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Friday, October 7th, 2016
8:35 am
'Alien Megastructure' Star Keeps Getting Stranger
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | October 5, 2016 07:00am ET

The more scientists learn about "Tabby's Star," the more mysterious the bizarre object gets.

Newly analyzed observations by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope show that the star KIC 8462852 — whose occasional, dramatic dips in brightness still have astronomers scratching their heads — has also dimmed overall during the last few years.

"The steady brightness change in KIC 8462852 is pretty astounding," study lead author Ben Montet, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a statement. [13 Ways to Hunt Intelligent Alien Life]

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Thursday, September 29th, 2016
4:02 pm
Books/Movie Recommendations
Oh and if you want to know why I was looking back at old posts, it just started with me looking back at my old book & movie reading/watchings. Decided to bold the numbers next to books I would recommend to people (I may do the same with my movie lists as well). Then I got a little disappointed I only started keeping track of movies/books I'd explored for the first time starting back in 2009 (since I know there were some interesting things before then) and noticed I had tagged the first couple years with my "self" tag... so let's follow that. And that brings me to that post from 2007 I made which in hindsight is hilariously titled something like "2 Year Plan" LOL.

Aside from all that, if you're looking for nifty books to read check out my books tag - and especially look into the ones which are bold.
3:58 pm
A glimpse into the mindset of yesterday...
Sometimes you go back and look at old entries, old thoughts and you're like... well that didn't turn out the way I'd hoped.

Looked back at some old entries and came across this one... yeah, whatever I was thinking of doing back then, didn't quite turn out that way. Best laid plans and all that ^.^;;;

Short version, made an entry in 2007 with a vague plan for the following two years - I don't think I followed through with any of that shit.
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
11:39 am
Researchers just found a second 'Dyson Sphere' star
But still no aliens.

When astronomers discovered a strange pattern of light near a distant star called KIC 8462852 back in October, it was like nothing anyone had observed before.

When a planet passes in front of star, the star’s brightness usually dips by around 1 percent, but KIC 8462852 has been experiencing dips of up to 22 percent, suggesting that something huge is zooming past. And now a second star with strange dips in brightness has been identified.

Named EPIC 204278916, the star is estimated to be about the size of our Sun in diameter, but has only half its mass.

It was discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft in 2014, and ever since, a team of astronomers led by Simone Scaringi from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany have been keeping tabs on its dips in light, or 'light curves'.

And this thing is even stranger than KIC 8462852.

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
1:23 pm
Published: 4 Sep , 2016
by Matt Williams

Welcome back to our series on Colonizing the Solar System! Today, we take a look at Earth’s “sister planet”, the hellish, yet strangely similar planet Venus. Enjoy!

Since humans first began looking up at the skies, they have been aware of Venus. In ancient times, it was known as both the “Morning Star” and the “Evening Star”, due to its bright appearance in the sky at sunrise and sunset. Eventually, astronomers realized that it was in fact a planet, and that like Earth, it too orbited the Sun. And thanks to the Space Age and numerous missions to the planet, we have learned exactly what kind of environment Venus has.

With an atmosphere so dense that it makes regular surface imaging impossible, heat so intense it can melt lead, and sulfuric acid rain, there seems little reason to go there. But as we’ve learned in recent years, Venus was once a very different place, complete with oceans and continents. And with the right technology, colonies could be built above the clouds, where they would be safe.

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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
12:00 pm
Failure to Find Aliens Means We're in Safe Space
The Gaian Bottleneck hypothesis makes cosmic loneliness reassuring.
Dyani Sabin / SETI
July 28, 2016

Four billion years ago, eight planets circled the sun. There was potential for life on the second, third, and fourth farthest from the star, but none yet existed. On Venus, an overactive greenhouse effect exterminated that potential. On Mars, low gravity allowed solar wind to wipe away the atmosphere, freezing out the potential. On Earth, life blossomed in the oceans, proliferated and evolved to the point where those in possession of it could ponder their own origins.

But why Earth? A little-known but surprisingly potent theory suggests we are alone or almost alone in the universe — not because life is rare but because co-evolution with planetary forces is so strenuous that most life does not survive. Proponents of this theory, called the Gaian Bottleneck, are drawing from the older Gaian World hypothesis, which suggests the presence of life changes the environment, helping maintain the conditions necessary for life to continue to exist.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2016
1:59 pm
NTS: Upcoming Races
Upcoming Registered Races 2016 (Date / Name of Race / Start Time / Start Location):

05/14 (Sat): NYRR Healthy Kidney 10k - 9am / Central Park
05/19 (Thu): AHA Wall Street Run 3M - 645pm / WTC
05/21 (Sat): NYRR Brooklyn Half - 7am / Brooklyn

06/18 (Sat): NYRR Queens 10k - 830am / Flushing Park
06/25 (Sat): NYRR Pride Run 5M - 830am / Central Park
06/26 (Sun): NYRR Achilles 4M - 9am / Central Park

08/13 (Sat): NY City Challenge - 930am / Randall's Island Park
08/20 (Sat): Blacklight Slide
08/21 (Sun): NYRR France 8k - 8am / Central Park
08/28 (Sun): NYRR Henry Isola Cross Country 4M - 1130am / Van Cortlandt Park

09/25 (Sun): NYRR Bronx 10M - 8am / Bronx

11/06 (Sun): NYRR NYC Marathon 26.2M - 7am / NY Public Library (Midtown Bus)
11/24 (Thu): Rhinebeck Turkey Trot 5k - 8am / Rhinebeck

12/03 (Sat): NYRR Jingle Bell Jog 4M - 930am / Prospect Park Brooklyn
12/10 (Sat): NYRR Ted Corbitt 15k - 830am / Central Park

01/07 (Sat): NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K - 8am / Central Park
01/22 (Sun): NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon - 8am / Central Park
Friday, May 6th, 2016
1:26 pm
Furs Remembered
eh, just feeling a bit nostalgic so checked out the furs_remembered community and wrote down some memories for some folks that passed on over the years.

That community was an interesting idea, I'm not sure how I found out about it but it didn't really last long. Whoever created it used a sockpuppet account as the sole owner/moderator. But their interest or ability to stay involved didn't seem to last very long, eventually that account was deleted and then later purged. And since I think membership to that community is moderated (or at least non-member posts) that means it's doomed to fade away. Not that it matters much, outside the first wave of posts the owner stopped being involved at all and I didn't see much involvement from the few other members who had joined. As of right now my posts are the only other ones on that community.

Gonna back up a bit, the furs_remembered community is used to document furries who have passed away and as a place to share memories of them. I've followed the initial guideline set up by the owner - namely the initial post is just to include the name(s) and birth/death information, any memories or additional information would be shared through comments in that post. Sounded like a nice idea, sorta a more personal version of the wikifur person articles.

Kinda depressingly I had far too many names to add to the list. Many of them I had only known in passing but... still sad :/
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
10:04 am
Guess it says how little I've been following livejournal these days but just noticed that the option to label your lj-cut has been removed, either that or the command has been changed from the whole brackets lj-cut text="text" thing.

This change is being reflected on my old posts so I know it's not just a matter of me forgetting the correct commands. Not a biggie but it will require extra labeling on my part if I do write any long posts and hope to make it easier on the eyes for anyone still perusing their friend lists.
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
10:39 am
Recent happenings
Basically just a post to acknowledge I'm still around and still check lj once in awhile, which is really not that difficult these days since not a lot of people post anymore.

This past weekend I drove down to Ocean City, NJ for the DooDah Parade - the fursuit contingent was organized once again by rapidtrabbit. Awesome time and really good turn out, weather turned out to be perfect for fursuiters.
Been I think two or three years since I last attended this event, things just sorta didn't match up right for awhile. Was nice to catch up on some of the good old times and to see people, some of whom I haven't seen in years. The saturday night we watched some old videos that tjcoyote had brought with him - was pretty cool to see some of the parades before I'd gotten involved, not to mention old convention photos. I'll have to revisit my old posts, couldn't quite remember how many years I attended DD or even last time I attended ^.^;;;
But it is the first year I've driven just myself down there, ride down was a bit of a pain due to some major delays on the Garden State Parkway (lost at least an hour) but ride back was thankfully uneventful.
Played some mini-golf afterwards, definitely going to have to get some of my hometown friends to do a trip out there sometime (we do an annual trip out to Lake George which includes some old favorites like the Pirate mini-golf :P ).

This weekend I'll be heading out to Boston for PAX East. I think this'll be my fourth or fifth? year attending that gaming convention? Rethinking if this might be the last year, when I attended in 2015 it was marred by how much of a pain getting tickets and finding time - I ended up only attending that sunday due to some conflicts. And this year unfortunately the list of people who I know will also be attending has gotten severely short. But hopefully still have a blast - so much to do there in any case.

And then the following week is the annual MS Walk at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park. Unfortunately my family will be away that weekend so may not have anybody to take photos; I'll be joined by my parent's dog for the trip back, taking care of of her while my family is away.

Ugh, I need to get a handle on things - rarely do I have a free weekend to just get my shit together. Work has turned mostly into a limbo as the company does it's endless restructuring/layoffs/strategy changes. Days there are definitely numbered, the real question is will I choose to leave on my own or be laid off (word on the grapevine is next round of layoffs is in June... I've been a bit torn on it, I'm mostly leaning towards hoping I get laid off since I have no future here but have put in enough time that I'd get some months worth of pay that would allow me to enjoy some free time).
Foot still is an issue, doesn't seem like physical therapy has been doing much - still experiencing a combination of pain and numbness around the surgical area.
Friday, March 11th, 2016
10:22 am
The Maker

Video thanks to coyoty
Monday, March 7th, 2016
10:37 am
March and I think I've seen the two best movies of the year
I'm of course talking about Deadpool and Zootopia - both amazing in their own way. What else is coming out this year that could possibly top those two?

Animated television wise I hear we're going to see a Big Hero 6 tv show, San Frantokyo was an amazing setting which I would love to see more of... but if you've seen Zootopia then you know there's more than enough material in the world created for that movie to easily do a show in that setting as well (EDIT: and holy shit, would it not be amazing if Disney added a new Zootopia park?). I know it came off looking a bit cheap but Kung Fu Panda got its own show (is it still on?); let me rephrase, a lot of the background of that show looked like it was done on the cheap but they did a fantastic time finding great voice actors to fill the roles of the better known celebrities from the movies.
And hey! We may just get to see that season 3 of Young Justice if interest remains high, a lot of people are saying watch the show on Netflix and if it gets enough ratings then the execs may green-light another season. If this happened... oh I so hope it does, that show is like the apex of what I enjoy about the superhero genre.

If you look at the ratings and profit of the above shows/movies I think you can all conclude one lesson - things done well and with love will find an audience.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
11:17 am
Albany Kidz Expo
Posted the details on fursuit_gigs but I'll give brief summary here - this saturday is the annual Kidz Expo event in Albany, NY which our group hi_4 has attended like... ten years now? We've got a few fursuits attending but if anyone else is interested in joining (either in costume or as a handler) please let me know.

Event takes place from 10am to 5pm at the expo center (under the egg), free parking is available but you'll need to get a parking pass from me (and since the garage fills quickly you'd probably have to arrive between nine and nine-thirty).

That's about it, for those attending see you saturday :)
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
10:26 am
People Status
I keep meaning to make a 2015 Year in Review and a New Year Resolution post... maybe I'll get to that at some point :P

But in the meantime, a post on Twitter caught my attention and I thought I'd mark it down here - and maybe some input in the comments section could help also. It's in regards to people that were known but seemingly dropped off into limbo - either in terms of intentional or unintentional disappearance.

Just curious what happened to folks, especially people I interacted with at some point over the years and... I don't know where they've gone to. Friendships can end or drift apart and that's depressing enough, I think it may be more depressing to remember someone and have close to zero idea whatever happened to them. It's weird how online social networks can open up new worlds in terms of meeting people but it can also make you more vulnerable if a lot of your communication proceeded over those sorts of channels - in some cases I don't even know the person's RL name, just whatever alias they used.

I know it's nice to have known people and that they've had some sort of impact on your life (whether you really know it or not) but... I don't like not knowing, I'm odd like that :P

Starting with a quick list, anybody know what happened to these folks?

* alias_pup (Only met the guy once, can't remember if he was a friend of Grizz or just joined out of the blue but he helped out at the MS Walk with taking photos. Seemed like an interesting guy but he quickly dropped off the grid, I think he moved out of the area a long while back (California?). LJ account hasn't been updated in years.) (status as of 4/27/16)
* bennetfox (Don't even remember last time I saw him, at a con years ago?) (status as of 4/27/16)
* boixboi / Benji? (I think this was the name he went by in the fandom, although lj account I knew him by hasn't been updated in years. First met him I think at MFM 2003, he was one of the people that joined pandaguy's group for the zoo trip. Remember seeing him at other cons, definitely some of the FC cons when it was still at the DoubleTree.) (status as of 4/27/16)
* cnipur / Luchy / Chano / chanobear (Dropped off facebook, far as I can tell, at least a couple years ago... not to mention the other sites listed on his wikifur entry. I know he was originally located in Canada but got the impression he was thinking of relocating to the United States after he finished with school.) (status as of 10/14/16)
* cyberwolf80 / WhiteWolf Darkpaw (Last saw him at MidWest FurFest several years back) (status as of 4/27/16)
* internetjello (This one is a longshot, I only knew them briefly through my version_zero community and their _eek_thecat_ community; deleted their account a long while back. I liked their contributions on both sites, was sad to see them vanish) (status as of 4/27/16)
* lecarick (Did not know him that well, knew he had some heavy substance issues... really just curious what happened to this guy) (status as of 10/14/16)
* plushielove / Galliga (He was an upstate NY fur but moved out to California around 2008) (status as of 4/27/16)
* tigerfoxx (Another who I used to keep in touch with but haven't heard from in at least a couple years, briefly ran into him during FAU when it was in NJ) (status as of 10/14/16)

* canj (NYC for awhile then I think he moved?) Appears to have moved to Ohio, on twitter under bitwiseyote (status as of 4/27/16)
* mightyomnivore / Boomer Skunk / Guillermo (He purged his lj account years ago; last saw him at MOCCANY a few years back, I heard he was still in NYC but people I know who saw him occasionally haven't heard from him in a long while; he hasn't answered emails, one person stopped by his apartment last year but there was no response so not sure if he's even still living there or not) Found on Facebook under real name, seems to be doing well. (status as of 4/27/16)
* morganbatness (I know he moved down to Florida at one point...) Since moved to California, on twitter as moonlitwingsx (status as of 4/27/16)
* StickDevil (Artist who drew the icon I'm using for this post, I know he left the furry fandom some years back and deleted (as far as I know) all his online accounts and put a block on his Wikifur bio). While doing asearch on DA someone provided a link, looks like he changed his profile to Ducky / DuckDraw. Drawing style has changed, but appears to be same person. (status as of 4/27/16)

I'm sure there are more, I'll update as the list gets expanded. Anybody know anything about these people or want me to add to the list?
Edit: I added a date to each name either found or missing so there's at least some sort of guide for when information has been updated - and since today is 4/27/16 I'll use that one even though it was more like somewhere between when this post was first made and a few weeks ago that I last updated with anything relevant :P

Additional list on tjcoyote's account
Thursday, December 31st, 2015
10:39 pm
Books 2015
1. Holes by Louis Sachar
2. The Humanoids by Jack Williamson
3. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
4. The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
5. Unwrapped Sky by Rjurik Davidson
6. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
7. Dragonbreath: Nightmare of the Iguana by Ursula Vernon
8. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
9. Year Zero by Rob Reid
10. The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City by Jennifer Toth
11. Authority by Jeff VanderMeer
8:03 pm
Movies 2015
1. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)
3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
4. Stand By Me Doraemon (2014)
5. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
6. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
7. Turbo (2013)
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
9. 22 Jump Street (2014)
10. Tammy (2014)
11. Bad Words (2014)
12. Robin Hood (2010)
13. 127 Hours (2010)
14. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
15. The Signal (2014)
16. Grave Encounters (2011)
17. Tusk (2014)
18. Grave Encounters 2 (2012)
19. Under the Skin (2013)
20. Europa Report (2013
21. Life After Beth (2014)
22. Atlas Shrugged 3: Who is John Galt? (2014)
23. Let's Be Cops (2014)
24. Grand Budapest Hotel (2014
25. Hollow (2011)
26. America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)
27. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
28. Finders Keepers (2014)
29. Horns (2014
30. Lucy (2014)
31. The Interview (2014)
32. Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (2014)
33. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)
34. Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
35. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015
36. ABCs of Death 2 (a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABCs_of_Death_2">2014</a>)
37. WolfCop (2014)
38. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
39. The Maze Runner (2014)
40. The Giver (2014)
41. The Skulls (2000)
42. Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
43. Predestination (2014)
44. Spy (2015)
45. Batman vs Robin (2015)
46. Nightcrawler (2014)
47. The Babadook (2014)
48. Escape Plan (2013)
49. The East (2013)
50. Neighbors (2014)
51. Interstellar (2014
52. The Counselor (2013
53. Role Models (2008)
54. The Man from UNCLE (2015)
55. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015)
56. Filth (2013)
57. A Brief History of Time (1991)
58. Persuasion 2014)
60. Repo Man (1984)
61. The Voices (2014)
62. It Follows (2014)
63. Secret Pizza Party (2013)
64. Project Almanac (2015)
65. Taken 3 (2014)
66. Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015
67. Enemy (2013)
68. Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
69. Wild Card (2015)
70. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)
71. Extraterrestial (2014)
72. Unfriended (2014)
73. Monsters (2010)
74. The Seventh Dwarf (2014)
75. Jupiter Ascending
76. Haywire
77. Kingsman
78. Dragon ball F Revolution
79. Spectre
80. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
81. Big Fish
82. Trick r Treat
83. Seventh Son
84. Zombeavers
85. 88
86. Krampus
87. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
10:53 pm
Over the Garden Wall
I watched this full series on my flight to Further Confusion earlier this year, and just recently picked a copy up after it was released on DVD. It really is a fantastic show with a great story, one that completes its arc within ten episodes. I highly recommend this show to everyone.

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
10:49 am
Upcoming Event - Albany Kidz Expo
Another event that our group has been doing for quite a few years now is fast approaching. On Saturday March 7th we have been invited back to the Albany Kidz Expo. Great event with a lot of parents and adults who have enjoyed our presence. I'll post more details soon but as in the past, it takes place from 10am to 5pm at the Empire State Plaza, the convention center under the 'Egg'.

Please let me know if you are interested in attending.
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
4:09 pm
Books (2014)
1. Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America by Ann Coulter
2. Horns by Joe Hill
3. MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
4. Switchers by Kate Thompson
5. Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson
6. The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas by Jonah Goldberg
7. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
8. Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card
9. Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood by Mike Artell
10. Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
11. Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candace Fleming (Goodreads Author) / Sally Anne Lambert (illustrator)
12. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
13. Destroyermen: Deadly Shores by Taylor Anderson
14. The Hollows: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
15. Jaws by Peter Benchley
8:21 am
Movies 2014
1. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
2. Now You See Me
3. Charlie Wilson's War
4. The Nut Job
5. The Heat
6. All Superheroes Must Die
7. The World's End
8. The ABC's of Death
9. Kiki's Delivery Service
10. Robocop
11. Fast & Furious 6
You're Next
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Pineapple Express
Man on a Ledge
Jadorowsky's Dune
The Great Gatsby
World War Z
We're the Millers
Clear History
Finding Vivian Maier
The Raid: Redemption
For No Good Reason
Captain America 2
Bad Grandpa
Upside Down
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Operation Endgame
Justice League War
Pacific Rim
Son of Batman
Ernest and Celestine
Journey to the West
Kick-Ass 2
Death race 2000
47 Ronin
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Secret World of Walter Mitty
Thor Dark World
I, Frankenstein
Guardians of the Galaxy
Vampire Academy
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
Expendables 3
Obama's America 2016
Turtle Power
The Crazies
The Internship
Ender's Game
The Collection
Hall Pass
Bartok the Magnificent
Dylan Dog
The Collector
Delivery Man
The Fast and the Furious
Tokyo Drift
John Wick
Grudge Match
The Place Beyond the Pines
Free Birds
Ride Along
Searching for Sugar Man
Batman: Assault on Arkham
2Fast 2Furiouis
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Big Hero 6
Sin City 2
Pain & Gain
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