Wanderers

Wanderers…

My friend Rincewind shared the link to the space.io9 post containing Erik Wernquist’s video with me last weekend, but, as you know, I was a little busy having my mind blown in a much less fun way by a ransomware attack. Fortunately, the folks over at Twisted Sifter did their own post on it to remind me. Personally, I’d watch almost anything that includes a voice-over by Carl Sagan, but his voice over stunning imagery like this is something special indeed

rosettas-path-to-the-comet

As The ‘Spacehead’ Drools…

I don’t know about you, but after the recent setbacks on the commercial side of our space program, this is one ‘spacehead’ that could use a little good news from the space exploration front. Well my friends, there are a couple of upcoming major events, one by the folks at the European Space Agency (ESA) and another by NASA, that may provide just what dreamers like me need to boost our spirits! :D

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Don’t You (Forget About Me)…

Had to do a major cleaning inside my PC earlier today, after the noises my processor cooling fan was making became disturbing enough to force my hand. Mind you, this happened only days after my son’s much newer PC completely crapped out on him and, well, you know, my hunk-o-junk does have a history too…

The Power of Optics

The Power Of Optics!

After hundreds, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of years struggling to free itself from the sun’s awesome grasp, a lowly photon is finally free to speed off, at 186 thousand miles per second, on an almost 93 million mile journey to arrive here, on earth, roughly 8 minutes later. And what happens then is, well, less impressive than such a journey would seem to deserve. That is until you realize that our lowly photon did not come alone.

In fact, lowly photons like that, arriving at a staggering multi-trillions per second rate, are perhaps the prime driver of all the magic that happens here on our little world. And when I say “magic” I mean life baby. And, at the top of that flourishing tree of life is us, who, after our own long and epic journey through the evolutionary grinder, have finally learned enough about how it all works to be able to do really cool things like this…