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L’Affaire Potter

It helps to have read Half Blood Prince: scott_lynch: L’Affaire Potter [via TNH] “All shall love me and despair” hee.

Mappa Petrol

(One of these days I’m gonna stop entitling links to some new map using the name “Mappa [something]” Today’s not the day.) USA National Gas Temperature Map Gas prices in this country range from $2.30 to $3.33. See who’s paying bottom dollar and top dollar (and in-between dollar) on this map. [via the Map Room]

Beautiful Rotating Blue Marble

Courtesy of Bad Astronomy, a link to Messenger (a space mission to Mercury: MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) — since Mercury zips so fast around the sun, the spacecraft has to be bounced here and there around the inner solar system to pick up speed. And so it flew by Earth last August. […]

Cloudsat launch rescheduled

The launch was scrubbed. Today’s attempt to launch the CALIPSO and CloudSat satellites was scrubbed at T-48 seconds due to loss of the primary and backup phone communications between the Mission Director Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) Space Command in Toulouse, France. So. Tonight, stay up to […]

Playin’ on top of the world

This came in email from my bro-ski: The world’s tallest tennis court at the top of a hotel in Dubai. The players are Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. So, uh, don’t go chasing balls, now….

Iran, Rumsfeld, Generals, Cheney, Decider

A few illuminating posts from my Iran, Iraq, oh shit, oh dear reading: Belgravia Dispatch: Let the Swift-Boating of the Generals Begin. Written by someone who (formerly) supported the war, it’s a good analysis of things in response to the backlash against the Generals who’ve spoken out against Rumsfeld. But, most tragic, we have a […]