caffienekitty: Sergeant Angel from Hot Fuzz holds a large plant while riding public transport "I need to water my peace lily (hf-peacelily)
I've got 12 hours to pack up things and clean/wash/launder things so I can pack them and I'm at the "stare at thing I need to do and think of 15 other things I need to do first and end up not doing anything useful". In 12 hours I have to be loading all my crap on the truck. And sometime in there I should sleep some. I guess. AAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!

On the up side, the internet is supposed to be getting hooked up right after I move, or possibly during if the Tech shows up when he's said he might.

ETA: it's 4AM. I need to get some sleep.
list of things I need to do by noon PDT )

It'll all get done because it has to. But it will require some loud music and inadvisable amounts of caffeine.
caffienekitty: (snowing)
And so I keep my annual tradition of singing at you whether you want me to or not. For the tenth year. O.o

Since this is the tenth year I was going to try and do something weird and challenging and get into multiple vocal tracks on Garage Band... buuuut I suck even worse at that than I suck at singing. :-P

So, here is me tormenting The Christmas Song (aka the one that starts with chestnuts) )

Whatever sort of seasonal hootenanny you're having this time of year, may it be awesome!
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (jakku)
Since the copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens I got came with a digital copy, I thought I'd see if I could recreate the 3D experience at home.




It didn't work so well... actually it didn't work at all, but I had to try.
caffienekitty: (snowing)
Far far later than usual, I keep my annual tradition of singing at you whether you want me to or not.

At the request of [livejournal.com profile] ciaranbochna, this year I mangle Silver Bells. )
caffienekitty: (snowing)
Far far later than usual, I keep my annual tradition of singing at you whether you want me to or not.

At the request of [profile] ciaranbochna, this year I mangle Silver Bells. )
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
So a little probe flew past Pluto yesterday and is sending back data and pictures of a cute pinkish planet (which conveniently was passed at an angle that made some geographic features look a bit like a giant cartoon heart) that, even if it's not officially a planet anymore is still like the Ambassador of the Kuiper Belt or even the Solar System's adorable kid-planet sidekick or mascot *handwave*.

Why, what does it all mean, what's it good for and what happens next? Here is a one on one interview YouTube channel SciShow did yesterday with one of the New Horizons mission scientists while they were waiting for the signal to come back to give a more detailed idea.



and if scientific detail given by a scientist who's really excited to be doing his job isn't your thing, there's also this parody acapella cover of Uptown Funk about the New Horizons mission which has some info about the probe itself, presented with a catchy pop tune.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
So a little probe flew past Pluto yesterday and is sending back data and pictures of a cute pinkish planet (which conveniently was passed at an angle that made some geographic features look a bit like a giant cartoon heart) that, even if it's not officially a planet anymore is still like the Ambassador of the Kuiper Belt or even the Solar System's adorable kid-planet sidekick or mascot *handwave*.

Why, what does it all mean, what's it good for and what happens next? Here is a one on one interview YouTube channel SciShow did yesterday with one of the New Horizons mission scientists while they were waiting for the signal to come back to give a more detailed idea.



and if scientific detail given by a scientist who's really excited to be doing his job isn't your thing, there's also this parody acapella cover of Uptown Funk about the New Horizons mission which has some info about the probe itself, presented with a catchy pop tune.
caffienekitty: (yay)
I don't remember if I posted about it when it happened, but the European Space Agency landed a probe (Philae) on a comet back last November, which was amazing considering it was like throwing a pea from Paris and landing it in the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something. However, due to some difficulties on landing it bounced into a shady spot where it could not receive solar power to recharge and had to go into hibernation, losing contact with the ESA. While it was on though, it got all the main science things they were hoping to get done done so it was a roaring success at the time but still, it landed and within a few days lost power and went to sleep.

The satellite it came from (Rosetta) which is still orbiting the 67P comet and (sending back pictures as the comet starts to change as it approaches the Sun) has been looking for the landing spot for months without much luck (try spotting a washing machine tucked into a shady nook somewhere in an area the size of Los Angeles when you're flying several kilometers above it and can't hover) and there's been a kind of heartwarming/wrenching #WakeUpPhilae twitter campaign going on, and school classes making models and kids having Comet Lander themed birthday cakes and so on. The ESA has cute anthropomorphized cartoon versions of the satellite and lander, each with their own Twitter feed and a narrative storyline about them which has definitely helped boost and maintain interest in the mission. XKDC's live comic coverage of the landing didn't hurt either.

To be honest, I figured it had already been a successful mission and that the little probe would likely never be heard from again. Space is big, comets are tiny, space probes are tinier and the universe is under no obligation to enable all real world events to have a satisfactory narrative arc. And that that was fine, even though it would be nice if it woke up and could do some bonus science and make a whole lot of people on Twitter happy.

Today it woke up.

And I am surprisingly emotional about it! It's like a happy ending! \o/

Philae has already sent back more data and will send back more when the satellite is in correct position to relay data to the ESA. Here's a news article outlining what's going on.

There are a lot of really excited scientists in Europe right now, and a lot of happy people on Twitter. And me. YAY! \o/
caffienekitty: (yay)
I don't remember if I posted about it when it happened, but the European Space Agency landed a probe (Philae) on a comet back last November, which was amazing considering it was like throwing a pea from Paris and landing it in the eye of the Statue of Liberty or something. However, due to some difficulties on landing it bounced into a shady spot where it could not receive solar power to recharge and had to go into hibernation, losing contact with the ESA. While it was on though, it got all the main science things they were hoping to get done done so it was a roaring success at the time but still, it landed and within a few days lost power and went to sleep.

The satellite it came from (Rosetta) which is still orbiting the 67P comet and (sending back pictures as the comet starts to change as it approaches the Sun) has been looking for the landing spot for months without much luck (try spotting a washing machine tucked into a shady nook somewhere in an area the size of Los Angeles when you're flying several kilometers above it and can't hover) and there's been a kind of heartwarming/wrenching #WakeUpPhilae twitter campaign going on, and school classes making models and kids having Comet Lander themed birthday cakes and so on. The ESA has cute anthropomorphized cartoon versions of the satellite and lander, each with their own Twitter feed and a narrative storyline about them which has definitely helped boost and maintain interest in the mission. XKDC's live comic coverage of the landing didn't hurt either.

To be honest, I figured it had already been a successful mission and that the little probe would likely never be heard from again. Space is big, comets are tiny, space probes are tinier and the universe is under no obligation to enable all real world events to have a satisfactory narrative arc. And that that was fine, even though it would be nice if it woke up and could do some bonus science and make a whole lot of people on Twitter happy.

Today it woke up.

And I am surprisingly emotional about it! It's like a happy ending! \o/

Philae has already sent back more data and will send back more when the satellite is in correct position to relay data to the ESA. Here's a news article outlining what's going on.

There are a lot of really excited scientists in Europe right now, and a lot of happy people on Twitter. And me. YAY! \o/
caffienekitty: (giggle)



After a crappy day of crap and more crap, I noticed there was a candle flame in my mug of tea. No candles anywhere in the room, lit or otherwise; it's just a reflection of the overhead light, but I thought it looked cool, so tah dah. It's not like I was posting much of anything else on YouTube anyway.

(Yes it's a vertical video. I'm new at this and no one needs to see the rest of my desk anyway. :-P)
caffienekitty: (giggle)



After a crappy day of crap and more crap, I noticed there was a candle flame in my mug of tea. No candles anywhere in the room, lit or otherwise; it's just a reflection of the overhead light, but I thought it looked cool, so tah dah. It's not like I was posting much of anything else on YouTube anyway.

(Yes it's a vertical video. I'm new at this and no one needs to see the rest of my desk anyway. :-P)
caffienekitty: (eek)
I ran my microwave this morning and didn't realize there was a flying insect inside it at the time. I opened the door after about 20 seconds of microwaving (a bun-worth) and it flew out and away.

Soooo, if the west coast of North America is ravaged horribly sometime this month by a lone mutant flying insect, I apologize, I didn't know it was in there. (Alternately, if it bites me and I develop super mutant flying insect powers, I promise to use them for the good of humanity or something.)
caffienekitty: (eek)
I ran my microwave this morning and didn't realize there was a flying insect inside it at the time. I opened the door after about 20 seconds of microwaving (a bun-worth) and it flew out and away.

Soooo, if the west coast of North America is ravaged horribly sometime this month by a lone mutant flying insect, I apologize, I didn't know it was in there. (Alternately, if it bites me and I develop super mutant flying insect powers, I promise to use them for the good of humanity or something.)
caffienekitty: (snowing)
I was prepping some veggies for a thing I was making to take to a family dinner tomorrow and putting them into a colander to rinse all at once with pre-boiled water (stupid boil water advisory has been on for two solid weeks now, blah) when I looked over and saw this. )

Have a great Christmas if you do one, and have a great 25th of December if you don't!
caffienekitty: (snowing)
I was prepping some veggies for a thing I was making to take to a family dinner tomorrow and putting them into a colander to rinse all at once with pre-boiled water (stupid boil water advisory has been on for two solid weeks now, blah) when I looked over and saw this. )

Have a great Christmas if you do one, and have a great 25th of December if you don't!

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