What do I see transforming?

October 1, 2016

Turkish engineers build this transformer from a BMW – or at least they made this fun video.

But I think it might have gas.


Who did we say goodbye to today?

September 30, 2016


This morning, Sept. 30, 2016, just after 10:39 UTC (6:39 a.m. EDT) ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission with an impact onto the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The descent, begun with a final burn of its thrusters about 14 hours earlier, was slow, stately, and deliberate, but even at a relative walking pace Rosetta was not designed to be a lander like its parter Philae and thus ceased operation upon contact with the comet.


Rosetta will now remain on the surface of 67P not far from the location of Philae, which landed in November 2014 and was just recently identified in an OSIRIS image after nearly two years of speculation about its final landing place.

All in all, an amazing job by Rosetta, Philae, ESA, and all of  the flight, instrument, and science teams that made the mission an incredible success.  Thanks to their hard work and dedication over the years we now know more about our Solar System and comets especially than we ever did before, and the data Rosetta and Philae have provided us will be used for decades to come.

Rest well, little travelers.


What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 30, 2016


HMS Defiant may have a different take on this photo, but I find it sweet.

Thanks, Daily Timewaster.


Where am I reading?

September 29, 2016


A 19th century structure removed from context and re-imagined. A spiraling staircase – a fragment of a coil – standing in half shadow. It’s no longer a means to go somewhere, it has become the somewhere. Once held up by four walls, it is now re-mastered and self-supporting. Leavened by gravity and steel, heavy as the shadows. The oak and pine is pitted with a century and a half of daily rituals. It was discovered as a crumbling splinter of its former self. Careful, painstaking repairs have paved the way for its new function. A discrete yet bold intervention – a seat in place of steps, where dark cushions encourage you to pause. An old thoroughfare is now a place to stop, and read. In solitary contemplation, or intimate recital. The Reading Steps disorder the previous function, and create a new calm certainty. It’s about the beauty of a quiet disruption.


reposted from Bookshelf


What am I listening to?

September 28, 2016


Music for Wednesday – Thanks Maggie’s Farm


What is tattoo Tuesday about?

September 27, 2016


Wouldn’t the debates be more fun if our presidential candidates were tattooed like Vladimir Franz who is in third place in the Czech presidential race?


What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 23, 2016

cat lion

Lied on his resume; still got the job.

Thanks Daily Timewaster