But Captain, you SAID that the best parties are at Clifton!

While browsing the 6000 miles from civilisation blog (it’s in the blogroll for folks who want to wander over there), I noticed a timelapse of the attempts to refloat the Eihatsu Maru, which ran aground at Clifton not too long ago.  It’s awesome enough to be reposted here:

And in other news, the Dragon capsule (which I wrote about earlier this week) was captured by the ISS earlier today.  I’m far less enthusiastic about the SKA announcement, but I’ll follow up with a separate post about that…

Boldly going where NASA has gone before

Yesterday, SpaceX (finally!) managed to get their Falcon 9 rocket off the ground, carrying the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, and thus filling the void that the retirement of the Space Shuttles has left.  Given that SpaceX has a South African expat at the helm, it’s kind of hard not to feel proud about this moment:

Docking with the ISS is scheduled for Friday — given that this is the first docking (or rather, a berthing, as the Dragon capsule can’t dock with the ISS yet), SpaceX will be taking a little while longer than the two days typically taken by the Space Shuttle and Soyuz craft, due to the necessity of having to fully test all systems first.  I’ll keep a close eye on when that happens.

For the more geeky readers, SpaceX has put out a press kit (PDF warning) with all sorts of juicy details regarding mission objectives, schedule, specifications, and so forth. Definitely worth the read if you’re into that kind of thing.

Vivid imaginings

It goes without saying that most of us geeks tend to have rather vivid imaginations.  I fell into that category — would spend my youth reading various fantasy novels (in my Grade 7 year, we had The Hobbit as a set work: I finished the book in one evening of solid reading, and then kept on re-reading it through the rest of the year).  These days, I still read books of that genre (I recently discovered around R600 of old Exclusive Books gift vouchers lying around, and promptly went out and got as many of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books as the vouchers would let me), as well as having a sort of addiction to role playing games (explaining the occasional board game evening of Arkham Horror, as well as the fact that I’m an avid World of Warcraft gamer — and more recently, Diablo III).

That said  I’ve always been a Calvin & Hobbes fan as well.  It’s something that I’ve always been able to relate to, for two main reasons: one is that I shared his vivid imagination growing up, the other being that I was just as naughty as he was.  (None of those have changed, by the way!).

Anyway, last night, I stumbled across the following image.  The artist depicts an adult Calvin, understanding the importance and value of having an imagination growing up.  If in the future I have kids, I can imagine myself in the image as well.

Calvin as a dad...

I don’t know who the artist is, by the way.  If you know, or if the artist is you, please get in touch!

(Footnote: George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books forms the basis from where the current Game of Thrones TV series was derived.  If you enjoy the show, but haven’t read the books, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.)