It’s minus 20 degrees and ALL’S WELL !‏

31 Dec 2009

Hello there,
….and hello World too … how are things going out there?
First, let’s have a peek out to the edge of the Universe (it’s always good to start BIG! )
Hubble’s Deepest View of Universe Unveils Never-Before-Seen Galaxies

“8 December 2009: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the deepest image of the Universe ever taken in near-infrared light. The faintest and reddest objects in the image are galaxies that formed 600 million years after the Big Bang. No galaxies have been seen before at such early times.”
(Everything is a galaxy except for the 2 four-pointed stars, beautiful)
Hellooooooo! Is anybody out there?!…..
In any case, the view sure looks fine from our grandstand seats here on Planet Earth.
(Even more pretty pictures of our amazing Universe can be seen on NASA Advent Calendar 2009 here:  )
And how are you stars going out there? …..

Hubble’s snowglobe
Yep, they look pretty happy as well ….
Closer to home, our star, The Sun, seems to be slowly coming out of it’s long 3 year sleep:
Wow! Look at those sunspots .. finally, signs of life!
“SUNSPOT SURGE: 2009 is ending with a flurry of sunspots. Indeed, if sunspot 1039 holds together just one more day (prediction: it will), the month of December will accumulate a total of 22 spotted days and the final tally for the year will look like this:

The dark line is a linear least-squares fit to the data. If the trend continues exactly as shown (prediction: it won’t), sunspots will become a non-stop daily occurance no later than February 2011. Blank suns would cease and solar minimum would be over.
If the past two years have taught us anything, however, it is that the sun can be tricky and unpredictable. Stay tuned for surprises.”
And how about down here on Earth? … well … we seem to be a bit .. how shall I say …”snowed under”
Snow storm buries the U.S. East Coast
… and then … even more …
Canada? … too late … Canada is gone … 99% snow covered.

Nearly two thirds of the continental USA gets a white Christmas
Europe is looking a bit chilly too …
Places where temperatures were up to 20 degrees Celsius below average are blue, locations where temperatures were average are cream-colored, and places where temperatures were above average are red. Light gray patches show where clouds were so persistent during the week that MODIS could not make measurements of the land surface temperature. The biggest anomalies were in northern Russia, but a swath of below-average temperatures stretched across the countries around the Baltic Sea as well.” – That’s us!  Tjohooooo!

Deadly Cold Across Europe and Russia
Music time… 😀  
My great thanks to: Tommy James and The Shondell’s for their 1971 classic song “Draggin’ the Line”…
The golden oldie version:
Draggin' the Line - Tommy James
…or maybe you prefer the more recent “rocky” version?  ….
Tommy James - Draggin' The Line (LIVE)
Great optimistic lyrics too:

Makin’ a living the old hard way
Takin’ and giving by day by day
I dig snow and rain and bright sunshine

My dog Sam eats purple flowers
We ain’t got much but what we got’s ours
We dig snow and rain and bright sunshine
I feel fine I’m talkin’ bout peace of mind
I’m gonna take my time I’m gettin’ the good sign
Loving the free and feelin’ spirit
Of huggin’ a tree when you get near it
Diggin’ the snow and rain and bright sunshine

I feel fine I’m talkin’ bout peace of mind
I’m gonna take my time I’m gettin’ the good sign
… and Me? Which version do I like? …. well … now that you ask ….:-D
Yep, you guessed it:
Hide The Decline - Climategate
… which has now gone global & viral as “Hide the Decline” …
…. this song is still making the world a better place, after all these years …
…. the power of music rules again! 

or maybe you like this rap version with the same Climategate theme:
Speaking of which…even those “Furious Finns” are happy about Climategate, as their TV shows are now going global as well, all over the scientific blogsphere:
Climategate on Finnish television
climategate on finnish television 1/3
Listen for the “Hide the Decline” song playing in the background too. 🙂

Thank goodness we humans avoided the worst effects of Copenhagen too! 
Copenhagen, a $30 billion dollar “success”? 
“A funny thing happened this week. Humanity did a low-orbit bypass of a totalitarian world government, and pulled away, but only a few noticed the near miss.”
And … a positive book about our future …
“There was a time in the not-too-distant past when large companies and powerful governments reigned supreme over the little guy. But new technologies are empowering individuals like never before, and the Davids of the world-the amateur journalists, musicians, and small businessmen and women-are suddenly making a huge economic and social impact.
In Army of Davids, author Glenn Reynolds, the man behind the immensely popular, provides an in-depth, big-picture point-of-view for a world where the small guys matter more and more. Reynolds explores the birth and growth of the individual’s surprisingly strong influence in: arts and entertainment, anti-terrorism, nanotech and space research, and much more.
The balance of power between the individual and the organization is finally evening out. And it’s high time the Goliaths of the world pay attention, because, as this book proves, an army of Davids is on the rise.”
 Now … how about some good news for the next 10 years …..
Lättare och billigare
“00-talet handlade inte om Usama och Obama. Det handlade om dig och mig och de krafter som tekniken och ekonomin satte i våra händer…Och på det stora hela är det en demokratisk revolution av historiska proportioner. Fler människor på fler platser än någonsin kan delta, vilket betyder att mer idéer och information kan tas till vara. Om vi tror att världen utvecklas genom att många alternativ prövas står vi inför framsteg och innovationer som vi inte kan drömma om.”
And in Sweden we now have great new optimistic and realistic blog:

Dagens goda nyhet
“Här presenteras varje dag en god nyhet om utvecklingen i världen eller Sverige. Den långsiktiga trenden är att det mesta blir bättre. Tyvärr är det en nyhet för många.”
I like this one:
“21 december 2009 – Andelen svenska tolvåringar med karies minskade från 78 procent 1985 till 42 procent 2005. “
or even …
“15 december 2009 – Andelen svenska flickor som trivs mycket bra i skolan ökade från 19 procent 1984 till 38 procent 2008 – en dubblering.”
So … I really hope you warm souls had a Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all next year.

Enjoy the next decennium, Happy New Year, and have a cool 2010!
Best regards,
BLIC6 Science Teacher
.. and …
Proud 21st Century Homo sapien
… and grateful citizen of this our wonderful planet Earth! 🙂

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