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* You should join shayara. It will be worth your while, in a few weeks.
* Techwise: Does anyone know how to make a teeny window appear on mouse-hover that'll display an image and some text?
* My job for today: refine text for website. Some areas will be password-protected, for your password-hunting pleasure. :)
* Mouse's job for today: drawing the map!
One of the largest giant squid ever found has washed up on a remote Australian beach, sparking a race against time by scientists to examine the rarely seen deep-ocean creature.
For more in giant squid news, stay tuned! to TONMO, The Octopus News Magazine Online. Yep.
Quote of the Day
William Morris: "Have nothing in your life that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
'song: "Oooh, shiny!"
* Going on a mission with the away team? Don't wear this shirt!
* Vaginal Cleansing Films. So your coochie can smell like flowers, or chamomile, or baby powder. Now, personally, I like my coffee to be Just Coffee, no flavored syrups or any of that fooferah. And I like my cunt to be Just Cunt. Ain't nothing wrong with it. And if it smelled like island breezes? That, to me, would be an indication of Something Wrong. (I bet BPAL could market this stuff. Shub-Niggurath, anyone?)
* Along those lines: how to contruct a tampon pan flute.
* Amusing old ads.
* This? Is done in Sharpie. All of her stuff is in Sharpie.
* Want Will Shetterly's new book The Gospel of the Knife? Free? Go here! Then buy the book anyway, because Will deserves the money. But that'll give you a taste.
A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
The planet, called HD 189733b, swelters as it zips closely around its star every two days or so. Astronomers had predicted that planets of this class, termed "hot Jupiters," would contain water vapor in their atmospheres. Yet finding solid evidence for this has been slippery. These latest data are the most convincing yet that hot Jupiters are "wet."
"We're thrilled to have identified clear signs of water on a planet that is trillions of miles away," said Giovanna Tinetti, a European Space Agency fellow at the Institute d'Astrophysique de Paris in France. " Tinetti is lead author of a paper on HD 189733b appearing today in Nature.
Although water is an essential ingredient to life as we know it, wet, hot Jupiters are not likely to harbor any creatures. Previous measurements from Spitzer indicate that HD 189733b is a fiery 1,000 Kelvin (1,340 degrees Fahrenheit) on average. Ultimately, astronomers hope to use instruments like those on Spitzer to find water on rocky, habitable planets like Earth.
"Finding water on this planet implies that other planets in the universe, possibly even rocky ones, could also have water," said co-author Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "I'm excited to tell my nephews and niece about the discovery."
The new findings are part of a brand new field of science investigating the climate on exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. Such faraway planets cannot be seen directly; however, in the past few years, astronomers have begun to glean information about their atmospheres by observing a subset of hot Jupiters that transit, or pass in front of, their stars as seen from Earth.
Leo: Egyptian amber, walnut bark, chamomile, frankincense, and saffron.
In bottle: Honeyed saffron!
On me: Fwoomp! Straight to chamomile. It takes a while for the chamomile to burn off; eventually it ambers up, and you can smell the saffron again... It's amber/orange on Mouse.
The Gibbous Moon: Moonflower, Madonna lily, orris, white ginger, cucumber, hyacinth, and Irish moss.
In bottle: Dainty edible flowers on a bed of cucumber slices.
On me: Yep - doesn't change much. Light, refreshing! It's so light on Mouse she can barely smell it, but on me it is fresh cucumber goodness with a twist of non-icky floral.
Mabon: Blackberry wine and apple cider with hops, apple blossom, English ivy, hazel, sage, oak bark and myrrh.
In bottle: Mmmm, the blackberry wine and apple cider... tipsy revels! Ivy twines in the background.
On me: The drinks sink in, and the sage and myrrh peek out. This is lovely. :) It's mostly herbal on Mouse.
Queen Alice: Carnation, posies, and white amber with a hint of inky treacle, sandy cider, and wooly wine.
In bottle: Sandy indeed. Weird!
On me: Something in there is staging a revolt. And it does smell sandy! WTF, dude? Fascinating! Mouse is getting wine, treacle, and amber.