LEGO 71011 Minifigure Series 15

Now THAT is how you start a weekend off right, with all of Lego 71011 Minifigure Series 15. Say hi to the Farmer, Wrestling Champion, Janitor, Flying Warrior, Jewel Thief, Shark Suit, Kendo Fighter, Tribal Woman, Laser Mech, Ballerina, Animal Catcher, Faun, The Queen, Frightening Knight, Clumsy Guy and Astronaut!

Yes, I do have the grappling hook for Jewel Thief, I just forgot to put it in her gun. Yes, I also know the balelrina's torso is on backwards. *shrugs*.

Best USB-C cables for the Nexus 5x and 6p and other devices

The following is a list of USB-C cables and adapters that are known to work great with the Nexus 5x and 6p, obviously they'll likely work great with other devices that use USB-C as well. They are provided in no particular order. For my personal use on my Nexus 6p I use the Vinsic Car Charger with with Type C Output and Standard USB Output in my car with the Cable Matters® USB 2.0 Type C (USB-C) to Type A (USB-A) Cable and at home I just used the Google charger and cable that shipped with my phone. When I think I'm going to be away from outlets and my car for extended periods I use a power bank, specifically the Anker PowerCore+ 20100 USB-C/Type-C Ultra-High-Capacity Premium External Battery/Portable Charger/Power Bank (6A Output, PowerIQ & VoltageBoost).

 

CABLES

$17.99
Belkin Inc.

AC CHARGERS

$14.98 $19.98
GMYLE
$12.99 $22.99
Aukey
$9.99 $29.99
TechMatte
  • USB-C to Micro USB Adapter, TechMatte USB Type C to Micro USB Convert Connector for OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X 2015, Nexus 6P; Upgraded and Approved to Meet USB-C Standard

POWER BANKS/EXTERNAL BATTERIES

$59.99 $119.99
Anker

What a nice piece of tail!, CGCG254-021

Wow, so that's an approximately 250k light year tail on CGCG254-021. So beautiful! I could get lost looking at images of far away galaxies, stars, you name it. Maybe some day, in my life, we will get a distributed optical telescope in space that allows us to image extrasolar planets! How exciting would that be?!

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Bonn/G. Schellenberger et al; Optical: INT

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/University of Bonn/G. Schellenberger et al; Optical: INT

Lasers, space, ET and long-distance communication oh my!

So the other day the article 'No extraterrestrial laser pulses detected from KIC 8462852, SETI reports' came out and I got a little curious about how wide a laser's beam would be by the time it got here. 

First we need to figure out how quickly a laser spreads as it travels a distance, fortunately someone else already did this work. The Lunar Laser Ranging experiment let's me know that a laser shined from earth is about 6.5 kilometers wide.

  • IC 8462852 is approximately 454 parsecs from Earth
  • The moon is about 238,900 miles from Earth
  • A parsec is 19,173,511,600,000 miles
  • 1 parsec is 80257478.4429 x farther than the moon
  • KIC 8462852 about 36,436,895,213.1 farther than the mooon

So a beam from a laser similar to the on used for the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment, sent at us from something 454 parsecs away would be something like 236,839,818,885 km wide/147,165,440,629.8467 miles wide. Or 1 parsec away would be 521,673,609.879 km wide/324,152,952.929.

That means the beam from that a hypothetical laser from KIC 8462852 would be 1583.1x wider than the distance from the earth to the sun by the time it got to us!

Ahem. But wait, there's more!

Let's take something from my problem with time travel, the fact that the Earth is moving through the solar system, the solar system through the galaxy and the galaxy through the universe, essentially in different directions. 

Ok so 1 parsec is 3.26156 light years, and that system is about 454 parsecs away meaning that light has been traveling about 1481 years to get to us which means our solar system has moved 557,863,080,000 miles through our galaxy in the 1481 years since the hypothetical laser left KIC 8462852, which means if it was truly aimed at us they'd have to be thinking where we'd be in 1481 years as light travels straight (ignoring very large gravity sources curving it) and wouldn't be rotating around the galaxy. There's likely also some variation in speed of our star and KIC 8462852 traveling through our galaxy.

 

 

What's new with me, The Masonic Book Club, Warheart and more

So I'm up a few hours early due to some heart burn and thought I'd try and be somewhat productive since I can't go to work for three and a half more hours.

 

 
 

As some of you know I'm a huge fan of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. When the first book Wizard's First Rule came out I got it through the Science Fiction Book Club and I fell in love with Richard, Kahlan, Zed etc. When the second book, Stone of Tears, came out dad had been diagnosed with cancer. Richard, Kahlan and crew got me through dad's decline in health and his death through the first four books. When the fifth book, Soul of the Fire, came out in 1999 I was lost. My father was dead, I'd withdrawn into myself, I hated the world etc. These books got me through a lot, then one day Goodkind announced he was writing the last. I remember crying every page for the last 100 pages or so of that alleged 'last' book because here my friends were going away, they wouldn't be around to share their stories with me anymore. Again, I was bitter and angry with the world. I was losing my best friends that got me through dad's death!

Apparently Goodkind decided he liked making money, ending the series was a lie, he authored 1 more book in the series called Confessor. Again, I got sad but not as bad because I'd already grieved losing my friends. OH guess what, psych! Still not done writing! So he takes a stab at a spin off series called the Law of Nines and it fails after just the first book. OH wait, there's more! Enter the second Richard and Kahlan series a four book series that ends with Warheart which I'm finishing up now and a prequel novel a few year ago called The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus.

I'm not really feeling Warheart. I'm 70-80% of the way through it and to be honest it just feels like a lot of filler. It just doesn't live up to the original series. Instead of Richard and Kahlan telling me their story, it feels as if some beggar alongside the road on the way to the People's Palace in D'Hara is trying to tell me a story he once heard in a tavern about the former ruler. It is what it is I suppose.


Don't forget, my Masonic Brothers, join us over at http://www.themasonicbookclub.com/ every month for discussing a different Masonic book!

Top 10 things I want to see in the 2017 Star Trek series

So the other day we learned that the new Star Trek series premiers in January 2017 and this really really excites me. You see, I've spent the past few weeks re-watching Star Trek: Enterprise via Amazon Prime on my Fire TV

So I got to thinking yesterday on what I'd like to see in this 2017 series.

  1. Sensible uniforms, I really liked the overalls in enterprise and PLEASE no female aliens in stupid stuff like T'Pol and Deanna Troi! Just have everyone in the same uniform.
  2. NO BORG.
  3. I'd like to see a few episodes where the Q Continuum interacts but keeps their abilities unknown to the crew. Hopefully much nicer to humans than John de Lancie's Q.
  4. For the love of God can we get shuttle craft that isn't hideous? 
  5. We now have tablets and smart phones,  I'd like to see more wearables in this series since wearables are still fairly simple for us. Sure I have an Apple Watch but it's by no means a stand alone device and honestly is nothing more than a convenience when your hands are engaged in other tasks. 
  6. NO TIME TRAVEL
  7. Less inter-species 'hooking up' and no hybrid children, it's just not biologically realistic without some serious genetic engineering.
  8. Less crew deaths, ideally none. Ever. 
  9. No stupid worlds like 'renaissance world' 'Greco-Roman world' etc. Come on guys, this isn't TOS anymore, and this isn't Sliders and this isn't the Stargate franchise
  10. A lot more investigation, and CGI of, interesting/beautiful space-stuff. Stars, planets, moons, looking at dust clouds/star nurseries/nebula "we're going to planet so and so for such and such, while we are there let's use the optical sensors to check out that other such and such while our delegates/crew/whatever are on the planet doing their business"
Starship Enterprise

Flo is the Angel of Death

Flo from Progressive is the angel of death.

 

1.       Flo works in a white room, wearing mostly white

2.       Flo seems to have the ability to teleport anywhere at will

3.       Flo has been spotted at the scene of many an accident.

4.       Flo is downright Christopher Walken creepy, Christopher Walken having played an angel.

5.       Flo often has confused people in her white room, clearly she just took their lives and transported them to processing.

6.       Arch nemesis is Abaddon A.K.A Allstate’s Mayhem!

A bisexual Christian Jew Muslim?! Who knew!

So, some more adventures in dating... I saw this girl and her profile screamed "message me for fun Ryan!". After finding this girl on facebook I'll say her profile is 100% real and she is in fact just a very very very very confused and/or disturbed girl. This is absolutely not a troll account.

 

I am a very religious person and attend multiple services on the weekend. Despite the looks I am not a muslim. Although, I’ve considered becoming one. I attend a Catholic church, a Messianic Jewish church, and a Eastern Orthodox church.”

She then quotes scripture as a justification for her head covering, turns out she just has a fetish for head coverings and is using religion to justify it. 


"Orientation: Bisexual"

Well that goes against all THREE of your religions.

"Religion: Christianity"

Nuh uh! You're a Christian Jew Muslim!

I honestly believe that Allah/God guides me and right now all I know is that I have this desire to dig deep into MIddle Eastern/Slavic religion. I want to work in the Middle East or Russia so I want to choose a religion where I can express my views on head covering

Chick, look, you don't choose a religion because you want to wear a scarf on your head. You choose a religion because it's what you BELIEVE. Oh you poor poor child. 

I think I've found some books that would be a good starting point for her...