Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Friday, September 16, 2005

  Blond perception

Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking.

One blonde says to the other: "Which do you think is farther away... Florida or the moon?"

The other blonde turns and says "Hel-loooooooooo, can you see Florida?
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

  Epicycles

I just stumbled across the best graphic illumnation of what an epicycle was (left) - from Sparkleberry springs - this pic is an earth centric view of what the solar system looked like to early stargazers.

Can you imagine what a wrench in our worldview it was to finally apply occam's razor and put the sun at the center of the solar system - and our solar system at the edge of a thin ring of otherwise insignificant stars?

The odd white track is of near earth asteroid 1999RQ36 - which will be passing earth at about 4 million miles away next weekend.
 
Sunday, September 11, 2005

  meanwhile, 30km out from landing

Hayabusa closes in on Itokawa... and to me it looks like a yummy cashew - filmed in black and white.Not exactly. I remember discussing the same thing back in my L5 days. You don't need rockets to get around on an asteroid - springs suffice. Small springs.

But it's the first time it's been implemented - and it's a heck of a lot more useful - than the recently announced lunar penguin....

Minerva was the goddess of Wisdom, by the way - and she knew that gravity sucked.

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