Finding More in the Skies With Kepler’s Eyes!

January 29, 2012 at 3:12 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, science and technology, web gossip)


The search continues, as new and exciting results seem to be revealed regularly!  The latest reports are showing that twenty-six newly discovered extra-solar planets have been identified.  It is all the more interesting because this raises the number of planetary systems with two or more planets in them, including our solar system, to a total of fifty-four!

The Kepler Mission, organized by N.A.S.A., named for reknowned astronomer Johannes Kepler, was launched in 2009.  It’s mission is to survey the nearest areas of our portion of The Milky Way, in order to find out how many of the stars in this region are the hosts to planets.  The Kepler Spacecraft contains a photometer, which is a tool that views the brightness of stars, sends the data to Earth, and it is examined to recognize the number of transits that occur with these stars.  The transits display how often the stars dim within the images, showing how often planets pass in front of these stars, which causes the momentary dimming.

These recent discoveries do not identify the differences of the extrasolar planets, relating them being gas giants, or them being rocky worlds, similar to the inner planets of our solar system.  Prior images from Kepler have shown the existences of rocky worlds, including those found within The Cygnus Constellation.  At an estimated distance of 4,500 light years away, Cygnus contains at least twelve stars that host planets.  The standout stars of Cygnus are Alberio and Deneb.

Two worlds that are near to the size of Earth have been identified.  Both planets are extremely hot, as they orbit a G-type star within Cygnus, which is a star akin to The Sun.  These planets orbit this star at distances closer than Mercury is to The Sun!  One of the worlds has been reviewed as being 1.03 times the size of Earth, which is basically the same size as our planet.  Yet, due to it being so close to it’s star, no life (as we understand it) could exist because of the heat!

Of the planetary systems currently recognized, there are twenty-eight systems that have multiple planets.  This includes our system, which presently acknowledges eight planets.  One of the extra-solar systems is suspected to have five worlds, two of them may have six worlds, five of them may have four worlds, and eleven of them may have three worlds.  As of 2011, Kepler identified over 1,200 candidate planets, with 408 of them possibly existing within multiple-planet systems.  Our solar system is the one that hosts the largest amount of verified planets.  Recall that Pluto no longer is considered as a fully-fledged planet!

Multi-planet-system

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120126155915.htm
http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/article00160.html
http://www.spacedaily.com/Exo_Worlds.html
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/
http://digg.com/news/science/kepler_discovered_26_new_extrasolar_planets
http://www.answeringenesis.org/articles/tj/v17/n1/solar-system
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releashttp://mashable.com/2012/01/12/astronomers-tiny-planets/?WT.mc_id=en_my_stories&amp&amp&ampes/2011/05/110524153542.htm
http://www.space.com/14371-26-alien-planets-nasa-kepler-spacecraft.html 
       

   

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Standing After A Rousing State of The Union!

January 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM (current news, human life issues, legal issues, political atmosphere, social opinion, web gossip)


Watching The 2012 State of The Union Address was uplifting.  It did serve as a reminder of why President Barack Obama was elected on the promise of bringing change to our nation.  The President did give an inspiring speech that was focused on what needs to be done to assist with the improvement of The United States at economic, educational, and environmental levels.  The theme of the evening did seem to be rebuilding The United States!

President Obama began with welcoming home our armed forces from Iraq who have arrived at Andrews Air Force Base.  He reminded listeners of the successes with our military, as no U.S. soldiers are still fighting in Iraq, Al Qaeda and The Taliban are broken, and Osama Bin Laden is dead.  All of this demands that gratitude be given to The United States’ Armed Forces.

The President continued with focusing on The United States becoming a global leader in economy, education, and manufacturing.  He pushed the need to keep alive the promise of success through hard work, and to restore the national economy through fair actions.  This included monitoring the capacity for powerful and wealthy banks to profit off of people with lesser financial resources.

The topic of the national deficit looms, as The President has promised to have it cut by two trillion dollars.  He pledged not to return to the policies that lead to our current economic decline.  As well, he mentioned that rich and powerful banks have profited off of people with lesser financial capacities, and that his administration is working to change this practice.

President Obama pledged to have United States manufacturing restored.  He stated that General Motors again is the world’s number one auto maker.  He said that Chrysler is growing, while Ford is investing billions, and is providing jobs to a rebounding auto industry.

The issue of U.S. companies paying their fair shares of taxes was discussed.  Overseas workers are to be included in the collection of fair tax payments, as U.S. manufacturers and high-tech workers should receive greater tax cuts.  Products made within our nation will receive new legislation to have them shipped overseas at fair rates.  As President Obama stressed that businesses that create and send jobs abroad will not be rewarded, he stated that a Trade Enforcement Unit is to be created, with focuses on disadvantaged trade practices with China.

The focus on jobs within our nation remains a focal point, with The President pressing the topic of getting young United States citizens properly educated.  He mentioned that community colleges need assistance with creating programs that can help students to learn practical job skills.  This lead into a mentioning of turning our nation’s unemployment system into a re-employment system that will put U.S. citizens into real jobs!

Education remained a focal point, noting that states’ standards for teaching and learning are improving.  President Obama did announce that more will be done to assist teachers, and to reward teachers for jobs well-done.  He stated that more will occur to end the practice of teaching to the test, so that U.S. students will gain more needed knowledge than simply what is required to pass standardized tests.  The commonplace practice of teaching to the test is to be eliminated, a more is to done to assist with actual learning within U.S. public schools.  This will include having each state enhance it’s educational practices, while requiring all students to remain enrolled within public schools until graduation, or reaching the age of eighteen.

President Obama’s address was lengthy, continuing past his planned time parameters.  However, he was able to deliver prudent statements regarding pertinent topics that are defining our current national scene.  It should not be dismissed that The President did discuss the need for the regulation of affairs within Wall Street.  The national business affairs hub has been acknowledged for allowing several corporations to proceed within it’s functions while they continuously enforce unfair business practices.  The President has stated that over 500 reforms have been made to save U.S. – Wall Street operating businesses, while he means to work toward enacting regulations meant to control the methods in which some of them maintain policies throughout the nation’s economic hub.

President Barack Obama did give a lengthy and motivational speech to our nation, that was meant to motivate a population currently depressed by a faltered economic and employment scene.  Additionally, The President and all of Congress gave a rousing ovation and congratulations to Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who is making a remarkable recovery after the horrific assault in which she found herself while at her Tuscon, Arizona offices.  The overall essence of The President’s Address was to be a platform of encouragement for a nation in need of a slight nudging to the chin, and a call for unified action for all of those whom recognize themselves as our planet’s self-proclaimed greatest nation!

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SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/state-of-the-union-2012

 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/21/obama-describes-state-union-address-as-economic-blueprint/

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/highlights-president-obama-2012-state-union-address-000338337.html

http://www.foxnews.com/…/2012/01/…on-planned-state-union-goals

http://www.gpb.org/news/2012/01/24/is-the-state-of-the-union-address-obsolete

http://www.forbes.com/sites/artcarden/2012/01/24/make-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-fun-for-the-whole-family-with-bingo/

http://www.usnews.com/topics/subjects/deficit-and-national-debt 

http://www.pitchengine.com/uschinabusinesscouncil/uscbc-statement-on-president-obamas-call-for-a-trade-enforcement-unit-on-uschina-commercial-practices

http://news.yahoo.com/warm-hugs-ovation-giffords-obama-speech-045128995.html

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Securing For Approaching Solar Storm!

January 24, 2012 at 12:59 AM (Uncategorized)


Sometimes, I have to think that The Sun gets taken for granted.  It actually has solar storms all of the time, yet not much is mentioned to the general public.  I suppose there is no need to cause situations of panic, especially for something occurring regularly, and often without any truly negative consequences.

The Sun recently has released a coronal mass ejection that was dramatic.  The flare was travelling at four million miles per hour!  It contained a radiation storm with the power to shut down some of our communications satellites, and will release bursts that will strike Earth until Wednesday.

The ranking of the flare from this solar radiation storm is designated as S3.  That means the flare is considered to be strong, as it has released high levels of solar particles, and it has the potential to produce significant damages.  The flare could disrupt satellites, produce dangerous levels of radiation for astronauts at the space station, as well as passengers on high-flying aircraft, and it could degrade radio signals.  There have been some reports already of air traffic signals being disrupted.

Reports from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration state that this level of C.M.E. is a proton storm that could be dangerous to high-flying aircraft.  Also, any surveyors at The International Space Station should not go for any space walks, staying indoors to protect from solar radiation.  Yet, they have been told that the storm is not going to be a cause for “extraordinary protection measures”!

The level of this proton storm is the largest since 2005.  It is expected to strike Earth near to 9 a.m. E.S.T., tomorrow morning.  The waves will create calamity within The Global Positioning System, and it will cause shifts to the global power grid.  The waves will be travelling toward Earth at 1,1400 miles per second!

VIDEO: Sun storm sends radiation flying into space; satellites vulnerable.

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/biggest-solar-storm-since-2005-pummels-earth-185656088.html

http://www.space.com/14315-earthbound-solar-storm.html?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SP_01232012

http://gizmodo.com/5878656/how-this-huge-solar-storm-is-going-to-affect-y0u

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/01/23/solar-storm-hits-earth/

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57364089-76/solar-flare-blasts-radiation-storm-toward-earth/?part=rss&subj=cartech&tag=title

http://www.foxbusiness.com/…/12/02/…havoc-on-global-power-grid

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/NOAAscales/

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How A Laudable Girl Escapes A Child Lecher!

January 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM (childcare and child protection, curious research, current news, human life issues, legal issues, social opinion, web gossip)


You go, baby girl!!!  News about a precious nine-year-old child escaping danger has made it to the general public.  This is yet another account of our youths having to deal with the dastardly intentions of demented and older males.  It is good to know that this story does have a happy ending!

Out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, a phone call was made from a Circle K corner store phone.  This nine-year-old girl asked the store clerk to use the phone, and she was able to call 911.  This child revealed that she had been kidnapped, and that she was held captive for nearly fifteen hours!

The little girl got to this corner store by escaping a vehicle where she had been trapped by twenty-nine year-old Jose Garcia.  She escaped Garcia, after they had been given a ride because his car broke down while he was transporting his abducted passenger.   A good Samaritan gave Garcia and the girl a ride to a nearby Circle K to get assistance.  When they arrived at the corner store, the girl was able to escape, and to call 911.  The kidnapper saw that the girl had gotten to a phone, and he sped off!

The Circle K store clerk, and momentary shoppers, saw that the girl had two black eyes.  Also, she was bruised  throughout her face.  While in the store, the kidnapper  returned, trying to get the girl back into his car, but she vocally refused.  “I ain’t going nowhere”, the child yelled, “I’m waiting for my momma”!  Upon hearing this, and likely due to people watching, the abductor and possible pervert escaped!

Jose Garcia has been identified as a prior offender, and he was listed as a possible sexual assaulter of his former step-daughter.  The step-daughter attended the same elementary school as the girl whom Garcia kidnapped at the Circle K.  Apparently, Garcia had been prepared to become a practicing predator at this school!

Garcia had a record with Pueblo County, Colorado law officials.  This was from the reports of sexual assault on his former step-daughter.  It is twisted and ironic that Garcia had been listed as an emergency contact for this nine-year-old step-daughter at her school.  This is how Garcia was able to pull off the ruse of picking up the girl from school, claiming to be taking her to a dental appointment.

The United States Department of Justice states that an average of 2,185 children are kidnapped throughout the nation every day.  Of these abductions, 203,900 result from kidnappings by family members, and 58,200 occur with children being snatched by strangers.  Further reports from The F.B.I. state that over 2,000 reports of missing children are made, daily.

Pervert-Kidnapper Jose Garcia

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/missing-colorado-girl-escapes-apparent-kidnapper-calls-911-herself-from-convenience-store/2012/01/20/gIQA43CIEQ_story.html

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/colo-girl-escapes-apparent-kidnapper-calls-911-1.3467391

 http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_children_are_kidnapped_in_the_U.S._every_year

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57363758-504083/brave-9-year-old-colorado-girl-escapes-apparent-kidnapper-calls-police/ 

http://www.child-abduction.us

http://www.soldiersandkids.com/childkidnappingfacts.htm

http://www.nchrs.gov/html/ojjdp/nismart/03/ns4.html

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Teach It, YES, but Teach It RIGHT!

January 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM (childcare and child protection, current news, historic review, human life issues, political atmosphere, social opinion)


It is a usual thing to catch someone committing a stupid action, every so often.  However, it is very disturbing when that action involves adults whom are in positions of responsibility around our youths.  After reading about this one episode, I have to keep in mind about the unfortunate fact that we are not always in the position to protect our young ones from sudden outbursts of stupidity.

The town of Lawrenceville, Georgia, located slightly northeast of Atlanta, is where a teacher chose to give a controversial mathematics lesson to his students.  Luis Rivera had given a homework assignment to his students at Beaver Ridge Elementary School.  The math assignment required the children to answer questions that were math word problems.  The highlight of this particular lesson involved the students solving problems that involved the actions and treatments of slaves.

The homework assignment had problem solving questions that asked the students to complete math problems, after giving answers from being asked about how slaves were being treated during this dark period of our nation’s history.  Mr. Rivera presented problems which asked:  “Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, how many would each slave pick?”  “If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”

This is the kind of madness that manages to move through the cracks and crevices of our social settings.  Here we are, in a public school setting, in the year 2012, and dealing with our children!  Seemingly without acknowledging the disgrace, the error, the pain, and the suffering of slavery, a public school teacher was blithely able to present a lesson to his students that involved questions which involved the recognition of slavery in such a nonchalant and unconcerned way.

I realize the unfortunate, yet seemingly constant fact, is that several of various groups of U.S. citizens living below The Mason-Dixon Line seem to have something of a different perspective regarding this segment of our nation’s history.  It would appear almost as if the issues and lessons that should have come from the era prior to The Civil War are not described with full clarity to the current generation of youths, especially within The Southern United States.  What else can be said, when you have a public school teacher who has given an assignment to his students, which obviously would have been regarded as offensive, yet he proceeded to present the lesson in a seemingly indifferent manner?

I still believe that the majority of U.S. citizens are aware of the painful past portions of our nation’s history, and that many responsible adults are doing what should be done to present lessons about these times in responsible manners.  Yet, it does seem that some people are able to slip through the cracks, without having an actual understanding of this era themselves.  These people are able to make it through society without recognizing various levels of right and wrong.  Then, they are horrifically able to display their levels of ignorance in positions of alleged responsibility which can involve educating our children!

I can only hope that reports like this one are able to reach the general public.  Hopefully, the appropriate people within positions of responsibility are able to see things like this, and they are able to react in manners that will provide the necessary levels of correction and enlightenment.  Meanwhile, it is hoped that Beaver Ridge Elementary School, along with students throughout The United States, are able to recognize this painful era of our nation’s history, and that the proper lessons from it are being learned.

Ex-teacher Luis Rivera apologizes for slavery math lesson

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.thegrio.com/education-1/ex-teacher-luis-rivera-apologizes-for-slavery-math-lesson.php

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles%2Fnews%2Fthe_black_diaspora_news%2F36408

http://www.wxvt.com/global/story.asp?s=16560177&ClientType=Printable

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/luis-rivera

http://www.wthr.com/story/16561280/atlanta-teacher-apologizes-for-slave-math-problem?clienttype=printable

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States

http://www.infoplease.com/timelines/slavery.html 

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Every Man For Himself Did Not Set Well!

January 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM (current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, social opinion, web gossip)


If indeed this man did act with all of the levels of ineptitude and cowardice that are being alleged, then he does deserve the appropriate amounts of incarcerated time.  I heard the story after it was released, and I have been following along with various updates.  Now, I am reading the information regarding the trial that has occurred.

Captain Francesco Schettino has been placed under house arrest, being held under the custody of Italian law officials, as he awaits the results of an additional investigation of his actions.  Captain Schettino lead The Costa Cruise Ship Concordia, which was involved in a dramatic accident this past Friday evening.  The vessel scraped over several underwater rocks within The Mediterranean Sea, causing it’s hull to be breached.  The rip to the ship caused it to flood, and eventually to sink.  Captain Schettino did not follow along with the time-honored tradition of a captain being the last person to abandon an ill-fated ship, as he escaped to a nearby island before the majority of the other passengers were off of the boat!

Six people are known to have died in this accident.  Further investigations into the incident are expected to show that even more people were killed.  Currently, between twenty-five and twenty-nine passengers still have not been found!

The Costa Concordia was only 900 feet from the coast of The Isle of Giglio when it collided with underwater rocks.  Captain Schettino made an unauthorized decision to sail the ship close to the coast of the island for frivilous viewing purposes.  He is said to have done this for the purpose of impressing esteemed passengers, and to give tribute to a retired captain.  Yet, this absurd action lead to tragedy, as the ship was wrecked, and lives were lost!

 The Costa Concordia was supposed to be worth an estimate of 400 million euros. This last voyage of the ship held roughly 4,200 crew members and passengers.  The ship and all of those aboard witnessed the irreperable damage to the ship, seeing as a 160 foot penetration to it’s hull was bored by undersea rocks.  Upon suffering the wound to The Concordia, several passengers AND Captain Schettino quickly made their ways off of the ship!

Officials with Italy’s maritime ports state that they ordered Captain Schettino to return to port over ten times, so that rescue efforts could begin.  One official has been regarded saying to Schettino, “You get on board!  This is an order”!  Schettino states that he had been “catapulted into the water” by the force of the accident, yet he did return to begin leading rescue efforts.

As six people are confirmed to have been killed, some of the current numbers are saying that at least eleven people died.  Costa Cruises and the coastguard of Italy are working to investigate the reasoning behind The Concordia being brought so close to the coastline, which is documented to be laden with several jagged, undersea rocks.  Some reports are saying that the ship’s crew turned against their captain as he made obvious efforts to abandon ship.  Now,  Captain Schettino’s judgment, actions, and character all are on trial, as the Italian legal system decides whether or not he is guilty of abandoning his ship at a time of mortal peril.

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://abcnews.gocom/Blotter/cruise-wreck-captain-abandoned-ship/story?id=15376275

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/tag/ship-captain-francesco-schettino

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/17/costa-concordia-captain-begged-not-to-go-back-aboard-sinking-ship.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16584591

http://gma.yahoo.com/cruise-captain-court-did-abandon-ship-120224966–abc-news.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2087126/Costa-Concordia-captain-Francesco-Schettino-Facebook-anger-Italys-hated-man.html

http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080226124106

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Happy Birthday, Mrs. Obama!!!

http://www.essence.com/2012/01/17/happy-birthday-michelle-obama-constance-white/

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Body Shocks at the Bottom of the World!

January 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM (climate studies, curious research, current news, environmental issues, late night studies, science and technology)


Mama is always on the move!  Movin’ and-a Shakin’!!!  Earthquakes are happening all of the time, but it usually is the most temporally significant ones that receive the immediate attention.  Well, the southern-most continent received a recent shaking at it’s edges this past weekend, as it apparently was large enough to attract outside attention.

This past Sunday, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the outer edges of Antarctica.  The epicenter of the quake actually was within The Southern Ocean, roughly 334 miles to the west of Coronation Island.  This is the largest island of the South Orkney Island chain, which is located roughly 375 miles to the northeastern edge of The Antarctic Peninsula.

The seismic shift happened around 8:40 a.m., E.S.T..  The force of the quake was measured to extend roughly 6.2 miles into The Southern OceanThe Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an initial warning, stating that their might be a small tsunami.  However, a clearing was issued later, where any threats of major tidal impacts were dismissed.  Warnings did remain about the possibililties of minor tsunamis that may have stricken the coasts of the continent, yet they were later dismissed by The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

This particular quake occurred at the adjoined locations of three tectonic plates.  The Antarctic Plate, The Scotia Plate, and The South American Plate each shifted against each other’s borders, causing the tremor.  It reached to a depth of 6.2 miles beneath the sea floor.

This tremor was followed by at least two aftershocks.  A magnitude 6.2 aftershock stuck roughly 334 miles west of Coronation Island, forty minutes after the initial quake.  A second discernable tremor happened two hours after that, measuring at a magnitude of 5.1.  Things seem calm…. for the moment….

Antarctica Pictures

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/15/world/americas/antarctica-earthquake/index.html

http://www.jtmt.nl/en/earthquake…earthquake-hits-off-antarctica

http://www.allvoices.com/…66-earthquake-rocks-antarcticas-coast

http://whatonearth.olehnielsen.dk/Tectonics.asp

http://www.popsci.com/category/earthquakes

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/deadliest-earthquakes.html

Totally off track, but since we are on the topic of shakin’…..

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A Joyful Movie Journey!

January 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM (current news, human life issues, movie reviews, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)


This was a totally delightful film!  Very joyful!  I will say that I had been anticipating this trip to the theater, as the previews for Joyful Noise had me very excited about seeing the movie.  After having watched it, I will admit to being pleased!

It opens with a church choir participating in a regional singing contest that is called The Joyful Noise Concert.  Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah) and Georgia (G.G.) Sparrow (Dolly Parton) are the lead singers.  It is being organized by the choir director, Georgia’s husband Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson).  Yet, shortly after this event, tragedy strikes, as Bernard dies.

G.G. Sparrow intends to pick up as the choir director, yet the position is given to Vi Rose Hill.  Vi’s daughter, Olivia (Keke Palmer),  is presented, as her mother is very protective of her!  Olivia gets the position of the church choir’s lead singer.  This excites Olivia, as she wants to put all of her energy into her singing.  However, Vi would rather that Olivia present herself more calmly.

G.G.’s grandson Randy (Jeremy Jordan) is introduced, and he shows that he has affection for Olivia.  Her brother Walter (Dexter Darden) appears, also.  It is made apparent that Walter suffers from the effects of Asperger’s Syndrome.  Vi lovingly works with her son, helping him to learn the church’s music, and to play the piano.  While working with the music, Walter practices a slightly out of place tune, called I’m In Love With A Stripper!  Yet, the song excites Walter, encouraging him to join the church’s choir!

Randy has joined the church choir, partially because he wants to be closer to Olivia.  Both of them have good singing voices, allowing them to take lead parts during some of the songs.  Their interaction at the church encourages further time together, as both of them go to a night club one evening.  This makes Olivia nervous, as she fears breaking the church’s rules.

Further is revealed about Walter, as it is shown that he is partially blind.  He is given help with piano lessons by Randy, who is a good piano player.  Through the piano practices, we hear that both young men sing very well!  One of their practices leads them into singing and playing the tunes for the T-Pain song, “I’m In Love With A Stripper”!  This excites Walter, and it encourages him to join the church choir.

It is during the practice with the church choir that Olivia and Randy show that they sing well together.  Their bond leads to their mingling outside of the church.  Olivia and Randy go together to a night club, yet Olivia is nervous about breaking church rules.

Randy continues to bond with The Hills, giving piano lessons to Walter.  He and Walter have one afternoon at a nearby lake, and their trip is interrupted by an unruly boy.  A fight breaks out, and Walter busts the boy’s lip!  He and Randy are excited because they won the fight, so they run to tell Vi.  Yet, Vi is not pleased by this news, and she throws Randy out of their house!

Time has passed, and the church choir is shown, as they prepare for the upcoming Joyful Noise Regional Contest.  They have heavy competition, as they have to challenge a talented choir that is lead by Pastor Baylor Sykes (Kirk Franklin).  The choir does enter the contest, they compete, but they do not win.  Furthermore, they are told by their pastor that they can not compete next year!  G.G. and Vi agree to fight the decision to have the choir blocked from competing.  However, the pastor stands with his word to keep the choir from singing in next year’s contest.

Olivia and Randy do not show up for some time.  G.G. and Vi decide to go the public to get assistance.  Yet, Olivia was taken by Randy to see her father, who was returning from military service.  They met her father at a restaurant, where he spoke with Olivia, and he gave her words of  encouragement.  This enthused Olivia about showing more love to her mother, Vi, despite some times of seeming despair.

At home, Vi and son Walter have bonding time.  Walter is angry because he is blind, and he is mad at God.  However, Vi consoles her son, and she gets a further understanding that he wants his father to come home from Army service.  Vi reiterates to Walter that he was not a mistake because of his being blind, and that God makes no mistakes!  Vi’s husband does return from the military.

Georgia and Vi begin to prepare the choir for the upcoming Joyful Noise Concert finals.  Vi is pushed to use the music that was written by Randy.  However, Vi is not happy with that suggestion, as she walks out in protest!  Vi winds up leaving the scene for some time.

Vi does get a job as a waitress.  She encounters G.G., to whom she admits that she has lost the feelings of friendship toward.  However, the women get into an argument, then into a fight!  The restaurant patrons are watching, and Vi winds up being fired!  She stops speaking to G.G., and she says that she is not going back to the church.

G.G. and her husband Bernard talk about the situation that evening, as G.G. cools down over the sounds of music.  She recalls times with her former husband, the late Pastor Bernard Sparrow, as she sings From Here to The Moon and Back!  Her time progresses into that evening, where she bonds with Bernard.

Vi gives Olivia a lecture in order to get her daughter back with the church choir.  The choir has opted for an updated performance to give at the upcoming contest.  They are revitalized, yet their director, Pastor Dale (Courtney B. Vance), is not pleased with the contemporary presentation.  Also, he does not want Randy in the choir, nor does he want her around Olivia!

Pastor Dale pulls the choir out of the impending competition.  Yet, they regroup to find another contest.  In the midst of this, Olivia is trying to be with Randy.  She gets sassy with her mother, Vi, which turns out to be a mistake.  To her later despair, Vi gives her daughter an impulsive backhand for her sassy comments!  Mother and daughter do come to their senses, and they talk to work things out.

G.G. finds herself inspired after speaking with her grandson, Randy.  She returns with Randy to the church to have him ordained a minister, which will allow him to lead the church choir for the finals competition.  Afterward, they speed to Hollywood to catch up with the choir, which is there already, preparing to compete at The Joyful Noise Concert!

Vi and Olivia have a bonding before the contest begins, as all of them are nervous about competition from a rival church’s choir.  Vi gives the choir a motivational lecture, as they are afraid of competing against a choir of children.  As the concert begins, Vi stops the music to pump up the audience.  All of her choir members come out of their robes to give a more melodic performance that the audience loves!

Olivia, Vi, and the choir all rejoiced after their show.  Vi ducks behind the church to be with Randy, who gives her a congratulatory embrace (…they kiss after the show).  The choir did win first place in the contest, as they took the trophy home to show their church!  While the congregation had gathered for a wedding, Vi’s husband, Olivia’s Dad, returned to the church, home from military service!

The end of the month includes Carol Channing:  Larger Than Life, The Grey, Man On A Ledge, Red Tails, and Underworld Awakening.  Movies to see afterward are The Amazing Spider-Man, Big Miracle, ChimpanzeeChronicle, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Ghost Rider:  Spirit of Vengeance, Good Deeds, John Carter, Madagascar 3:  Europe’s Most Wanted, Men in Black 3, Rampart, Safe House, and The Woman In Black! 

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Imagine Two Suns In The Sky!

January 12, 2012 at 8:11 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, science and technology)


Would it be cool to wake up to a sky that displayed two suns?  I am trying to imagine what that would be like.  What factors would have to be in check in order for life to exist on a planet in orbit of a binary star system?

When there is discussion of habitable worlds existing, which are in orbit of two stars, much of the talk immediately shifts to the images from Star Wars.  The fantasy planet Tatooine, where young Luke Skywalker lived as a child, was in orbit of two stars.  Yet, how real would that kind of setting actually be?

Astronomical research is revealing that planets that are in orbits of binary star systems could be  commonplace throughout The Milky Way.  Recent studies have revealed that two planets labeled as both Kepler 34b and Kepler 35b are in orbit of two stars.  They are circumbinary planets because they revolve around two stars.

Additional information reveals that Kepler 34b and Kepler 35b are gas giants.  They each are the size of Saturn.  One host star of Kepler 34b has been identified as a G-type main-sequence star, similar to The Sun.  The stars of the system of Kepler 35b have been identified as similar to, yet slightly cooler and slightly smaller than The Sun.  Neither of these worlds is anywhere nearby, as Kepler 34b is estimated to be 4 ,900 light years away, and Kepler 35b is figured as being 5,400 light years away!

The discovery of Kepler 35b adds fuel to the notion that planets orbiting binary star systems may be common.  It was during September 2011 when Kepler 16b was identified.  It was declared to be the first circumbinary planet to be discovered.  Now that the new Kepler planets have been identified, astronomers will be creating new classifications for these types of worlds.  It is plausible to believe that circumbinary planets are common objects within our galaxy!

SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120111154035.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fspace_time%2Fastronomy+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Space+%26+Time+News+–+Astronomy%29

http://nanopatentsandinnovations.blogspot.com/2011/09/astronomers-find-world-with-two-suns.html

http://news.yahoo.com/planet-star-wars-tatooine-discovered-orbiting-2-suns-181404397.html

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2393115,00.asp

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler-34-35.html

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/images/kepler-35-artist-concept-2.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yVwtFQFZp2I#t=8s

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler-16b.html

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/how-far-is-a-light-year

      

A little evening kick back…..

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Savoring For The Scarlet Spider!

January 12, 2012 at 12:49 AM (comic book characters, curious research, current news, late night studies, tv reviews, web gossip)


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I have come to respect spiders more than I find myself irritated or disgusted by them.  I recognize that our paths need not cross regularly, as I would much rather them to find residences in locations that do not include me, or any of my belongings.  Yet, understanding that they are yet another of the multitudes of fascinating creatures inhabiting our planet, I find myself bound to do what is necessary to protect them (though often from a distance…), and to spread useful knowledge about them.

My admiration for the arachnid life forms likely enhanced my fervor for the Spider Man comic series.  The Marvel Comics franchise currently has several versions of this popular superhero character being published.  I am seeing one website which states that there are 1,131 separate titles for Spider Man comics!  I always enjoy it when the Spider Man stories intertwine with the other Marvel characters, like The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and The X-Men!  Now, I am getting wind of this latest addition to the superhero’s story line!

The Scarlet Spider is being released as the latest addition to the Spider Man series.  Apparently, this character is a clone of Spider Man, and his name is Kaine.  He was placed on some deserted island, then he found his way to México.  Not long after that stay in the North American nation, Kane made it to the streets of Houston, Texas.

Kaine has all of Spider Man’s powers, yet he is not bound by the ideals of heroism and responsibility to which Spider Man abides.  He is being described as somewhat good, while often self-centered and violent!  Kaine was in México because he was evading the law.  Something went down in that North American nation (read the comics…), so Kaine made it up to The United States.

His adventure into The United States took him to Houston, Texas.  Apparently, he had a prior episode of self-illumination, where Kaine no longer wants to follow with a villainous lifestyle.  It is in Houston where he means to abandon the mentally binding and negatively encouraging traps of his past, becoming the latest addition to the Marvel Comics’ superheroes.

 The Texas metropolis is where Kaine meets the daughter of a criminally-minded businessman.  This man leads the company Roxxon, and he has a daughter for whom Kaine romantically falls.  The story line of this most recent Spider Man tale continues around how Kaine is able to become The Scarlet Spider, while attempting to evade his dark past, handling the present-day criminals with his web-slinging style of justice, and trying to raise a sixteen year-old girl whom he saved from a life-threatening accident.

This is merely what I have gotten from the story through some of my initial readings of the introductory plots.  I will need to peruse more websites, and to get hold of some of the actual comics, in order to have a better grasp on this latest series.  I do enjoy Spider Man, and I believe that The Scarlet Spider is going to be just as entertaining as the rest of the Spider Man and Marvel Comics adventures!

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SEE THESE SITES!!!

http://www.chron.com/life/article/Houston-gets-a-superhero-a-clone-of-Spider-Man-2441803.php

http://www.usatoday.com/…/Scarlet-Spider-comic-series/52496322/1

http://www.comicvine.com/news/…discuss-the-scarlet-spider/144079

http://marvel.com/…/17064/world_of_the_scarlet_spider_houston

http://www.thebuzz.com/pages/dougout.html?article=9598349

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