unclejimbo: (Xander)
Our hearing date at children's court is on January 15th, 2010. Then he'll officially be Xander Bell.

So, who on the committee can make it out here?

There'll be cake. Definitely cake.
unclejimbo: (La la la la la)
NASA finds water on the moon

Link here

A "significant amount" of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.

Preliminary data from a dramatic experiment on the moon "indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater," NASA said in a statement.

"The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon," it added, as ecstatic scientists celebrated the landmark discovery.

"Yes indeed we found water and we did not find only a little bit but a significant amount," said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission.


So there, we just found the mother lode on the moon by "bombing" it. (The scientific term is called an impactor and has been in use since the beginnings of the space age. See Ranger probes)

I hope Bill O'Reilly chokes on more spittle over this.

Really.
unclejimbo: (Ai-chan)
So the Mormons in Utah have decided that discriminating against gays in employment and housing is not so good. (Unless you're part of the LDS, then it's fine.) Awfully white of them considering how they've spent so much of their damn money to undermine gay rights across the country.

Yeah, (irony)you're good people(/irony)... Fucking Bigots.

In other news, Joe Liebermann is still blocking the advancement of Health Care Reform in the Senate. I have a thought. Tell him to get in line or he'll be removed from the committee chairmanships he now has. In fact, let's let him caucus all by himself.

He thinks the Repugnicons will take him in, but few people truly trust a traitor. Ask Benedict Arnold. Sure, he had a general's rank in the British Army after the Revolutionary War, but he was never trusted by the Red Coats after he gave them he plans for the defense of West Point. See any similarities Benedict I mean Joe?
unclejimbo: (heh)

visited 24 states (48%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

There may be more, but I was too young to remember. I know my family lived in Huntsville when my dad worked for NASA back in the day.

Lots of family in the Southeast. Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina are familiar places from my youth. South Carolina was from the Army as was Texas.

Guess you could say I bounced around quite a bit. Hawaii and Washington State was with Donna.


visited 8 states (3.55%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Okay, I'll admit I haven't been to China as yet, but we'll be going eventually to get our Daughter. Still, the trip to Taiwan put us pretty darned close, less than 100 miles off the coast.
unclejimbo: (La la la la la)
Better pictures of the Apollo 17 landing site posted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter site.

Dude, you can even see the shadow from the flag and the lunar rover.



site: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Take that conspiracy nuts! And no, it wasn't Photoshopped.

*sigh*

Oct. 14th, 2009 08:17 pm
unclejimbo: (iStitch)
Back in the days of my youth, I used to watch the World Wrestling Federation programs and even went to some of their events. I saw Hulk Hogan, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Andre the Giant and other wrestlers of old do their thing in the squared circle and enjoyed what amounted to a sports soap opera where there was audience participation.

One of the most unique figures was 'Captain' Lou Albano. One of his claims to fame was to appear in some videos with Cindi Lauper and was known for his Hawaiian shirts and the rubber bands hanging from his face. (Hey, they had a guy back then who had a green tongue and ate the turnbuckles. Go fig?)

Sadly, old Capt. Lou passed away today. Link Here I'm sure that Cindi is quite saddened by the news as they were good friends by all reports. My thoughts are with his family and friends tonight. As are my memories, another icon from my youth has faded away.
unclejimbo: (La la la la la)


Oh, if only it were for real...

Impact

Oct. 9th, 2009 04:44 am
unclejimbo: (not saying a damn thing)
Well, as a layman, I didn't see much even with the NASA TV feed. Now, from the reactions of the L-CROSS flight control team, it seems like they are very happy with the outcome so now we wait as data is compiled from LRO, Hubble and a number of other assets.

Me, I'm going back to sleep now.

Space Geek is out. PEACE!

Two minutes

Oct. 9th, 2009 04:28 am
unclejimbo: (La la la la la)
L-CROSS pucker time.
unclejimbo: (Default)
Well, I'm up and L-CROSS is right on target. Big Boom to ensue shortly...

Holy Crap!

Oct. 9th, 2009 04:04 am
unclejimbo: (Hope)
President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of "a new climate in international politics" and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage. The plaudit appeared to be a slap at President George W. Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama's predecessor for resorting to largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


I hope Bush is choking on his own spittle right now. I mean, damn! Just when you think the contrast between President Obama and 'w' couldn't be made any more clear.

It is so nice to have a President who isn't reviled by the world at large. Now if only he'd prosecute Bush and Cheney for their war crimes...

L-CROSS

Oct. 8th, 2009 07:46 pm
unclejimbo: (La la la la la)
Well, tonight (or at least early tomorrow morning the L-CROSS mission will come to it's climactic conclusion when the Centaur upper stage slams into the moon followed about 4 minutes later by the L-CROSS satellite itself.

So far, so good. The satellite separated from the booster at about 6:30 PST and has a little while ago started to break so it will have that 4 minutes to gather information as it goes into the debris cloud from the booster impact.

The big smash should take place at about 4:31 am PST. I'm going to try and be up for it. All I have are a pair of binoculars so I don't know if I'll see the flash when it hits. However, I am also recording NASA TV on the DVR so I'll be able to watch the highlights as it goes in.

This should be an interesting night.

OOPS

Oct. 7th, 2009 07:51 pm
unclejimbo: (not saying a damn thing)
Well, I don't know which is the bigger embarrassment. I'll let you all decide.

Somali Pirates Attack French Warship

or

Father of Palin's Grandson to Pose Nude for Playgirl

Okay, I know which one I'm laughing harder at and anything that embarrasses Sarah 'Going Rogue' Palin is a good thing. Still, those pirates make make Fox's new series, "World's Biggest Dumbasses".
unclejimbo: (Default)
It made it's 3rd pass past the planet yesterday afternoon and has returned more images of areas never before seen by either Mariner 10 in the mid 1970s or it's own previous two passes.

Seems like Mercury is going to be an interesting place to explore, even if it only takes 88 days to circle the sun.



http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=331
http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=332

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=333
unclejimbo: (Default)
Night terrors are a form of sleepwalking and Xander does it. He 'woke' up after his nap yesterday and was in a mood. He wouldn't talk to me at all and wanted to destroy everything. About 4 I called Donna to ask her what she thought. She talked to him on the phone, but he was not any more responsive with her than he was with me.

Then about 15 minutes later, he snapped out of it. He wanted a snuggle and was talking and glad to see me and was his normal self. Freaky and scary to say the least. *sigh* I hope this doesn't last much longer, but Donna has more experience with sleepwalkers. (As one and with her family.) It may last for years. I'll need to figure this thing out oer time, I guess...



In other news, October 9th at 4:30 PST the LCROSS satellite finishes up it's mission as it slams into the south pole of the moon. I'm going to try and be up to watch it. I have my computer, NASA TV and with luck my own eyes depending on what the marine layer decides to do that day.

Donna has had her one year anniversary at the new job. A huge milestone to say the least and she likes her job and they like her there. She's even on the Safety Committee and she thinks she's the only one who has a first aid card and CPR training. (She's planning on fixing that.)
unclejimbo: (Xander)
At about 5 pm PST, it will be officially 6 months that Donna and I have had Xander in our lives.

So much has changed. His use of English continues to grow along with his vocabulary. He has begun to ask us if we are happy and that he misses us when we are at work.

Sunday was hard/amusing because when I was getting ready to go and I bent to kiss him goodbye, he'd reach up and say, "No, Daddy. Stay. Stay home..."

*melt*

I love this little guy. It hasn't been an easy 6 months, but things continue to improve. He's discovered Downtown Disney along with the LEGO store and was just about in Nirvana. He still thinks that after a big event, something bad is in store. This is something that will take time to work out. Fortunately, the future should hold a lot of big events to reinforce the idea that nothing bad is going to happen to him and that he is not going away. Also we should be getting the paperwork to file for the re-adoption process soon. Hopefully as he is a part of that and seeing how that finishes the adoption, it will make things better for him.

You're our little boy, Xander and we love you.
unclejimbo: (iStitch)
He was a heck of a dancer and never took himself that seriously.

He had a lot of fun on Saturday Night Live the times he was on.

Okay, I never really got into that Dirty Dancing craze, but his performance in Ghost was superb.

You fought the good fight as long as you could after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Gone at 57, but you'll not be forgotten. Take care.

EDIT: 57, I meant 57 ^^... Still too damn young.
unclejimbo: (Default)
Obama heckled by GOP during speech: 'You lie!'

WASHINGTON – A South Carolina Republican lawmaker shouted "You lie" at President Barack Obama as he addressed Congress on Wednesday, prompting a GOP senator to call for an apology.

In his speech in the House chamber, Obama was telling lawmakers that the Democratic plans for health care overhaul do not cover illegal immigrants.

"The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally," Obama said.

"You lie!" Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., shouted from his seat, jabbing a finger in the air.

Full Text Here

Follow up and after math stories here!

AND... If you want to vent your spleen (if his sight EVER is able to recover) here is where you can contact him directly.

(NOTE: I was going to post this last night, but my stupid computer didn't want to connect to the Internet... Bah, I hate Vista!)
unclejimbo: (Pissed)
I've already decided that Matt Lauer is a Right Wing tool and not worth listening to, but now NBC has decided to one up FAUX News and hire Jenna Bush as a 'Special Correspondent'. I am sure that Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Morrow are now spinning in their graves.

I used to enjoy TODAY, but I will not watch it again until both Lauer and Bush are gone and NBC issues an appology to its viewers.

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