8.29.2006

Super cool supernova remnant

So this is Cassiopeia A or (Cas A) and its cool because not only is this guy in our own galaxy but its only 340 years old (very young.  the youngest in our galaxy actually[which happens to be very big lol]).   It's located 10,000 lightyears from Earth in the constellation .. you guessed it.. Cassiopeia.

 

Anyway the reason for bloggin this is because I found some cool videos.  This by the way is a pretty new pic from hubble.  Just a few days old I think.  Click here to get the wallpaper version.  <-- It rules!

So the videos are all here.  I like the one that shows an artist's idea of the actual explosion. 

And now for some interesting facts:

  1. A supernova such as the one that resulted in Cas A is the explosive demise of a massive star that collapses under the weight of its own gravity.  <-- cool
  2. It then blows its outer layers into space in an explosion that can briefly outshine its the entire galaxy!  <--very cool
  3. Supernova explosions are the main source of elements that are more complex than oxygen.  <-- ok this is cool but let me tell you why.. that means that if you look here at the periodic table of elements.. you see that oxygen is near the top and not very complex.  So that means that all the elements below that had to have been forged in the extreme conditions produced by a supernova!  <do you see how cool it is yet?>  Ok so most of these elements are found in the earth right?  So what does that mean?  It means that our "earth matter" (as I will call it) has been though at least a few "solar cycles".  Or that the Earth is made up of stuff thats been blown up by more than one supernova!  <--now thats pretty dang cool!
  4. As well as visible light (i.e. optical radiation), supernovae emit huge amounts of various types of radiation: X-rays, ultraviolet, infrared, gamma rays, neutrinos, cosmic rays and radio waves.  <-- also very cool.  This is a before and after shot of the recorded "Supernova 1987A" near the Tarantula Nebula.

 

Well I could probably go on forever but I guess I'll stop here.

Don Marco king of crayons

So art is cool.. I suck but other people are good.  This guys is like the king of crayons.

House for sale!

My parents house went up for sale.  Please someone buy it so they can come back to Utah soon!

Check out the listing if you wanna see the specs and some pictures! 

Miss you Mom and Dad!

8.28.2006

Microsoft goes to Bolivia

I never thought the day would come.  Microsoft went to Sucre (one of sometimes 3 capitols in Bolivia) (which is also a part of my mission) on friday and introduced Windows in a new language...

QUECHUA! 

It's one of 3 Indian dialects spoken in Bolivia.  (the other two are Aymara and Guarani) I honestly don't know what to think of this.  I can tell you that probably 90% of all the people in Bolivia that only speak quechua live in adobe huts with no telephone or address and dirt floors.  Most without electricity.  I think its cool but.. why?  It just doesn't make any sense.  Such a tiny minority.  There are a few other counties in Central and South America that speak Quechua or a close relative of Quechua like Quichua or Quiche but I'm sure its varied enough to be useless to any of these other people.  So why this select few in literally the middle of South America? 

Then again this wouldn't be the first time Microsoft did something completely brainless.

 

K'alla K'ama  <-- Quechua for "see you later"

DIE "IE" DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No seriously! Internet explorer and even more importantly Windows XP service pack 2 NEEDS TO DIE!

I'm at work waiting for a computer to image (doing it from a USB HDD on a 1.0 port so its way slow) so I decide to login to blogger and post some crap about linux. So I did using IE. I finish up and click on spellcheck.. the little yellow "information bar" OF DEATH pops up with that little "bop" sound! NOOO it blocked the spellchecker.. and for some idiotic reason it blocks you from selecting text so I can't copy and paste my post! Im screwed!! .. maybe ill just do what it says and ill be ok.. right click "allow popups for this page" ... it did nothing.. crap.. I try again.. this time it says "always allow popups from blogger.com" whatever just do it.. "BOP" ! NOOO!! it reloads the page and I lose everything.. why in the ef does it do that?

Screw microsoft forever! I can't wait till google and linux flush you down the toilet.

8.25.2006

What a Bad/Great feeling!

Ok what your looking at is my dirty instrument panel on my truck.  And the bad feeling of course is shelling out almost $50 for a fill up on gasoline.  But the good feeling is this!  The needle is on "F" my friends!!!

ok for reals,.. this gage has a profound effect on me.  It seems the further the needle is to the right the better life is or the happier I am in general.  I tend to have more of a care-free disposition.  On the other hand, when it starts to point to "E" I get depressed and start worrying about deadlines and stuff I need to remember and take care of.  Also the dread of shelling out another $50...

Am I the only one? 

8.24.2006

Uintah's 2006

Took some pics.. here they are!