Breaking: Stephen Hawking has passed away. Damn.
Space Oddity … SpaceX’s live feed of the Tesla launch to Mars
The Guardian has published a very illuminating article on YouTube and the secret algorithms that impact viewer searches. They interviewed Guillaume Chaslot, a French computer programmer with a PhD in artificial intelligence, who was one of the engineers creating the algorithms. “YouTube is something that looks like reality, but it is distorted to make you spend more time online,” he said. “The recommendation algorithm is not optimizing for what is truthful, or balanced, or healthy for democracy.”
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Sadly, the tremendously talented singer, Dolores O’Riordan (of the Cranberries), has passed away … 😔
Oprah for president … -100% brilliant.
Good people, that’s who we need in the White House, good and intelligent people. We are now outside the box.
“They go low …. -we go high”.
From the good folks at Platinum FDM …. 🤣 🤣 🤣
Who’s excited?!! Claude is!!!!
A few days ago (well, on Oct 19) a comet named C/2017 U1 was discovered by Maui’s (much protested) Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii. …. well, hold onto your blurry binoculars and tattoo plans because, after some new observations pegged this fly-by bad-boy as being interstellar, it has now been re-designated (for the time being) as A/2017 U1.
Postdoctoral researcher and astronomer, Rob Weryk, of the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, was the first to notice it and knew instantly that it was special.
“It’s motion could not be explained using either a normal solar system asteroid or comet orbit,” said Weryk. “This object came from outside our solar system.”
It’s believed to be less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is now moving at about 97,200 mph (156,400 km/h) relative to the sun, in the direction of the constellation Pegasus …. that interstellar baby is outta here!!!! -see ya Solar System, no time to chat!
There’s better, in-depth, info out there, Google it and let your imagination run wild ….
😊~ SPREAD THE WORD ~ 😊
No words …
Just wanted to pass along this wonderful and gentle stir from Bill on keeping mindful of being present, being awake and being conscious …
Here is the rest of Bill’s interview with Charlie Rose …
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
Conquer badness with goodness.
Conquer meanness with generosity.
Conquer dishonesty with truth.
Netflix has an outstanding and engaging documentary on four friends with Asperger’s who’ve formed a comedy group, “Asperger’s Are Us”. Here it is on YouTube, for those without access to Netflix … …
“The huge, red star Betelgeuse , which marks the hunter’s shoulder in the constellation Orion, may have swallowed up a companion star not long ago, a new study suggests.
Betelgeuse is a “red supergiant” that will soon die in a supernova explosion. As the name of its stellar class indicates, Betelgeuse has bloated immensely as the end of its life has neared. Although Betelgeuse’s mass is just 15 to 25 times that of the sun, the star is currently about 860 million miles across, or 1,000 times wider than Earth’s star. (If you put Betelgeuse in the sun’s location, the red star’s surface would extend past the orbit of Mars and into the asteroid belt.)
Such an enormous star should be spinning slowly, since rotation rate decreases as size increases. (Think about how ice-skaters control their spin speed by bringing their arms in close to their body or extending them.) But that’s not the case with Betelgeuse, which is rotating at a blazing 33,500 mph, astronomers said.
“We cannot account for the rotation of Betelgeuse,” study lead author J. Craig Wheeler, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement. “It’s spinning 150 times faster than any plausible single star just rotating and doing its thing.”
But Wheeler and his colleagues may have an answer. Their computer models suggest that Betelgeuse’s puzzling spin could be explained if the giant gobbled up a companion roughly the same mass as the sun 100,000 years or so ago. (The angular momentum of the companion’s orbit would be transferred to Betelgeuse, speeding up the giant’s rotation to its current rate.)
This act of cannibalism likely would have spurred a cosmic belch of sorts, causing Betelgeuse to blast a cloud of material out into space at about 22,400 mph, Wheeler said. Indeed, astronomers have spotted a shell of matter at roughly the distance from Betelgeuse that this scenario predicts, he added.
Although there are other possible explanations for this space cloud, “the fact is, there is evidence that Betelgeuse had some kind of commotion on roughly this timescale,” Wheeler said.
Betelgeuse lies about 640 light-years from the sun. Like other supergiants, it will die young; the star is only about 10 million years old. The sun, by contrast, is nearly 4.6 billion years old and is only about halfway through its life.
The new study was published on Dec. 19 in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.”
Originally published on Space.com.
THIS is leadership ….
One of Claude’s secret delights has always been in antique postcards. I hope you all don’t mind me sharing some from my personal collection.
Both of these antique postcards shown in this post are from about 1907 …
(Reuters) -Leon Russell, who emerged in the 1970s as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most dynamic performers and songwriters after playing anonymously on dozens of pop hits as a much-in-demand studio pianist in the 1960s, died on Sunday at age 74.
Russell, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, died in his sleep in Nashville, Tennessee, his wife said in a statement on his website.
Russell suffered health problems in his later years, having surgery to stop leaking brain fluid in 2010 and suffering a heart attack in July 2016.
“He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January,” said his wife, Jan Bridges.
Russell’s period of stardom as a performer was relatively brief, but Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, engineered a comeback for him in 2010 when they collaborated on an album titled “The Union.”
“He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter,” John told ABC News.
Russell recorded more than 35 albums and also excelled as a songwriter for other performers. His “A Song for You” was recorded by Joe Cocker, the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and good friend Willie Nelson. The Carpenters, Helen Reddy, Shirley Bassey, Robert Goulet and George Benson all covered Russell’s “This Masquerade,” with Benson’s version winning the 1976 Grammy as record of the year.
Russell was known as “the master of space and time” in his 1970s heyday. He wore a cocked top hat, and with salt-and-pepper hair past his shoulders and a beard that reached his chest, created an inscrutable image that was equal parts shaman, tent revival preacher and cosmic ringmaster.
He ruled the stage with piano-banging abandon and, backed by a multi-piece band and a backup chorus, put on a show that was a roiling stew of rock, soul, gospel and country.
Russell’s last performance was July 10 in Nashville