It’s a Monday Evening…

Good Evening

As I write this post, my daughter is in her room laughing…having a good time. It is such a wonderful sound to hear.

Okay, tonight we stick with science links and some are cool!

First up, have you seen the helmet cam video of Felix Baumgartner? Here are two links for you. One from Huffpo has some German broadcaster commentary. The other from Gizmodo has no commentary, and you can here Felix breathing faster as he falls.

Felix Baumgartner Suit Camera Captures Dizzying Uncontrolled Spin (VIDEO)

Felix Baumgartner Camera Video

Video from Felix Baumgartner’s suit-mounted camera captured a dangerous moment when the Austrian skydiver spun out of control during his 24-mile jump on Sunday.

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner faced many dangers during his historic, 24-mile leap on Sunday. But new video from his chest-mounted camera, which was pointed at his helmet, captures one particularly terrifying moment when the Austrian daredevil went into an uncontrolled spin.

Left unchecked, the high-velocity spin would have been life-threatening, forcing blood to Baumgartner’s extremities and possibly out his ocular cavities, according to National Geographic.

First Head Cam Video of Supersonic Space Jump

Truly terrifying stuff. And awesome too.

According to Red Bull Stratos, Felix said he thought he was going to lose consciousness at one point because of the violent spinning:

“There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable.

That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound.

I could feel myself break the speed of sound. I could feel the air building up and then I hit it.”*—Felix Baumgartner

Fortunately, he managed to control the spin—somehow!—and look down to Earth, keeping a steady descent course. The video shows that moment, too.

While Felix was dropping to earth, another flight hero was breaking the sound barrier too: Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier again, 65 years after historic flight 

<br />	Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Yeager straps into an F-15D for a re-enactment flight commemorating his breaking of the sound barrier 65 years ago on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)<br />

Isaac Brekken/AP

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Yeager straps into an F-15D for a re-enactment flight commemorating his breaking of the sound barrier 65 years ago on Sunday.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) — Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise.

The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie “The Right Stuff,” flew in the back seat Sunday of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert — the same area where he first achieved the feat in 1947 while flying an experimental rocket plane.

He did it at exactly the same time as the first trip,

The F-15 carrying Yeager took off from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and broke the sound barrier at 10:24 a.m. Sunday, exactly 65 years to the minute the then-Air Force test pilot made history.

Scientists have identified the big eye that washed up onto a Florida Beach last week: Mystery eyeball identified  Can you guess what it was? It was a swordfish eye…

I love the pictures on this next link, from LA: Shuttle Endeavour: Top reader photos from L.A. journey

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Shuttle-watchers came out in droves this weekend for the Endeavour’s final journey to its new home at the California Science Center.

The shuttle’s dramatic trip was marked by delays and excited crowds. When it finally pulled up to its new home at the California Science Center a day later than expected, Endeavour was greeted by thousands of cheering spectators.

We asked readers to share their best photos of the retired orbiter with the Times, and scores of people participated. Some people had some fun with the shuttle, using the tricks of photography to make them look closer to the shuttle than they actually were. You can see the full gallery here.

 READER PHOTOS: Shuttle’s trek across L.A.

The shuttle was “slowing down due to gas prices,” reader Christopher Martin joked about the photo above.

There are some pictures of the tail between two houses…and one with a street sign, be sure to take a look at them.

It’s another perfect day, I love LA!

So anything new going on in your world, share the links and comments, this is an open thread

33 Comments on “It’s a Monday Evening…”

  1. That video brings back memories…wow check out the big hair!

  2. And one more picture of the shuttle,

    • NW Luna says:

      She is so damn presidential.

    • bostonboomer says:

      She is, but it’s bullshit. She isn’t responsible for what happened. Embassy workers know the risks. There’s an investigation going on and that should be enough. It’s more than happened after 9/11/2001. But it’s very gracious of her to do her part to support Obama in this.

      • Fannie says:

        Yeah, there is a reason he was in Benghazie and not in Tripoli………..and he might have taken a risk that did not have good assesment from his sources. We will wait and see.

      • Yup, it is bullshit. I would not doubt if her saying she is responsible is because of her commitment to Obama. But I also think that there is something more, feelings of sorrow and guilt, she was very upset and emotionally affected by Stevens death. I agree, the workers know the risk, and this is way more politicized than Sept 11th was…because of the shit that Romney did and the Obama admins handling of the aftermath. By that I mean they did not take Hillary’s lead in saying they are still investigating the situation, and not immediately blame the video or say that Biden and Obama never got the request for more security.

  3. NW Luna says:

    Musical mice: Mice learn songs in similar way to humans and birds.

    Researchers found “when male mice were housed together they learned to match the pitch of their songs to each other.”

  4. NW Luna says:

    More cool science news:

    Planet with four suns discovered

    The distant world orbits one pair of stars and has a second stellar pair revolving around it.

    The planet, located just under 5,000 light-years away, has been named PH1 after the Planet Hunters site.

    It is thought to be a “gas giant” slightly larger than Neptune but more than six times the size of the Earth.

  5. NW Luna says:

    Yeah, business is just great without all that government interference.

    Two additional drugs made by a US pharmacy may be linked to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, US health officials say. The steroid triamcinolone as well as a heart drug, both made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC), are now under investigation.

    The outbreak has raised questions about the practice of drug compounding, where pharmacies prepare specialised doses of medication. Compounding is not regulated by the FDA, which generally oversees drug makers.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    George Romney’s long-time aide is horrified by the campaign Mitt is running.

    Walter De Vries, who worked for the senior Mr. Romney throughout the 1960s, wrote that Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House was “a far cry from the kind of campaign and conduct, as a public servant, I saw during the seven years I worked in George Romney’s campaigns and served him as governor.”

    “While it seems that Mitt would say and do anything to close a deal – or an election,” he wrote, “George Romney’s strength as a politician and public officeholder was his ability and determination to develop and hold consistent policy positions over his life.”

    Mr. De Vries’s stinging assessment was contained in a nearly 700-word essay that he distributed to a small group of journalists with whom he has spoken over the past year. He said it was an outline for a book that may or may not be published. A spokeswoman for the Romney campaign declined to comment

    A registered independent, who said he voted for Barack Obama in 2008, Mr. De Vries has previously expressed reservations about Mr. Romney’s political postures in interviews, but never with such sweep.

    In a telephone interview, he said he was motivated to write the essay by “an accumulation” of Mr. Romney’s actions, like his comment about 47 percent of Americans and his decision to campaign with Donald Trump.

    Mr. De Vries said he was annoyed by Mr. Romney’s repeated references recently to his father as inspiration and influence on him.

    “I just don’t see it,” he said. “Where is it? Is it on issues, no? On the way he campaigns? No.”

    Mr. De Vries continued, “George would never have been seen with the likes of Sheldon Adelson or Donald Trump.”

  7. bostonboomer says:

    I missed this on Sunday. Tom Brokaw and Dancin’ Dave commiserating with each other about how someone has to break the hard facts to the American people on the deficit (which Brokaw says is Obama’s fault) about how we have to give up our “entitlements” so the elites can continue to live in the style to which they’ve become accustomed.

    • RalphB says:

      Tom Brokaw is about as despicable as Alex Castellanos, who was on with him.

    • RalphB says:

      One other issue I have with Brokaw, after all the charts that have been published clearly showing the deficit NOT being Obama’s fault, for him to believe that or says it is fucking pathetic.

      • NW Luna says:

        That the deficit means we must have austerity while they get their capital-gains tax cuts is effin’ pathetic bullshit also.

    • dakinikat says:

      I’d like to interrupt this thread for a public service announcement.


      that is all …

      I have no idea how many times economists have to repeat this but, sheesh, it’s ridiculous.

  8. quixote says:

    Baumgartner’s headcam video … amazing.

    I’d seen video from what may have been a chase plane, or maybe a telescope?? He was just a fuzzy elongated dot, but it looked like he was spinning and pitching and yawing something awful. I was hoping it wasn’t as bad as it looked, but now I know it was even worse!

    What an accomplishment!

  9. This is interesting, not sure I agree though: Does It Matter If The Debates Ignore Women? | Care2 Causes

    But then it is early in the morning, and I could be having some brain problems.

  10. The pictures on Pierce’s blog are distracting and disturbing to me…when did they start doing that? (reading it in different browser this morning) Anyway, this is a good post: Second Presidential Debate 2012 – Charles P Pierce Hofstra Debate Preview – Esquire

    Do you want to take the night off? This is what you need to know. Willard Romney will “do what he has to do” to maintain the illusion of his being a carbon-based life form. The president, on the other hand, because he is “more comfortable with the town-hall format,” also will do “everything he has to do” to recover from the fiasco he handed the nation in the first of the presidential debates not yet thirteen days ago. The debate likely “will not move the needle” in any direction, although Romney’s performance likely “may allay some doubts about his ability to connect with ordinary voters,” while the president’s performance likely “will reassure nervous Democrats who only last week wondered if he really wanted the job.


    I have yet to leave home for the events in Hemptstead on Tuesday evening, and still the horse-race template of this second debate is already set. It is a paint-by-numbers deal for the elite political media, most of which, I guarantee you, already knows what it’s going to say at the end of the night. Unless Romney comes out dressed like Anton LaVey, or the president starts reading, unbidden, from Soul On Ice, nothing either of these guys say to Candy Crowley and a room full of New Yorkers will be treated as being of any real consequence. Romney has so battered the political dialogue — and the English language — with his 100-pound bullshit sledge that he has pretty much shaped the narrative of the campaign in such a fashion that his fanatical devotion to barefaced non-facts has become a weird kind of status quo. Far too many people in this business have accepted the Etch-A-Sketch argument to the point at which whether something is true or not is measured by its effectiveness as a tactic. “He had to run to the right in the primaries and then ‘pivot’ to the center in the general” — that’s something that makes the political wiseguys look smart, but, taken literally, it means that the entire election process in the world’s oldest self-governing republic is a contest to find out who can most smoothly move from one set of lies to another, and it is also a recipe for depriving the people who ultimately will make that decision of the kind of information they need to do so. How this is in any way good for democracy is not for small minds to ponder, I guess.

    • bostonboomer says:

      As of this morning, it definitely looks like the corporate media is writing Obama’s epitaph. They have decided Romney will be the next president and they will do everything in their power to make it happen. We are screwed.