The final frontier?

Orion

If we establish a permanent human presence off the shoulder of Orion we will necessarily take an ecosystem with us.  It won’t be humanity colonizing space, it will be Earth’s biosphere colonizing space. Life, in general, has an intrinsic property of opportunistic expansion, and we are life.

Teacups from China

Assembled
Disassembled

I ordered these “Lazy Tea Cups” from the Guilin Tea Research Institute, in China. The shipping time was an anxious 2 months.

They are rather fragile, but not to worry — the packaging was absolutely insane. Each of the round white cannon balls contains another cup, and they could be used on a soccer field. The box in the background was completely filled with dense packing material; the box was completely covered in packing tape. Felt like you could drop it from an airplane.

They are a joy to use.  The tiny saucer is actually functional — it insulates your hand from the heat, making it quite comfortable to carry the whole assembly in one hand…

Guilin Tea Reasearch Institute

G+ -> blogger -> wordpress

Recap: I’ve used the ‘Google+ Exporter’ tool to export my stuff to blogger backup file format, and imported the result into blogger. The result is at https://c32767.blogspot.com/ . It looks pretty nice, overall. But google’s brand has been forever tainted…

It turns out that hosted wordpress, at wordpress.com, has a function that will import a blogger backup file, so I thought I would give that a try. I created a free blog at wordpress.com.

There was a problem importing the ‘Google+ Exporter’ file directly (something about there being no author associated with the data). So I generated a backup file for 32767, and tried importing that into wordpress instead. It worked, mostly: https://mosqueeto.wordpress.com/ . The free hosting option at wordpress.com is not the best, I must say, but it is free. I’ve installed wordpress multiple times in the past, so that is an option.

Both wordpress and blogger would require significant tweaking and editing to achieve a pleasing result, and I might be better off sticking with something in the fediverse, and just manually inserting the stuff I really want to save.

Exporting G+ to blogger

I used the “to blogger format” mode of Google+ Exporter, created a blog, and imported the download. You can check out the results at https://c32767.blogspot.com/

Some comments: I have just over the 800 max limit, so I bought the $20 license. The export for < 1000 posts took a few minutes; the import to blogger took longer, I think — I walked away to get some coffee. The result requires tweaking, which is in progress, so if you scroll down through the blog you will see progressively rougher results. Some of the posts are not worth keeping — I estimate about a 30% deletion rate. The handling of photographs is not nearly as good as in G+. Note that this is the 1.5 version of G+ exporter, so the photo links may disappear w/ G+. I will try recreating the blog with the 1.6 version. Photo downloads should considerably lengthen the duration of the download and upload.

I want to repeat what Edward Morbius has been saying: the time to do this is now. There are learning curves all over the place, and hidden pitfalls and roadblocks abound.

https://c32767.blogspot.com/

The Snows of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Beautiful and evocative.  Scientific animations are so cool!

Originally shared by Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD)

The Snows of Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Image Credit: European Space Agency, ESA, Rosetta, MPS, OSIRIS; UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

GIF Animation: Jacint Roger Perez

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180426.html

You couldn’t really be caught in this blizzard while standing by a cliff on Churyumov-Gerasimenko, also known as comet 67P. Orbiting the comet in June of 2016 the Rosetta spacecraft’s narrow angle camera did record streaks of dust and ice particles though, as they drifted across the field of view near the camera and above the comet’s surface. Still, some of the bright specks in the scene are likely due to a rain of energetic charged particles or cosmic rays hitting the camera, and the dense background of stars in the direction of the constellation Canis Major. Click on this single frame to play and the background stars are easy to spot as they trail from top to bottom in an animated gif (7.7MB). The 33 frames of the time compressed animation span about 25 minutes of real time. The stunning gif was constructed from consecutive images taken while Rosetta cruised some 13 kilometers from the comet’s nucleus.

Not photoshop, not CGI

 

A photo of the Earth and the dark side of the moon, as seen from a million miles away by Deep Space Climate Observatory (2015).

And there is a short video here:

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/resources/696/from-a-million-miles-away-moon-crossing-face-of-earth/

“Culture” Series headed to Prime Video!

“Banks creates a kind of flawed paradise, a society truly worth fighting for – rather than a warning from the future, his books are a beckoning.”

Originally shared by Michael Interbartolo

Iain M. Banks’ Culture Series is headed to Amazon Prime Video, with the studio snapping up the rights to “Consider Phlebas.”

Categorized as “Space Opera,” the books document a utopian society that finds itself post-scarcity, with money and space transportation no longer an issue. Humanity has encounter multiple species, some more friendly than others, and grown from living purely on natural worlds to create huge space habitats like rings. Lifespans have been extended by hundreds of years.

https://www.slashgear.com/amazon-is-bringing-iain-m-banks-culture-to-prime-video-21520266/