shadydave: (rock on)
OH GOD: The First Photo of the DC Earthquake Devastation


(I also love this picture. That dude in the back wishes he had some pearls to clutch.)
shadydave: (poisoning pigeons in the park)
Haha, remember that time a noreaster rolled in during the five minutes it takes me to walk down the block to Starbucks, and then it immediately stopped raining as soon as I got there? ME TOO. ::wrings out khakis::

In other news, on my commute this morning, I honest-to-God saw one of these trucks.

It's probably just as well I don't have Lance in my pants; he'd be soaking wet by now.

Spam, Spam, Bacon, Links, and Spam:

Any article that mentions kuru is a winner in my book - FYI: Could Scientists Really Create a Zombie Apocalypse Virus?

The pizza you save may be your own - Alert Pizza Delivery Driver Saves Customer's Life

Said Bookisms: the edible ball-bearings of the writing world - The Use and Abuse of Dialogue Tags

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE - Time Lapse Videos of the Universe

Seriously, anyone who doesn't put Isabella in the Lawful column clearly didn't pay any attention AT ALL during Measure for Measure - Shakespeare Alignment Chart

Damn you, British theater-goers! WHY CAN'T I HAVE NICE THINGS - Danny Boyle's Frankenstein (Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Lee Miller) (HAHAHA HIS FAAAAAAAACE.)
ETA: Woohoo, broadcast!

The Christian Science Monitor: boldly going where all 12-year-old minds have gone before - Need Help Finding Uranus? (And don't miss the follow-up article, Scientists Plan Uranus Probe. Did you know Uranus has the most powerful wind observed in the solar system?)
shadydave: (peace out)
Is there anything cooler than the Voynich Manuscript? I don't think so. It's a fifteenth- or sixteenth-century MS, author unknown, written in an unidentifiable language or code, with an unidentifiable alphabet. It seems to be addressing common medieval topics, like herbology and alchemy and astrology, except no one can recognize any of the plants, it doesn't use the universal alchemical symbols, and the star charts are mostly indecipherable.

The easiest solution would be to dismiss it as a hoax, except if so it's WAY more elaborate than all the other hoaxes of the time. Also, statistical analysis of characters/words show similar patterns to natural languages, way more than you'd find if it was made-up nonsense. If it's a code, it's been unbreakable for the past one hundred years.

XKCD has a theory, of course, but looking at the script...

That's not a translation, just the transcription used to put it in the Latin alphabet.

...I think the most likely explanation is that Tolkien found a time machine and decided to dick with all of us.
shadydave: (shadydave)
These pictures are coooooooooooooooool.

From Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle, aka awesome photos from the Hubble (NYT).

Top Ten Space Pictures: the Best of 2009, aka "Well, OF space and FROM space are basically the same, right? I mean, they all look pretty sweet." (Nat Geo)

As thanks to Laura for that second link, I made her a picture:

Warning: contains bad photoshop )

And then she sent me video WIN!

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ETA: I thought that the computer ate my entry, but it actually just posted it at random. Huh.

Anyways, I was reading this awesome article on rogue black holes and thought one of the scientists said their theory was "all kinds of wrong," but it turns out I'm just dyslexic. Rogue black holes are cool. I don't know why they haven't been on an episode of Doctor Who yet.

So, it is Friday, which means I am almost done with work! Which also means that I am also almost done with break, alas. But since my dad is in Cleveland, dropping off Kurt (Kurtis for short), his secretary is chasing me out 2 hours early, huzzah. Then we leave for the 'burg tomorrow and I'll move in Sunday.

In celebration of the end of tedium, I present a few last candidates for the List o' Funny Names:

Maria Antoinette
Warren G. Harding
shadydave: (Default)
Mimas, one of Saturn's satellites.

3 words: that's no moon...
shadydave: (Default)
the fruits of a VERY confusing conversation with katherine:

"The European Mars Express orbiter has confirmed the existence of water ice in the south polar cap of Mars." oh, the things you find on google.

man, rita's is really expanding.


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