5,000 Days On Mars

The Sun rose on NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday.

"A Martian "sol" lasts about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, and a Martian year lasts nearly two Earth years. Opportunity's Sol 1 was landing day, Jan. 25, 2004. The prime mission was planned to last 90 sols. NASA did not expect the rover to survive through a Martian winter."

David Bowie - Life On Mars? (1971)


How to make a Tombstone into a Gemstone

My 9 year-old son has very specific tastes, and his favorite frozen pizza is a Tombstone 5-Cheese pizza. He's currently Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, but he doesn't know it. For a late night munchie, I decided to bake one of his frozen pizza's, not my first choice, but I was willing to make the most of it!

Start with a frozen Tombstone 5-Chesse Pizza or similar. Drizzle with fresh tomato sauce* and olive oil. Sprinkle some more mozzarella and parmesan, along with basil & crushed red pepper to taste... *Marinate olive oil, white onion, garlic, basil, salt & pepper with Cento San Marzano tomatoes.

Bake pizza at 425+ until completely browned on edges.



Worlds Collide

'Located about 250 million light-years away in the constellation of Cancer (The Crab), NGC 2623 gained its unusual and distinctive shape as the result of a major collision and subsequent merger between two separate galaxies. This active star formation is marked by speckled patches of bright blue; these can be seen clustered both in the center and along the trails of dust and gas forming NGC 2623’s sweeping curves (known as tidal tails). These tails extend for roughly 50 000 light-years from end to end. NGC 2623 is in a late stage of merging. It is thought that the Milky Way will eventually resemble NGC 2623 when it collides with our neighboring galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, in 4 billion years’ time.'

Courtesy ESA/Hubble & NASA

The B52's "Planet Claire" live on ITV's "Get Fresh" (Plymouth, UK - 7/11/87)

NASA - "Solar System & Beyond"


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An alternative take on classic treats...and meats.

Newman's Own version of the Oreo cookie, Newman-O's. The classic treat, that features more cocoa flavor than sweetness (with no high-fructose corn syrup), it's (mostly) organic, and all profits go to charity...it's clearly superior to the original incarnation.

Fig Bites made with Turkish figs. A healthier, more satisfying version of the Fig Newton brought to you by the always welcoming, Trader Joe's

Here's a rarity...a veggie burger that's moist AND dense. The Beast Burger, brought to you by Beyond Meat, is made from pea protein. A welcome departure from the black bean and soy options that currently dominate the market.

Finally, a long-time favorite of mine by WestSoy. Seitan is high in protein, low in fat, and has great density & texture. It easily replaces any meat...try using seitan in a Philly CheeseSteak or Shepherd's Pie.


Natty Dread

Twilight Circus Dub Sound System | Ranking Joe - Don't Follow Babylon
(Blood And Fire Meets Wai Wan Remix - 'Dub Shop Style')

The original Black Uhuru - Live in London (1981)


Remnants Of A Destroyed Star

Crab Nebula (Hubble Space Telescope/NASA)

"This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the beating heart of one of the most visually appealing, and most studied, supernova remnants known - the Crab Nebula. At the centre of this nebula the spinning core of a deceased star breathes life into the gas that surrounds it."

Veil Nebula (Hubble Space Telescope/NASA)

The Veil Nebula is 110 light-years wide, a cloud of heated and ionized gas & dust approximately, 2,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

Meanwhile...On It's Way To Jupiter

Measurements by the Juno Spacecraft (NASA).

'Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, is best known for its colourful storms. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using the ultraviolet capabilities of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The extraordinary vivid glows shown in the new observations are known as auroras. They are created when high energy particles enter a planet’s atmosphere near its magnetic poles and collide with atoms of gas.'


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The Swiss Conspiracy - Carillon Blues

Subatomic Sound System - Black Ark Vampires (Steppers Bass Mix)

Jon Kennedy - The Parade

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  • 5.29.2016

    "I'm Keith Hernandez"

    30 years later...the Mets finally recognized their epic season at Citi Field.

    Photo: New York Mets

    The '86 Mets were one of the most successful (108-54), passionate...yet dysfunctional teams in MLB history, and they encountered some of the most improbable post-season outcomes to win the championship (vs. Houston, and then Boston). It brought pure bliss to their loyal and unfortunately, deprived fans. I'll never forget when my family and I screamed with joy as our Miracle Mets won in the only way they know how...unlikely, incomparable and nearly impossible.

    Ya Gotta Believe!

    The Amazin' Game 6 comeback against the Red Sox (10/25/86)

    The Mets Keith Hernandez, playing himself on Seinfeld (1992)