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If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. The jellyfish are always and forever getting the short end of the stick...


courtesy Nicholas Gurewitch


It's like I've suddenly developed this need to do a little round up at the end of the day. Anyhow, first there's news of the discovery of an icy extrasolar planet, 9,000 light years away and many times the size of earth, orbiting a red dwarf. This is the largest rocky extra solar planet yet discovered. Presently, it's saddled with the uwieldy title of OGLE-2005-BLG-169lb. I believe that I shall think of it as Mhri'yinr (one of the names given to the mythological "Ice Daughter" of the Kr'hregenathum Dr'eêll, an ancient Nebari text). Mhri'yinr is way catchier than OGLE-2005-BLG-169lb, but I might be biased. Spooky says we should just call it Ogle Bulg.

And then there's word that the winter of 2005-2006 has been the warmest yet recorded in Canada. But no, Virginia, there's no such thing as global warming. That's crazy talk.

Speaking of crazy talk, creationists have stumbled upon Noah's Ark. Again. This makes...what? Like the fifth ark they've found up there since the 1970s? This time its perched 4,663 meters up the northwest slope of Mt. Ararat and has been spotted in a satellite photo. I love this bit from the CNN.com article (which you should not feel compelled to read, unless you're into rolling your eyes as much as I am). I quote, It would be easy to call it merely a strange rock formation. Indeed it would. It would be very easy. Because that's exactly what it is. At least when the planet warms up a few more degrees and all the snow melts off Ararat, maybe the frelling creationists will finally shut up about Noah's Ark. Then they can do something productive, like imagine monolithic faces carved into the surface of Mars, or proclaim Iapetus a gigantic spaceship, or, barring such ambitious delusions, mayhap they'll settle for seeing the face of Jesus in the peculiar arrangement of sesame seeds on a Big Mac bun.

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stevenagy
Mar. 14th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
I liked Tim Powers' answer to the whole Noah's Ark thing: genies. :-)
tactileson
Mar. 14th, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
I was trying really hard to think up an "I ate a Jesus Big Mac once" joke and work in a third day resurrection, but insomnia has fried my brain to the point of not being to able to bring my humor farther than a poop joke, so I think I'll just skip that and say that the ice planet discovery is drad. And I dig this little end of the day wrap up thingy, mainly because I'm almost never asleep at this time and reading and replying to it gives me something to do.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Where are you getting these cool icons?

And I dig this little end of the day wrap up thingy, mainly because I'm almost never asleep at this time and reading and replying to it gives me something to do.

Very good. Perhaps it shall become a regularity. You know, like finding Noah's Ark...
tactileson
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Perhaps it shall become a regularity. You know, like finding Noah's Ark...

*snicker*

Where are you getting these cool icons?

The few that I have are from that earthlink site I linked to the other day in another post's comments. The site seems to be expired now though, and all the icons are gone. I even searched archive.org just now to see if I couldn't find them on there, but no luck. Makes me wish I saved more than the handful I did. If you'd like I could email you the few that I do have, as they are some of the best Farscape icons I've ever seen.

tactileson
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Or, you could just pilfer them from my userpics through LJ. I may never fully grasp all the neat things you can do through LJ. I'm like a total LivJournal virgin. I've uploaded the last few icons I did have lying around my desktop just in case you were interested.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
Or, you could just pilfer them from my userpics through LJ.

Thank you, dear boy. :-)
tagplazen
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
I just want to know who got stuck with the job of hosting tape worms for forty days and forty nights.

I bet they were six feet long by the time they crawled out of that poor slobs asshole.

"Do you know what a six foot long tapeworm says as it ... "
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
I just want to know who got stuck with the job of hosting tape worms for forty days and forty nights.

Or the virus that causes rabies. Or those little Amazonian bloodsucking catfish that swim up pensises and attach themselves to the wall of the urethra. Maybe they had a special Brazilian Noah for that.
space_parasite
Mar. 14th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Apparently not so much with the candiru
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Squid!
That is soooooo cute! And there's a link to the pattern! I wonder if my mom would knit me a squid...
space_parasite
Mar. 14th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Mhri'yinr: Maybe the star can be named Ogul Bulg?

Re: Warmest winter in Canada: anthropogenic climate hosage is pretty clearly happening, but I still twitch when a single data point is cited as evidence.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
but I still twitch when a single data point is cited as evidence.

Well, I can only practically cite one or a few at a time, in any given journal entry. Over the years, though, this journal has cited very many. I agree. No one data point is terribly informative. It's all the thousands that add up...
space_parasite
Mar. 15th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Yah. And I think it's the idea of thousands of data points adding up to data that the creationists/neocons/assorted asshats don't understand.
space_parasite
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, and while I'm filling your LJ with blather...
I finished Murder of Angels a few days ago, and found the hemispherical world particularly cool, if hard to visualize.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, and while I'm filling your LJ with blather...
I finished Murder of Angels a few days ago, and found the hemispherical world particularly cool,

Thank you. :-)
styggian
Mar. 14th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
I like Gae Bulg.
I don't know why.
Probably because I always loved Cúchulainn.
Seriously, how many times are they going to find the ark in Turkey?
z0mb1e
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
You know, I do love reading your journal, if only for all the great (and occasionally funny) science news.
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