May 252010
 
Ceres!  We’re going to Ceres!  NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is enroute and should arrive in February 2015.  Considering we’ve known about it for over 2 centuries and it 3 times closer than Saturn and 10 times closer than Neptune and their moons, I’ve always been very surprised to see the fuzzy images we have of it.

I used to Wolfram Alpha to do a comparison (as well as to test WA and it’s interpretive capabilities) and it summarized it quite nicely.

Check the size comparison and the images generated:

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May 232010
 

I was busy reading an article on Star Stryder about the current economic trends in education. It’s an astronomy blog by Pamela Gay. I got half way through and decided to got to bed and finish it in the morning. When I can back to my trusty 20-foetsak mac mini the next morning it had crash on the page of the article…

I though that was an appropriate time to do so (having only happened maybe 3 times in it’s 6 years of faithful trouble free operation!)
Crashed Mac Mini
Ag Shame!

 Posted by at 12:21 am
May 102009
 

I Love Afrikaans!

I went-a-walking in Table Mountain Reserve a week ago, above the Constantia Valley and came across this gem!

Innocent looking enough until you take a closer look!

Innocent looking enough until you take a closer look!

Classic Afrikaans

Classic Afrikaans

For those who don’t know Afrikaans “Aambeibossie” translates to “haemorrhoid bush” but in the image it gives the English name as “Christmas Berry”!  That’s comedy!

 Posted by at 11:28 am