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the Kessel run (in under 2 hours)

Wednesday,  05/13/09  11:30 PM

Tonight I made the Kessel run in under two hours!  The Kessel run, you say?  Ah yes, well, that would be my ride from Dana Point Harbor to the Las Pulgas gate of Camp Pendleton and back, a round trip of 40 miles.  The mathematicians among you will deduct that yes, I had to average over 20mph to do this, 20.4 precisely, if you must know, and yes I am quite pleased with myself.

the Kessel run - in under 12 parsecs?Of course "Kessel run" refers to a line in Star Wars; Han Solo brags about his ship by noting it "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs".

I know you know parsec is a unit of distance, not time (the distance from the Earth to an astronomical object which has a parallax angle of one arcsecond, or 3.2 light years), but as the invaluable Wookieepedia explains

The Kessel Run was an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si'Klaata Cluster without getting caught by the Imperial ships that were guarding the movement of spice from Kessel's mines.  Han Solo claimed that his Millennium Falcon "made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs".  Solo was not referring directly to his ship's speed when he made this claim.  Instead, he was referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance.

So be it.

I celebrated with a rare prime rib and a nice cab :)


Wednesday,  05/13/09  11:37 PM

In which I take a deep breath and celebrate my successful navigation of two straight days of dawn to dusk meetings... in between which I saw Star Trek and made the Kessel Run :)  And I am now happily back home amongst my family (all asleep except for Reggie, my cat) and happily blogging before sleep...

UP - the movie!Want to know what's up?  Well, "UP" is the new Disney / Pixar movie, it is opening the Cannes film festival (the first animated film to have that honor), and according to the pre-reviews I've read, it is great.  This would make Pixar 10 for 10, which is an unbelievable record for a studio.  Wow.  I must say, I can't wait to see it.

For those keeping score at home: Toy Story, Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monster's Inc, Finding Nemo, Incredibles*, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E (from memory, except I couldn't remember Nemo...)

*my favorite, although TS2 made me cry

Oh, great: Earmark transparency takes a step backward.  As Glenn Reynolds notes, worst. congress. ever.

the Hubble space telescopeTen things you don't know about Hubble.  And now you do!  Plus, pretty pictures...

Meanwhile, it's make or break time for NASA...  "The results of misbegotten space policy choices over the past decades are finally coming to a head in the new administration. The cans have been kicked down the road as far as possible with regard to when to retire the space shuttle, and the future of NASA’s human space flight program in general and the International Space Station (ISS) in particular. Indeed, we’re reaching a point of no return."  Do we really think using government money for these projects makes sense?

Space Shuttle Atlantis videos - in HD!NASA does do some pretty cool stuff, however, check out these videos of the Shuttle Atlantis launch, in HD... cool does not equate to economically sensible, of course... but cool is good :)  really the videos are amazing, how did they get those camera close-ups of the shuttle when it was seven miles above the Earth?

Cool: Google Chrome extensions draw near.  As soon as there is an Adblock for Chrome, it becomes my daily browser.  Until then, Firefox remains king.

So Denis Menchov won stage 5 of the Giro, good for him, and good for Rabobank, their first Giro stage win after all these years, and Lance lost three minutes, putting him out of contention.  Levi is still right there however, dangerously, as are Michael Rogers, Ivan Basso, and Carlos Sastre.  Let the sorting continue!

Tough times indeed: Sony reports $1B loss.  It was across the board, too, not just one or two of their businesses.

I have discovered that I prefer (mobile edition) to (normal).  It is more like the old Facebook, you can see more/all "transactions", it doesn't seem to employ weird heuristics to decide what to show and what to hide.  Amid all the discussion and controversy it is now apparent that Facebook aren't going back, the new Facebook is what it is, even though some of us don't like it.  This is the price I pay for being an atypical user :)

Kindle publishing now available to *all* blogs!  Wow, I'll have to do that, so that you can read my blog on your Kindle... stay tuned...


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