Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Belated Geek Pride Day

So yesterday , the 25th of May, was and is Geek Pride Day. I did not know this until it was almost all over, but since I geek all the time anyways it wasn’t a day without celebration. It was also Towel Day in celebration of the life of Douglas Adams, but bad geek moment I had no towel.

None the less I take the day after to raise awareness of Geek Pride Day and pass on a couple of things that I did that was genuinely geeky yesterday.
First, I posted in the previous…erg… post the really awesome ad for Louis Vittian featuring Astronaut legends Sally Ride, Buzz Aldrin, and Jim Lovell. That posting was purely accidental and while I am opposed to geeks shilling for commercial enterprise I am not opposed to making spaceflight more socially aware.

Second, on Twitter, I proposed harnessing the power of geek and fighting the oil spill. Because I propose this under the auspices of Geekhood good works while done by many is an incredible social consciousness, when we do something we have to do it in costume. Ergo, I began the devolpment of a Zissou Society Chapter for Florida to be proponents of aquatic awareness, conservation, education, and advocacy. And to do it all in red caps.

From the Wikipedia site since I was trying to make up for my ignorance of Geek Pride Day I came across this.

Basic rights and responsibilities of geeks

A manifesto was created to celebrate the first Geek Pride Day which included the following list of basic rights and responsibilities of geeks.


1. The right to be even geekier.
2. The right to not leave your house.
3. The right to not like football or any other sport.
4. The right to associate with other nerds.
5. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
6. The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
7. The right to be out of style.
8. The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
9. The right to show off your geekiness.
10. The right to take over the world.


1. Be a geek, no matter what.
2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
4. To save and protect all geeky material.
5. Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a "museum of geekiness."
6. Don't be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
10. Try to take over the world!

There my friends and readers I submit to you this day to prepare for next year along with the encouragement to bare your geek the year long through. Next year, I will have a towel.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Golf for Astronomers!

So as you know a few days ago I joined Moon Zoo and started cataloging craters, mounds and other geologic features on the lunar surface as a volunteer citizen scientist.

Well... this morning at the driving range I dropped a bucket of balls into the sand trap to work on my bunker shots. By the time I got to the second ball I was starting to identify the various impact craters as "Fresh White" "Dark Halo" "Eroded" Boulder Trails".... Yeah I should have brought my camera.

Go to the link a few blogs back and check out Moon Zoo for yourself.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Pushing Metal.

I have a new bicycle. "New" meaning I bought it used off of one of the guys in my cycling club, when his wife bought him the mother of all road bikes. I love his wife. Because she spoiled him I got a much needed upgrade!

My old one has served me well, but we are no longer compatable for each other. I shall add her to my samll fleet of bicycles and take her off of the wall when I just want to bang around, but no longer will I be using her for these really long and fast runs we used to do.

No, my new ship is a Trek 1000 and a few minutes ago I installed the clipless pedals, and for the first time ever, clicked into the bike. Not slip my feet into the toe cages, but mechanicaly attatch myself to this machine. I nearly had an orgasm....

Because I think of bicycles as spaceships, you know this dear flolowers and lurkers, I can only relate the experience like this. In some space operas the ships pilot plugs his/her brain and nueral net into the ships computer. In this case I connect to my ship through the balls of my toes. I am the power plant, the guidance system, the sensor suite, and the communications system. My bicycle is the motor, the computer, flight controls, and the airframe. Where my feet connect to the pedals, that is the matter/anti-matter chamber. Thats where potential energy converts to kinetic and BAM!!! I am movining!

Before sitting down to write this I have spent the last half hour practicing engaging and disengaging the toe clips. I am sure some adjustments need to me made, but I will play with those on Sunday when I got out for the really long ride.

I look forward to this adventure!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

This explains a lot!

This explains why I am still married! We've been breaking everyone of these for years!!!

But in the end... does it all still mean you are happy about it?

Explore the moon. This time for real, really!

As we all know this entire blog started off as a guide for astronomers who camp, and then devovled into the externalisation of my internal monologs and other musings...

Well I am happy to say I am bringing the science back! I've blogged about the moon. Shared my daydreams about the moon. Now I am going to do more than look for Selenites. states,

The aim of Moon Zoo is to provide detailed crater counts for as much as the Moon's surface as possible. Unlike here on Earth where weather quickly erodes any signs of all but the most recent impacts, craters on the lunar surface stay almost until eternity. That means that the number of craters on a particular piece of the surface tells us how old it is. This technique is used all over the Solar System, but the Moon is particularly important because we have ground truth — samples brought back by the Apollo missions — which allow us to calibrate our estimates. Planetary scientists have always carried out this kind of analysis on large scales, but with your help and the fabulous LRO images then we should be able to uncover the finer details of the Moon's history.

This is unprecidented! I have already regestered!

Additionally on the exploration front...

NASA has a program called Analogs which tests proposed equipment in extreme environments. One of these projects is called NEEMO or the NASA Extreme Environment Missions Operation project in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric center.
They operate out of the only undersea laboratory left in the world, the Aquarius, in the Florida Keys. It’s kind of a scientific time share with the U.S. Navy and other communities.
I being a big fan of the sea and the stars have been following every NEEMO mission for the past few years and the point of this is to wish the new crew of NEEMO 14 the best of fun and good science over the next two weeks!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Something I needed to read.

So... Read this first.

The last paragraph
In our everyday life, we all believe we are alone fighting our battles, but we only need to look around to realize that, in these murky waters full of our demons and our struggles, we are all in the same boat.
This is something that has been in the far back of my skull. For some reason I have been sulking the last few days and it wasn't until I read this that I snapped out of it.

Thanks Arkelanor! You rock me!

Monday, May 10, 2010

God Speed Mr. Frazetta.

There are a lot of people who inspire me, my art, my imagination, and the general sense of adventure I get.

There are very few that influenced me. Influenced who I am.

Frank Frazetta was, is, one of them.

When I was very young I liked to put everything in a box, figuritivly and litterally, and it had to be that way becasue I could deal things better when they were someplace I knew and could control. It drove my parents and teachers nuts.

Then one day I discovered the illustrations of Frank Frazetta. Such fire, such passion, such UnContained talent! The entire width and bredth of the universe opened up for me in a few short moments!

Thank you Mr. Frazetta for helping me to see that there is more to the world than what I am actually looking at.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

My quote of the week.

Before we get to the brightest thing to be spewweed out of my skull this week let me reflect on this...

Coming back from a morning at the driving range at the Naval Station Mayport there was some clown walking down Mayport Road. An honest to God clown at 9:00 am walking down the street. Having been stationed at Mayport before and making frequent sojourns there over the past many months I am used to seeing wierdness there.

But I have never seen a clown. In the breif time I saw from the light I was stopped at he chatted up a couple of homeless guys, a group of people waiting on a bus and the button you push at a crosswalk in the vain hope it turns the lights for you.

Welcome to Saturday mornig Buzz Ryan!

I went to the vet hospital where I picked up most of the rescued animals in my care to get so special cat food, because most of the felines on my stead all have urinary issues and need a special food.

Plus I have a freind that works there. A very intelligent, energetic, possitive, and if I dare say HOT, freind. She asked me how it was going and I said my quote of the week. I guess it may make more sense if you know the context is which it flew out of my head.

I said, "If it wasn't for golf, bicycling, reggae, and God I would have lost my mind by now!"

Monday, May 3, 2010

Todays big OMG moment...

Today I had a headache and a slight sinus situation all day so I decided what I needed was some fresh air after being trapped in the hanger all day so I went to Windy Harbor after work.

The Windy Harbor Golf Club is the 18 hole gem on the Naval Base Mayport and where I will frequently drive balls from the wee hours in the morning til just before noon. They also have the BEST $3.50 breakfast plate anywhere!

Well this afternoon I am browsing through the pro shop and I finally did it. I bought golf shoes. Honest to God golf shoes! I guess it is official.... I am hooked.

Now if you will excuse me.... I have to go knit some club covers for my drivers.