Friday, 19 September 2014

Random Thread: September 2014

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Fer those who missed ye news, ye European Rosetta spacecraft has caught up wi' its quarry, a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (“67P” fer short) an' be now scoutin' out ye best site fer a landin'. If all goes well, a landin' module, called “Philae,” will separate from Rosetta an' touch down on thar comet in No'ember. As some o'yonder most scientifically interestin' candidate sites be also t'most hazardous, mission planners have some tough decisions ahead o'them. Meanwhile, Rosetta be sendin' aft images o't' comet unlike anythin' astronomers have ever seen before.

Users’ Manual: Obey Yonder Rules. Consult T' Guide. Have fun!

Ahoy, Neophytes!

If ye’re new on t'blog, please avast by this thread an' say pie — er hi.

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T' Hare an' Hedgepig, v. V

As a Courtesy t'Yer Fellow Patrons,
Please Lea'e All Electronic De'ices an' Projectile Pastries wi' Our Pie Check Department
Formal Dress Required
Continued from Vol. IV.
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Best o'thar Blog

Use ye comments here t'swap tips about outstandin', little known, an'/or underutilized parts o'MuseBlog. (In four years, we’ve accumulated an amazin' number o'chasms, subterranean passages, sunken cities, an' fossiliferous formations.) Be sure t'include yonder URL (Web address) so others can share yer finds.

“Talk Like a Pirate” Day 2014

Ahoy, thar, MuseBloggers! As always on this special day o'yonder year, ye will have t'alk like pirates whether ye want t'or not. Tomorrow e'erythin' will be aft t'wha' passes fer normal around here.

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Warm Fuzzies, v.2014

Continued from yonder original thread:

When ye need a boost, avast by here an' yer fellow MBers will remind ye why ye’re wonderful (which, in case ye’re doubtful, ye be).


Dispatches from Collegeland, 2014

Aft t'school, which fer ever more o'ye now means higher education. How goes it?


Kokonilly’s Weekend de Luxe

Kokonilly sent us a fleet o'photos from Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, so we decided t'move them t'heir own thread.
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Tom Swifties

As Wikipedia explains it, “A Tom Swifty (or Tom Swiftie) be a phrase in which a quoted sentence be linked by a pun t'har manner in which it be attributed.” It was named after yonder Tom Swift book series which began in 1910.

A few examples may be t'best way t'explain yonder format:

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

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


Yoohoo, Armada!

If ye’re out thar, we ha'en’t forgotten that ye share a birthday wi' MuseBlog. Happy 19th, old-timer!

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Happy Ninth Birthday, MuseBlog!

Nine years — how be that possible? We be uncharacteristically speechless. Say somethin', somebody!

Random Thread: August 2014

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Style, Fashion, an' Costume, v. 2014

Continued from v. 2012.


Geeky TV Shows, v. 2014

Continued from v. 2013.


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National Spellin' Bee 2014

It’s Bee Week! Tomorrow in Washington D.C. begins t'2014 Scripps National Spellin' Bee, wi' 281 spellers competin' over three days fer t'itle o'National Champion. In years past ye blog has proudly rooted fer our very own Andrew, emmatheduck, an' speller73 (2008 was a real nail-biter). Be thar any bloggers competin' this year? Will t'Society fer Simplified Spellin' be protestin' again?


Round 'un (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 t'all spellers!



Books an' Readin', v. 2014

Continued from v. 2013.



So, how many o'ye be about t'finish school this year — either secondary school or uni'ersity? Congratulations t'all o'ye, regardless!


Random Thread: May 2014

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Gaping ChildrenDigital Egg

Egg EmergesBunny Egg Hatching


From yonder “Digimon Ad'enture Mo'ie.”



Lizzie Wade Sightin'!

Lizzie Wade and Robert

Robert writes:

Last week, me co-worker (an' successor as Muse‘s Q&A columnist) Lizzie Wade came t'Science headquarters in Washington, D.C., fer a grand staff meetin'. Lizzie be our Latin America correspondent, based in Mexico City, an' doesn’t visit us nearly enough. Here we be in ye hall outside a conference room. Yarr, she really be as much fun as she looks.


Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!

Don Pedro. Yer silence most offends me, an' t'be merry best becomes ye, fer out o’ question ye were born in a merry hour.

Beatrice. No, sure, me lord, me mother cried, but then thar was a star danced, an' under that was I born. — Cousins, God give ye joy!

Much Ado About Nothin'

Also (an' actually) born today: Optimatum an' Rós þyrnir. Joy t'all!

World Domination 102

Ye can’t stay in WD 101 fore'er.

More tips an' moral support fer gettin' in, gettin' ahead, or jus' stayin' in yonder game.


MuseBlog an' thar HeartBleed Bug

Our Web pro'ider, Dreamhost, says we’re okay:

As soon as we learned o'ye “Heartbleed” OpenSSL vulnerability, we began t'patch any an' all systems that it may have affected. Fortunately this was a very small subset o'our systems an' was mostly isolated t'a small group o'mail machines. As o'early yesterday, all o'our systems be patched. As a pre'entative measure, we be also re-keyin' yonder certificates on any systems wi' that bug. We have no reason t'belie'e that any o'those machines have been compromised, but in t'interest o'proacti'e security, we feel that changin' SSL certificates be t'best option. was not vulnerable, but t'machines that redirected traffic t'our actual site were. This was corrected quickly an' those machines will also have their certificates re-keyed.

We can confidently say that our shared ser'ers, VPS guests, an' dedicated machines be NOT vulnerable t'his issue because they run Debian “Lenny” an'/or “Squeeze”. Yonder most common version o'OpenSSL on our network be 0.9.8o-4squeeze14, an' yonder “HeartBleed” vulnerability in OpenSSL’s heartbeat module exists in versions 1.0.1 an' 1.0.2-beta.

Attention, E'erybuggy!

Not quite Muse news, but close:

Cricket magazine be ha'in' a sort o'homecomin' fer grownup readers. Here be thar details, snatched from an email announcement from yonder publisher:

Remember when ye got yer first Cricket? Or maybe ye rushed t' mailbox fer yer issues o'Ladybug or Spider.

Whiche'er magazine ye lo'ed, we want t'hear from ye! Tweet: Me fa'orite @CricketMag memory be…#celebratecricket or post it on our facebook page an' ye may recei'e a copy o'Cricket’s 30th anni'ersary commemorati'e book. This delightful treasury o'exceptional stories an' poems, great art, an' reminiscences be illustrated throughout in black an' white an' contains 20 pages o'color reproductions o'Cricket co'er art.

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Pollyhymnia Sightin'!

Robert writes:

Polly Shulman came down from New York yesterday fer t'retirement party o'our matey an' frequent editee, yonder renowned geoscience writer Richard Kerr. Here’s a picture o'Polly, Dick, an' me in Dick’s strangely bare an' re'erberant office.

Polly, Dick, and Robert

Polly was her usual ebullient self. Her latest book in thar Grimm Legacy series has jus' gone off t'her editor, an' she’s ponderin' new projects — maybe somethin' a little different. More news as it becomes a'ailable…


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