Archive | December 2015


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The Editor:   What does ” good golly ” mean, LL ?

Webster Cat:   Here is the meaning.

Ted Cruz is going to be a ” busy little bee ”  if he is elected.   Maybe he will restart the draft.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Solstice Sun at Lulworth Cove
Image Credit & Copyright: Chris Kotsiopoulos (GreekSky)

Explanation: A southern exposure and striking symmetry made Lulworth Cove, along the Jurassic Coast of England, planet Earth a beautiful setting during this December’s Solstice. Five frames in this dramatic composite view follow the lowest arc of the Sun, from sunrise to sunset, during the shortest day of the year. The solstice arc spans about 103 degrees at this northern latitude. Of course, erosion by wave action has produced the cove’s remarkable shape in the coastal limestone layers. The cove’s narrow entrance is responsible, creating a circular wave diffraction pattern made clearer by a low sun angle.

Tomorrow’s picture: a new year’s comet


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The Editor:   What is this in memory of, LL ?

Hollywood Cat:   It is in memory of people in the movie industry who died this year.  Some first acted in the 1930’s.  TCM should get special recognition for this memorium each year.

Here are two deaths not in the movie business.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Fox Fur Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: John Vermette

Explanation: This interstellar canine is formed of cosmic dust and gas interacting with the energetic light and winds from hot young stars. The shape, visual texture, and color, combine to give the region the popular name Fox Fur Nebula. The characteristic blue glow on the left is dust reflecting light from the bright star S Mon, the bright star just below the top edge of the featured image. Textured red and black areas are a combination of the cosmic dust and reddish emission from ionized hydrogen gas. S Mon is part of a young open cluster of stars, NGC 2264, located about 2,500 light years away toward the constellation of the Unicorn (Monoceros).

Tomorrow’s picture: open space

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Dust of the Orion Nebula
Image Credit & Copyright: Raul Villaverde Fraile

Explanation: What surrounds a hotbed of star formation? In the case of the Orion Nebula — dust. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strong outer wind of particles. The Trapezium and other forming star clusters are embedded in the nebula. The intricate filaments of dust surrounding M42 and M43 appear brown in the featured image, while central glowing gas is highlighted in red. Over the next few million years much of Orion’s dust will be slowly destroyed by the very stars now being formed, or dispersed into the Galaxy.

Tomorrow’s picture: large canine


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The Editor:  Why are you writing about robots so much, LL ?

Ugh Oh, Ugh Oh, Ugh Oh  Cat:  They are a break from politics.

Here is one that will never complete a delivery unless bombs are connected, which the terrorist will do.  Mostly they will be robot-napped to be converted to popcorn-poppers, coolers, and trash cans.

Supervisors and bosses will soon lose their jobs.

The Editor:   What will be the most profitable robots, UO, UO, UO, C ?

XXX Cat:  Sex robots.  Amigo has already copyrighted and obtained ISP names for Sex R Us, I have your sex right here, Is that a mouse in your pocket or are you glad to see me ?

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Falcon 9 First Stage Landing
Video Credit: SpaceX

Explanation: The booster has landed. Spaceflight took a step toward the less expensive last week when the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket set down on a landing pad not far from its Florida launch. Previously, most rocket stages remained unrecovered — with the significant exception of the Space Shuttles landing on a runway and their solid rocket boosters being fished back from the sea. The landing occurred while the Falcon 9 second stage continued up to launch several communications satellites into low Earth orbit. The controlled landing, produced by SpaceX, was the first of its kind, but followed a booster landing last month by Blue Origin that did not involve launching satellites. Boeing and SpaceX were selected last year by NASA to launch future astronauts to the International Space Station. The pictured rocket booster will be analyzed for wear and reusability, but then is scheduled to be retired.

Tomorrow’s picture: distant dust