luscious_purple: Stop SOPA and PIPA (No SOPA)
I have way too many browser tabs open, so let me get rid of a few here.

A new model of the origin of the Earth-Moon system:

Steampunk podcast:

Sixth-century manuscript decoded by spectroscopy:

Wikipedia recently featured Wells Cathedral, one of the places I've visited in England:

Comcast plans to turn its paying customers into free hot spots:

Just before the world marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Sir Winston Churchill's last living child died. She was quite the badass in her day:

Stupid password tricks:

What things are like for young people today:

What the hell is wrong with America?

Current politics of the ISS:

Forget universal preschool -- we need a 13th grade:

What ever happened to LiveJournal, anyway?

This week Republicans killed Elizabeth Warren's plan to ease Americans' crushing student loan debt:

Growing partisan rancor:

This town's local friendly maker club:

A private browser thing I might want to try:

Some career thing to read later:
luscious_purple: Snagged on LJ (great news)
In which your humble correspondent comes up for air after quite the whirlwind!

The past week was intense, to say the least. It would have been a lot worse if my new editor (editor of the magazine I freelance for, I mean) hadn't given me a little more time to work on the current articles. Whew. So that gave me the freedom to go to the scientific conference for a couple of days, write about it, and then throw myself into finishing up the Ottoman outfit I'd started to make for Kingdom Twelfth Night. I don't think I've done so much sewing, trying on, and re-sewing since ... well, for a long time.

Plus, there was LOTS of Facebook drah-ma over the event. That was all crap, as it turned out, and does NOT need to be repeated.

The event was lovely, several of my friends got unexpected awards, and I got a TON of compliments on my outfit. Even if the bottom of the hem *was* held up by safety pins. :-) That was the first lined garment I have ever made, so I was actually pushing my personal envelope there.

It almost feels weird to be going back to a "normal" week of working on freelance articles that have nothing to do with astronomy. But, hey, gotta pay the bills.
luscious_purple: i'm in ur fizx lab, testin ur string therry (string therry)
Note to my American friends: For the current article I've been working on, I've Skype-interviewed scientists in Edinburgh (Scotland) and Newcastle upon Tyne (England). In those cities, around this time of year, sunrise happens between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. and sunset is between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.

Soooo ... if you think YOU never see the sun....
luscious_purple: i'm in ur fizx lab, testin ur string therry (string therry)
Today was full of science in ways both big and small.

This year I was asked to make my homemade creamed corn gluten-free because of a couple of guests who can't have gluten. Yesterday I posted on Facebook about this and got various suggestions. The only thing I needed to replace in the recipe was 1/4 cup of Wondra flour. I ended up using cornstarch because I could find some amid all the disarray in the kitchen area.

While watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (yay, I got to see the UMass Minuteman Band on national TV!), I thought of Comet ISON and its close encounter with the Sun. I was lucky enough to find the NASA Google+ Hangout devoted to the Sun-grazing. I'm not sure the comet survived, and scientists aren't either, but it was certainly interesting to follow along as the creamed corn cooked itself in the crock-pot. (And, of course, I thought of how excited Pedro would have been.)

Finally, even though I've been criticizing the big-box stores for opening on Thanksgiving Day, I raced home from my Thanksgiving at T.H.'s after dessert so I could do a Skype interview with an engineering professor in Melbourne, Australia (which is 16 hours ahead of us right now). Hey, when you're a writer interviewing people all over the planet, you usually have to get them when they are available. So she and I (notice I said "she") had a nice chat about optical wireless communications.

I hope everybody in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving!
luscious_purple: i'm in ur fizx lab, testin ur string therry (string therry)
From the Department of Wave-Particle Duality:

Did you know that a buckyball (or a molecule of 60 carbon atoms arranged in a geodesic-sphere design) has a de Broglie wavelength of 2.5 picometers, about 400 times smaller than the diameter of the molecule?

I kind of had a "Sheldon Cooper" moment when I went out into the living room to tell the boy toy that, only to realize that it was all technobabble to him. (Why, yes, we *do* watch The Big Bang Theory. First sitcom I've followed since M*A*S*H went off the air.)

Back to this short article I'm writing....
luscious_purple: Baby blasting milk carton with death-ray vision (death-ray baby)
I found this "death-ray baby" image (obviously Photoshopped) here and just had to make it into an icon. I have no idea of the provenance of this photo beyond that website.


Mar. 25th, 2010 12:15 pm
luscious_purple: Julia, the Maine Coon Cat (Julia)
I just stumbled across a blog called Women in Planetary Science. I like the tag line: "Women make up half the bodies in the solar system. Why not half the scientists?"

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