D.W.Q.M.: Steven: "Well, what does that do?" the First Doctor: "That is the dematerializing control. And that over yonder is the horizontal hold. Up there is the scanner, those are the doors, that is a chair with a panda on it. Sheer poetry my dear boy. Now please, stop bothering me."
I just got back from Minnesota a couple of hours ago. What's that I hear? Nothing. Silence, pure, blissful silence. All nice and quiet. The throbbing in my head has disappeared.
...so why am I suddenly feeling homesick?
There is a tiny brown spot on my jeans where Mellon decided to rub her chocolate covered face earlier this afternoon. Awwww.....
D.W.Q.M.: "We still have our homicidial computer to deal with." -the Sixth Doctor
Okay, go figure-I decide that I might actually give beta a try. I had read reports that beta version blogs were slower to load, but SJA.tv loaded fine both at work and at home, so I thought I would be fine. However, when logging into blogger from home, my invitation is no longer there. Well, then!! Perhaps that is a sign. I've also noticed that there are more complaints about blogger beta from users publishing via their own ftp server then there were earlier. Right now, I'm leaning towards waiting until I absolutely have to switch, since they eventually want to switch everyone over. For now, I'm going to keep Wandering, the Idiot's Lantern, and Ro Knits on Blogger, and request an invite to the beta blogger for SJA.tv, and merge my accounts when I have to switch over the others.
Silly Blogger, why do you have to make things so complicated?!?! :p I have other things I need to worry about this week.
D.W.Q.M.: "You've done up the place. Don't like it."-the Second Doctor (from the Five Doctors)
Hmm...well, I'm debating on switching my blogs over to Blogger Beta. One of the blogs I write for, Sarah-Jane.tv has already switched, and I can't access it until I either switch over completely to beta, or ask jackharkness to send me another invite so I can log in using my google account.
I don't think I'll have a problem with my blogspot blogs-but I am worried about switching Wandering... over, since I publish that using an external ftp server. I've heard of people who haven't had a problem, and those who have. It looks like I'll eventually have to switch it all over, but until then, I have a few questions for the folks at Blogger. Go figure-this happens just as I'm about to go on vacation!
If I do decide to switch over completely, I'll post a note using the old Blogger, along with an alternative blog just in case the transition doesn't go as smoothly as I would hope. ha!
Till next time. Oh, and jack-if you happen to be reading this-I need a new invite to SJA.TV! ;)
D.W.Q.M.: Duke Juliano: "There's this man in Florence claims that by arranging ground glasses in a certain order, it's possible to see the moon and stars as large as your hand." Marco: "Is that a good thing?" (from the Fourth Doctor story, the Masque of Madragora)
AstroAlert: A Solar Minimum Surprise - Major Solar Flares Okay, I thought about just summing this up, but I won't do it a bit of justice, so this is a copy of the email alert I got from Cary Oler at the Solar Terrestrial Dispatch:
MAJOR X-CLASS SOLAR FLARE ALERT
The Sun has produced a solar minimum surprise! At 10:35 UTC on 5 December, a new solar region now beginning to rotate around the eastern solar limb produced a powerful class X9.0 solar flare. The region in question appears to be quite large and was relatively quiet until today's significant outburst. Such powerful outbursts are not uncommon for the solar minimum in which we currently reside. Indeed, it is known that large and potentially volatile sunspots can form at any phase of the sunspot cycle and are not confined to periods near the peak in the sunspot activity cycle.
This particular solar event is not expected to produce any significant effects here at the Earth. But there is a fair chance that during the next several days, the Earth will be impacted by a weak flanking portion of the coronal mass ejection that was almost certainly involved with this eruption. Additional stronger impacts will certainly be possible during the next two weeks, particularly if this region maintains a level of volatility. As a result, people interested in watching for the Aurora Borealis ("Northern Lights") should keep a close eye on conditions during the next two weeks, just in case this new sunspot complex musters the strength to produce additional strong coronal mass ejections with a more direct trajectory towards the Earth.
December Sky Events(all times EST, unless otherwise noted.) December 3rd: The nearly full moon crosses the Pleiades. December 4th: Full Moon December 7th: Earliest sunset of the year. December 9th: Looking east after 10 or 11pm, notice the wanning Moon with Saturn just below it. Farther below Saturn is the fainter Regulus. December 10th: Jupiter, Mercury and Mars are gathered in a tight bunch (only about 1 degree wide) deep in the glare fo the sunrise. December 13th: Geminid meteor show peaks December 21st: the Winter Solstice occurs at 7:22pm, EST. (yay, winter!)
Geminid Meteor Shower The Geminids are one of the two best, most reliable meteor showers of the year. The best time to watch will be from about 9 or 10 pm on the night of the 13th, until about 1 or 2am, when the moon rises. Unlike last month's Leonids, the radiant for the Geminids will be high in the sky all night long. :) Yay! The Geminid meteor shower is unusual, as rather than being associated with a comet, it's associated with an asteroid-Phaethon. The origins of the Geminds had remained a mystery until Phaethon was discovered in 1983.
Now that winter is coming, Orion is the most dominant constellation in the sky, with the Big Dipper taking a back seat until spring. Look just left of Orion, and you can spot the Gemini twins. :)
The next Doctor Who Christmas special, the Runaway Bride, will air on December 25th, 2006! The BBC program information has released some details about the upcoming special. [unitnews link]
David Tennant talks about his first year on Doctor Who and other career highlights of 2006 in the latest issue of the Radio Times[BBC link]
Captain Jack will be returning for a few episodes in season 3 of Doctor Who! John Barrowman talks a little bit about his return (which sounds like it will be towards the end of the season), and about why he believes there can never be a crossover of Doctor Who into Torchwood. [SciFi Wire link]
Speaking of other Who spinoffs, as heard at the Children In Need concert, the Sarah Jane Adventures special will be airing on January 1st, 2007!!!! YAY! :) Unitnews posted some details about the upcoming special. [unitnews link] Yes, I'm excited. Yay, Sarah Jane!!!
Among many other informative entries, SJA.TV also has a listing of the potential BBC holiday lineup. If the lineup airs as predicted, we are looking at two episodes of Torchwood, the Doctor Who special, and the Sarah Jane special. Woo! ;) [SJA.TV link]