News Briefs 14-05-2008

My PC is now a planetarium thanks to WorldWide Telescope, free to download. Mind-blowing stuff, it makes Google Earth look stone age. My god, it’s full of stars!

Thanks Greg, Kat, and Tori.

Quote of the Day:

“If they keep crashing stuff into the moon, the moon’s gonna get pissed off, and the tides’ll change, and all the women’ll start PMS-ing together. Then you guys are going to f*cking regret it.”

Tori Amos

  1. WorldWide Telescope
    The WorldWide Telescope is awesome I must say. The guided tours are just as good if not better than any planetarium presentation I’ve seen. I hope it clicks with people as well as Google Earth and the subsequent copycats have.

    And one other thing…let the search for anomalies begin! There are a lot of image issues still, but there are strange things to be found. But having the ability to take a virtual jaunt around the universe (well it’s not quite the entire universe yet) is one of the things I envisioned that we would have “in the future” along with flying cars when I was a kid. Now give me my flying cars already! 🙂

    1. LOL hear hear!
      Don’t forget the jetpacks dude :o)

      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

  2. Giant Space vegetables
    Is there any evidence that astronauts have giant children? Have any studies even been conducted? Enormous implications for any future space missions that may span generations as the generations’ span increases.

    1. Giant vegetables in Mexico
      During the 70s, a region of Mexico called Valley of Santiago —also known as the land of the seven luminaries— in the state of Guanajuato, became famous because the farmers began to produce vegetables of astounding dimensions. Despite my efforts, the info relating to this case is scarce, however I managed to find this site with some pics of those big-ass veggies. (Sorry, the site is in portugese).

      These pics provoked that a lot of people went out to find out more about the farming techniques used by the farmers, who claimed were based on teachings they received from extraterrestrials, and depended on astrological calendars. Apparently even Uri Geller was invited by the wife of the president to see if he perceived the “energies” emmanated by the plants.

      Long story short, it seems the engineers of Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture concluded that these vegetables were 90% water, so their nutritional valu was comparable to those of normal size. They also concluded that the dimensions of the plants were achieved to the use of excessive fertilizers. Nevertheless, since I’m no botanist or farmer, I would like to know the viewpoints of other Grailers concerning these matters. If anything, those giant cabbages sure looked pretty amazing.

      It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
      It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

      Red Pill Junkie

        1. Apparently so 🙂
          Nevertheless, I would like to know how the excessive use of fertilizers and water can render such gigantic veggies. I’m trying to find out but this guy won’t open his mouth 😉

          It’s not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me…
          It’s all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

          Red Pill Junkie

          1. berries
            I remember from high school (so this is way before genetic engineering) that some plants can be bread to have have multiple copies of chromosomes. Strawberries in particular. This can have the effect of making the berries much larger.

            So my wild guess is that this may have happened here too.

            if everything is under control, you are not going fast enough (Mario Andretti)

  3. WorldWide Telescope.
    Looks fantastic, but this quote says it all:

    “While it is more common in the US, I don’t think I know a single British astronomer that owns a Windows box outside of the VO community. In fact someone else here at Exeter said that Roy’s quote caused them an “…ironic chuckle”. Which is pretty much how WWT has been received. Nobody here can try it because nobody has a Windows machine, we either run Linux or OSX.”

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