Here's some photographs of one of those ultra-cool Soyuz rollouts.
At this link you can download, among other things, artistic portraits of all 42 characters in Dynasty Warriors 4. Also, recalling that I did some Dynasty Warriors 3 wallpapers a while back, I have linked them on the sidebar. Over there. On the left. Just there.
Think fast: The UNIX-Haters Handbook! Via Maximum Verbosity, it's What Kind Of Quiz-Taker Are You! Tom Lehrer's Guide to the Elements! An encyclopedic collection of video game endings! Via Greg Costikyan's fascinating weblog on game design, The MAME Song and a rather clever music video to Bungie's Halo! A quick guide to topology! And finally, the sinister secret behind Daylight Savings Time!
Phew, that should do it. Sometimes you just have to roll up your sleeves and take care of things.
Someone has used Google to scientifically measure perserverance.
Rare and spectacular photography from under the giant radio telescope dish at Aricebo.
And, switching to the visual spectrum, here's a couple of gorgeous pictures from the just-opened MegaPrime digital imager on the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope. The MegaPrime's big deal is not its high resolution, but its absolutely enormous field of view that makes it capable of photographing extremely large objects (or, more accurately, objects with an extremely large angular size.) It can even photograph two objects at once, as seen in my favorite image of the two available: M-35 and NGC 2158.
Sic semper tyrannis.
You know, I don't like George W. Bush and I never will like George W. Bush. But I'm not going to deny it: this is now a total of forty-eight million people who have a chance -- yes, the future is unknowable, but there's at least a chance, now -- to live new lives free of fascist tyranny, and that doesn't suck.
If you're quick about it, you can still see this streaming video of the meteor that broke up over the Chicago suburbs last week. Fragments landed in Park Forest, about forty miles south of where I live. The always interesting A Voyage to Arcturus speculates that if the meteor had reached the ground intact it could have devastated an area hundreds of yards across. I'm sure that wouldn't have caused much consternation, particularily since it's not like we're in the middle of a war or anything.
And speaking of war, it's Donald Rumsfeld day here at One Small Small Step! Rumsfeld is of course well known for being the United States Secretary of Defense and moonlighting as Secretary of State, but did you know that he's also an accomplished poet as well as a respected sex advice columnist? It's true! Personally, I think we're lucky to have him around.
Yesterday I was a strong supporter of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, but today everything changed with one act of insane vandalism. He's gone mad with power. If anyone's circulating a recall petition for the mayor, you better believe I'll sign. (Context here.)
Good news: finally, we're going to see the long-awaited novelization of The Lord of the Rings!
The Museum of Unworkable Devices: both fun and scientifically rigorous to a fault, it's the perfect monograph on the topic of perpetual motion machines.
And in local news, a meteoroid entered Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Chicago's southern suburbs last week, damaging homes and other buildings. Other than that, pretty quiet around here, really.