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: Road sign directing to Fitton Airfield (cabin pressure)
I posted this over on the comm for the Cabin Pressure radio play, but there has been a cool development since posting which I added to that post but wanted to post again because EEEE!

There is a group on Tumblr that has organized a Cabin Pressure Advent Calendar full series re-listen. They're doing the episodes in original airing order rather than alphabetical, so people doing the re-listen may have differing preferences of order for Series 3. It starts on November 28th with Abu Dhabi and goes one episode per day, leading right up to the two-part finale, which has just officially been confirmed by the BBC to be scheduled to air December 23 and December 24th on BBC Radio4. It will be available internationally live (and almost certainly for a while afterwards) through the BBC Radio iPlayer website.

The Advent calendar people are also going to be posting prompts relating to the episode of the day, so if you are inclined towards writing, drawing, or making stuff related to Cabin Pressure, or viewing what other people have done) give the Cabin Pressure Advent Calendar tumblr a look.

The cool development and EEEE bit is that John Finnemore himself has also just posted a signal boost for the Cabin Pressure Advent Calendar, and has said he'll be posting a tidbit about each episode every day until the finale!! O.O

So, if you are at all interested in Cabin Pressure, there's going to be some activity going on leading up to the finale's airing that you might want to have a look at.
caffienekitty: Road sign directing to Fitton Airfield (cabin pressure)
I posted this over on the comm for the Cabin Pressure radio play, but there has been a cool development since posting which I added to that post but wanted to post again because EEEE!

There is a group on Tumblr that has organized a Cabin Pressure Advent Calendar full series re-listen. They're doing the episodes in original airing order rather than alphabetical, so people doing the re-listen may have differing preferences of order for Series 3. It starts on November 28th with Abu Dhabi and goes one episode per day, leading right up to the two-part finale, which has just officially been confirmed by the BBC to be scheduled to air December 23 and December 24th on BBC Radio4. It will be available internationally live (and almost certainly for a while afterwards) through the BBC Radio iPlayer website.

The Advent calendar people are also going to be posting prompts relating to the episode of the day, so if you are inclined towards writing, drawing, or making stuff related to Cabin Pressure, or viewing what other people have done) give the Cabin Pressure Advent Calendar tumblr a look.

The cool development and EEEE bit is that John Finnemore himself has also just posted a signal boost for the Cabin Pressure Advent Calendar, and has said he'll be posting a tidbit about each episode every day until the finale!! O.O

So, if you are at all interested in Cabin Pressure, there's going to be some activity going on leading up to the finale's airing that you might want to have a look at.
caffienekitty: (ooo!)
[livejournal.com profile] ash48 made a video for my [livejournal.com profile] fandomaid donation (which she did very kindly since I think I got in too late to count as winning, but she did it anyway)! I can't watch it yet because I need to watch all of season 9 of Supernatural first and that is gonna take a while! Arg. I'm okay with that though, and [livejournal.com profile] ash48 has been very kindly keeping me updated on progress and warning me that it contains major info on season 9, which was also extremely kind and thoughtful. I look forward to watching the video when I've caught up, but in the meantime, I figured I should let everyone else know about it.

[livejournal.com profile] ash48's post for the vid is over at her LJ. The vid is set to "Lonely Road to Absolution" by Billy Talent, and it's all about Supernatural's Kevin Tran in season 9. She also says it is not a happy vid, but given the song I asked her to make a vid to, that's not too surprising. :-)

(Comments disabled here, go watch it and comment on [livejournal.com profile] ash48's journal to tell her how awesome it is!)
caffienekitty: (ooo!)
[personal profile] ash48 made a video for my [profile] fandomaid donation (which she did very kindly since I think I got in too late to count as winning, but she did it anyway)! I can't watch it yet because I need to watch all of season 9 of Supernatural first and that is gonna take a while! Arg. I'm okay with that though, and [personal profile] ash48 has been very kindly keeping me updated on progress and warning me that it contains major info on season 9, which was also extremely kind and thoughtful. I look forward to watching the video when I've caught up, but in the meantime, I figured I should let everyone else know about it.

[personal profile] ash48's post for the vid is over at her LJ. The vid is set to "Lonely Road to Absolution" by Billy Talent, and it's all about Supernatural's Kevin Tran in season 9. She also says it is not a happy vid, but given the song I asked her to make a vid to, that's not too surprising. :-)

(Comments disabled here, go watch it and comment on [personal profile] ash48's journal to tell her how awesome it is!)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
I just found this out and emitted a sharp high-pitched squeak of a kind I have never emitted before.

NASA has announced that their new Mars Rover heading for Mars in 2020 is to be called SHERLOCK. Well, S.H.E.R.L.O.C. really, for "Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals", but the intent is there. I guess they couldn't add a "Kinetically" on the end there because that probably wouldn't be scientifically accurate and this is after all, serious science bizniz. *nods sagely*

There's also something in the diagram labeled "MOXIE" and I don't know what that is or does, but it seems appropriate for Sherlock to have a heart of moxie.
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (amazing)
I just found this out and emitted a sharp high-pitched squeak of a kind I have never emitted before.

NASA has announced that their new Mars Rover heading for Mars in 2020 is to be called SHERLOCK. Well, S.H.E.R.L.O.C. really, for "Scanning Habitable Environments with Raman & Luminescence for Organics and Chemicals", but the intent is there. I guess they couldn't add a "Kinetically" on the end there because that probably wouldn't be scientifically accurate and this is after all, serious science bizniz. *nods sagely*

There's also something in the diagram labeled "MOXIE" and I don't know what that is or does, but it seems appropriate for Sherlock to have a heart of moxie.
caffienekitty: (sherlock-deadlywatson)
I found this while wandering through the local Superstore. It's not officially Sherlock merchandise, but whatever. I think it's awesome.

It's a mug patterned in cable-knit like John's oatmeal jumper! )
Look how well it fits right in with my other vaguely Sherlock stuff! )

I could have bought a lot of jumper-patterned things if I was truly obsessed since there was a similar teapot/cookie jar/creamer/sugar bowl/tumbler/water pitcher/etc in the same display, but I don't need any of those things, also money is not a thing I have much of, also also that much knobbly jumperness in my kitchen would be a little overbearing to face day in and day out, so I just got the mug.

I can now sip tea out of John's jumper! HOORAY! \o/

Art!

Sep. 18th, 2012 11:12 pm
caffienekitty: (like omg!!)
Someone made art for one of my stories! :-O

smore123 on deviantart/LasagnaLover on FF.net drew this adorable picture for my Avengers fic, The Tactical Applications of Caramel Apples and Ring-Tailed Lemurs! I'm thrilled!

Art!

Sep. 18th, 2012 11:12 pm
caffienekitty: (like omg!!)
Someone made art for one of my stories! :-O

smore123 on deviantart/LasagnaLover on FF.net drew this adorable picture for my Avengers fic, The Tactical Applications of Caramel Apples and Ring-Tailed Lemurs! I'm thrilled!
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (kill4coffee)
Coffee helps people live longer.*

In previous studies somewhere it looked like it was bad for you, but in this study they factored out other things that tend to go with coffee drinking, like smoking and some other stuff, whatever, and it turns out the more coffee you drink, up to a max 4-5 8oz cups, the better it is for you. Or something. I was too busy going "whee! \o/" to read it really closely.

Now to install that pipeline from Tim Horton's...

*(Tea does too I'm sure, it's no doubt even better for you than coffee, but the study was coffee-centric. Sorry strict tea-drinkers, but take it as proof that no one's worried enough about tea being bad for you to commission a study into it?)
caffienekitty: Dean sitting slumped in a chair. "Will kill for coffee" (kill4coffee)
Coffee helps people live longer.*

In previous studies somewhere it looked like it was bad for you, but in this study they factored out other things that tend to go with coffee drinking, like smoking and some other stuff, whatever, and it turns out the more coffee you drink, up to a max 4-5 8oz cups, the better it is for you. Or something. I was too busy going "whee! \o/" to read it really closely.

Now to install that pipeline from Tim Horton's...

*(Tea does too I'm sure, it's no doubt even better for you than coffee, but the study was coffee-centric. Sorry strict tea-drinkers, but take it as proof that no one's worried enough about tea being bad for you to commission a study into it?)

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