January 31st, 2006

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8154 - Audio visual linkies, mostly.

GeotargetSomebody remind me to pick up GØDLAND when it goes to trade paperback, will ya? Maybe when I do my one year later recap, it'll be available.

Moment of Lyric (mp3 - Thanks,webjay!)

Well, the title is the bulk of it.

"Fantastic women, fantastic dancers, but they're real, unbelievably real and mondo topless!"

Tchuby Tchuba - Cha-cha cha!

Monokini is a Sao Paulo group whose music blends rock, pop, bossa nova, psychedelic, yeah yeah yeah, easy listening, Brazilian 60's rock, and a variety of other styles to create a beautiful new sound. Hear this entire CD at their official site.

Great Starting up and getting going moving in the morning music.

When I raise my trigger finger...all y'all hit the deck.

Holy Moly! The Bangles got back together in 2003 and are still together and working? That make my day a bit happier. Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey ohhhhh.

I've been calling Newt "Angel Eyes" since I saw The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly on TV afternoon.

My Barbarian - Unicorns L.A. (Quicktime MOV) - Um. I don't quite know what to make of this. Maybe Calamity said it best when she pointed out that "To think I thought videos of this genre went out with the Men Without Hats "Safety Dance". A bunch of gamer types (I honestly thought the king-guy and the changeling guy were one in the same until the groovy dance finale at the end) do quite the ditty. The other videos are equally low rent but fascinating.

Aw, Mere vanished like a soap-bubble from lj and ms. Hope she comes back. Good thoughts to her. I am, however, super glad that sedef has come out of the woodwork again!!

1 year ago - Newt and I relaxing pics, Scotto playlist, Lazytown, bro issues, how they did singin' in the rain remix

2 years ago - DVD burning, RenFairies, Prez-match, pop-up books, first touch of firefly (I still think Zoe is an overused name)

3 years ago - New moon, new year coming, Charles Dickens joke, skull sales, Job at FMM ends, Bday prezzies

4 years ago - Fiscal responsibility, Ghetto voices, online "privacy", Marine Park is a bad and disreputable online store, newt lovies

5 years ago - being mushy, schedule issues, The Invisible Men, flax seed
dangerous neighborhood

8155 - Bull involves spectators in bullfight...

GeotargetA half-ton bull named "Little Bird" has flown into Mexico's history books by leaping into a packed crowd of bullfight fans and injuring seven in a panicked frenzy.

Television images from a bullfight on Sunday showed terrified spectators scattering as the 1,107-pound (503-kg) beast jumped over the heads of stunned journalists and crashed into the most expensive seats at the vast Mexico City ring.

The rampaging bull -- whose name "Pajarito," means "Little Bird" in English -- gored one woman, who is hospitalized with a 6-inch (15-cm) gash in her chest. Several other people were also injured before a bullfighter stabbed the animal to death with his sword.

Bullfighting remains a popular sport in Mexico, although it does not draw the same crowds as during its heyday in the middle of last century.

Mexico City's bullring was built 60 years ago and is one of the biggest in the world, holding 48,000 spectators. Little Bird was the first bull in the ring's history to jump into the crowd.

monkey xray -(monkey inside-palm)

8157 - Space Monkeys, I salute you.

GeotargetHam the Chimp was the first higher primate launched into outer space by the United States.

In December 1960 the 44-month old chimpanzee was trained to do simple tasks in response to electric lights and sounds, with response being timed. On January 31, 1961, Ham was secured in a Project Mercury capsule labeled MR-2 and launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida into outer space. The capsule suffered a partial loss of pressure during the flight, but Ham's space suit prevented him from suffering any harm. During the flight Ham had to push a lever within five seconds of seeing a flashing blue light; as per pre-flight training, failure would result in an electric shock to the soles of his feet. Ham's performance in space was only a fraction of a second slower than on Earth, demonstrating that tasks could be performed in space. Ham's capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean and was recovered by a rescue ship later that day.

After the flight Ham lived for 17 years in the National Zoo in Washington D.C., then in a zoo in North Carolina before dying at the age of 27 on January 19, 1983. Ham appeared repeatedly on television, and even on film with Evel Knievel. Ham the Chimp is buried at the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Ham's backup, Minnie was the only female chimp trained for the Mercury program. After her role in the Mercury program ended, Minnie became part of an Air Force chimp-breeding program, producing nine offspring and helping raise the offspring of several other members of the chimp colony. She was the last surviving astro-chimp. She died at age 41 on March 14, 1998. Minnie is buried next to Ham at the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The first monkey astronaut was Albert, a rhesus monkey, who on June 11, 1948 rode to over 63 km (39 miles) on a V2 rocket. Albert died of suffocation during the flight.

Albert was followed by Albert II who survived the V2 flight but died on impact on June 14, 1949. Albert II became the first monkey in space as his flight reached 134 km (83 miles). Albert III died at 35,000 feet (10.7 km) in an explosion of his V2 on September 16, 1949. Albert IV on the last monkey V2 flight died on impact on December 8 that year. Albert II and Albert IV were rhesus monkeys while Albert III was a cynomolgus monkey.

Monkeys later flew on Aerobee rockets. On April 18, 1951, a monkey, possibly called Albert V died due to parachute failure. Yorick, also called Albert VI, along with 11 mice crewmates became the first animals to survive spaceflight but he died 2 hours after landing. Patricia and Mike, two Philippine monkeys, flew on May 21, 1952 and survived but their flight was only to 26 kilometers, below the definition of space at 100 kilometers.

On December 13, 1958 Gordo, also called Old Reliable, a squirrel monkey, survived being launched aboard JUPITER AM-13 by the USA Army. He died because of a mechanical failure of the parachute recovery system in the rocket nosecone.

On May 28, 1959 Able, a rhesus monkey, and Baker, a squirrel monkey, became the first living beings to successfully return to Earth after traveling in space aboard the JUPITER AM-18. They travelled in excess of 16,000 km/h, and withstood 38 g (373 m/s²). Able died June 1, 1959 while having surgery to remove electrodes from the mission. Baker lived until 1984.

In 1959, Sam, a rhesus monkey flew on the Little Joe 2 flight in the Mercury program followed in 1960 by Miss Sam, also a rhesus monkey on Little Joe 1B (Ham and Enos also flew in the Mercury program but they were chimpanzees not monkeys).

Goliath, a squirrel monkey died in the explosion of his Atlas rocket on November 10, 1961. A rhesus monkey called Scatback flew a sub-orbital flight on December 20, 1961 but was lost at sea after landing.

Bonny, a pigtailed macaque, flew on Biosatellite 3, a mission which lasted from 29 June to 8 July, 1969. This was the first multi-day monkey flight - but came after longer human spaceflights were common. He died within a day of landing.

Spacelab 3 on the Space Shuttle flight STS-51B featured two squirrel monkeys named No. 3165 and No. 384-80. The flight was from 29 April - 6 May, 1985.

Thanks to Beaucoupkevin for the reminder that January 31 was the 45th anniversary of Ham's Flight.