commented on European Space Agency's Rosetta Satellite Is Now Orbiting a Comet
I'm digging the near-universal horrifically bad "science" reporting on this one today. Its not actually "orbiting" the comet - its just matched the comet's trajectory, and is currently staying about 60 miles in front of it, using thrusters to move in a giant triangle while it photographs the surface, so that the controllers can decide how best to next move in closer.
commented on Frustrated By KUOW?
I stopped listening to KUOW much years ago, after a steady diet and annual donation$. In particular I got totally sick of NPR's saturation-coverage of the minutiae of regional wars around the globe. I came to the conclusion that its really bad for people to get a steady diet of disasters happening on the other side of the planet, which they can do absolutely nothing about. Its just not good for your mental health. The local stuff they did got pretty boring. Now I listen to CBC Radio 2 (on 92.1 FM which I can just receive in the north-end), and during commutes I listen to the many many podcasts I subscribe to via iTunes -- including Weekday and On The Media (which has been getting oddly lame itself lately).