J.D. Reeves Snow & Lace The National Grid

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Second cousin J.D. Reeves of Oklahoma plays some original acoustic guitar.

Find his other released music at SnowandLace.com

Solar System Geek: Mercury, brought to you in living color!

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Photo Credit: NASA

Yes, actually, that is in color.  Here’s the scoop, at Bad Astronomy. (and a bigger image, too!)

Newt Gingrich: A New Idiot For The Ages

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This man, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, and perennial non-candidate for President, is an idiot.  Over the weekend he expressed fear that soon the United States will be an atheist country, dominated by Islamic radicals.  He doesn’t appear to realize that you can’t have a country dominated by atheists if it’s also dominated by Muslims!  (clue for Newt:  Muslims believe in the same God you do!  They just have a different name for him, and a different holey book) (holey is not a typo)

This man is an idiot.  See the CNN report on his weekend nonsense.

Launch! From the SRB’s Perspective

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“… and the Shuttle has cleared the tower.”  For the next two minutes, twin solid rocket boosters propel the Space Shuttle toward orbit.  Cameras are mounted in several locations on each booster, and if you’ve ever wondered what happens to them, here’s your chance to find out.  Two minutes of powered flight, separation from the Shuttle and main fuel tank,  four minutes of fall, and then splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

Here’s what it looks like to a really tough fly on the wall…  er, booster.

 

Fascinating… Leonard Nimoy Turns 80

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Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known as Star Trek’s Spock, is 80 today. The actor, singer, and artist is the second of Star Trek’s original cast to reach the 80 year mark.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy!
Earlier this week, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, also turned 80.
De Forest Kelly, Dr. Leonard McCoy, and James Doohan, Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, and Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, are deceased. Surviving cast members of the original series include Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura, George Takei, helmsman Sulu, and Walter Koenig, navigator Chekov.

NASA Geek – Starry Starry Night, at the pad

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Photo Credit: Terry Corbin USA/NASA

A powerful and moving video – A Recent History of the LGBT REVOLUTION!

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Inter-Galactic “Talk Like William Shatner” Day

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Today is William Shatner’s 80th birthday!

It’s also the 3rd annual

“Talk Like William Shatner Day”!

I’ll never pull that off, so I’ll just do my Spock impression…

I’ll stand there stoically, and raise one eyebrow at the appropriate moment.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shatner!

SuperMoon Today! Run for your lives!

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It’s Super Moon! It’s tonight!

Tsunamis!  Earthquakes!  Werewolves!  Really bad news reports!

The world may come to an end!

Or not.

The full moon that makes it’s appearance tonight will seem about 14% bigger than when it’s at it’s furthest distance from the Earth.  The tides will be affected by maybe an inch in most places, and up to 6 inches in some geographically odd locales.  Beachfront residents might want to move the chaise lounges back a foot, just to be safe.

It didn’t cause the recent Japanese earthquake.  Any quakes that happen today won’t have been caused by it’s nearness.

There’s something you need to remember about the Moon, tonight’s super fullness, and the effect it has on the Earth.

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