Logico Fractatus | Hypertwist & Other Monstrosities

Vanakkam. I’ve more images this time, courtesy of Frax Pro on my iPad. These are a bit strange-looking, mostly closely-zoomed Julia sets chosen from weird regions of the classic Mandelbrot set, as is the image used for this post’s graphic header above.

Tf. Tk. Tts. or in marginally passable romanized Tamil…

naan pooyittu varaenga

 

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Hypertwist

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Luminarius

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Swirls Down Below

Caturday’s Astrophenia | Winter’s Linguistic Blues

Namaskar. Slamalaikum. Vanakkam. Namaste. Ikktighar furiit. Greetings. This week, a little heads up on things going on from yours truly! Study has gone well despite the almost painful slowness of progress in Bengali, at least on understanding and reading. My penmanship still annoys me, and I’m still hesitant to speak the language with any real confidence, but I’m on the 18th unit of the text (Teach Yourself Complete Bengali) out of 35, and well underway to completing Part 2 of the text within the next four months, up to Unit 26. Then begins a more intense regimen of practicing what I’ve learned to date. After that, I’ll be studying Tamil for the following six months before focusing on Hindi for the first six months of 2019, then Bengali again. I’m also listening to Bangla podcasts, Bangla online radio broadcasts (There’s a station out of Dhaka I listen to a lot.), so I’m getting some practice even now. I’m more than halfway through Algebra II, reviewing practice exercises from Algebra I, and will start Precalculus and Geometry beginning in July. That language study has been slow no longer bothers me. Bangla is NOT an easy language, and learning it with two other languages, all with significant differences to each other, merely compounds the effort. But I’m learning at my own pace and minding my mental health in the process, so there’s really no problem. I must persist. The cats are doing well, with Eccles and Ricky behaving themselves fairly well after the last time they caused mischief during an attack of the zoomies on morning last month. Gorgeous, well she’s being Gorgeous, and still patient to young Eccles despite her age. Family life is kinda so-so, nothing particularly noteworthy to mention. Over all, things are going well, though how long that lasts remains to be seen.

Stay warm, or cool, according to your preference in your latitude and hemisphere of residence, and thank you for clicking on this blog!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in Light and Sound

Colorful Airglow Bands Surround the Milky Way

Arcs, Jets, and Shocks near NGC 1999

Cyclones at Jupiter’s North Pole

Horsehead: A Wider View

Phases of the Moon

The Astrognuz:

A New Planetary System Has Been Found with Two Super Earths

A Star is About to Plunge into a Monster Black Hole, Scientists are Ready to Watch

Computers Could Help in Assessing Asteroid Threats

360 Video: Tour A Mars Robot Test Lab

Jupiter’s Mysterious Geometric Polar Storms

An Asteroid is About to Embark on an Interstellar Journey

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Space: Why Go There?

Space Images | Glare on the Window

Caturday’s Astrophenia | GarageBand Blues

Hey, guys! I’m busy this weekend composing musical tracks by using GarageBand, mostly for podcasts and YouTube videos among other purposes. I’ve already created one track this evening, lasting a minute and a half, and I’m really having fun with this. I’ll be creating a bunch more tomorrow, some of which I’ll release online, others to distribute to friends and family, still more to experiment with. One objective is to create a musical track lasting anywhere from 5 to 7 minutes that sounds good when played on continuous loop, for my reading and writing periods. I hate reading or writing in silence, and creating music to help me do that will be hugely fun.

Stay brilliant!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Three Galaxies and a Comet

Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula

An Elephant’s Trunk in Cepheus

In the Valley of Orion

Blue Comet in the Hyades

Clouds in the LMC

Old Moon in the New Moon’s Arms

The Astrognuz:

Titan has a Sea Level for its Lakes and Seas

A Nearby Star Walks over the Sun’s Grave

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Geology is Destiny

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Fly Safely Past Earth Feb. 4

A New Low-Cost, Low-Weight Method of Searching for Life on Mars

Swole Star

UFO Believers Got One Thing Right – Here’s What They Got Wrong

Sneak Peek of JPL Missions and Activities

A Black Hole is Pushing Stars Around in this Globular Cluster

To Search for the One-Armed Spiral

Laser SETI 2018

Multi-Planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

xkcd: The End of the Rainbow

Caturday’s Astrophenia | Tonight: Doctor Madblood’s Halloween Scream 2016

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This evening at 10:00 p.m. EDT airs the annual Doctor Madblood’s Halloween Scream at whro.org/madblood. This year’s movie will be the director’s cut of the original Night of the Living Dead.

Zombies! The Shambling Dead! How cool is that??

*braiinsss…*

Ahem.

To me, the skits involving the Madblood gang are the best part, but the movie is okay as well if you like the quintessential film by George Romero! The skits take place at Madblood Manor, the home of retired mad scientist Doctor Maximillian Madblood and his monsters.

Pungo Virginia’s resident vampire, Count Lacudra (Dracula spelled sideways 🙂 ) makes an appearance, as Madblood characters lighten the movie segments with humor.

A certain Ninth Doctor impersonator does not appear in the skits, only during the costume party scenes, which are very brief. There are Daleks though, thankfully not encountered by said Ninth Doctor impersonator, as being exterminated by an angry Dalek with only the Sonic as a defense would have been unpleasant. They were made of wood, and the Sonic doesn’t work on wood!

The other cosplayers, though, were brilliant, funny, and very nice people who made the early evening of September 25 enormously fun and memorable.

Enjoy the movie!

Cylindrical Mountains on Venus

An Atlas V Rocket Launches OSIRIS REx

The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies

M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster

The Tulip in the Swan

Full Moon in Mountain Shadow

Cerro Tololo Trails

Eagle Aurora over Norway

HI4PI: The Hydrogen Sky

Clouds Near Jupiter’s South Pole from Juno

Propellor Shadows on Saturn’s Rings

A Giant Squid in the Flying Bat

Haunting the Cepheus Flare

Moonset at Whitby Abbey

Zoom into The Center of Our Galaxy:

The Astrognuz:

MIT Programs Humanoid Robots to Explore Mars

MRO Sees Impact Site of ESA Mars Lander

New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target Reddish

Historical Records May Underestimate Sea Level Rise

Seasonal Change on Titan is Dynamic Business

September 2016 is 12th Month in a Row for Record Breaking Temperatures

Space Station Crew Gets Special Delivery from Virginia

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Moral’s Law

Can We Get Space-Madness?

Three Stars Illuminate NGC 6188

Evidence Mounts for Planet Nine

Colliding Galaxies, Black Holes in X-Rays

xkcd: Rosetta