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May
2011

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Makerfaire SFBA 2012!

Squeeeeee! I went to Makerfaire (Bay Area) 2011! After the below I then got _more_ stuff… ……including signed prints from david malki! (wondermark, people, wonderfrikkinmark) The lunar modules were well cute – a picture of one of them, built (you can see the image in the first photo in this post) is below :)

Broken bones

My blogging levels have dropped off somewhat as I’ve spent much of the last week drugged, and with only one functional hand*. This is because last weekend, I got into a fistfight with the forces of evil**. I won (obviously), but broke my wrist in the process. Which kinda sucks. To be more precise, I have a buckle fracture of the distal radius of my left wrist, plus what looks like another crack. All of […]

The new wizard of the west

I have discovered, to my enormous sadness, that many people are unaware of the existence or work of Nikola Tesla, the ‘electric Jesus’ who pioneered the modern system of AC (alternating current) we now use*. And, in an effort to help rectify this situation, I’d like to present the following article, taken from an 1899 edition of Pearson’s Magazine.  It was passed to me by a friend, who in turn got it from another friend’s […]

On the subject of phytoplankton

Discovered this morning in a beautiful old book :) Diatoms have lacy cases Of material silicaceous, Perforated lids and bases Made to fit like Petri dishes. Nursed on Nature’s hydroponic They’re prolific and nutritious Making bouillabase planktonic For the sustenance of fishes. – Ralph Lewin Taken from ‘The Fertile Sea’, by A.P. Orr and S.M. Marshall (1969) such.an.awesome.poem.

An ode to phytoplankton

Diatoms have lacy cases Of material silicaceous, Perforated lids and bases Made to fit like Petri dishes. Nursed on Nature’s hydroponic They’re prolific and nutritious, Making bouillabase planktonic For the sustenance of fishes. – Ralph LewinTaken from ‘The Fertile Sea’, by A.P Orr and S.M Marshall (1969)

Stunning video of STS-131 launch

There’s nothing better than a spot of spacepr0n (well more accurately, shuttlepr0n) on a Wednesday morning. And so, let me present an absolutely fantastic video showing the 2010launch of STS-131, the 33rd mission to the International Space Station (ISS).  It delivered science racks to be used in the labs onboard the Station. The space shuttle featured so beautifully here is, of course, Discovery.  Discovery flew 39 successful missions over 27 years of service, and was […]

The cost of SETI

As many of you are no doubt aware, last week the Allen Telescope Array (ATA) was mothballed. In other words, cost cutting measures by US government meant it was taken offline.   A lack of some $2.5 million means those running it* have to stop taking data, and shut down the array. This has engendered screams of horror from people around the world.  And, I might add, not just those of us who believe that […]