Archives for November, 2009

Dark Energy: Hard to Kill (Part 1)

Once you can accept the Universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy. -A. Einstein But accepting the expansion of the Universe is easy compared to accepting the existence of dark energy. Why — and how — is there some mysterious property inherent to space…

The Ares I-X Rocket Special

My heroes had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb, And all I remember is thinking, “I want to be like them!” –Gnarls Barkley And here’s a new discovery (to me): the Violent Femmes version to help you through your post-Halloween Monday: The Ares I-X rocket has been all over the news…

Weekend Diversion: Happy Halloween 2009!

Here is your king’s scepter, and here is your kingdom, with the scorpion, the cobra, and the lizard for subjects. Free them if you will. Leave the slaves to me. –Ramses, in The Ten Commandments This year, I went as Pharaoh Ramses II, as played by Yul Brynner (above and below). Well, this is my…