March 7th, 2011

owl i gave was me

so far i have not found the science

the card at the top of the staff represents the ultimate outcome should you continue on this course. four of cups (luxury): being surrounded by love and devotion but taking it for granted. ignoring the real and longing for the indefinable. apathy and disengagement from the world. dissatisfaction with the condition and direction of affairs, but the inability to accept new opportunities.

the bottom card represents the critical factor that decides what will come to pass. six of swords (science): trusting in intelligence and intuition and setting off into the unknown. leaving an untenable situation and charting a new course. passage from difficulty and progress towards a solution. the road to recovery. travel and exploration.
  • Current Music
    some doors are open / some roads are blocked

term of art

blue straggler

"several explanations have been put forth to explain the existence of blue stragglers."
  • Current Music
    i show you things that you've never seen/&i know places that you've never been
  • Tags
penny farthing

trouble is my middle name, but in the end i'm not so bad

the australian optical SETI project began its dedicated search for ETI in the optical spectrum in the year 2000 (cue la bamba). it is searching for nanosecond laser pulses using electronic circuits wired up in coincidence mode to eliminate false signals. unlike other searches it has used two optical telescopes arranged as a pair. it uses 0.4m and 0.6m optical telescopes. to date it has observed over 2,000 F, G, and K southern stars and 30 southern globular clusters with several repeats. the data collected from the observations is analysed using FFT. in december 2008, a sharp laser look alike signal emanating from 47 tucanae was detected. however, further searches in the same region have failed to detect the signal again.
  • Current Music
    mad about you
fucking magnets!

spirit updates

spirit remains silent at troy - sols 2540-2545, february 24 - march 01, 2011:

no communication has been received from spirit since sol 2210 (march 22, 2010).

deep space network x-band listening and "sweep & beep" commanding continue. the sweep & beep command duration has been shortened to 10 minutes, increasing the likelihood of commands being received within the 20-minute awake (fault) window for the case of a mission clock fault response on spirit.

further, the deep space network x-band frequency reference offset (fro) is stepped over a much larger range to account for the possibility of a degraded receiver on the rover. scheduled dsn passes now occur over a broader range of local times of day on mars covering the possibility that the rover's clock has drifted significantly since march of 2010. the period of maximum solar insolation (energy production) for spirit occurs around mid-march 2011.

total odometry is unchanged at 7,730.50 meters (4.80 miles).
  • Current Music
    i / think i saw you / in the shadows
let it be written. i. am an ass.

a saltwater vortex

took arms against a sea of troubles

curiously, i received an email notification (just last night) of this new article in the oxford review of english studies from what looks suspiciously like a spam. spam or not, i'm not sure how i lucked into receiving it.


and now that i think of it, why, of all the works in the world, are infinite monkeys banging on typewriters supposed to author hamlet?

monday ccvii bis
  • Current Music
    morning becomes eclectic with a sunburn
let it be written. i. am an ass.

speaking of the great shakes,

i accidentally caught a rerun of jeopardy! from 3/2/10 last week and in the name the shakespeare play category, one of the clues was: "though birnam wood be come to dunsinane, and thou opposed, being of no woman born, yet i will try the last" & it made me wonder whether alex would have accepted my "what is the scottish play?"
  • Current Music
    philosophy (live at west 54th)