Thursday, 22 April 2021

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Mathematics, v. 2013

A new thread for discussion of mathematics, continued from the previous one.


Say Hello! Kiki the Great’s ride with the TARDIS

You may recall that a couple of years ago, a catchy Trock song by veteran MBer Kiki the Great attracted the notice of Neil Gaiman. Fast forward to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, and here again is KtG’s song, performed by Amanda Palmer with some assistance from Neil Gaiman and Arthur Darvill.


NaNoWriMo* 2013

Is anyone taking part this year? If so, keep us posted, please.

*National Novel Writing Month

International “Talk Like a Pirate” Day, 2013

Be ye ready fer th’ big day, me hearties? If not, this video might bring ye up t’ speed:

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Geeky TV Shows, v. 2013

We’ve been piggybacking on the 2012 thread far too long. With so many MBers watching geeky TV shows, it’s time for 2013 to have a thread of its own. Herewith:


Movies, v. 2013

Remember to post spoiler warnings, please!

Continued from Movies, v. 20012.


Books and Reading, v. 2013

Continued from v. 2012.

Happy Towel Day!

Dedicated to the memory and works of Douglas Adams.

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Coming Soon: Pollyhymnia’s Next Novel

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It’s called The Wells Bequest and will be published in June. It’s already getting good reviews on Goodreads (www .goodreads . com/book/show/16101024-the-wells-bequest).

Happy Presumed Birthday, Will Shakespeare!

We don’t know that you were born on April 23, 1564, just that you were baptized a few days later. And there’s no evidence that you ever spelled your name “Shakespeare” when you signed it. But never mind. You gave us lines like these:

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!
Here will we sit and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony.
Sit, Jessica. Look how the floor of heaven
Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold:
There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st
But in his motion like an angel sings,
Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubins;
Such harmony is in immortal souls;
But whilst this muddy vesture of decay
Doth grossly close it in, we cannot hear it.

North Carolina Kokonvention, 2012

Last summer, Randomosity101, Agent Lightning, Tesseract, Kiwimuncher, Koppar, Lady Bunniful, and assorted parents Kokonvened at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Stories. We have pictures to prove it, but they’ll have to supply the stories behind them:
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Happy Pi Day*, Everybody!

Pi Day poster from Robert's office

*(That’s 3/14 in USA date format, for those who write it the other way around.)

This photo from the employee lounge on Robert’s floor at Science magazine shows why geek-rich environments are great places to work.

Where will you be at 1:59?

Dispatches from Collegeland, 2013

We haven’t started a new edition of this thread since 2010. It’s high time, wouldn’t you say?


Happy Birthday, Professor Tolkien!

J. R. R. Tolkien, if he were alive, would be 121 years old today.

Ai! laurië lantar lassi súrinen,
yéni únótimë ve rámar aldaron!
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Coy Woodnesse, v. 2013

By popular request (well, Piggy’s request, and he’s certainly popular), here’s a new edition of the thread for practicing foreign and/or archaic forms of communication.

The 2012 thread included some possibly useful letters decorated with diacritical marks.

The original Coy Woodnesse thread, launched in 2005, explains the name, sort of.


Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan!

(9 November 1934 – 20 December 1996)

Thanks and best wishes from the gang on the pale blue dot.


NaNoWriMo* 2012

It’s on! We’ll see some of you in December.

*National Novel Writing Month

(TheNaNoBraSto gave sneak previews of what a few MBers planned to write.)

Happy Hagfish Day 2012!

Hagfish in an aquarium

Every year, the highly Muserly website Whale Times devotes the third Wednesday in October to celebrating one of the most unlovable creatures in the ocean, the lowly hagfish. For more information, visit www . whaletimes . org/HagfishDay1 . htm.


Endeavour Refuels

Space shuttles need to eat, too, it seems. Here’s Endeavour last night on its way to the California Science Center:

Space shuttle Endeavour at doughnut shop in Los Angeles

NaNoBraSto 2012

Brainstorming for National Novel-Writing Month (also known as November). Let’s hear your ideas!

International “Talk Like A Pirate” Day, 2012

Jolly Roger

A hearty YARRRR t’ all o’ yiz!


Books and Reading, v. 2012

Now including discussions of fanfiction!

Continued from v. 2011.


Just for Fun

Robert writes:

While reading old newspapers online for a personal project I’m working on, I ran across this ad in the San Francisco Daily Alta (April 20, 1871). I’m posting it just because I love it:

The amazing Professor Hazelmayer

Twenty performing birds and mice! Many incomprehensible things! And the world’s only Stylocarfe! You can’t see shows like that anymore. It would definitely be worth a dollar (and some of you would be eligible to get in for 50 cents).

MuseBlogger Gallery, August 2012

Recently arrived pictures of interest:
KaiYves at NASA Headquarters for the landing of Curiosity on Mars:
KaiYves at NASA HQ for the Curiosity landing

Jadestone’s cuttlefish:
Jadestone's cuttlefish

Jadestone hugging her cuttlefish:
Jadestone hugging her cuttlefish

The Mars Science Laboratory, aka “Curiosity”

Lander descending, seen from orbit

We can’t stop talking about it, so here’s a special place to continue the conversation that started on the Random thread.