For those who missed the news, the European Rosetta spacecraft has caught up with its quarry, a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (“67P” for short) and is now scouting out the best site for a landing. If all goes well, a landing module, called “Philae,” will separate from Rosetta and touch down on the comet in November. As some of the most scientifically interesting candidate sites are also the most hazardous, mission planners have some tough decisions ahead of them. Meanwhile, Rosetta is sending back images of the comet unlike anything astronomers have ever seen before.
If you’re new on the blog, please stop by this thread and say pie — er hi.
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.
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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).
Back to school, which for ever more of you now means higher education. How goes it?
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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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.
If you’re out there, we haven’t forgotten that you share a birthday with MuseBlog. Happy 19th, old-timer!
Nine years — how is that possible? We are uncharacteristically speechless. Say something, somebody!
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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.
Thursday, May 29 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Good luck to all spellers!
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So, how many of you are about to finish school this year — either secondary school or university? Congratulations to all of you, regardless!
From the “Digimon Adventure Movie.”
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.
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!
You can’t stay in WD 101 forever.
More tips and moral support for getting in, getting ahead, or just staying in the game.
Our Web provider, Dreamhost, says we’re okay:
As soon as we learned of the “Heartbleed” OpenSSL vulnerability, we began to patch any and all systems that it may have affected. Fortunately this was a very small subset of our systems and was mostly isolated to a small group of mail machines. As of early yesterday, all of our systems are patched. As a preventative measure, we are also re-keying the certificates on any systems with that bug. We have no reason to believe that any of those machines have been compromised, but in the interest of proactive security, we feel that changing SSL certificates is the best option.
DreamHost.com was not vulnerable, but the machines that redirected traffic to our actual site were. This was corrected quickly and those machines will also have their certificates re-keyed.
We can confidently say that our shared servers, VPS guests, and dedicated machines are NOT vulnerable to this issue because they run Debian “Lenny” and/or “Squeeze”. The most common version of OpenSSL on our network is 0.9.8o-4squeeze14, and the “HeartBleed” vulnerability in OpenSSL’s heartbeat module exists in versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2-beta.
Not quite Muse news, but close:
Cricket magazine is having a sort of homecoming for grownup readers. Here are the details, snatched from an email announcement from the publisher:
Remember when you got your first Cricket? Or maybe you rushed to the mailbox for your issues of Ladybug or Spider.
Whichever magazine you loved, we want to hear from you! Tweet: My favorite @CricketMag memory is…#celebratecricket or post it on our facebook page and you may receive a copy of Cricket’s 30th anniversary commemorative book. This delightful treasury of exceptional stories and poems, great art, and reminiscences is illustrated throughout in black and white and contains 20 pages of color reproductions of Cricket cover art.
Polly Shulman came down from New York yesterday for the retirement party of our friend and frequent editee, the renowned geoscience writer Richard Kerr. Here’s a picture of Polly, Dick, and me in Dick’s strangely bare and reverberant office.
Polly was her usual ebullient self. Her latest book in the Grimm Legacy series has just gone off to her editor, and she’s pondering new projects — maybe something a little different. More news as it becomes available…