Archive for February, 2004

My Star Trek Race

February 27, 2004

You're a Human!
You’re a Human! Inquisitive and mellow, you’re an
explorer at heart.

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Random Music

February 27, 2004

Following Vodkapundit’s implementation of a suggestion by John Scalzi (who cribbed the idea from Neil Gaiman), here are the first ten tunes that pop up when I shuffle iTunes:
1. Neil Diamond – America
2. TV Theme: Star Trek TOS Main Title
3. Boston – Foreplay/Long Time
4. Movie Theme: James Bond Theme
5. Weird Al Yankovich – Yoda
6. ACDC – Hell’s Bells
7. Moby – Bodyrock
8. Nine Inch Nails – Eraser
9. Genesis – Cinema Show
10. Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman
Not too embarassing, but not completely representative, either. I do have to admit that I have not ripped many of my CDs to my hard drive; most of these are just songs that I don’t have elsewhere on CD, but want to include in homemade compilations. Here are the next 10, out of curiosity:
1. Snap – Dark Side of the Moog
2. Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric
3. Fear Factory w/ Gary Numan – “Cars” Remix
4. TV Theme: Logan’s Run
5. Ultravox – Reap The Wild Wind
6. Human League – Keep Feelin’ Fascination
7. Peter Gabriel/Thomas Dolby – Little Light of Love
8. Moby – James Bond Theme
9. Kiss – Star Spangled Banner (Hendrix cover)
10. David Bowie – See Emily Play (Pink Floyd cover)
For comparison’s sake, here are the musical selections played by the Mars Rover teams (I like Opportunity’s music better, but both sets are pretty decent).

Fun T-Shirt

February 26, 2004

I wonder if Mark Oakley has one of these?
(Hat tip: Rocket Jones)
Update: Oops, I just fixed the link. Mark probably went, “huh?”
(The fixed link now takes you to a picture of a T-Shirt that says, “As a Matter of Fact, I AM a Rocket Scientist!”)

People Needing A Clue

February 26, 2004

Instapundit refers the clue-impaired to Michelle (“A Small Victory”) Catalano’s site, where she gives some good advice about refraining from judging bloggers based on just one post.

Sackcloth and Ashes

February 26, 2004

Robert must be doing some lenten penance for the cheesecake binge last week, as he has posted the pictorial equivalent of sackcloth and ashes. (It burnsss my eyesss, Prrrreciousss! Nasty wicked hobbitsesss!)

Looking for Life on Mars, on Earth

February 26, 2004

Wired has an interesting writeup about astrobiologist Chris McKay‘s efforts to find evidence of life in the high desert of the Atacama, Chile.
I was surprised to learn just how sterile the Atacama is. Despite the discovery in recent decades of “extremophiles,” it appears that there are limits to what hardy microbial life can tolerate, even on Earth. Learning how to detect the trace amounts of life, preventing forward contamination of the test site and contamination of gathered samples, and determining where to find any trace life are all skills that will serve the first human explorers of Mars well.

Floor 42

February 25, 2004

Added to my left links (a bilingual pun!): a site dedicated to the brilliant Douglas Adams.
(Hat tip: Die Metzger der Lamas)

Gallery of Regrettable Mags

February 25, 2004

Ever wondered what the Maxim or FHM of the 1950s looked like?
Wait no longer.
Lileks‘ latest: Stagworld.

Moog Heaven

February 25, 2004

The Moon Base Clavius site logo (see post immediately below) reminded me of the cover of this classic record.
Groove to the following hits, as realized on a [then] ultra-modern Moog modular synthesizer:
“Na Na Hey Hey,” “Nights in White Satin,” “Sugar Sugar,” “Raindrops
Keep Falling on My Head,” and many more songs closely contemporaneous
with my 1968 birth year.
I actually bought a copy of this record off eBay about 2 years ago. I’m thinking about arranging some modern pop tunes using this very slick software emulation of a Moog system (free download).

Debunking Moon Hoax Conspiracists

February 25, 2004

Moon Base Clavius.