Added 2 new A* pages:Yep another 2-page day, the slackin' continues! It was super-productive slacking for me, though, because I got laundry done (hopefully nobody but me really cares about this...), and I got sucked into a pin-up art challenge over at Comic Fury, for which I ended up drawing a non-A*-related picture; I won't post it here because it wound up with a surprising lack of clothing, but you can check it out behind a content warning (NSFW!) on my deviantART.|
Also I found some neat stuff on the web today! How about some live webcams at the CERN particle accelerator! If those go white (or black? :o) at any point, we're probably screwed.
And then an international astronaut team trooped into cramped living quarters in Moscow, in which they'll stew in their own juices for 520 days, simulating some of the stresses an isolated space ship crew would be under during the long flight to Mars. There's an interesting note about the previous such experiment, in which the simulation crew did *not* last the full duration:
"A similar experiment in 1999-2000 at the same Moscow institute went awry when a Canadian woman complained of being forcibly kissed by a Russian team captain. She also said two Russian crew members had a fist fight that left blood splattered on the walls. Russian officials downplayed the incidents, attributing them to cultural gaps and stress."
Oops! Not the team you'd want to send to Mars, I guess. Hopefully this latest team has the right stuff! We'll know in a year and a half.