Saturday, December 10, 2016

Caturday's Astrophenia | Vanakkam! - Tamil Study Resumes



This month I resume language studies, as I make time to do so after the previous month spent largely busy at home while family was away. I'm focusing this month on Tamil, one of the 'Big Four' Dravidian languages of South India including Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu. There'll be some Bengali and Hindi study too, but mostly reviews of previous learning.

I'm of the view that knowledge is a good in its own right, not merely for its apparent utility, and that no knowledge is useless.

Things have gone well so far, though I must work at keeping my equanimity in the face of recent events and their possible outcome next year. Hint, hint. This week was a blast, as I had an awesome game with my circle of close friends, plus some yummy homemade Indian food for our evening meal while we kicked butt with the villain of the session.

I've a new blog series for this site, the Biweekly Mews & Lynx Roundup, planned every other Sunday. It features links, commentary, and a video, mostly revolving around science, critical thinking, and skepticism.

It's due to pop up on the 18th of this month.

I'm currently generating ideas for other posts as well, and will continue working on and scheduling drafts when they are complete and ready for publishing.

I'm also making plans to resume some posting on my WordPress blog, on the 9th anniversary of its creation, December 28, 2017, though probably infrequently at first. We'll see. For now, I'm focusing on this site.

Time to roll up my sleeves and crack open those books!

naan pooyittu varaenga

The Astrognuz:

Culprit Found in Blurry Astronaut Vision Mystery

Interview About Trump's Plan to Gut Earth Science at NASA

No Wrong Side of Earth for Meteor Camera Network

Video | Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror

Spectacular Images and Data Released from ExoMars Orbiter

Video of a Crown Flash in Russia

Astrobiological Importance of Clays on Mars and How We Found Them

NASA, FEMA Hold Asteroid Emergency Training Exercise

Japanese Company Plans Artificial Meteor Shower

Indication of Moon's More Energetic Formation than Previously Thought

Big Picture Science Radio Show | What Lies Beneath

Space Images | Tiny Mimas, Huge Rings

The Canes Venatici Constellation

House Science Committee Tweets Climate Denial Article at Breitbart

How the Largest Structures in the Universe Influence Galaxies

Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

'Insufferable' Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Recovering from Emergency Antarctic Evacuation

The Galaxy IC 3583 is Weird, and It's Not Clear Why

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Brain Dust

Mars in a Minute: Why is Curiosity Looking for Organics?

Cassini's First Ring-Grazing Orbit a Success

Growth of Cosmic Voids Supports Relativity Predictions

Robust Emergency of Diverse Planetary Systems

Opportunity Inspects 'Gasconade' on 'Spirit Mound' of Mars

ESO Survey Shows Smooth Distribution of Dark Matter

American Astronaut and Senator John Glenn Has Died

'Passage to Mars' Wins Best Non-Fiction Feature Film Award

NASA Announces fir Geostationary Vegetation, Atmospheric Carbon Mission

Black Hole Comparison


This is a good one, showing some known black holes, comparing size and mass and progressing to the truly scary-looking but less immediately dangerous ones among them - as long as you don't get too close to the event horizon. :-)

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