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I didn't want to have to do this but spammers have left me no choice.  Anyone wanting to comment on my entries has to pass a captcha.   I'd had it set up for nonfriends, but apparently it doesn't stop "anonymous" commenters.


Albedo 0.39

Albedo 0.39 (by Vangelis)

Maximum distance from the sun: 94 million 537 thousand miles

Minimum distance from the sun: 91 million 377 thousand miles

Mean distance from the sun: 92 million 957 thousand and 200 miles

Mean Orbital velocity: 66000 miles per hour

Orbital eccentricity: 0.017

Obliquity of the ecliptic: 23 degrees 27 minutes 8.26 seconds

Length of the tropical year: equinox to equinox 365.24 days

Lenght of the sidereal year: fixed star to fixed star 365.26 days

Length of the mean solar day: 24 hours and 3 minutes and 56.5555 seconds at mean solar time

Length of the mean sidereal day: 23 hours and 56 minutes and 4.091 seconds at mean sederial time

Mass: 6600 million million million tons

Equatorial diameter: 7927 miles

Polar diameter: 7900 miles

Oblateness:  one 298th

Density: 5.41

Mean surface gravitational acceleration of the rotating earth: 32.174 feet per second per second

Escape velocity: 7 miles per second

Albedo: 0.39
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Something I finally worked out

I was re-watching Doctor Who: "The Unquiet Dead" earlier this week.  I had always wondered how the Gelth knew about the Time War, which they used to manipulate the Doctor into helping them.  During this latest re-watch I realized, they exploited Gwyneth's gift, her "sight" during the seance to do this.  When I recalled her earlier conversation with Rose, how she'd seen where Rose had been and was still yet to go to, that's when it dawned on me.

Who is messing with my international mail?

I don't know why, but for some reason since mid January anything coming to me from the UK that arrives via US Mail is taking longer and longer to arrive.  The first item was delayed by 10 days after the latest delivery date.  It was due January 16th and showed up on the 26th.  The next was due by January 30th and it showed up February 17th.  The third on was mailed out January 27th and it showed up yesterday, February 28th.  Once or twice, I'd chalk up to "accidents happen," but 3 times, with longer and longer intervals is highly suspect.  It's not the local service either.  Anything I send out arrives at its destination in about 5 days, and items arrive here in the same time frame if not faster, even from the west coast.  Also, if items are shipped from the UK via UPS or Fed EX, they get here in about a week.  I wish I knew who to write to and complain.  And I'd like to know what exactly the person who is holding my mail like this is hoping to accomplish.
ETA: Update July 2012.  Just had an order from Spain arrive promptly at the end of June which was carried by both Spanish post and US Mail.  No problems at all.  Then I got an email from Royal Mail enquiring about one of the delivery cock ups, specifically and item I'd had trouble getting from Amazon UK.  Why they waited until now to enquire is beyond me.  That was the item due January 16.


Writer's Block: School Ties

What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?
I majored in Nursing.  I'm currently an 11-7 RN on a Geriatrics and Hospice floor.

Fic: The Ex-Company Man

Author: bigbadwolfeboro aka Tarot (me)
Disclaimer:  I don’t own Heroes or any of the characters.  Tim Kring created it and as far as I know NBC owns it.  Natalie Chaidez  is listed as the writer of “The Fix,”  which is a jumping off point for this.
Spoilers:  Season 1 all the way through Season 4, including the graphic novels.  Starts with an intro in 2006 but the bulk is set during 1984
Characters: Primarily: Claude Rains and Charles Deveaux. Peter Petrelli is in the brief section from “The Fix” leading to this flashback, and there is a brief moment in that flashback with the mysterious Sylvia 
Pairings: Claude/Sylvia (brief and nothing graphic)
Rating:  PG13 as most kids might not get this and there’s’ some mild swearing.
Summary: Missing scene and flashback explaining how Claude wound up working for the Company in the first place

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RIP Buddy (1 year anniversary)

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of when Buddy died.  I miss the little fuzzball.  I made 3 vids of him, once I worked out how to use the video camera on my laptop.  They are linked in order.  You may have to turn up the volume to hear Buddy vocalising.

Vid 1:  Buddy didn't look at the screen long enough to notice himself here

Vid 2:  Buddy sees himself on screen

Vid 3:  Buddy wants to have dinner

He'd be 11 &1/2 if he were still here.


White Pizza from Harold Square right near my home.  It's got olive oil and garlic rubbed dough topped with mozzarella, provolone, ricotta and basil.  It's awesome and it comes in 12" and 18" in pizza form as well as in a calzone form.  I'll have to try the calzone at some point.
Describe your perfect pizza.

Writer's Block: On the red carpet

Are you watching the Emmys tonight?
Nope.  Got other stuff to watch.
And I really wish LJ would fix their formatting on these questions.

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