Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Random Thread: October 2014

gravity maps of the moon

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Lunar Interior Laboratory, a satellite orbiting the moon, has discovered what really caused the big, dark lunar feature called Oceanus Procellarum, the Ocean of Storms. Most scientists thought it had been blasted out by an ancient asteroid collision. But closer study shows that the feature is actually a series of lava-flooded rift valleys, like the cracks that appear where continents are pulling apart on Earth. The discovery shows that the moon used to be a much more active and violent place than experts had thought. (The pictures, from right to left, show the moon, its topography, and gravity gradients.)

Speaking of the moon, a total lunar eclipse is coming up on the morning of October 8. Might be worth a look if you’re up and about.

Users’ Manual: Obey The Rules. Consult The Guide. Have fun!

Welcome, Neophytes!

If you’re new on the blog, please stop by this thread and say pie — er hi.

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The Hare and Hedgepig, v. V

As a Courtesy to Your Fellow Patrons,
Please Leave All Electronic Devices and Projectile Pastries with Our Pie Check Department
Formal Dress Required
Continued from Vol. IV.
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Best of the Blog

Use the comments here to swap tips about outstanding, little known, and/or underutilized parts of MuseBlog. (In four years, we’ve accumulated an amazing number of chasms, subterranean passages, sunken cities, and fossiliferous formations.) Be sure to include the URL (Web address) so others can share your finds.

We’re Back!

That’s a relief. Home, sweet home!

Plays/Acting/Theater/Theatre, v. 2014

Continued from v. 2009.


Happy Equinox!

It’s now officially autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, spring down south. How do you like the season so far?

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“Talk Like a Pirate” Day 2014

Ahoy, there, MuseBloggers! As always on this special day of the year, you will have to talk like pirates whether you want to or not. Tomorrow everything will be back to what passes for normal around here.


Random Thread: September 2014

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Warm Fuzzies, v.2014

Continued from the original thread:

When you need a boost, stop by here and your fellow MBers will remind you why you’re wonderful (which, in case you’re doubtful, you are).


Dispatches from Collegeland, 2014

Back to school, which for ever more of you now means higher education. How goes it?


Kokonilly’s Weekend de Luxe

Kokonilly sent us a fleet of photos from Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, so we decided to move them to their own thread.
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Tom Swifties

As Wikipedia explains it, “A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) is a phrase in which a quoted sentence is linked by a pun to the manner in which it is attributed.” It was named after the Tom Swift book series which began in 1910.

A few examples may be the best way to explain the format:

  • “It’s freezing”, Tom muttered icily.
  • “I might as well be dead,” Tom croaked.
  • “I don’t have any more flowers,” Tom said lackadaisically.
  • “Pass me the shellfish,” said Tom crabbily.

“Let’s see some more Tom Swifties!” Piggy promptly exclaimed.


Yoohoo, Armada!

If you’re out there, we haven’t forgotten that you share a birthday with MuseBlog. Happy 19th, old-timer!

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Happy Ninth Birthday, MuseBlog!

Nine years — how is that possible? We are uncharacteristically speechless. Say something, somebody!

Random Thread: August 2014

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Style, Fashion, and Costume, v. 2014

Continued from v. 2012.


Geeky TV Shows, v. 2014

Continued from v. 2013.


Random Thread: July 2014

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Random Thread: June 2014

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National Spelling Bee 2014

It’s Bee Week! Tomorrow in Washington D.C. begins the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, with 281 spellers competing over three days for the title of National Champion. In years past the blog has proudly rooted for our very own Andrew, emmatheduck, and speller73 (2008 was a real nail-biter). Are there any bloggers competing this year? Will the Society for Simplified Spelling be protesting again?


Round One (Computer-Based Test): Tuesday, May 27

Round Two: Wednesday, May 28, 8:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Round Three: Wednesday, May 28 1:15 – 4:45 p.m.


Wednesday, May 28, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 29, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Championship Finals

Thursday, May 29 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.


Good luck to all spellers!



Books and Reading, v. 2014

Continued from v. 2013.



So, how many of you are about to finish school this year — either secondary school or university? Congratulations to all of you, regardless!


Random Thread: May 2014

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Gaping ChildrenDigital Egg

Egg EmergesBunny Egg Hatching


From the “Digimon Adventure Movie.”



Lizzie Wade Sighting!

Lizzie Wade and Robert

Robert writes:

Last week, my co-worker (and successor as Muse‘s Q&A columnist) Lizzie Wade came to Science headquarters in Washington, D.C., for a big staff meeting. Lizzie is our Latin America correspondent, based in Mexico City, and doesn’t visit us nearly enough. Here we are in the hall outside a conference room. Yes, she really is as much fun as she looks.


Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Don Pedro. Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you, for out o’ question you were born in a merry hour.

Beatrice. No, sure, my lord, my mother cried, but then there was a star danced, and under that was I born. — Cousins, God give you joy!

Much Ado About Nothing

Also (and actually) born today: Optimatum and Rós þyrnir. Joy to all!

World Domination 102

You can’t stay in WD 101 forever.

More tips and moral support for getting in, getting ahead, or just staying in the game.


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