Chocolate and Roses

February 14, 2009

In the periodicvideos channel of youtube, they made a Valentines special about chocolates and roses. Just posting it ’cause they are talking about my favorite food, chocolate.


365 Days of Astronomy Song

February 14, 2009

I just recently put the link to a year long podcast 365 days of astronomy on the links sideways, as you can see. I also found its “official song” (hat tip badastronomy)

If you are interested in this guy, you can check out his blog.

Here is the lyric:

You ponder the universe and a look comes ‘cross your face
You try to fathom distances of all the stuff in space
But you can’t wrap the bacon of your mind around the fig
Of all the terms required to describe how big is big

So let me get specific, and use words scientific
Go whip out your thesaurus, for this exacting chorus

This stuff is far, [it’s really far] this stuff is far far far away
We’re talkin’ far, [like über far] you can’t get there by car in a day
It’s super duper crazy far but not just pulsars quasars and stars
I mean it’s far, far, far, if there’s some doubt listen to us shout [THIS STUFF IS FAR]

I sense all the explosions going off inside your brain
As your mind gets blown by what I just did explain
Sorry if my words might drive you all insane
But that’s what happens when precision is your middle name

So with an exacting factor, like some sextant or protractor
Using details quite semantic, I’ll show how huge is this gigantic


…far too big to explain in any concise ways,
it might just have to take 365 days

I hope that I have offered up some technical assistance
And haven’t caused your ticker too much ventrical resistance
But you have got to listen and trust my insistence
That I am very accurately describing the distance


Carnival in the Moon Society

February 14, 2009

Welcome to carnival of space 85, lunar edition, whatever that means.

Happy 200th Anniversary of Darwin!

February 12, 2009

Today is February 12, Darwin’s day (hat tip skepchick)! It is the day the man who came up with the theory of evolution (he did have help, of course) was born. I also give kudos to Alfred Wallace who came up with the same idea shortly after Darwin. Now, evolution as we know it today has evolved (haha! pun intended) over time and have been modified to fit data. Even then, the core idea has survived over a century, which is natural selection. Basically, it says that species evolve because every organisms have the capacity to overproduce and tax the resources, but each organism born is slightly different from others. Those with traits that enable them better survival will allow them to pass on their genes into the next generation, and over time, the species will adapt to the environment. This theory is remarkably simple, yet at the same time, it is not obvious until you have known it. Then, it will seem obvious, and you will think “duh!” Anyways, this theory is really cool, it basically explains all life and why they are that way.

Anyways (argh! too much anyways!), as a celebration, I give you this blog, which as you can guess by the name, blogs on the book Origins of Species.

Oh, and I love this quote from Darwin, since I can relate to him: “I have tried lately to read Shakespeare and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.”

Game Politics

February 11, 2009

I am an avid game, well, with school work not as much as I used to, but I try. I like to keep up with gaming news, so I go to a few gaming web sites occasionally. This one, is really good, excellent. It is basically about what happens when politics and videogaming mix. (well, that was kind of duh) There are things like:

Do online games make better citizenship? It links a researcher’s blog, Constance Steinkuehler, she reseraches on online games. (how cool is that!)

This woman and researcher Cheryl Olson and idiot attorney Jack Thompson will appear in Penn and Teller’s BS! on videogame violence.

And some dumb political manufactroversy by the always idiotic media about racism in Resident Evil 5. Though I admit, Eurogamer does have a point, since it is placed to ethnic groups that has long been misrepresented as savages. (jeez, I don’t know, perhaps black zombified people who have lost all ability to reason, you know, thanks to mutant viruses, you know, can’t possibly be violent too! You know, in RE4, the main guy is crushing a white dude’s face, you know, perhaps, I don’t know, you know, he is just a zombie, you know, who lost all humanity! Ya know? Nah, that can’t possibly be it, you know.)(By saying “you know”, I am just imitating normal speech. 🙂 )

Anime Written by Someone on Crack: Serial Experiments Lain

February 11, 2009

…or some sort of psychogenic drug, for I don’t know how anyone could have written something like that. Anyways, I have recently watched all of the episodes, and I thought it was really good. By the way, this is kind of like a review, so if you don’t want spoilers, you should stay away, and get to watch all of the episodes first.

I have recently wanted to look for an anime to watch, since I haven’t watched one for a long time, and I needed some fixing. Then, I remembered hearing about it on TV a long time ago, so I randomly decided to watch it. The intro of it is really nice, it has a good music to it, and it fits to the atmosphere of the show.

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Picture of Annular Eclipse

February 5, 2009

Remember the post where I said there would be an annular eclipse? Well, there was a week or two ago, and there is a really cool picture:

(hat tip: universe today)