Saturday, April 28, 2012

i like this song quite a bit, and think some of you will, too

Opal and Dittle sleepover

Ancient Mars Lava Spirals Reveal Volcanic Secrets of Red Planet

by Charles Q. Choi, Contributor Date: 26 April 2012
Description: Lava Coils in Cerberus Palus, Mars Lava coils on patterned volcanic crust in Cerberus Palus, Mars. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona] View full size image Giant coils of lava on Mars suggest a mysterious network of valleys on the planet was born from volcanoes, researchers say. The origin of the Athabasca Valles region near the equator of Mars has been debated for more than a decade. Some researchers have proposed that lava once shaped the valleys, while others have thought ice was responsible. The way the ground there is patterned with multisided polygons suggests that either fire or ice could be the culprit — such patterns of cracks might have formed due to seasonal fluctuations in temperature if the surface there was rich in ice, but also might have arose as lava cooled and fractured. Now high-resolution images beamed back by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the Red Planet have revealed 269 spirals of lava that researchers say cannot be explained by ice-related activity. [Photos From NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter] "This is the first time lava coils have been identified on an extraterrestrial setting," study lead author Andrew Ryan at Arizona State University told "The most surprising thing about these features when I first saw them was how well-preserved they are." Ryan spotted all these coils, ranging from 16 to 98 feet wide (5 to 30 meters), by eye. "You can't see them unless you zoom in really close, and even then they're really subtle — it's pretty dusty there, so the images are just a pale gray color, and they don't really jump out until you boost the contrast, so it's not surprising at all to me that they've been overlooked before," Ryan said. Description: Lava Coil in Hawaii Lava coil (10 meter diameter) on the surface of the 1974 Hawaiian pahoehoe lava flow. CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona] View full size image These spirals resemble lava coils on Earth, such as those forming on the surface of Hawaiian lava flows. "These can only be explained by lava processes," Ryan said. "There are no known processes to twist ice around on that scale." Future modeling of how these spirals formed can help figure out the composition of these lavas, "which can tell you about the composition of the Martian crust and mantle, things we don't know much about," Ryan said. Mars is the home of the largest known volcano in the solar system, Olympus Mons, which towers over Mars' western hemisphere. At 16 miles (25 km) high, it is about three times as tall as Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain. The $720 million Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launched in September 2005. The scientists detailed their findings in the April 27 issue of the journal Science.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"I might not be very smart jennaei,..

...but i do know what scary is." Pecan strikes back!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Soviet Russia

In Soviet Russia, Waldo finds where is YOU!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Russel Brand

New Norris House

Not sure if you have seen this, but its kind of interesting. I think it is over on Garden (I think thats the name of that street), up the hill.

finally, this literally brought tears to my eyes, im more happy for them then getting an A on my exam

By Randee Dawn

Giuliana Rancic learned she had breast cancer last October while she was preparing to undergo fertility treatments. But as she and husband Bill announced on TODAY Monday morning, her cancer treatments won't delay their family expansion: They're welcoming a baby into their home, thanks to a gestational carrier.
"It was pretty much one of the best moments of my life, if not the best moment of my life," Giuliana told Ann Curry about learning that one of the embryos they had banked prior to her diagnosis had resulted in a pregnancy. "It was just another world, on another level."
The difference between a gestational carrier and a surrogate parent is that biologically the child is Bill and Giuliana's; the gestational carrier brings the baby to term, but is not genetically related to the child in her womb.
The baby is due in late summer, but they would not reveal the child's gender, which they say they know.

Giuliana, who co-hosts "Fashion Police" on E! and who shares a reality show with Bill ("Giuliana & Bill" on Style Network) explained that her baby's carrier lives "out of state." The couple wants to guard her privacy and not cause additional stress during her pregnancy, so they did not go into many more details about her, though they say they visit "every month" and appear to have a good relationship with her. Giuliana calls the carrier her "my baby mama."
"This was our last stop," said Bill. "This was it. We had those two embryos that we had banked prior to learning about the breast cancer, and with the medicine she was on (which meant Giuliana will have to wait years before trying to personally get pregnant), this was our last effort. The prayers were answered."
Both smiling parents-to-be were upbeat, and talked about turning "negatives into positives." And Giuliana seemed particularly grateful: "The more you focus on the positive, the more you are grateful for the good things in your life, the more good things come to you. I've really seen that. I have a great husband ... and I have a baby on the way. What more can I ask for, really?"

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Meet "Pecan", our Black Widow (i think) friend :)

This is him being all spidery...
This is him eating an ant... - - - - - - (images taken with my new lens, it's macro)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Baumgartner retrials


Earth Day 2012


Free movie passes

Info below, if everybody went, then everyone could go see a movie! Oh, and you would be helping to save lives...


We are working overtime to try and rebuild our critically low blood supply and will offer donors a big incentive to roll up their sleeve this Friday! Please share this with your viewers!

FREE Movie Ticket Friday!

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is working diligently to rebuild the community’s blood supply. Currently they are experiencing a critical shortage of all blood types and will provide each donor with a free movie pass on Friday! This offer on Friday is ONLY good at their two donor center locations: 1601 Ailor Avenue (open 8am – 6:30pm) and 11000 Kingston Pike/Farragut behind Pittsburgh Paints (open 7am – 5pm). “We must rebuild our inventory heading into the weekend,” states Christi Fightmaster, public relations director of MEDIC. The movie pass is good for any Regal Cinema with no restrictions or expiration!

Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more (16 year-olds weighing 120 pounds or more can donate but must have parental consent). All donors must have positive identification.

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Thank you! We need to see as many people as possible on Friday and we appreciate your help getting the word out!

Christi Fightmaster

Director of Public Relations

865-524-3074 Office

865-591-3372 Cell

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

What can i say, my kids are awesome


Robert Doisneau's 100th birthday

Robert Doisneau (French pronunciation: [ʁɔbɛʁ dwano]) (14 April 1912 – 1 April 1994)[1] was a French photographer.
In the 1930s he used a Leica on the streets of Paris; together with Henri Cartier-Bresson he was a pioneer of photojournalism.[2] He is renowned for his 1950 imageLe baiser de l'hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris. Robert Doisneau was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour in 1984.[1] (wikipedia)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cheez: A Miracle

more more easter

more easter



Wildflowers, wildflowers so nice and sweet.
You fill the air that smell like smarties.
         You wave in the wind
         and stand in the sun.
And when someone wants to pick you,
 you must simply agree.
You sit in a vase at home so sweetly.
You stand at the table and let people smell you.
And you just sit in a vase and never make a fuss.
- fern

Sunday, April 8, 2012

easterly happenings

Very dapper...

um.... baby on crack? First taste of jellybeans