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http://www.nytimes.com/…/leonard-nimoy-spock-of-star-trek-d…
Godspeed, Mr Spock. Thanks for everything. :(
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"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_8nY_LQL3w
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More interesting discussion about Ceres' geology... http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/02251857-ceres-geology.html
I've been resisting all urges to speculate on what kinds of geological features are present on Ceres, until now. Finally, Dawn has gotten close enough that the pictures it has returned show geology: bright spots, flat-floored craters, and enigmatic grooves.
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Well, that one in the picture is bloody weird. It's really piquing my curiosity. Unfortunately we won't get higher resolution pics til April...
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This seems about right, but it's a little dark.
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Brilliant. They should make the movie exactly like this.

They won't make the movie anything like this.
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http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/science-doubters/achenbach-text
Though I'd hesitate to call the people who actively go around casting doubt on solid science "reasonable"...
We live in an age when all manner of scientific knowledge--from climate change to vaccinations--faces furious opposition. Some even have doubts about the moon landing.
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+Constantine Thomas Yup, that's an excellent word, particularly when they end up in the U.S. Congress with others of their ilk.
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Halfway through Season 2 of the Twilight Zone, and it's not been as good as the first one, but there are some good stories in there - King Nine Will Not return, The Howling Man, Nick of Time, The Trouble with Templeton, Dust, Back There, and The Invaders have stood out so far. The stories are a lor more 'fantastical' than the first season though.

We watched Twenty-Two tonight, which was probably the best of the 'filmed on videotape' episodes - which basically makes them look more like old Dr Who episodes - so far (and had Jonathan Harris, a.k.a. Dr Smith from Lost in Space!), but I think The Odyssey of Flight 33 (which we also watched this evening) has been the best so far this season - that was properly disquieting, particularly the way it ended! (and I wonder if Stephen King nicked the idea for The Langoliers...)
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Played *Viticulture* (a friend's copy from the kickstarter) for the first time last night. I thought it was quite neat - it's a pretty basic worker placement game with a lot of theme and character. I wasn't too keen on the "race to 20 points" mechanic though (I'd prefer that games last a set number of rounds and then whoever has the most points wins) .

He's got Tuscany too so hopefully we'll play through the expansions.

I'm curious if the store version of the game is different to the base kickstarter version. But otherwise, what do people think of this game?
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I really enjoy the game and I like the race aspect.

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We played Lords of Waterdeep for the first time in ages last night, and this time we played with all of the expansion components (Skullport and Undermountain) - previously we'd only played with Undermountain. 

Wow, Skullport makes a difference! Suddenly there's all sorts of interesting way to screw over the other players by foisting corruption on them! And it really makes the scoring at the end more interesting too (I went from last to joint second because other people had lots of skulls and they were worth -5 points at the end).

Is that the normal sort of experience with the Skullport/Corruption board?
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+Neil Robinson yeah, I removed the original cards first before mixing them up with the full expansion set.
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Interesting read about "The New Language Of Political Narcissism". Or basically, how political journalism and speech has gone to pot. http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/5915/full
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Cannot plus enough.

I would prefer that my era not be known as the Endarkenment, but it certainly seems to be working on it.
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Even as we discover more about Ceres, some mysteries only deepen. Mission Director Marc Rayman gives an update on Dawn as it moves ever closer to its next target.
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So that could be a city, then? ;-)
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Behold, Ceres!
 
Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object.
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If that white stuff is ice, it looks very localised, which I think is weird for craters - if an impactor hit a dirty ice surface then one would expect a big bright patch and bright rays from the clean ice and ejecta that was exposed, but it looks like the bright material is only in small patches. 

Hm. Maybe it is interesting after all...  ;)
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I've heard orchestral versions of the Final Fantasy music before, but this sounds really awesome! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JEmmNL8M7U&feature=youtu.be
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The mouseover is very apt :). http://xkcd.com/1489/
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  • Lancaster University
    Planetary Science PhD, 1996 - 2002
  • Queen Mary, University of London
    Astrophysics MSc, 1995 - 1996
  • University College London
    Exploration Geophysics BSc, 1992 - 1995
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!) and science blogger, roleplayer, music and science geek. :)

Favourite quote: "Yep, hand to hand combat is the old school way to kill your enemies. Killing a man with your bare hands says, "We're all equals as men, except I'm slightly more equal because I'm still alive and you're dead." Of course, dropping a nuke on them from fifty thousand feet is totally acceptable. I mean, let's face it, there just not enough time in this world to show everybody the courtesy of a good strangling." - Sarge, Red vs. Blue.
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Held a billion-year old piece of the planet Mars. Met astronaut John Young (he's a really nice guy!) at LPSC.
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