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Get Your Ass To Mars

May 24th, 2015 (10:29 pm)

I enjoy armchair space geocaching. Finding weird things people have found in NASA photos of Mars, and then trying to locate precise longitude/latitude for them in Google Earth (Mars).

It can be difficult because the tinfoil hat Mars buffs tend to rotate photos 180 or 90 degrees from Martian north without explanation, almost as if they don't want anyone duplicating their findings.

But anyway, there's this photo taken in 2008 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter:
http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/PSP_009342_1725

The Jet Propulsion Lab has these images as JPEGs, but they have much more detailed photos in .JP2 format, several hundred megabytes large.

It took me awhile to figure out how to view .JP2 files (Thanks, Steve and Jeff!). And the folks on the CosmoQuest forum.
IrfanView: http://www.irfanview.com/ Plugin for JP2: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/IrfanView-PlugIns/1099412658/1
allowed me to zoom in on the .JP2 files.

There's a monolith on Mars (Yes, I know, it's a natural formation, but it's still cool)!

Posts on the web about it like this one:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/12/mars-monolith-photograph_n_1420208.html

I finally figured out it's in Google Earth (Mars) at roughly 7.233 S, 267.365 E. Or maybe just a little south of there.


http://s22.photobucket.com/user/planettom/media/lj2015/marsmonolithsearch3_zpsi9rgpje0.jpg.html

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Wheel of Thunderdome HTML5

May 13th, 2015 (09:29 am)
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7 years ago I made a Flash version of the Wheel of Thunderdome from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome .

Now, in honor of Friday's premiere of Mad Mad: Fury Road,



A new Wheel of Thunderdome in HTML5 Canvas!

Should work in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Android, iPad, etc.

Bust a Deal, Face the Wheel!



Roulette Wheel code based on "Creating a Roulette Wheel Using HTML5 Canvas" by Charlie Key on the tech.pro website.

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Archie vs. Predator #1

April 17th, 2015 (10:57 am)


Dark Horse comics

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Interstellar the movie text adventure game

March 18th, 2015 (09:27 am)

http://www.interstellarmovie.com/adventure/

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Halloween 2014: Kerbal Space Program

October 31st, 2014 (07:20 am)

I went to the Casa Wilson Halloween party last weekend as a Kerbal from the computer game Kerbal Space Program.


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Sharknado Chainsaw Guy with 9-foot plush shark at Dragon Con

September 6th, 2014 (07:20 pm)

I reprised my 2013 Halloween costume, Sharknado Chainsaw Guy with 9-foot plush shark, at Dragon Con 2014, on Sunday, August 31st.


Photo by the Netherworld Haunted House folks. Also here.

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New Horizons Pluto flyby July 14, 2015

July 14th, 2014 (07:40 am)

One year from today, July 14, 2015, the NASA New Horizons space probe makes its Pluto flyby, with some ashes of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh [1906-1997] aboard - the first human remains launched towards interstellar space (Artist’s conception).


Which is why, 10,000 years from now, aliens send a clone army of Clyde Tombaughs against us.

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Kerbal Space Program: Launching a gigantic soccer ball to the Kerbin Antarctic

July 13th, 2014 (07:11 am)

In tribute to the World Cup, Kerbal Space Program released its first official mod:
Kerbin Cup, which adds big soccer balls - Kerbal-sized and rocket-sized, to the game.


What can one do with a gigantic soccer ball in Kerbal Space Program? I thought I'd try to launch it to the Kerbin South Pole.

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Photobooth 4-photos (Actually an iPad app) from a friend's party, animated .GIF

July 2nd, 2014 (04:45 pm)



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Yard Sale For A Cat 2014 (Red Rocket Farm, animated GIFs Burma-Shave homage)

June 29th, 2014 (07:21 pm)

Red Rocket Farm had a yard sale to help pay the veterinarian bills for a rescue cat, Precious (Shot repeatedly with BB gun or buckshot, among other injuries).

A little homage to old Burma-Shave signs.

Upon arrival at the yard sale:

YARD SALE FOR A CAT?
IMAGINE THAT!
SATISFYING TREASURE!
BEYOND ALL MEASURE!
RED ROCKET FARM

Upon departure from the yard sale:

YOU SHOULD FEEL GREAT
YOU HELPED KITTY'S FATE
WITH LIVES, ONLY EIGHT
WE THINK YOU'RE FIRST RATE
RED ROCKET FARM

Full story here on the Red Rocket Farm webpage.

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