From the “Hole in the Mountain” Department ::
Alarge meteorite has center punched a mountain in Norway setting off some sharp spikes on seismograph charts in the area. Amazingly enough a farmer out attending to his pregnant mare in the middle of the night managed to get a good photograph of the behemoth as it streaked across the Norwegian night sky. This should help help meteorite hunters pinpoint the impact zone.
News of the celestial event is still a little sparse as of yet but I would imagine more reports will follow soon.
Anyhow…, that’s some earthshaking news to get your day rolling along.
Hasta La Bye-Bye Señor Meteorite Hunter
From the “What Day Is It” Department ::
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live a very long time? With advances in technology, I believe there are people 60 years old today that could conceivably live to a 150 or more years. Spare parts for worn out body components are no longer the stuff of science fiction. Things like the latest in exoskeleton assitance could even allow a 125-year-old person to be a productive member of the community and not have to rely on offspring or the spring off of offspring to provide some sort of monetary contribution to keep the blood pumping.
I would think the caring family of Cruz Hernandez was the biggest reason she was able to celebrate her 128th birthday yesterday. (Readily available exoskeleton equipment isn’t that easy to come by in El Salvador.) It’s somewhat ironic that El Salvador, the scene of a brutal civil war that killed tens of thousands – actually a clash between American and Cuban ideology – and the home to the most barbaric of street gangs – the Mara Salvatrucha or MS13 who kill for pleasure and not only profit – would also be home to the worlds oldest living citizen. What are the chances of that happening again anytime soon?
Anyhow…, think for a minute what it would be like to live for a very long time. I have a grandmother who is going to be 99 this summer and what keeps her going is that she still gets out and does things. She’s looking forward to her 100th birthday and that’s something else that keeps her going. If you don’t have something to look forward to then you start dying from the inside out. I could see Gram living for another 10 or more years without TOO much difficulty.
Just thinking of all the things that could kill you is enough to avoid many of the causes of cerebral atrophy. Atrophy of any body part is generally the result of inactivity. Dodging, or otherwise avoiding becoming a victim of reckless actions by yourself or others has a sizable “luck” factor involved as it relates to survivability. You could be on your way home from work, minding your own business and some idiot running a red light on his way to pick up a lottery ticket could center punch you and your sub-compact gas saver – killing you that way – or provide you with a near miss that would be enough to stop your heart – flat lining you by way of a heart attack. 36,525 days is a long time to go without screwing up or having someone else screw up on your behalf to the detriment of your further existence.
What I wonder about is what I would do to keep myself occupied for a 150 years. There’s a lot of things I would still like to accomplish but there’s a ton of obstacles that are making that exceedingly difficult. One thing I’m absolutely certain of though is that sitting around watching mindless TV is not enough stimulation to keep all parts functioning in harmony. (The only TV I watch is the Discovery Channel and the Comedy Network – even some of that is somewhat mindless.)
The only thing that’s been proven to give you a few extra years is reducing your calorie intake. There’s not going to be any fat folks in the Sesquicentennial Club. Nope, it’s going to be skinny people with bionic eyes and ears outfitted with a robust exoskeleton and a disproportionate allotment of luck that are going to make up the core membership.
Will they be the equivalent of brainiac cucarachas totally wired for survival? It’s hard to say. I just can’t imagine what reality TV is going to be like when that 60-year-old today turns 150 in another 90 years but I’ll bet that 150-year-old won’t be watching it.
Hasta La Bye-Bye Señor Youth Meister – Watch out for falling airplane parts.
From the “Busier Than a Pegged-Leg Grape Stomper” Department ::
Yes…, I’m still alive and kicking even if it looks like this is a rudderless ghost site bobbing aimlessly in the surf of the net. Behind the scenes I’ve been busy. Many of the internal pages on this site have been updated and the code cleaned extensively. I’m really hoping this means faster loading pages that are easier to maintain.
As this is a hybrid site some of the integration has been tricky to execute. It’s a huge improvement to the way it used to be though and it’s now a lot easier to do updates and make changes.
Anyhow…, check back often – I promise to keep this page updated on a more regular schedule.
Hasta La Bye-Bye Señor Procrastinator
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From the “Heavens” Department ::
::UPDATE:: More Information on the Tagish Lake Carbonaceous Chondrite Meteorite
The University of Alberta has managed to acquire a hugely important meteorite to add to it’s already impressive meteorite collection. What makes the Tagish Lake carbonaceous chondrite so rare is its pristine condition. Jim Brook, a resort owner, with a scientific background, from Atlin, BC found the meteorite fragments a week after the fireball lit up the Northern Canadian winter sky, as he was driving his pick-up truck across the frozen lake.
When he discovered the celestial rock laying on the frozen surface of Tagish Lake he was careful not to touch it and made sure it was kept frozen, assuring this rare to begin with meteorite would be rarer still. Six years later this rarity of meteorites has earned Brook $750,000 on the meteorite market.
Carbonaceous chondrite meteorites are a rare class of stoney meteorites that are carbon-rich and don’t usually survive a trip through earth’s atmosphere. The Tagish Lake Meteorite is rarer still as it’s chemical composition is quite primitive compared to other meteorites of this class.
Dr. Christopher Herd, the Curator of the University of Alberta Meteorite Collection, will lead future research on the University’s approximately 650 grams of this rare meteorite and it is expected the research will shed light on the origins and early years of our solar system.
It’s a good thing this important meteorite is staying in Canada as it will no doubt prove historically and academically significant.
Hasta La Bye-Bye Señor Meteor Merchant – maybe more luck will shower you with more extraterrestrial product.
From the “I Think We Winged ‘Em” Department ::
Heavy metal doesn’t get much heavier than a freight train. It appears this guy was sauntering along the railway tracks plugged into his personal sound system listening to the Norwegian heavy metal band Gorgoroth at a duh-zillion decibels and failed to notice the heavy metal train rapidly approaching from the rear.
As he lays there wiggling his fingers and toes to see if everything was connected and in proper order he says to no one in particlular, “Holy crap, dude, you just got hit by a train.” It’s beginning to look like this guy is getting real observant real quick.
Here’s another health risk we can tally up with listening to your music at ‘birth of the universe’ volume.
Hasta La Bye-Bye Señor Doofus – you were a flea hair away from a ‘sure thing’ Darwin Award or at the very least an honourable mention.