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Treeden last won the day on December 9 2012

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  1. Sometimes when you lose something all you are left with is a memory.... Losing It The dancer slows her frantic pace in pain and desperation, her aching limbs and downcast face aglow with perspiration. Stiff as wire, her lungs on fire, with just the briefest pause then flooding through her memory, the echoes of old applause. and she limps across the floor, and closes the bedroom door.... The writer stares with glassy eyes, defies the empty page his beard is white, his face is lined and streaked with tears of rage. Thirty years ago how the words would flow with passion and precision, but now his mind is dark and dulled by sickness and indecision. and he stares out the kitchen door, where the sun will rise no more.... Some are born to move the world, to live their fantasies but most of us just dream about the things we'd like to be Sadder still to watch it die than never to have known it for you, the blind who once could see, the bell tolls for thee..... Losing It - Signals - Rush
  2. We've had a few of these Betelgeuse/Supernova threads in the past year or two, and I always find them fascinating. It's so easy to say things like "what if it suddenly goes supernova", meaning from the point of view of what we see here of course, but when I think about it, I never cease to be amazed at the simple fact that if it suddenly goes tomorrow, then it would have actually gone supernova over 600 years ago. This is when Henry V became king of England! It would be sad to lose the old girl. As one of the stars that I use to get my bearings she's like family and I would really miss her, but who could honestly say they would say no to the opportunity to witness a supernova at such a close (but most likely safe) range? This reminded me of great series of images Olly posted in an earlier thread on the same subject. A 'before, during and after' set of three. I've just been digging around in the archives and found it. I hope you don't mind Olly, but I'd like to post a link for anyone who didn't see them. Have a look at this.
  3. Another one who never shuts up. Jibber, jabber, jibber, jabber......!
  4. I'd forgotten to set the pvr to record both episodes, so thanks for the reminder!
  5. That made me laugh. It did read as genuine to me... and it made me smile A kind of honest, if naïve innocence? I don't know why, but it reminded me of this... Alas, your too much love and care of me are heavy orisons against this poor wretch. If little faults proceeding on distemper shall not be winked at, how shall we stretch our eye when capital crimes, chewed, swallowed and digested, appear before us? We'll yet enlarge that man, though Cambridge, Scroop and Grey, in their dear care and tender preservation of our person would have him punished.
  6. ... previously on Farscape SGL: I agree that you could make that conclusion of my first sentence (above)... if you hadn't read the rest of what I put. When you say 'sheer chance' and 'long odds' you are talking about from the perspective of Earth, or I think you are? Earth was lucky, or Earth was unlucky. On that scale I would agree. What I meant was on the scale of what is or might be happening in the entire universe at any given time. On that scale I would say that these things are probably happening pretty much all the time. Why would we assume that what happens here in our relatively ordinary galaxy is different or special? Just a question of scale I suppose?
  7. Possibly, but I was referring to what we don't yet know, what we have yet to discover, rather than what we think we know now.
  8. I have a sneaky suspicion that gravity, the 'Higgs Field', dark matter and dark energy are all related, and at some point we may eventually be able to use it/them as a medium for all sorts of interactions. Communications over vast distances may be one of them? Who knows, one day we may look back on our current use of electromagnetic waves in a similar way that we now view our earlier use of flag semaphore, or smoke signals?
  9. I don't think anything that has led us to where we are now is in any way accidental, lucky or coincidental. Not if you look at us (as a race or a planet) from the outside, from afar. We are where we are because certain things happened in a certain order under certain conditions. To think that this chain of events happening anywhere else is unlikely would be to think that this planet or solar system or galaxy is special. A special set of materials in a special environment operating under special conditions. Well, that is possible. I have to say that because I do not know it to be false, but I think it much more likely that it is being repeated over and over again throughout the universe. We keep agreeing with each other about how mind-numbingly vast the universe is, and then we turn round and say that a small science experiment that takes place here can't possibly happen anywhere else. The odds are indeed astronomical, but that is because the playground is equally so. If we believe it is unlikely then I think we are in danger of denying ourselves the full reach and scope of our imaginations. Succinct. I must learn how to be succinct!
  10. I thought it was a very good episode. I was wondering if they would be able to capture a sense of the excitement of the events of the last five days, and I think they did a good job. Well done Chris, Maggie and the rest of the team. p.s I thought about SPM several times during the programme. He would have absolutely loved it!
  11. I sympathise with your predicament regarding the street light, I really do, but over on this side of the pond we would call that an 'own goal'!
  12. Ah, the fickle nature of the human species.... It reminds me of that wonderful final scene in "The Truman Show" when the two guys are watching tv, and Guy1 says to Guy2: "What else is on?"
  13. I think it is quite likely that Matt Taylor was instructed to apologise by the senior management of ESA, and was thereby obliged to do so. Put aside (for a moment) any arguments about fashion and the right to wear whatever we like and choose, and look at this from ESA's perspective. This mission is not over, but already it has been a huge success. It has caught the public's imagination and has, quite rightly, received a large amount of coverage on prime time TV and radio. This is everything and more that ESA could have wished for. However, it was also an expensive project, and the seniors at ESA have to capitalise on this success. Put bluntly, they have to turn this wave of excitement into funding for future missions, and they have to do it quickly. I'm sure Matt Taylor is a fine scientist and has earned his place on the team at ESA, but if you have seen any of his performances in the TV interviews he did, then it is fairly obvious that he is quite an excitable and emotional chap. Nothing wrong with that of course, but this business of the shirt hasn't made it any easier for ESA to maintain the focus on the positive aspects of the mission, the ones they need to use and maximise if they are to secure the best possible financial advantage for the future of the space agency.
  14. Rosetta: A Sky at Night Special "This special episode of The Sky at Night puts the viewer right at the heart of the action, witnessing events as they happened from inside mission control. It reveals the latest images, explores the first groundbreaking science coming back from the comet and asks the astonishing questions that make this mission so captivating..." Should be an interesting episode.
  15. Difficult not to feel a little sad at the way it's mission was cut short due to the bad luck in 'hopping' to a dark spot. Nevertheless, the scientists have a great deal of data to process and study over the next weeks and months (years?), so there is no doubt that it was a hugely successful mission... so far.
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