Space Photos and Donald Pettit

Space Photos and Donald Pettit

Space photos are awesome. Donald Pettit is credited to have shot tens of thousands of photographs from space. Mr. Pettit is an astronaut, engineer and an astrophotographer. He spent 370 days on The International Space Station.  What an awesome photographic specialty!

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2016.12.16 – Lumpy’s Links

Lumpy’s Links for 2016-12-16

Yeah, I have not done one of these since the start of the year. In the spirit of “better late than never”, “nothing beats a failure except a try”, and “try, try, try and try again”, I am giving it another go.

I am finally starting to conquer my health issues; the pain in my back is now almost completely gone, I have almost all the feeling back in my left leg, daily doses of bromelain are keeping my arthritis and carpal tunnel in check, my blood pressure is almost normal and, while still not perfect, I am sleeping much better. It is amazing how much more energy one has when not in pain all the time. It is time to try and get back to this weekly project.

Additionally, I am going to change the format a bit. All too often I am ending up with more than one link per topic per week. While I shall still reference stuff I posted during the week, I am also going to use it to clean up my saved RSS folder. In other words, you will be getting extras.

The categories are (click on the category to jump right to it):

  • Ludicrous – Funny, odd, strange, bizarre or humorous
  • Useful – Software, references, lists, etc.,
  • Music – Music, music tech, music videos and album releases
  • Photo – Pictures, drawings, animation and videos
  • Yours – Something from email or social media
  • Science – Anything science or technology related

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Orion Re-entry from the Astronaut’s Perspective

Space is kewl.  The exploration of it can be rather frightening.  I don’t know if I possess the bladder and anal sphincter control to be an astronaut. Then again, maybe that is why the Apollo suits had built in toilets. Check out the video below for what re-entry would look like.

The Space Debate

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English: Skylab2_1974_Issue-10c.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge supporter of space exploration.  I can’t help it, I grew up with “One small step for man…”.  The Apollo Program, Skylab, and the Space Shuttle were, in my opinion, awesome.  While I personally support manned exploration of space and projects like the Space Station, I am also aware that this a subject of valid debate.  Furthermore, I am a skeptic when it comes to such grandiose ideas like colonizing Mars.

I feel that this is a serious matter and debate.  I also feel that any topic is fair game for comedy and satire.  This tongue and cheek spoken word video has much fun with the very idea of space exploration.

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.08

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.12.08

Yup, I am late again. Sorry, but the non-cyber world has me way too busy. It will slow down soon though.

Nonetheless, here they are:

  • Ludicrous – Check out the latest adventure of Bud Weisser
  • Useful – I was actually having a hard time with this one this week. Until I went to my To Do list. Check out Workflowy
  • Music – I knew it was going to be the one the instant I saw it. The Libertarian version of Star Wars. Watch it after the break below.
  • Photo – While this one is a bit dated, it is still worth a post.  Check out this pulse from a black hole.
  • Yours (Something tweeted to me or emailed)- I hit on this one in #blaster channel on the Geekshed IRC Network, the top animals of 2015.
  • Science – This week my pick is a nifty Anaptar Calendar. This calendar lets you explore the solar system all 366 days of 2016.

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2015.11.22 – Lumpy’s Links

Lumpy’s Links for 2015.11.22

Greetings Reader,

Thank you for checking out the first list of weekly links I have shared in a good while.

Here they are:

  • Ludicrous – While I am all for freedom of religion, wearing a spaghetti strainer helmet for you driver’s license photo, in my humble opinion, is ludicrous. Although I confess, she looks happy in the photo.
  • Useful – I find TweetDeck the ONLY way to use Twitter, without it, the 1K+ tweeps I follow would be nothing but noise. This article at at The Verge explains how to use the filters.
  • Music – Alice Cooper plays a suprise gig. (some video is embedded below)
  • PPhoto – Most likely, this bright streak, is from the Taurids meteor shower. Regardless, it is a great photo.
  • Yours (Something tweeted to me or emailed) – This being the first one in a long while, to date, I have received nothing.
  • Science – How about using plasma to grow diamonds?
  • I had to mention this one as a bonus. It is just a really kewl looking Alien

Since it has been a while since I have published one of these and also the week of Thanksgiving here are a few links for the black shopping days. I originally heard of or found all of these and many more useful tips, hacks and tricks Lifehacker.

Thanks for reading, feel free to share, comment or even send me a PayPal Tip. Feel free to send me any and all suggestions you wish or hit @Lumpy on twitter


Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen


Turkey photo

Curiosity and Mars – The Stuff That Rover Finds

Some Mars Rover Things

For those of you who know and/or follow me, you know I am often off in space.  I love to read about space both in fiction and non-fiction.  I subscribe to a good number of space related feeds and often hear things that others miss.  I thought I might take a few minutes to post some Curiosity news and trivia. Continue reading “Curiosity and Mars – The Stuff That Rover Finds”