She has faded, and Serena Williams was dominant this year. Wozniacki's best Slam was the Australian, where she made it to the fourth round. Second-round exit in the French; second-round exit at Wimbledon with an ankle injury; third-round out at the U.S. Open in a 3-setter to a qualifier. Will she have a better 2014? Hard to tell. I think her best tennis is still in front of her, though. [Though getting engaged to Rory McIlroy might be distracting.]
2. McCauliffe elected governor in Virginia
RIGHT. Cuccinelli was just too far right and too fargone to win. It was still close due to the October Obamacare rollout fiasco. Thank God Coochie was just to much to take.
3. Arctic sea ice doesn't set new minimum record; skeptics publicize this everywhere.
RIGHT. And they are already touting the refreeze stats as something contrary to global warming, too.
4. Jennifer Aniston has a baby
WRONG. Hard to tell if this will ever happen, because it's hard to tell the current status of her relationship with Justin Theroux (most recently they still look amorously involved). Right now if I had an even-money bet I'd say she won't. That's not a big deal (despite what the tabloids say), but I think she'll leave the child-rearing to her Friends.
5. The GOP House fights another pitched battle over raising the debt ceiling, and only capitulates when China threatens to cause us economic harm because our pending recession is hurting their economy.
WRONG. (But close.) The pitched battle ended up being over Obamacare, resulting in a government shutdown. They made noises about a debt ceiling fight, but the Prez held his ground (smartly), and they realized that wasn't going to fly. But they've already made noises indicating that they haven't learned their lesson and might fight the next debt ceiling hike. So if I predict Republicans will show how stupid they are repeatedly in 2014, I'll probably be right frequently.
6. The U.S. Men's Soccer team fails to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
WRONG. They made it. And now they're in a very tough group in the actual World Cup. See my Undangerous Predictions for 2014.
7. Playboy will make an inspired choice for Playmate - Audrey Nicole (Twitter: @msaudreynicole).
WRONG. I didn't really expect this, but I wanted to show a personal preference here. Playboy would be
smart to show her off in the monthly feature, but she's done several other things for them already (happily for us!) and thus she probably doesn't qualify as virginal enough to be a Playmate. Too bad. She's wondrous.
8. Due to the nation's budget problems, several large national parks will close for at least a few days during the summer vacation season, to demonstrate how bad the situation is.
WRONG. (But again close.) I thought this would happen due to sequestration, and various gimmicks kept the parks open, if somewhat limited. But the parks DID close during the Obamacare/budget/shutdown fiasco.
9. Joe Lieberman gets a position in the Obama administration.
WRONG. I thought Lieberman has been vetted sufficiently well to be useful in a Cabinet replacement role. Didn't happen. So he's gone private. http://www.chicagotribune.com/
10. A major satellite collision in space emphasizes the space debris problem.
RIGHT. I have to call this one for me; there was apparently a satellite collision with a small Ecuadorian satellite and Russian space debris. And a little Russian spacecraft was hit by some Chinese debris. Do I get credit for two?
Russian satellite hit by Chinese space junk
Ecuador satellite hit Soviet era space junk
Plus, there was the Chelyabinsk meteor (which became a meteorite since parts of it hit Russia), which I didn't see coming. Obviously nobody else did either, but this also emphasized the potential danger of an asteroid impact.
So, final score:
CLOSE: 2 (1/2 point)
Final score on my own biased scoring system: 4 out of 10. Well, I "predicted" I wouldn't do very well. So the Undangerous Predictions for 2014 will be less risky.
at 7:54 PM
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
OK, I watched the live broadcast of The Sound of Music. Opinions have been mixed - I think it was a stretch to expect that Carrie Underwood would be a great actress when she hasn't done any appreciable amount of acting. In fact, it was brave of her to try something so iconic. She sang great, which is what she does, and the best acting was done by others in the cast - notably the Baroness (Laura Benanti).
I knew I recognized her from somewhere, but was surprised to learn what somewhere I knew her from, which was the USA series Royal Pains. When you read what she's done, including a Tony award, then I should know her from her other accomplishments. But as the first linked article states, just because she should be well-known doesn't mean she is well-known. As it says, "Though it’s criminal that none of Benanti’s film and TV star-is-born moments have yet to birth more mainstream recognition, it’s fitting that the latest opportunity comes in the form of a musical that quite literally changed her life."
‘Sound of Music’ Star Laura Benanti Is About to Be One of Your Favorite Things
Some other articles, if you're interested in finding out more about her:
Embracing the Baroness: Talking Sound of Music live with Laura Benanti
'Sound of Music': Laura Benanti talks live performance, Carrie Underwood, and why musicals are ready for a comeback
And there's also this. She's also very sexy. Below she shows the proper way not to wear a tie.
at 10:18 PM
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Don't look now (actually, it's OK to look) -- as of today, there's a 3-way tie at the top of Britain's Barclays Premier League (soccer) between Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal. It's good to see Liverpool contending again, and though Arsenal has had some tough matches lately, they're still very strong. Manchester City has come on very well recently.
Everton is a point back and Chelsea, which actually LOST to Crystal Palace, is two points back. Which means it's still wide open.
Crystal Palace is still in the relegation zone, but they're only a point from "safety", as the Brits would say. So it's going to be interesting at the top and bottom of the Barclays.
Man City plays the top (Liverpool) and then Crystal Palace in their next two.
Barclay's Premier League current standings
at 2:59 PM
30 seconds of Michelle Keegan. That's real good.
(Oh yeah, she's in her underwear. Even better!)
World domination looms.
Actually, I found this one too, which is "behind the scenes" of the one above. It's actually better, and it's a minute 3 seconds long. More Michelle = more enjoyment.
at 2:27 PM
The Chelyabinsk meteorite strike conveyed the potential (if note the probable) danger to the citizenry of the world (and possibly human civilization itself) if a considerably bigger rogue asteroid smashed into our world. So NASA turned the WISE mission into the NEOWISE mission to look for more of the dangerous ones.
First they looked at images they collected for the four months after the hydrogen coolant ran out. Then they proposed to turn it on again (it was put into "cold storage" after the end of the official mission). I wondered how they could do that, but I found the answer on the mission Web site:
"Although the solid hydrogen is gone, the mission could still operate at its two shortest infrared wavelengths, returning valuable data on the numbers, orbits, sizes, and compositions of asteroids and comets."So they just turned it back on, to look for more threats to human civilization. If they find any, I sure hope we have time to figure out how to steer it off.
at 2:19 PM
A few weeks ago, Harbin, China was so beset with horrific thick choking smog and fog that drivers couldn't see where they were going with their headlights on in the middle of the day. This was a combination of weather patterns, coal burning to fuel a city-lentral heating system, and some weather patterns bringing smoke up from the south.
Anyway, it's nice to see that the clouds have cleared in time for the winter festival. These are some AMAZING snow sculptures. I'm glad they're visible.
Stunning snow scupture festival in China
at 1:56 PM
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Over on Coronation Street, the British soap opera, stunningly, gorgeously cute Cheryl Cole is doing a one-day cameo appearance that will benefit a charity. "Corrie" is the soap that features the ready-for-world-domination, incredibly gorgeous with a fiendishly awesome body, Michelle Keegan. This is a match made in total men's heaven. And yes, it did happen. Picture below, preceded by a link to an article about this extraordinary celestial-with-a-British-accent conjunction.
Corrie's Michelle Keegan talks 'idol' Cheryl Cole's cameo - new pictures
|Wow. Just plain ol' wow.|
Just posts ago I mentioned the global movement of the fungus which could spell the end of the Cavendish banana as we know it, the world's most popular (and virtually the only) banana. This article discusses potential alternative bananas, which apparently are not as sweet. And it also gets into the history of the worldwide banana, in which the Cavendish became ascendant when a different fungus (related to the one that could lay the Cavendish low) nearly wiped out the previous world's most popular banana, the Gros Michel. (I have never heard of that before.) If the Cavendish gets rotted out, the red banana and the manzano could replace it. (I tried some mini bananas, but apparently ate them too soon, because they practically turned my mouth inside out. You have to wait until the skin on minis is all brown.)
Well, ultimately, I really like the Cavendish banana. I hope the food scientists of the world solve this problem.
Start Getting Used to the Idea of Eating Really Different Kinds of Bananas
at 8:51 PM
Took me awhile to get inspired. Here's what I came up with:
Haven't found it yet
There are no limits to my disappoint-
ment; wishing does not make it so,
and trying is frustrated at each joint
of an attempted meeting. Even though
I am considered good, my attributes
are not esteemed by those who I would hope
to take me into their embrace; these fruits
of labor never ripen, so I grope
for satisfactions, seek to find that place
where I am welcomed as I am desired,
disrobed, disrupted from the normal face
that shines the way my simple life required;
a change, an alteration to the flow
is where I wish my hidden life would go.
at 8:34 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Nina Agdal is obviously one of my current faves. So I will note just about any new appearance. And here's one courtesy of the inestimable Daily Mail. And as usual, she looks great. But she has a fabulous smile that makes nary an appearance here. So I'll have to keep looking for more.
Nina Agdal, Max George's girlfriend, in party wear shoot
Despite the Japanese characters, here's a short video of the real Von Trapp singers, which is who "The Sound of Music" is based on. (As if you didn't know.) Unsurprisingly, they don't sound anything like the family in the musical. But unlike the musical, they do sound quite Austrian.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Apparently, according to this article, Kelly Brook will be writing a book about her amorous adventures to the tune of a million pounds Sterling. (Hmm, converting, that's... well over $1.5 mil USD. Nice renumeration for describing what was hopefully some pleasurable events, which many of us would pay to a) watch, and b) take part in.)
So we will find out what it has been like for her to give of her abundancy to several suitors who were no doubt pleased to receive it.
The thing is, as a male I'd also be quite interested in the male perspective, as detailed as possible, describing as many actions and reactions and contractions as can be crammed into textual form.
at 9:25 PM
Now it appears that there's more than one microphotography contest. Whatever; the winners of this Olympus contest are pretty outstanding.
Bad news for bananas - the fungus that kills the main variety of banana in the world (the Cavendish) has been found in Mozambique and Jordan, spreading from the initial site of the "infection" in Asia. The article seems a bit hopeful that agricultural science may come up with a cure, but that is far from certain.
I guess we might be seeing one of the downsides of monotype agriculture if this thing spreads and becomes a bigger problem. And we'll have to find a different kind of banana, too.
Robert Samuelson writes about the budget deal, which does nothing about our long-term budget, debt,and deficit. Which is fine as long as nothing goes wrong. How likely is that?
"A report from the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, lists some concerns: fewer meat inspectors and forest firefighters; less spending on Head Start and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I didn't post about the Ashes Test cricket played in England a few months ago, because it was a blowout by the home team (England), 3-0. And Australia didn't look like they'd recover anytime soon, either. But now that the series has gone to Australia, they are absolutely dominating England (so unfortunately it isn't very dramatic again). The main reason for this domination is that Australia's fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has just been destroying the English batsmen.
Australia wins second Ashes Test match by 218 runs
In the third match, it still isn't going good for England. So they'll probably be retURNing the URN soon.
England's Ashes hopes hanging by a thread
at 11:40 AM
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
James Hansen, formerly of NASA, spoke at the American Geophysical Union meeting today on the current sad state of the rapidly changing climate. I couldn't find any quotes from the talk, which was pretty good, but they might show up tomorrow.
So I found this article, which discusses recently published research, including research by Hansen.
Regarding the paper:
"If we don't get on a downward emissions pathway this decade, young people are likely to inherit a climate system with dramatic consequences out of their control," said James Hansen, the climate scientist who led the study.
Stabilizing Earth's climate would also require restoring 100 billion metric tons of carbon to forests and soils through better management, the authors say. Going beyond typical research papers, they call for a global tax on carbon to facilitate a transition to nuclear and renewable energy."That won't play well in some sectors. But many big companies are already using a price for the carbon they use. More on that later.
at 9:54 PM
Kate Winslet had her baby with husband and father Ned Rocknroll, a bouncing and healthy 9 pounder, putting Kate in the somewhat exclusive 3-for-3 club, three children with three different fathers (and notably, she was actually married to each of the fathers at the time the kids were born). I'm not judging; if anything, I admire her for spreading the wealth of her beauty around -- and I'm sure that though there were probably some regrets from the fathers that it didn't last, they probably appreciated the opportunity at the time.
I know I would.
Kate Winslet gives birth to healthy 9-pound baby boy (discusses the 3x3 aspect).
Let's face it - Kate is gorgeous. And gorgeous begets love and lust amongst the menfolk.
Alexander Popov, the "Russian Rocket", was one of the dominant freestyle sprinters in the 1990s, winning the 50 and 100 meter freestyle at both Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996. Somewhere along the line he also got stabbed in a street fight and came back and won more medals, notably in the World Championships in Barcelona in 2003.
Interestingly (at least to me), he had two sons in 1997 and 2000 with a fellow Russian swimmer, but he and his wife weren't done, bringing another daughter into the world in 2010.
I knew he was doing something with sports and the Olympics now, but I didn't know how deeply involved he was. He's on the supervisory board for the Sochi Olympics, even though the water there will mostly be frozen. You can read more about him at the link, which was apparently written before the decade-later daughter.
So currently he's also on the supervisory board of Adidas, according to Wikipedia.
I also found a picture of him and the wife (and the team doctor for Philips Sports Vereninging, a good soccer team).
Sunday, December 8, 2013
This is a little bit old news, but the American Music Awards had some hot looks.
Sweet Ariana Grande, who proved indoors that she has incredible pipes (look for the video, which I might post here soon), looked spectacular in a sparkly red dress, even though on the red carpet she didn't smile. She has a great smile, too.
Taylor Swift looked fierce.
But the showstopper was Christina Aguilera, who is back to her curvalicious self, and showing off that state confidently. Makes me dream again of when she said he and her ex-husband spent the day in the nude y (which is still one of my posts on this blog that gets frequent hits). That's my kind of girl.
I'm still following the adventures of Crystal Palace in the British Premier League. They beat Cardiff City 2-0, and they have 13 points, which is tied with two other teams. And they have more wins (4) than three teams ahead of them, that only have 3 (but with several more ties). They might still get out of the relegation zone by the end of the season.
They also have a new coach.
Good luck, Palace.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
PopSugar, an outstanding news Web site, has a roundup of the top celebrity bikini appearances of 2013.
How Kelly Brook's topless show in Cancun didn't make this list, I don't know (but well, it is about bikinis). And clearly they didn't know about Toni Garrn and her wet T-shirt, just mentioned in the Daily Mail.
But it's still worth reviewing the review. My favorites were 17, 20, and 31.
I really need to write a long article about nuclear energy, and another one on the basics of climate change. But seriously, who would read that?
at 10:11 PM
Interesting article - NASA had a small experiment on three of the Apollo lunar landing mission experiment packages that measured the buildup of dust. And they never looked at the data and thought they lost the data because the tapes were gone, but it turns out that the principal scientist kept a set of backup tapes.
Turns out, according to now-published analysis of the data, that the dust builds up incredibly slowly, but 10x faster than the incredibly slowly that was previously thought to be the rate of buildup. The way it happens is that solar radiation knocks some electrons off some of the dust particles, so they build up a positive charge. On the dark side of the moon, the solar wind puts some electrons on the dust particles, and they get a negative charge. When the nightside meets the dayside, the charge attraction lofts the dust into the lunar sky.
Seriously. At least that's what I think the article says.
Rediscovered Apollo data gives first measure of how lunar dust piles up
at 9:59 PM
Movie news is that Gal Gadot will be Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie Batman vs. Superman. To which one must immediately ask, "Is she qualified?"
Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in "Batman vs. Superman"
at 9:36 PM
Friday, December 6, 2013
With a little effort and several images of Saturn's moon Dione, an enterprising individual put together a really big, really high resolution picture of the moon. It's very impressive. What's more impressive is that currently this moon and it's parent planet are about 1.6 billion (yes, billion) kilometers away from Earth.
Our satellites are GOOD.
Pretty picture: newly processed high-res view of a fractured icy moon, Dione
at 9:04 PM
Monday, December 2, 2013
That's short-sighted, folks. To get to the future without catastrophic consequences, all of our energy production options need to be on the table. ESPECIALLY the best ones.
World Bank says no money for nuclear power
"We don't do nuclear energy," said World Bank president Jim Yong Kim as he and UN leader Ban Ki-moon outlined efforts to make sure all people have access to electricity by 2030.
Kim said $600-$800 billion a year will be needed to meet the campaign target of universal access to electricity, doubling energy efficiency and doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030.
In some countries, only 10% of the population has electricity."Without nuclear power, that status quo is not going to change very much.
at 8:49 PM
Showdown looms for lucrative tuna industry
"A record 2.65 million tonnes of tuna was hauled from the Pacific last year, accounting for 60 percent of the global catch, with most of the fishing conducted by so-called "distant water" fleets from as far afield as Europe, the United States, China, Korea and Taiwan.
Island nations, many of which rely on tuna for a significant portion of their income, fear stocks are becoming unsustainable and want action at the December 2-6 meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Cairns.
"If distant water nations support sustainability of the resource, then they need to commit to a 30 percent reduction in catches," Marshall Islands fisheries director Glen Joseph said.
"It's not a question of should they do it or not -- they have to do it or face the consequences."And the main consequence to be worried about is not being able to catch bluefin tuna at all, because there won't be enough of them to make it economically worthwhile to try to catch them.
at 8:43 PM
People magazine was all a-Twitter and a-Vined about the impromptu video dance war waged between the Menounos family and the Hough family. Read about that here:
Epic Thanksgiving Dance Wars
Many of the videos are there, watch if you care. As it is, watching them reminds me that there is something that I like about Maria Menounos. Hmmm...
Now if I could just put a finger on that special something. Or actually a hand. Actually TWO hands...
Did I mention she also has unbelievably sculptured abs, too?
at 8:35 PM