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  1. Lucy: The First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids "Time capsules from the birth of our Solar System more than 4 billion years ago, the swarms of Trojan asteroids associated with Jupiter are thought to be remnants of the primordial material that formed the outer planets. The Trojans orbit the Sun in two loose groups, with one group leading ahead of Jupiter in its path, the other trailing behind. Clustered around the two Lagrange points equidistant from the Sun and Jupiter, the Trojans are stabilized by the Sun and its largest planet in a gravitational balancing act. These primitive bodies hold vital clues to deciphering the history of the solar system. Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojans. The mission takes its name from the fossilized human ancestor (called “Lucy” by her discoverers) whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity's evolution. Likewise, the Lucy mission will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system. Lucy will launch in October 2021 and, with boosts from Earth's gravity, will complete a 12-year journey to eight different asteroids — a Main Belt asteroid and seven Trojans, four of which are members of “two-for-the-price-of-one” binary systems. Lucy’s complex path will take it to both clusters of Trojans and give us our first close-up view of all three major types of bodies in the swarms (so-called C-, P- and D-types). The dark-red P- and D-type Trojans resemble those found in the Kuiper Belt of icy bodies that extends beyond the orbit of Neptune. The C-types are found mostly in the outer parts of the Main Belt of asteroids, between Mars and Jupiter. All of the Trojans are thought to be abundant in dark carbon compounds. Below an insulating blanket of dust, they are probably rich in water and other volatile substances. No other space mission in history has been launched to as many different destinations in independent orbits around our sun. Lucy will show us, for the first time, the diversity of the primordial bodies that built the planets."
  2. I watched these over the past months before sleeping: Friday Night Dinner (2011-...) Comedy with Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Black Books) "Two siblings share their Friday-night dinners at their parents' home and, somehow, something always goes wrong." Pretty funny. About family-life. Less surreal. Avenue 5 (2020-...) Sci-Fi Comedy with Josh Gad (Olaf), Hugh Laurie (House), and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley) "The troubled crew of Avenue 5, a space cruise ship filled with spoiled, rich, snotty space tourists, must try and keep everyone calm after their ship gets thrown off course into space and ends up needing three years to return to Earth." It thought it was quite funny. Silly comedy. Disenchantment (2018-...) Adventure Animation. "Princess Tiabeanie, 'Bean', is annoyed at her imminent arranged marriage to Prince Merkimer. Then she meets Luci, a demon, and Elfo, an elf, and things get rather exciting, and dangerous." Didn't grab me. The White Lotus (2021-...) Drama-Comedy "Set in a tropical resort, it follows the exploits of various guests and employees over the span of a week." Quite enjoyable. The family and the head of the hotel are the best parts imo. Squid Game (2021-...) Drama-Action "Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake." It was ok I guess. The Office US (2005-...) Satire-Comedy with Steve Carell (7 seasons) "A mockumentary on a group of typical office workers, where the workday consists of ego clashes, inappropriate behavior, and tedium." Really good. (except for maybe the last seasons) Reservation Dogs (2021-...) Tragi-Comedy "Comedy series about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma." It seems Native American culture and African American culture intermix somewhat. Sorry, I'm totally clueless in that regard. It was ok. Sex Education (2019-...) Drama-Comedy "A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school." First season is ok. 2nd and 3rd are thrash imo. Different writers I guess, dunno. I'm not sure if the sexual education is handled any good though, but at least a lot of various things are mentioned. What We Do in the Shadows (2016-...) Dark Comedy with Matt Berry (Snuffbox) "A look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires, who've lived together for over 100 years, on Staten Island." Silly dark humor. I like the movie more, but the tv series is pretty funny. (except for the last season)
  3. Dave Chappelle: The Closer (2021 TV Special) Saw a couple of shows now of Chapelle, but it seems I'm not into his comedy (at all). Rush Hour (1998) (with Jackie Chan) "A loyal and dedicated Hong Kong Inspector teams up with a reckless and loudmouthed L.A.P.D. detective to rescue the Chinese Consul's kidnapped daughter, while trying to arrest a dangerous crime lord along the way." Quite enjoyable, but only due to Jackie Chan's acrobatics and Chris Tucker's silliness. Big Trouble in Little China (1986) (John Carpenter) "A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiancée from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown." Not my cup of tea. In fact, I thought it was terrible. Sorry, I know a lot of people have fond memories of this movie. They Live (1988) (John Carpenter) "They influence our decisions without us knowing it. They numb our senses without us feeling it. They control our lives without us realizing it. They live." Interesting concept. (that's all I liked about it unfortunately) John Carpenter for me is: 1. The Thing (1982) 2. Lost Themes (2015) ^^ 3. In the Mouth of Madness (1994) 4. Halloween (1978)
  4. So when superimposing these 2 graphs you'd get 1 generation at the peak of each Kondratieff wave and 1 generation at the valley of each Kondratieff wave? So, one generation would experience the rise/golden age of a certain technology/societal change, while the following generation experiences the downfall/crisis?
  5. Here's William Shatner's (aka Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise) reaction at the end of the flight:
  6. Metroid Dread is getting some really good reviews. Nice 👍
  7. On October 12 Blue Origin is going to launch 2 more rich people into space. 👋 https://www.blueorigin.com/news/next-human-flight-on-october-12
  8. - Stop the count! Stop the count! Stop the count! I mean: - Recount! Recount! Recount! ( ≖.≖) (•︡益︠•) (͠◉_◉᷅ ) (╥︣﹏᷅╥᷅) (ㆆ_ㆆ)
  9. http://www.pbc.gov.cn/goutongjiaoliu/113456/113469/4348556/index.html https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/24/china-central-bank-vows-harsh-crackdown-on-cryptocurrency-industry.html The People’s Bank of China says all cryptocurrency-related activities are illegal and vows crackdown...
  10. Castlevania Advance Collection is out on PC! - Castlevania: Circle of the Moon - Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance - Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - Castlevania: Dracula X Used to play these on emulator on my phone, but now I can finally legally buy them. All great 2D-Action-Role-Playing / Metroidvania games.
  11. Apparently Diablo 2 Resurrected launched today. It looks pretty good.
  12. SpaceX Inspiration4: first low-earth-orbital spaceflight with only private citizens / non-scientist crew. Specs: - Altitude: 585 km = 364 miles high - Duration: 3 days - Period: 96.2 minutes per orbit - Rocket: Falcon 9 Block 5 - Ship: Crew Dragon Resilience Question: So, any watmmers here going to buy a ticket for the next flight? Idea: Also, I think we should open a bar / club in low-earth-orbit. Maybe a copy of the Flux Nightclub or Chora's Den from the Citadel from Mass Effect 1.
  13. Never played it, but I'm gonna try it out. I heard it's like a harder dark souls in a Japanese setting. Maybe I'll first look up some recommended weapons. Dunno yet.
  14. Gonna check it out for sure. Thanks for the recommendation.
  15. Nioh (Difficult Action-RPG / Souls-like) is free on the Epic Games Store: https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/p/nioh-the-complete-edition "In the age of samurai, a lone traveler lands on the shores of Japan. He must fight his way through the vicious warriors and supernatural Yokai that infest the land in order to find that which he seeks."
  16. We saw this yesterday-evening: Might be the same one.
  17. "Hidden in the microverse all around you, there is a merciless war being fought by the true rulers of this planet, microorganisms. Amoebae, protists, bacteria, archaea and fungi compete for resources and space. And then there are the strange horrors that are viruses, hunting everyone else. Not even being alive, they are the tiniest, most abundant and deadliest beings on earth, killing trillions every day. Not interested in resources, only in living things to take over. Or so we thought. It turns out that there are giant viruses (giruses) that blur the line between life and death – and other viruses hunting them (virophages)."
  18. Just watched it. Really good informative docu. Thanks for sharing. Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror (2021) (5 episodes) What a total clusterfuck it has been, and still is, maybe now even more then ever. One can't imagine all the misery, loss, hopelessness and anger the Afghan people had to go through. And now just to reach a point of total abandonment by their so-called allies. Plus the utter fear for what's to come. An ever-returning disaster. Also, the next terrorist attack is probably already planned, and set in motion. That's just great. A big middle-finger to the USA, more specifically its power-hungry war-mongering government, their blinded irrational followers, and their profiteering military-industrial complex. All blood on their hands. I'm gonna stop ranting.
  19. NASA Perseverance rover has achieved its goal of successfully coring a Mars rock. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-s-perseverance-rover-successfully-cores-its-first-rock
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