Lake Bubblegum

Summer Break
On Holiday with the Archaeaic Halophiles

H/T to Extremophiles: Life on Mars and Amazing Magenta Lakes


StarBear @ the KaffeeBar on the Beach

Catching on
Catching On

So…life from Mars?

StarBear also features in the Tardigrada Newsletter this month!

Blue GLove Haiku

Blue GLove Haiku
Blue GLove Haiku

An update on the MAVEN contest! Here is the winning one:

It’s funny, they named
Mars after the God of War
Have a look at Earth

Benedict Smith
United Kingdom

(Going to Mars with MAVEN)

Next project, after knitting a Klein beanie/toque, will be blue gloves!


Going to Mars: MAVEN Haiku
Going to Mars: MAVEN Haiku

Only a few days left to send your haiku to Mars!

(h/t to NPR)


Dry Eyes Haiku

No Nostalgia Allowed: Dry Eyes
No Nostalgia Allowed: Dry Eyes (image remixed): A Haiku, of course

original image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

(h/t to NASA- Linear Gullies Inside Russell Crater, Mars; Mission News, Marks on Martian Dunes May Be Tracks of Dry-Ice Sleds)

The Patient Thinker

Deep Thoughts on Life
Deep Thoughts on Life

Of course you’ll get hungry if you listen to Martian News over lunchtime…not enough organics yet to satisfy an earthen appetite.

Translation: “There is nothing over which a free man ponders less than death; his wisdom is to meditate not on death  but on life.” (HatTip to What is Life? by Erwin Schrödinger, first published in 1944, only 32p long!)

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Two Sons or Two Moons

Phobos and Demos
Ares (Mars) has two Sons (two Moons): Phobos and Demos Rising

Imagine having two moons rising! (Cue Creedence Clearwater Revival). The mythological ones were pretty terrifying, for sure. (‘Wonder if Calvin and Hobbes ever saw them?)

From Wikipedia:

In Greek mythologyDeimos (Ancient Greek: Δεῖμος, pronounced [dêːmos], meaning “dread”) was the personification of terror.

He was the son of Ares and Aphrodite. He is the twin brother of Phobos and the goddess Enyo who accompanied Ares into battle, as well as his father’s attendants, Trembling, Fear, Dread and Panic. Deimos is more of a personification and an abstraction of the sheer terror that is brought by war and he never appeared as an actual character in any story in Greek Mythology. His Roman equivalent was Formido or Metus.

Asaph Hall, who discovered the moons of Mars, named one Deimos, and the other Phobos.

On the modern monument to the battle of ThermopylaeLeonidas’ shield has a representation of Deimos.

(Edit (Dec 3, 2012): If you follow the links, you’ll discover (today) that one of the joys of Wikipedia is that the narrative changes continuously…today it cites “the battle of poo“…clearly some editor had had enough…This will, perchance, be altered again by a little more factual version. Poo battles will happen, after all. If I were clever enough I would be a Wikipedia editor. Do support them.)

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