Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Moon Water: Now in 3 Flavors

Good Afternoon Ladies & Gentlemen,

I have the apartment to myself for the weekend. My roommate is spending time back home in Florida. So what does that mean? Absolutely nothing…unless somebody wants to come visit…ladies. It really just means that I’m free to walk around in my underwear (or less) and be as loud as I want in the morning, because you know the first thing I want to do in the morning is belt out Sinatra hits in the shower. “THOSE FINGERS IN MY HAIR, THAT SLY HYPNOTIC STARE, (gargle) RIPS MY CONSCIENCE BARE OH IT’S WITCHCRAAAAFT!!!” And yes, there’s usually a splashing tap dance routine involved too. That’s really about it going on in my deck of the woods. Jay-Z’s performing tonight in San Jose…but I’m not going to be there. Yeah. So ugh… here’s some news…

Moon Water: Now in 3 Flavors - Since the surprise discovery last year of trace amounts of water on the moon (when we decided to BLOW IT UP!!!), scientists have been redefining their concept of Earth's rocky neighbor. Now researchers say the water on the moon comes in three different flavors. Until recently the moon was thought to be bone dry. But measurements in the last year from the Mini-SAR and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3 or "M-cubed") instruments on India's Chandrayaan-1 moon probe and from NASA's recent LCROSS mission have proved that wrong. Mini-SAR found 40 craters, each containing frozen water at least 6.6 feet (2 meters) deep on the lunar surface – which adds up to 600 million tons of lunar ice stuff altogether (how did we miss that?). LCROSS slammed into the moon on October 9th, 2009 and found evidence of water in another crater. "So far we've found three types of moon water," said Paul Spudis of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. "We have Mini-SAR's thick lenses of nearly pure crater ice, LCROSS's fluffy mix of ice crystals and dirt, and M-cube's thin layer that comes and goes all across the surface of the moon." LCROSS struck moon water in a cold, permanently dark crater at the lunar south pole. Since then, the science team has been thoroughly mining the data collected from the intentional moon crash. "It looks as though at least two different layers of our crater soil contain water, and they represent two different time epochs," said Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS principal investigator. "The first layer, ejected in the first 2 seconds from the crater after impact, contains water and hydroxyl bound up in the minerals, and even tiny pieces of pure ice mixed in. This layer is a thin film and may be relatively 'fresh,' perhaps recently replenished." This brand of moon water resembles the water M3 discovered last year in scant but widespread amounts, bound to the rocks and dust in the very top millimeters of lunar soil, scientists say. But the second layer is different. "It contains even more water ice plus a treasure chest of other compounds we weren't even looking for," he says. "So far the tally includes sulfur dioxide (SO2), methanol (CH3OH), and the curious organic molecule diacetylene (H2C4). This layer seems to extend below at least 0.5 meters and is probably older than the ice we're finding on the surface." The researchers don't yet know why some craters contain loads of pure ice while others are dominated by an ice-soil mixture. It's probably a sign that the moon water comes from more than one source. Spudis says, "Some of the water may be made right there on the moon. Protons in the solar wind can make small amounts of water continuously on the lunar surface by interacting with metal oxides in the rocks. But some of the water is probably deposited on the moon from other places in the solar system." These findings are completely rewriting the book on the moon. "It's a different world up there and we've barely scratched the surface. Who knows what discoveries lie ahead?" Moon men? Or rather a man IN the moon? Or perhaps up reaching a deeper layer, there's another interesting compound - Gouda? Okay, so I was kinda hoping that the three types of Moon water would be regular, cherry & grape...but instead I guess it's Ice, Dirty Snow and what I like to call - Skee (because it "comes & goes all across the surface of the moon" which is an exact quote). Anyway, I think it's interesting...but I'm a nerd so...always glad to share with others.

Vanishing Islands - For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island's gone. New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols (can’t just take his word for it?). "What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra. Scientists at the School of Oceanographic Studies at the university have noted an alarming increase in the rate at which sea levels have risen over the past decade in the Bay of Bengal. Until 2000, the sea levels rose about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) a year, but over the last decade they have been rising about 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) annually, he said. Another nearby island, Lohachara, was submerged in 1996, forcing its inhabitants to move to the mainland, while almost half the land of Ghoramara island was underwater, he said. At least 10 other islands in the area were at risk as well, Hazra said. "We will have ever larger numbers of people displaced from the Sunderbans as more island areas come under water," he said. Bangladesh, a low-lying delta nation of 150 million people, is one of the countries worst-affected by global warming. Officials estimate 18% of Bangladesh's coastal area will be underwater and 20 million people will be displaced if sea levels rise 1 meter (3.3 feet) by 2050 as projected by some climate models. India and Bangladesh both claimed the empty New Moore Island, which is about 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) long and 3 kilometers (1.5 miles) wide (and apparently it’s highest peak is about 6 inches if it was completely submerged in thirty years). Bangladesh referred to the island as South Talpatti. There were no permanent structures on New Moore, but India sent some paramilitary soldiers to its rocky shores in 1981 to hoist its national flag. The demarcation of the maritime boundary and who controls the remaining islands remains an open issue between the two South Asian neighbors, despite the disappearance of New Moore, said an official in India's foreign ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on international disputes. Seriously though, who cares? It’s Atlantis now. I just thought it was interesting that they were arguing over control of this three square mile island…that has no structures, no beach, probably just a few lizards or monkeys or…WAIT!!! You don’t think… could they? Could snakes have sunk New Moore Island? We’ve already heard of them overthrowing government institutions in nearby Sri Lanka but…could they really sink an island? Perhaps that’s why there’s no official comment. Interesting…

Belgian Waffle – Enough about the Apocalypse. It’s stories like these that give me hope. You see, one of my favorite movies is “Amelie” and there’s a scene in there that this story reminded me of…and so maybe if one thing can be true, then others can. If you haven’t seen it, get thee to a rental store. You’ll love it. Anyway, a Belgian woman who committed suicide by jumping from her 12th floor apartment killed a pedestrian in the street below, police said Wednesday. The 67-year-old woman leapt from her balcony in Brussels and hit a 72-year-old man as he was entering the apartment building on Monday. The woman was reported to have suffered depression since the death of her husband three years ago…and I’ll bet the man felt depressed shortly after impact. (Rim shot) Okay, that was a bad joke, what do you expect? I do feel sorry for both parties involved. Depression’s a horrible thing. So is losing a loved one. I’m not a huge fan of suicide though. Maybe it was because a few of my friends & classmates took that route growing up…but yeah, don’t be a p***y. There’s a lot to live for, even if you can’t see it through the fog. That’s what friends are for. As for the guy that acted as a cushion, that just sucks. Period. He was probably having a pretty damn good day too. Probably just coming back from breakfast with a friend, stomach full of waffles & frits, whistling a little tune to himself, splat. Game over. Is it considered a murder-suicide now? Anyway, my condolences to both of their families.

Sexting Update – Seems I’ve had a few of these this past week. Connecticut lawmakers are considering a way to keep young people off the state's sex offender registry if convicted of "sexting." Sexting -- a contraction of "sex" and "texting" -- is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photographs electronically, often between mobile phones (see Tiger Woods). Under existing law in Connecticut, sending or receiving messages that include nude or sexual images falls under the state's child pornography statutes. Those convicted are put on a state sex-offender registry. The proposed bill, which was being debated on Monday by the state legislature's joint judiciary committee in Hartford, would reduce the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor when the sexting is between minors of 13 to 18 years of age who are in some sort of relationship. "At times, minor children do foolish acts without appreciating the consequences of their actions," said Rosa Remimbas, a Republican state representative…who is obviously jealous of today’s technological advances. Paul Vance, spokesman for the Connecticut state police, said no teens have yet been arrested in the state for sexting. A 2009 survey conducted for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that 19% of teens had sent, received or forwarded nude or nearly nude photos through text message or e-mail (yeah, lower than I expected too). At least 15 states have introduced or are considering bills or resolutions regarding sexting, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. John Danaher, commissioner with Connecticut's Department of Public Safety, said the bill "strikes a good balance between asserting the illegality of the activity while, at the same time, removing the age population from the serious consequences of being required to register as a sex offender." The judiciary committee will next consider whether to send the bill on to the state's House of Representatives. Remember back in the day when if you wanted your girlfriend to see your weenus, you’d actually have to sneak over, toss a pebble up at her bedroom window, then when she wouldn’t answer because she had her headphones on, you’d scale the side of her family home like f**king Spiderman, try to get her attention by knocking on the window to let you in, but she still didn’t notice, so then you figure you’d start the show a little early…and as you undo your pants the aluminum siding gives and before you know it you’re hanging upside down by your pants which are securely around your ankles, and you try to free your ankles from the mess of denim but then you hear the rack of a shotgun, so you bail whether your pants decide to come along or not? Yeah, those were the days. There was adventure, romance, suspense, passion, danger, all good things. Now you have to be careful opening a multimedia message on your phone because your buddy may have a girlfriend named Stephanie who’s listed next to you on their contact list…and they’re a little drunk. Then the awkward text conversation goes something like, “Dude, not cool.” “Sorry $teve, meant for somebody else.” “I’d hope so. By the way, you might want to get that mole on your hip checked.” “I’ll call the doctor in the morning. Thanks dude.” “No problem, just pay it forward.” Not that that’s ever happened or anything. Wouldn’t mind if it were somebody trying to send a photo to their boyfriend who also happens to be a $teve. “Jackpot!!! Holy crap is that… oh my? I knew she colored her hair.” Oh yeah, so… kids may not be forever marked as sexual predators for being kids because of the advancement of technology. That might be a good thing. Call me old fashioned, but I like the whole sneaking in through the window thing. I was a damn good climber though, so I’m a little biased. I’m still trying to figure out emoticons…but there’s one that I like to through out every once in a while (__!__) You just looked at my ass. Congratulations.

Overboard Remake - Jennifer Lopez (“Gigli”) is set to star in the remake of 1987 comedy "Overboard" for Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment says ABC News. The Garry Marshall-directed original had Goldie Hawn playing Joanna, a socialite's pampered wife who falls off her yacht and develops amnesia. Kurt Russell played Dean Proffitt, a carpenter and single father of four whom Joanna stiffed on a job. When the socialite decides not to claim Joanna at the hospital, Dean decides to get even with Joanna and claims she's his wife. The pair soon develop a genuine attraction despite the false circumstances that brought them together. Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and the original film's scribe Leslie Dixon all worked on the new incarnation which Will Smith and James Lassiter will produce. Sigh... I just thought I'd share that with you. Why? I don't know. J-Lo? Really? I thought she was done with all this. Anyway, something better...

Addams Family 3-D - Who doesn't love the Addams Family? Communists, that's who. The 60's TV series, the movies, all good stuff. Well, "Alice in Wonderland 3D" and "Sweeney Todd" helmer Tim Burton is doing yet another remake with a 3D stop-motion animated version of "The Addams Family" reports Deadline NY. This new version however will not be related to the classic TV comedy or the 90's films...but rather the original Charles Addams drawings that appeared in New Yorker magazine and inspired the show. This version will likely have a more adult and witty tone in line with the original drawings. A writer is being sought for the film and should be hired shortly (ah hem...make me an offer). Burton's next project, "Frankenweenie", uses a 3D/stop-motion technique that will also be employed on this. Well, now I'm going to go home and watch the late great Raul Julia...and the next time that a girl scout tries to pawn her cookies off on me, instead of picking a fight about the political correctness of her tasty treats, I'll just ask her "Are they made from real girl scouts?" Badanana (snap snap)

The Human Torch is Captain America - That's right, you heard it here first. Chris Evans (who played the Human Torch in the "Fantastic Four" movies) has accepted Marvel Studios' offer for him to play Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming tentpole "The First Avenger: Captain America" says Variety. Evans was offered the role last week and agreed over the weekend, now it's just a matter of the papers being finalized. Marvel has yet to comment or issue a press release, but one is expected shortly when everything is locked in. The deal calls for Evans to star in at least three "Captain America" movies and "The Avengers". Hugo Weaving (Smith in the "Matrix" movies) committed the other week to play the villain Red Skull. The Joe Johnston-directed 'America' kicks off filming this Summer and will hit theatres July 2011. That's right, the man who brought you "The Wolfman", "Jumanji" & "The Rocketeer" will be directing Captain America. Oh...and there apparently isn't going to be any more Fantastic Four movies, so probably a good career move for Chris Evans. You may also remember him from "Push" or "Cellular" or "Not Another Teen Movie." Keep an eye out for that.

Anyway, I think that’ll do it for today. Not a whole lot to blab on about. Tune in tomorrow though. I’m sure there’ll be a movie review or two, some news clips, maybe a dirty text message, who knows? The possibilities are endless. Have a great day everybody!!!

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