Airglow Ripples over Tibet via NASA

Sunrise at Mission Control England for September 02, 2014 at 06:10AM!

The day’s High is 68F with a Low of 58F. Current conditions are Partly Cloudy.


"the founders of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk may be all that stands between us and global catastrophe"

Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards’ sex lives have all died, the Russian space agency said on Monday.

Daily Digest: New favorite tweet by @warrenellis (1 item)

1 item   DAILYTWEETFAVS August 31, 2014 at 09:59PM JULIA_HOLTER what’s it called when you drive away while the gas pump is in your car and the pump falls off and lies decapitated on the ground before you — julia holter (@JULIA_HOLTER) August 31, 2014 via Twitter August 31, 2014 at 09:03PM Put the internet to work for you. Turn off or edit this Recipe

September 01, 2014 at 05:52PM

"The Fermi Paradox is a big extrapolation from a very local observation. We don’t see any obvious evidence of galactic colonisation around here. So they couldn’t be out there. Really? I don’t see any evidence of mega fauna in my back yard, so maybe there aren’t any …"

Interview that removes much of my last hope that SETI will prove to be of any use to anyone. Extant megafauna includes cows, probably not far from your own back yard, and evidencing themselves in your diet. Pleistocene megafauna are extinct, which, in your metaphor, DOES speak to Fermi — you can’t see them in your fucking back yard because they all died before you started looking.

I Have Been Waiting For You, Quiet Morning by Leonardo Rosado

"In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, a spokesman for Korea’s National Defense Commission on Sunday called Opposite Number, “a conspiratorial charade painting a wrong picture of the DPRK’s reality as it is based on a sheer lie intended to give impression that the DPRK’s nuclear treasured sword for self-defense was manufactured by ‘illegally acquiring’ nuclear technology from Britain.”"


Calling Crab

Watching Will Self go after George Orwell is like watching a fiddler crab drag itself out of the cold grey water to attack its neighbours and rake the sands of its ancestors, thrashing around with its hypertrophied claw until it is the last king of the beach of dead things.

The thing about the fiddler crab is that that giant fearsome claw is a con.  It’s not really for fighting.  Sometimes…

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