Category Archives: fun & curios

stuff that’s hard to do (cont’d cont’d)

Atlas-V / Centaur / GPS launch yesterday ~ vid ~Yeah, now that’s how it’s s’post‘a work. Reckon ‘em new Russian engines are better’n ‘em old Soviet-era ones. Now, wait for confirmation of a good orbit, then it’s off for some pizza an’ beer. (What? Well, because it’s nice to think folks might better appreciate all [...]

stuff that’s hard to do (cont’d)

Ouch! Looks like this is gonna require some rocket surgery. ~ vid ~ Tuesday, NASA attempted the launch of the Antares rocket in Wallops Island, VA. It ended with a massive explosion. The rocket was an unmanned supply ship bound for the International Space Station and reportedly no one on the ground was injured. [story [...]

We. are. allll. gonna. die ! (again)

Today So, it’s too late to do anything but KYAG. An asteroid, only discovered on Saturday, will be passing uncomfortably close to Earth on Monday, Oct. 27, as reported in an article published by Science 2.0 on Oct. 26. The asteroid, designated as 2014 UF56 by NASA, is about the size of a small house [...]

I knew it!

They’re all paste-eaters ~ story ~ Now, now, I’m sure there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. It’s just that paste-eating or glue-sniffing might be that explanation.

gooood doggies

At least some Secret Service operatives are well-trained Meet Hurricane and Jordan, the heroic security dogs who thwarted Wednesday’s White House intruder. The brave Belgian Malinois have returned to work after being treated for minor bruises following the incident, in which [a crazy jackass] hopped over the north fence and sprinted across the lawn in [...]

Partial solar eclipse this evening, max 6:45pm EDT

(What? Nah, if you miss it, won’t be the end of the world. I think that’s just lunar eclipses.)

We. are. aaall. gonna. die!

Well, if we were members of some Martian doomsday cult.* ~ vid ~ Look, I’m not sayin’ that we’re not “all gonna die” … we are. I suspect that there’s a decent chance of a mass-extinctifying asteroid/cometoid/planetoid with our name on it, but the Solar System’s a pretty frikkin’ big place, and almost all of [...]

Meanwhile, in celebrityish news …

Honesty is the best prenup This story about a divorce in the United Arab Emirates begins in not-so-unusual fashion: A wife refuses to sleep with her husband, and he is not pleased. Then it gets weird: She tells him to talk to her parents, who explain that their daughter can’t have sex with him because [...]

Don’t blame Columbus

Hey, if it hadn’t been him, it would’a been someone else. On the other hand, Columbus Day teaches us a few lessons: • Getting away from Europe accelerates civilization’s progress. • Uncontrolled immigration changes everyone’s way of life. • Uncontrolled borders can lead to massive deaths from disease. • Enlightened, sensitive Progs who hate Columbus [...]

homework fun

Haiku. Haiku vermush. — Elvis This exercise is left to the student. (What? Oh, okay, limericks, too.) I’ll start:Yup, Blazing Saddles More worn-out cultural refs But, hey, it’s funny Stay tuned, though. I may have to start using Key & Peele cultural refs for a fresh turn of phrase (e.g. Moor, Please @1m07s). Some of [...]