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Damn, that's a good pic. Charon's darkside lit by Pluto-shine from 100,000 km away!

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science-Photos/image.php?page=1&gallery_id=2&image_id=470
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http://maxtannone.com/selene

Max Tannone and rapper Richard Rich made some rap songs out of the Moon soundtrack that lyrically stick to the theme of the film. It's really good, give it a listen! (the songs can be downloaded as a "pay what you want" purchase too)
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Hidden Figures is an amazing film about some amazing women! I really loved that! There must have been a lot of dust in the cinema, my eyes were quite watery through out! Go see it!
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Epic field trip to NGC 7822 and the California Nebula!
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We played Core Worlds again last night for the first time in a few months, it was pretty epic! :)
 
Core Worlds! We haven't played this since August so we were a bit rusty on it, but it was fun! I amassed a vast empire of Worlds and Advancements (we played with the base game + Galactic Orders + Revolution) - in fact all of my victory points were in those, I had none in ships or anything else in my deck at all! Unfortunately I didn't win, but it was fairly close - I got 51 pts and my opponent got 60, largely because he managed to snag three Core Worlds in the very last round.
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Plague spread across the world last night in our weekly boardgaming...
 
We tried out Plague Inc last night - it was good! Pretty light and simple but interesting and fun to play (there's some nice humour in the writeups on some of the cards). I think my opponent called his disease H3B2 or something like that, while mine was Maradonitis (it started in Argentina). We spent most of the time in our own countries and didn't end up sharing countries much (it was only a 2p game so maybe that's why), and In the end H3B2 claimed more victims and won the game.

We also played Hero Realms (not pictured), which is a fantasy version of Star Realms that was kickstarted last year. It was good! Pretty similar to Star Realms, but it felt a little more swingy - cards did more damage, and there was more healing so the scores were going up and down a lot. There are also characters (wizard, ranger, fighter, cleric, thief), which change the 10 cards that you start with and include unique cards too, which was a neat idea. Only snag we found really was that we thought the text on the cards was harder to read than in Star Realms.
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Max Tannone's mashup has ruined Radiohead's "Air Bag" from OK Computer for me, because it's that amazing. (the original Air Bag drum line just sounds too slow now!).

Behold, Radiohead's "Air Bag" mashed with Jay-Z's "Roc Boys". Give it a listen! (He's put together a whole album and an EP of this as "Jaydiohead" - the songs work surprisingly well together!).

https://maxtannone.bandcamp.com/track/air-roc
from the album Jaydiohead - The Encore
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Captain America is going to show up just in time, punch Trump's lights out, and save the day - right?
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+Brian Renninger Shhhh... that never happened.
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Damn. NASA is reporting that Gene Cernan (commander of Apollo 17) has died :(.

EDIT: link - https://www.nasa.gov/astronautprofiles/cernan

If you haven't watched The Last Man On The Moon, you should - it's a great film about him.
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I'm dreading the day when I'll hear that John Young has died. I met him at LPSC once, he's a lovely chap, very humble.
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New Python! And my first mining run, which unfortunately did not end well...
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Link to Piled Higher and Deeper
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Just saw Passengers - really enjoyed that! Very good film, another one to grab the DVD of when it comes out...
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Armchair planetary scientist (I do actually have a PhD in Planetary Science!), occasional science blogger, boardgamer, 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.
Bragging rights
Held a billion-year old piece of the planet Mars. Met astronaut John Young (he's a really nice guy!) at LPSC.
Education
  • 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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