You’re hungry, and you have some leftovers from last week or packaged food that’s past the sell-by date, right in front of you, and you want to eat it right now! What do you do? If your’re me then, you’ll follows these steps. You can even do this without your reading glasses.
1) Examine the container. Is it bulging? Is that really a bulge or just that someone dropped it on the floor and dented it? I mean, botulism is really rare. Chances are its just a dent.
2) If air goes in when you open, OK. If air comes out, very not OK.
3) Stick your nose almost into the food and smell very carefully. With practice, you can spot “something wrong” with 99% accuracy. Getting this practice will include some trial and error, but its a good skill to have. Anything that smells like Acetone is probably not OK.
3) Taste it. If you don’t notice any “special flavors”, then eat it.
4) The sell-by date is more of a guideline than a rule.
Following these rules, I haven’t had food poisoning since college, besides at wedding receptions.
Trick: Try to eat food that is already spoiled, say cheese. Think about it, cheese can’t spoil b/c it is already been cultured with special bacteria instead of the “wild” kind. Think about how long that cream sits in a body-temperature “breeding environment” just like the rice you left on the stove last night with the heat on low low. If you eat the rice, you can experience projectile vomiting (don’t try this twice). Cheese is just the same. Or don’t think about it…
Your pre-spoiled options include yogurt, chocolate, salami, sourdough bread, kimchi, natto and beer. For more. Anyway, these foods last forever, because they can’t get any more spoiled than they already are.
(^_^), don’t take me seriously, although I am serious.
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If you need a break today, you should read this poem by G. Landis published recently in the Starship Century Book. Truly inspiring!
A piece of Mars: In the center are two dark dunes, racing one another to jump over hurdles formed of older, now inactive dunes (or maybe those bright things are ripples, we still don’t know for sure). The dune in the lead has been slowed by this barrier, but it is starting to crawl over it, one sand grain at a time. The dune in second place is still well-formed but will likely struggle once it runs into its own hurdle. Perhaps 20 years from now. (PSP_001756_1995, NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
A piece of Mars: These C and S-shaped things were once dunes that marched across the scene (from upper left to lower right), formed from sand deposited by the wind. Then that sand somehow became cemented, locking the dunes in place. But the wind didn’t stop — it continued to blow from the same direction, eroding grooves and flutes into the cemented dunes. (ESP_017741_1745, NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona)
A piece of Mars: Abstract modern art? No, these are north polar dunes almost completely covered in winter frost (mostly CO2 ice). It’s early spring in this image, and the dark sand underneath the ice is only just beginning to peak out from under the ice cover. The ice looks a little yellow because some dust from the atmosphere has settled on the ice. Soon the ice will sublimate away and reveal the spectacular dark dunes. (ESP_024876_2590, NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
Stephen Goodsell, Gemini Instrumentation Manager, surprised most of the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) team on August 16 at 3am when we received in our mailbox his email announcing that GPI landed to Chile. The crates containing the dismounted instrument (see our previous post) had been loaded in a Boeing 747 from Lan Chile and flew to Lima then Santiago (LA601). After quickly clearing customs, the local GPI team could inspect the crates and determined that they arrived in excellent shape and condition. (more…)
It is happening! The Gemini Planet Imager has been being dismounted, wrapped, and packed for a long trip to Chile. After so many years working on this project, the entire team shared the anxiety of the principal investigator, Bruce Macintosh: GPI is going away…
After a successful pre-shipping review, the instrument has left UCSC, where it was being integrated and tested, for its new home: the Gemini South Telescope on the top of Cerro Pachon in the Chilean Andes.
A piece of Mars: Creamy dunes (or maybe they’re very large ripples) wind their way northward between mesas. More recently darker, more mobile sand (bluish here) has piled up against the western slopes of the mesas. We don’t know why the darker sand doesn’t form into dunes like the lighter material – perhaps there simply isn’t enough of it in this spot. (ESP_031993_2115, NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)
I am delighted to announce that The International Space Orchestra (ISO) recordings from Skywalker ranch, George Lucas’ studio was launched in space on 4th August on board of two ArduSat (satellites for which NanoSatisfi is the parent company). The lift off took place in Japan.
Watch the launch of the rocket on this video.
You can find the official launch press release here http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2013/05/20130521_h2bf4_e.html
some pieces of information about the delivery Module: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-II_Transfer_Vehicle
and the rocket: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-IIB
Detail of the ‘space’ concert:
GROUND-CONTROL: AN OPERA IN SPACE performed by the ISO (International Space Orchestra)
1-PRELUDE: APOLLO MISSION CONTROL IN HOUSTON Ground Control: A Neil Armstrong Tribute Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts. Music composed by Evan Price
2_THE BRAVEST MAN IN THE UNIVERSE BY BOBBY WOMACK PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR The Bravest Man In The Universe Music and lyrics by Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Harold Payne and Richard Russell. Arranged by Mike Smith for the International Space Orchestra
3_SCENE 1: COMMUNICATIONS AND DATA DROPOUTS Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts.
4_WOW! SIGNAL – 1420 FANFARE BY ARTHUR JEFFES PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR Wow Signal – 1420 Fanfare Music and lyrics written by Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café with additional orchestration by Vincent Greene and Evan Price.
5_INTERLUDE: AURAURA CHORALIS BY ARTHUR JEFFES PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR Auraura Choralis Written by Arthur Jeffes of Penguin Café with additional orchestration by Eric Tuan
6_SCENE 2: COMPUTER ALARMS Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts.
7_KIMI WA EPURON, BOKU WA PANTARON BY NOVMICHI TOSA, PRESIDENT OF MAYWA DENKI, PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR Kimi Wa Epuron, Boku Wa Pantaron Maywa Denki, Novmichi Tosa, arranged for the International Space Orchestra by Satoru Wono with additional orchestration by Evan Price
8_SCENE 3: LOW FUEL AND LANDING Written by LCROSS and LADEE Flight Director Rusty Hunt and Nelly Ben Hayoun based on the Apollo 11 transcripts.
9_THE KEPLER ARIA ARR EVAN PRICE, LYRICS BY BRUCE STERLING AND JASMINA TESANOVIC. PERFORMED BY THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR The Kepler Aria, based on “Polyushko Polye” by Lev Knipper and Viktor Gusev. Music arranged by Evan Price for the International Space Orchestra, lyrics by Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic
Details: Recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ Studios (September 2012)
NanoSatisfi democratizes access to space exploration, images and data by providing individuals access to a user-programmable in-orbit satellite for $250/ week. The perception is that space costs billions of dollars and is just for the military and governments, whereas in reality space can be affordable and open to individuals from students to adults. With the ArduSat, the company is providing unique educational opportunities using cutting-edge space technologies to drive economic competitiveness and inspire a brand new generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professionals.
The International Space Orchestra (ISO) is a team of space scientists from NASA Ames Research Center, the SETI Institute, Singularity University and the International Space University. In the summer of 2012 in California, ISO performed Ground Control: An Opera in Space composed by a team including Damon Albarn, Bobby Womack, Arthur Jeffes, Maywa Denki, and two-time Grammy award winner Evan Price, with a libretto by science- fiction author Bruce Sterling, directed and created by designer Nelly Ben Hayoun. ISO members included NASA Ames Flight Director, Rusty Hunt, a Payload Officer, a Capcom (triangle), and NASA Ames center Deputy Director (Lewis Braxton performing the gong) and a NASA astronaut (Yvonne Cagle: percussion).
ISO’s first performance took place in front of the world’s largest wind-tunnel at the NASA Ames Research Center and its second in San Jose during the ZERO1 Biennial (North America’s most significant showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology). In addition, public talks by leading NASA and SETI scientists were curated, giving insights into missions that inspired the musical composition. These included presentations by SETI Institute Director of Research Gerry Harp, NASA Ames Research Center Chief Scientist Jacob Cohen, Kepler Mission Manager Roger Hunter and LADEE/LCROSS NASA Flight Director Rusty Hunt.
Ground Control was recorded at Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ Studios.
In January 2013, the International Space Orchestra feature film had its world premiere at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival and then started a world tour. ISO extends the notion of the `outreach’ in terms of scope, scale, and methods of engagement towards architecture, installations, environments, social system, performances, experiences and narratives, as events.
In May 2013, the International Space Orchestra performed at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco in front of 2,700 people with singer Beck. They received a standing ovation for their unique performance.
As well as being an unconventional public space outreach event, ISO also acts as an experiential and hybrid interdisciplinary research environment in which space scientists and engineers are invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in control rooms and scientifically build environment, acting as a provocation to imagine and disrupt human relationships with science and technology and the way in which they can relate to our creative needs.
NOTE: The ISS launching of the satellites will not be immediate after the rocket launch. It depends on the ISS schedule and may not be for a couple of months. The broadcast will be radio waves / morse code. (Time and dates to be confirmed).
ISO Director and Creator: Nelly Ben Hayoun
ISO Musical Director: Evan Price
ISO choir conductor: Eric Tuan and Jimmy Kansau
ISO Website: www.groundcontrol-opera.com
Teaser of the International Space Orchestra feature Documentary which did its world premiere at the prestigious International Film Festival in Rotterdam where it was acclaimed by the critique as a “masterpiece” (ICO), a ‘real achievement’ (DOMUS), “as thrilling as watching a rocket launch” and “Spine Tingling” (Guardian).
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It is now official, The Gemini Planet Imager (“Gee-pi”) is ready for shipping to Chile. This decision was taken on July 19 after the positive pre-delivery acceptance review. From its current home at the University of California Santa Cruz, the instrument’s Integral Field Spectrograph (IFS) began its warm-up a week later (July 25th), and the computers were shut-down two days ago (July 31st).
GPI is going to be carefully packed for a long trip to Chile. The instrument will be shipped to the southern hemisphere by plane and should arrive by the end of August. (more…)