Space is Big

posted in Space by Cargo Cult on Thursday June 7 2012

Surprisingly, the weather in Seattle on Tuesday was utterly and totally cloudy - just like it had been for the annular eclipse of the sun a few weeks ago.

Fortunately, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory was far up above the clouds, ready to observe the transit of Venus in full.

Dad, are you space?

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I'm not too disappointed I couldn't see it in-person, however - having seen the 2004 one from a decidedly warm and sunny Köln. There wasn't quite the excitement back then - apparently human lifetimes aren't sufficient to see the next one...

August 21st, 2017 should be a good opportunity for eclipse-spotting. I'll be heading somewhere sufficiently far away from Seattle, leaving the clouds far behind...

Tuesday Miscellany

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Tuesday June 5 2012

My bookmarks-list is roughly two thousand screens long - a vaguely-chronologically-ordered mass of things I've found interesting in the last eight years or so.

Some of the older pages still operate. Picked from vaguely near the middle, have some stuff from the archives...

OMAS SPIDER - 1970s hard diving suit. No idea when I bookmarked this, or why. But I like!

Syd Mead - United States Steel International Syd Mead - United States Steel International
Syd Mead - United States Steel International - what the future was supposed to look like. Syd gives good industrial design, he was just too early.

Lun class ekranoplan - you thought I could post some links and forget some mouldering Soviet hardware that's neither plane nor boat?

Bonus Cup of Brown Joy corner:

  • How to make tea - (British Standard on the standards-compliant manner of brewing a nice cuppa), and
  • Why to make tea - (I'm falling behind on re-educating the inhabitants of these here colonies). via

Advice on seeing transit of Venus in Seattle tomorrow: head for the coast to escape the clouds!

Sunday Things

posted in Links by Cargo Cult on Sunday June 3 2012

Right, time to actually post some links. Behold, links!

Frozen beasts about to eat Arctic explorers?
Sentinels of the Arctic from Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Iron oxide is a vital part of any urban explorer's diet. Also, asbestos.
Exelon Power Station from 'randompkguy' on Flickr, who has plenty more dereliction to gawp at.

Public transportation is presumably insufficiently futuristic
Hyper-futuristic car dashboards from Dark Roasted Blend.

Bonus Inappropriate Taxidermy Corner (animal lovers beware):

Is this thing on?

posted in General by Cargo Cult on Saturday June 2 2012

In keeping with today's ever-progressing consolidation of internet communications into huge, data-farming social-networking ultra-sites, I've decided to catch up with the 20th century and set up my own blog.

Not to be confused with the other blog, from which this is derived.

Featuring absolutely zero integration with all the services the cool kids are using, such as MySpace, Bebo, Orkut or Google Plus, the grandly named, self-authored BaaBaa-BlogSheep™ v2.0 does enjoy such wonderfully modern extravagances as RSS feeds and ... erm ... well, that's about it.

It does have a few bits of entirely-optional Javascript scattered through its disciplinarian XHTML 1.0, though. Does that count?

So let us celebrate this explosion of computing technology with an explosion:

My Raspberry Pi attempting to deal with an insanely complicated MySQL query.

But, what's the point of all this? Basically it's somewhere for me to post interesting links I've found (usually pertaining to rusty things, antiquated things and misappropriation of modern things) and write up my Arduino and Raspberry Pi foolings-around, photographic projects and suchlike. And link to far too many pictures of SPAAAACE. And the word 'MINERVA', so you can search for it.

Essentially, if you followed my Google Reader interesting things feed, it's basically that, but with more original stuff written by me. And without Google arbitrarily taking away my ability to share things that way in an attempt to further its increasingly ludicrous Google Plus.

I had several hundred, completely anonymous followers on Google Reader. I miss them, whoever they were!

So without further ado, I declare this blog open! Emergency exits are at the front and rear, lifejackets are under your seats and the pilot will be distributing complimentary peanuts in a few minutes.