experiment iii

some sarchengsey roadtrip things

  • in maryland, they stop at a 24-hour diner in baltimore and a bunch of rowdy looking street punks crash their table to invite them to a warehouse party that johns hopkins students are throwing just a little past the notorious art kid-filled copycat building. henry is practically falling asleep in the booth but mention of a skate ramp and bonfire and a dancefloor wake him right up and they agree to go because why the hell not – and it’s everything they were promised and more. gansey gets drunk and kisses a frat boy who looks a whole lot like declan lynch while henry and blue dance with the same girl between both of their bodies (her name is mikaela and she’s a printmaking major but what really matters is that she’s warm and giggly and more than happy to be in the middle of a henry-blue sandwich). 
  • in pennsylvania, they drive through expansive rural farmlands that are lush and green and the air smells sweet and crisp. they stay in an old colonial-style cottage that’s said to be haunted and stay awake all night pretending to film their own spoof episode of ghosthunters. the only problem is that blue actually can kind of feel something even though she can’t see anything, and henry is freaked out of his mind at the thought; gansey pretends it’s noah and proceeds on as usual. they end up with some entirely hilarious voice recordings of henry admitting that he’s actually highkey scared of old haunted houses while blue tries to sound way more chill than she actually feels and gansey rambles on about electromagnetic fields and energies.
  • in nebraska, they roll through omaha and stay at an airbnb owned by a kid named ricky with bright hazel eyes and a cute crooked smile who has a huge map of the US on his wall filled with pins of roadtrips he’s taken in the past. he tells them all about the one that he’s planning up to canada henry is beyond thrilled to geek out about vancouver a bit. they buy a bottle of patron from the liquor store across from ricky’s house for only $14 (gansey is blown away by how cheap it is to buy liquor here?!) and make margaritas and drink them in an inflatable pool in ricky’s yard. the room they sleep in has blankets draped from the ceiling and christmas lights strung around the walls and a nintendo 64 in the corner with a tupperware bin full of games. they play mario party 2 until it’s nearly one in the morning before all passing out in a pile on the queen-size mattress that takes up most of the floor.
  • in colorado, they stop at a strange little cantina nestled in the mountains that has the best salsa blue has ever tasted and real cowboys sit in the booth opposite theirs. blue spends the entire meal trying to eavesdrop on them while gansey gives henry a thorough history of how cantinas came to be. henry steals more than a few sips of the beer gansey ordered with a fake i.d. that ronan dreamt him up and may or may not get quite buzzed when gansey orders a glass of over-proof bourbon for him; blue watches amusedly as henry gets increasingly more handsy and affectionate with gansey. by the time they finish eating and get back in the car, blue’s stuck driving because henry insists that he and gansey have to snuggle in the backseat, they just have to, okay?
  • in utah, they spend a few days in the uinta national forest to camp and explore a bit. while searching for a good place to pitch their tent and build a fire, they come across a group of train hopping kids who’ve been camping near a little creek. blue is instant friends with a girl who introduces herself as cosma; they start weaving little crowns from the long strands of grass and weeds while chatting about the stars. gansey strikes up an intellectual conversation with this stoned kid named sequoia and impresses him with tales of welsh kings. henry plops down besides a girl who’s doodling flowers and britney spears lyrics into a beat-up sketchbook. she calls herself sprout; henry proceeds to call her lentil and alfalfa and every type of sprout he can think of and she laughs and laughs and laughs. they all build a fire together that night and smoke a little weed while sitting around it - they toast marshmellows over the fire and talk about love and blue braids cosma’s hair and they all howl like wolves at the night sky and sing silly songs to the moon til the sun paints the morning sky a dusty pink.

Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow

The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow.

Two new instruments are scheduled to make their way to the station Feb. 18 on the SpaceX Dragon capsule.

The Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III instrument will monitor the condition of the ozone layer, which covers an area in the stratosphere 10 to 30 miles (16 to 48 kilometers) above Earth and protects the planet from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Its predecessors, SAGE I and SAGE II, which were mounted to satellites, helped scientists understand the causes and effects of the Antarctic ozone hole. The Montreal Protocol of 1987 led to an eventual ban on ozone-destroying gases and to the ozone layer’s recovery; SAGE III, designed to operate for no less than three years, will allow scientists to continue monitoring its recovery.

The Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS), first launched as an instrument on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission in 1997, records the time, energy output and location of lightning events around the world, day and night. From its perch on the ISS, the new LIS will improve coverage of lightning events over the oceans and also in the Northern Hemisphere during its summer months. Because lightning is both a factor and a gauge for a number of atmospheric processes, NASA as well as other agencies will use the new LIS lightning data for many applications, from weather forecasting to climate modeling and air quality studies.
While SAGE III and LIS are the latest Earth science instruments slated for operation aboard the ISS, they are not the first or the last.

For two years, beginning in September 2014, the Rapid Scatterometer, or RapidScat, collected near-real-time data on ocean wind speed and direction. The instrument, built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, was designed as a low-cost replacement for JPL’s Quick Scatterometer, or QuikScat satellite, which experienced an age-related failure in 2009. In addition to addressing such questions as how changing winds affect sea surface temperatures during an El Niño season, RapidScat data were used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Navy for improved tracking of marine weather, leading to more optimal ship routing and hazard avoidance.

The Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) was mounted to the exterior of the space station in Jan. 2015 and is in the midst of a three-year mission to measure aerosols, such as dust plumes, wildfires and volcanic ash, around the world. Built to demonstrate a low-cost, streamlined approach to ISS science payloads, the laser instrument is providing data for air quality studies, climate models and hazard warning capabilities.

Over the next several years, NASA is planning to send to the space station several more instruments trained toward Earth.

The Total and Spectral solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) will measure total solar irradiance and spectral solar irradiance, or the total solar radiation at the top of Earth’s atmosphere and the spectral distribution of that solar radiation, respectively. The data are critical for climate modeling and atmospheric studies. TSIS-1 will continue the work of NASA’s Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment satellite, which has been taking those measurements since 2003.

NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder program is supporting the following instruments that are currently in development. The program is managed by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

The JPL-built and managed Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) instrument will monitor carbon dioxide distribution around the globe.

Assembled with spare parts from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite, also built and managed by JPL, OCO-3 will provide insights into the role of carbon dioxide as it relates to growing urban areas and changes in fossil fuel combustion. The instrument will also measure the “glow” from growing plants (known as solar-induced fluorescence).

Homing in on tropical and temperate forests is the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI). The lidar instrument will provide the first high-resolution observations of forest vertical structure in an effort to answer how much carbon is stored in these ecosystems and also what impacts deforestation and reforestation have on habitat diversity, the global carbon cycle and climate change.

The JPL-built and managed ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment (ECOSTRESS) will also focus on vegetation by providing high-frequency, high-resolution measurements of plant temperature and plant water use. Among the data’s numerous uses will be to indicate regions of plant heat and water stress and also improve drought forecasting for the benefit of farmers and water managers. Researchers will also use ECOSTRESS in concert with other data to calculate water use efficiency among plants and identify drought-resistant species and varieties.

Also on the horizon is the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder mission comprising two instruments for measuring solar irradiance: a reflected solar spectrometer and an infrared spectrometer. CLARREO will collect highly accurate climate records to test climate projections in order to improve models.

Ghost Show

@ Cleveland, Ohio | September 21, 2016 | The Masonic Performing Art Center

OK SO

I officially take back any and all doubts that I had been having over the last month in regards to the Popestar tour. It completely blew away any other Ghost show I have ever been to. 

For starters, the set looked fantastic. The checked floor matched with the “marbled” stairs and stages in such a way that before Ghost hit the stage it legitimately looked like some mansion out of the 1930′s. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about them starting the show off with Square Hammer, but it turns out that it starts the show with a pretty large bang instead of a whisper.

The ensemble was another issue that I had been sort of dreading, I hate to say. With Omega missing, I was sure that the show would feel subpar in a way. I’m glad to say that (while I of course miss our dancing queen with all my heart) the rest of the band pulled it off wonderfully. Papa nailed it as always, and our new water ghuleh absolutely blew me away. The new pyrotechnics for the show added so much as well. ESPECIALLY the canons filled with mummy dust, which was insanely fun to try and catch. 

NOW maybe I’m being biased here because this was my first Ghost show being not only front row, but also directly center stage. Not only was the view mind-boggling, but being able to actually communicate with the band visually was surreal. AND THE MOST SURREAL MOMENT OF ALL LADIES AND GENITALS WAS PAPA GRABBING & KISSING MY HAND DURING CIRICE.

Ok I know that’s not exactly rare for him to do, but other girls who have told me that world melts away when he picks you is entirely true. It’s one of the hardest things to explain in all honestly. Everybody was coming up to me after the show and asking me about it and I just had no clue what to say. One guy was like “Papa was about to kiss you, I swear to god he was so close to your face” and I was like I KNOW BUDDY DONT YOU THINK I KNOW THAT. but anyway. I have videos from the show (including an extremely close up vid of my moment with papa) that I’m waiting to post if anybody wants to see it! 

Then meeting them after the show felt really different this time. Maybe it was a personal thing, but for some reason I felt far less nervous talking to the band. Aether (idk what to call him officially, but old water) came out first along with new water and he seemed to be helping her come out of her shell a bit at first. When I asked Aether to sign for me, he turned me around to use my back as support which was really funny and adorable. AND THEN NEW WATER. SHE IS EVERYTHING. She was very quiet and sweet and when I told her how great she did, she meekly said “thank you, it’s big shoes to fill.” I also told her that she’s really inspiring for girls who want to pursue music and she brightened up instantly and was all “Really?! Thank you so much!” Earth was a cutie as always, and I briefly overheard him speaking Swedish to someone before he whirled around and exclaimed “there’s so many people!” before excitedly signing things. Then I moved on to Papa who was pretty mobbed by people, unsurprisingly. Always polite though and talked to each person one by one. When I met him we made the usual small talk and I ended up asking him about Nocturnal Me and who chose to cover the Echo & The Bunnymen song. He said “that was me, actually” and I told him it was really cool for me because I’ve grown up listening to them, and then his head shot up and he made dead eye contact and was like “really? Yeah, yeah, they’re great. That whole album is fantastic.” And then before I moved on he gave me a quick wink, which to me felt like a sort of personal nod considering what had happened between us at the show. I don’t know it was just incredible and I want to relive it over and over.

Ghost killed it last night, and killed me in the process<3

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the company’s 10th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 9:39 a.m. EST from the historic launch site now operated by SpaceX under a property agreement with NASA. The Dragon spacecraft will deliver about 5,500 pounds of supplies to the space station, including the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III instrument to further study ozone in the atmosphere.

Image Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett


Note: I get so damn exited when I see SpaceX related news! - S

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“rey can’t be a skywalker; she doesn’t complain/whine!” you know who else doesn’t complain/whine? shmi (original skywalker), padmé (skywalker by marriage), and leia (skywalker by birth).

you know why? because if a female character complains or whines about anything, even in a situation where complaining is one hundred percent warranted - shmi’s slavery or giving up her son or being tortured, padmé’s experiences in ep.iii, leia’s planet being destroyed or her boyfriend being frozen in carbonite - y’all would be fucking campaigning for her death.