Friday, September 26, 2008

Shenzhou-7 launch

This is China's third manned spaceflight and includes their first spacewalk.
check out for live coverage.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

and in the William Gibson category we have...

Above: Fungi on the ISS, growing on a panel where exercise clothes were hung to dry.

from Preventing "Sick" Spaceships at

i dont even use cruise control

(this is from author Bruce Sterling.
his blog is Beyond the Beyondat
he posts tons of sci-fi sounding news daily
i think he's as freaked out as i am living in that future we knew was coming. this story is like the things i was trying to get across in Liquid City.
people trusting their virtual reality more than reality and blindly following instructions given by machines. as sterling himself says over and over "oh, to have lived to see the day...")

Trust the computer, not the surface of the Earth
By Bruce Sterling EmailMay 15, 2007 | 5:24:53 PM

Date: Sat, 12 May 2007 01:05:30 -0400 (EDT)

From: (Mark Brader)

Subject: Another sat-nav accident: car destroyed, driver escapes

Accepting satellite-navigation directions without sufficient thought has caused another accident. A young woman in Great Britain followed its directions onto a country lane which was blocked by a gate. At first she thought it was a dead end, she said, but "the sat nav insisted it was the correct way so I opened it and drove through."

After the first gate there was a second one, so she got out to close the first gate and open the second one, apparently not thinking about why there might be two gates across a road, or why there was a sign saying to proceed "if the light is green". (None of the news reports I found says any more about that light than that the sign existed.)

while she was out of her car, a train came along the tracks and demolished it.





Air Jelly

this is too cool

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

you are here

Atlas of the Universe


"I am a dog-charmer. Dogs universally like me, and always have, including service dogs and guard dogs. A German shepherd guard dog curled up contentedly at my feet, much to the shock and horror of his owner and trainer. Friends' dogs are devoted to me. Many dogs have desperately tried to befriend me, with great urgency. It's often rather annoying. I explain patiently that I am a cat person- but they won't believe me.
Also, I always know which way is north - even at sea. Must have magnetite in the brain."

Posted by: minouette | August 20, 2008 5:19 PM at

Bencore music for mopheadbangers

this is an old incarnation of the band Purgatory 炼狱乐队
ok, i know, i know it's not "real" bencore but it sure is close.
yes, that's a chinese girl singing death metal.
what's not to like?
for more check out this

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The LHC BFG etc...

The Large Hadron Collider at Cern (somewhere along the France-Switzerland border.)

Simulation of a lead-lead collision in the ALICE detector.

The ALICE Time Projection Chamber.

"ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment @ CERN)
To understand the behavior and properties of the quark-gluon plasma,scientists will depend on ALICE’s high-precision particle detectors to record the results of as many as 50,000 lead-lead collisions per second.
By studying the quark-gluon plasma, ALICE scientists hope to understand the strong nuclear force.This fundamental force binds quarks and gluons to create hadrons such as protons and neutrons. ALICE scientists will study the properties of the quark-gluon plasma, as well as how the particles that make up the plasma behave and combine to form ordinary matter."

there's way more at theUS/LHC website

images are Courtesy of CERN

rocket racing league 2008

nascar + nasa anyone?
there's a link there for starting your own team


this one amuses me, there's something very Kirk/Shatner in the smile and the text.


"I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it."
-Mark Twain

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Update: Savage Horse

Update: Hawaiian Authorties have released this image of suspected Vegetarian Cultists.

Savage Hawaiian Horses

This video shows the horror of vegetarianism in the wilds of hawaii.
Be Aware this video contains graphic depictions of carnage and mud.

An analysis of the audio track reveals the voice of Satan goading the Savage Horse to commit violence.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Dusty here. Signing in for the first time and stuff.
Look to this blog for all manner of strange things
from genetic research to thai music and a whole lot more.