Sonic Black Hole

via Cheryl Morgan
An article on about a sonic black hole, and other faux singularities. Using a Bose-Einstein condensate, for instance, a group of Israeli physicists managed to create a space where sound cannot escape.
If we don’t have the technology to make real singularities, creating and studying these faux ones could be very interesting. And who, knows, perhaps, in time, there might be practical applications…

Summer 2009 Unusual Weather continues

Via Paul Huttner.
In addition to the record triple digits in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, this has been the coolest July ever in International Falls, MN and the Twin Cities has not had a 90 degree day in July (and we are in an ever deepening drought),
According to Huttner’s list, this unusual and record breaking weather is not even confined to North America.

Tannhäuser Gate not included

Via NPR:
For sale: Wright house in L.A.
If you’re house-hunting and have an extra $15 million to spare, there’s a place with your name on it in Los Angeles. Known as the Ennis House, it’s an architectural masterpiece designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright.
The house has been featured in a number of movies, ranging from Black Rain, to Day of the Logust, and , as you might guess from the title of this blog entry, Blade Runner.
I’d love to see it in person, but its a wee bit out of my price range to buy,

Books Read to Date July 28,2009

Books Read this Year to Date (bolded books were ARCs or otherwise given in exchange for review)
35 Judas Unchained, Peter F Hamilton
34 The Tourmaline, Paul Park
33 Poison Study, Maria Snyder
32 Furies of Calderon (audiobook), Jim Butcher
31 Other Earths, Nick Gevers and Jay Lake
30 The Revolution Business, Charles Stross
29 The Affinity Bridge, George Mann
28 Yellowstone’s Treasures, Janet Chapple
27 Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson
26 Naamah’s Kiss, Jacqueline Carey
25 Midwinter, Matthew Sturges
24 Children of Chaos, David Duncan
23 Infoquake, David Louis Edelman
22 Empire of Ivory, Naomi Novik
21 All the Windwracked Stars, Elizabeth Bear
20 City Without End, Kay Kenyon
19 Mortal Coils, Eric Nylund
18 Santa Olivia, Jacqueline Carey
17 What Happened to the Indians, Terence Shannon
16 Kitty Goes to Hell, Carrie Vaughn
15 Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand, Carrie Vaughn
14 Drood, Dan Simmons
13. Kitty and the Silver Bullet, Carrie Vaughn
12. Kitty Takes a Holiday, Carrie Vaughn
11. Kitty Goes to Washington, Carrie Vaughn
10. Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Carrie Vaughn

9. History Revisted the Great Battles, Mike Resnick
8. The Planiverse, AK Dewdney
7. The Accidental Time Machine, Joe Haldeman
6 Fables #1: Legends in Exile, Bill Willingham
5. The Domino Men, Jonathan Barnes
4. Chariot, Arthur Cotterell
3. The Story of Mathematics, Ian Stewart
2. Pushing Ice, Alistair Reynolds
1. Gladiatrix, Russell Whitfield

Rest in Peace, Quest

Originally uploaded by Jvstin

This is Quest.

Yellow Labrador Retriever, Female.

I haven’t yet done much photography with portraits, animals, or situations where I am focusing
on one person, one animal. I’ve always meant to try and take more pictures of Quest (and my friends
other, younger dog) as a matter of practicing my skills.

In the case of Quest, unfortunately, I have lost my chance. I have learned that thanks to a sudden
stroke and uncontrollable internal bleeding, my friends had to put their beloved dog of 13 years
to sleep this morning.

I’ve known Quest from even before I came to live here in Minnesota. She was goofy, cowardly, silly,
and extremely loveable. Like my friends, I will miss her. I took a few pictures of her, available
at the link, but in retrospect, they are highly unsatisfactory.

Rest in Peace, Quest.

More on the Prisoner Remake

I’ve mentioned the remake of The Prisoner, starring Jim Caviezel and Ian Mckellen, coming this fall.
It turns out that the Supervisor and the other staff of the village have been very busy as the date of the miniseries approaches.
There are plenty of downloads here at the AMC Prisoner site, including a minicomic and PDF advertising posters for the show.

The Prisoner–Number Two The Prisoner–Number Six
The Prisoner--Number Two The Prisoner--Number Six

And best, of all, here is a link to a video preview that debuted at Comiccon.
Excited yet?

A Black Eye for Jupiter

No doubt by now readers of this space are aware of the recent impact by a comet or asteroid on the Planet Jupiter. It does evoke memories of the spectacular collision of the Shoemaker-Levy comet a couple of years ago.
NASA, perhaps as much for the PR value as the scientific knowledge, turned the venerable Hubble to take a look at Jupiter and get a look at the spot with its WFC3 camera.

Many more pictures, in larger formats, are available on the Hubble site.