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The Weekly Gnuz & Lynx Roundup: 2014/03/16


tyson-nyeG’day, and happy Sunday. I sit here mysteriously unassailed by my cats, no kitty noses in my face, no paws silently inching their way across my keyboard, and nary the sight of furry bodies drapped loudly purring across the desk behind my laptop…

This last week marks the first rather halting attempt to make animations of my fractals, using Mandelbulber and iMovie. While I’m far from pleased with the result, it lays the groundwork of understanding to do it better next time. I know what settings will be needed to generate the still frames, and the settings in the editing software to make the frames into a video short, and so on. Once I get results that I hate less, I’ll post them on my YouTube channel. I’ve been waiting for a while to get to this point.

I’ve yet to name my series of blog posts dealing with the details of argumentation (not the rancorous and quarrelsome kind). I’m not going to call it ‘project reason’ as that’s already taken by Sam Harris, and ‘project argumentation’ just sounds lame.

I’m not including the weekly stats for this blog on this post anymore; That is now dealt with monthly on this blog’s newly updated page ‘About This Blog & Myself.‘ It also has my rules for blog comments, transparency with you, my readers, in any business dealings I may do on any of my blogs, including book and service reviews and product promotions. This blog I’ve yet to use for business: It’s mostly for fun, which is one reason I’ve bought off ads showing or getting revenues from it of my own.

I’ve compiled a list on Evernote on the URLs of my fiction installments posted on this blog, and I’ll post them all on their own page on this and other of my blogs.

This is sort of a spring break for me, so I’m officially off study, even though I’ll continue working on notes and study materials in my spare time, and catching up on blog projects, whatever names I’ll give them.

This week is a special tribute to some of the blogs I follow, and I include links to their posts here. Do check out their sites and enjoy their posts. They are to me, very cool, and very special people.

My Weekly Blogs Roundup

Roundup of The Other Blogs

The Odd, the Strange & the Sciencey

Video

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Caturday’s Astrophenia: 2014/03/15


I’m posting this a bit late for Caturday. My bad, but both yesterday and today, I was experimenting with my first animations via Mandebulber and iMovie, and while not pleased with the overrall results, I’ve a good idea how to make it work with future attempts, in which the quality of the result will actually be worth putting on my YouTube channel, and embedded on this blog in future fractal posts.

This Caturday has been a good if busy day, as the dawn of, here in the Northern Hemisphere, a new Spring, and a break from study for me, until I decide study would be more fun.

I’ll be working on my blog-project on argumentation (I’ve still yet to name it), my fractal tutorials, and study notes for my personal learning projects. Have a good Spring, or Autumn, depending on your hemisphere of residence, and reach for the stars!

A Hole in Mars

Gamma Rays from Galactic Center Dark Matter?

In the Heart of the Rosette Nebula

The Sun Rotating

Messier 63: The Sunflower Galaxy

Polar Ring Galaxy NGC 2685

Apollo 17 VIP Site Anaglyph

Images of the Week:

Hubble/GALEX/Spitzer Composite Image of M81
Source: Hubblesite.org

Planetary Nebula NGC 6543: Gaseous Cocoon Around a Dying Star
Source: Hubblesite.org

Weekly Astrognuz:

Sun Unleashes Intense Solar Flare as NASA Watches (Video)

Economics, water plumes to drive Europa mission study

New Comet Jacques May Pass 8.4 million miles from Venus this July

Hunt Is On for ‘Rogue’ Black Holes

Check Out NASA’s New “Dashboard” for Spacecraft Communications

Rare Diamond Reveals Earth’s Interior is All Wet

Watch Two Dark Moons Sneak Into Cassini’s Shots

NASA Offers Cash Prizes for Help Hunting Dangerous Asteroids

Astrophoto: Beautiful Encounter with the Leaning Tower of Pisa

What Would A Rocky Exoplanet Look Like? Atmosphere Models Seek Clues

Arecibo Observatory Back in Action Following Earthquake Damage

Space History Photo: Seymour Schwartz Conducts an Experiment at the ERC

Rocket Fail Video Shows Human And Technological Risk With Each Launch

‘Live from Space’ Lets You Track the International Space Station Online

Robonaut 2 To Toddle And Waddle Around Space Station This Summer

‘Live From Space’: How Astronauts Use Tech to Share Orbital Life with Earth

“Death Stars” Caught Blasting Proto-Planets

NASA Robot Aces Satellite-Refueling Test on Earth

How Do You Jumpstart A Dead Star?

Did Life On Earth As We Know It Come From ‘Geological Life’?

Malaysian Flight MH370: Join the Satellite Photo Search

How Giant Galaxies Bind The Milky Way’s Neighborhood With Gravity

NASA Joins Hunt for Missing Malaysian Jetliner

Physicists Reveal the Hidden Interiors of Gas Giants

NASA’s Powerful Mars Orbiter Sidelined by Glitch

Chinese Satellites May Have Detected Debris from Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

SpaceX Delays Dragon Cargo Launch to Space Station Until March 30

The Cosmos in Video:

Weekly Astrofave:

COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey

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“Rang Lo” – Vidya Vandana, Shankar Tucker


via Shankar Tucker‘s YouTube channel

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The Feynman Series – YouTube [Repost]


My favorite late 20th century physicist, on some of the topics that meant the most to him.

Good show, Professor Feynman.

Courtesy of damewse

 

 

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