Space Oddity, the original motion picture

Most people consider the RCA/Mick Rock video of a shock-red-haired androgynous Bowie as the original Space Oddity video. A lot of sources will cite it as such. However, about three years before that, while he was still David Jones, he actually prepared a demo for Space Oddity that is a hoot to me to this day. This is a very young Bowie showing some of the almost child-like imagination that seemed prevalent through his early years. I actually like it more than the glitzier RCA version of 1972. If anyone has better information on this video, I’d love to have it here. Here it goes:

Greatest scorer of all time?

My friends over at Independent Sources did a little research into the greatest scorer of all time.  As in, scoring babes:

Here’s the list they came up with:

10. Bill Wyman – 1,000
9. Magic Johnson – 1,000
8. Lemmy Kilmister – 1,200
7. Jack Nicholson – 2,000
6. Ilie Nastase – 2,500
5. Engelbert Humperdinck – 3,000
4. Julio Iglesias – 3,000
3. Gene Simmons – 4,600
2. Charlie Sheen – 5,000
1. Umberto Billo – 8,000

Pretty impressive by my standards, and that of most men I would guess.  However, it’s child’s play compared to the most prolific scorer of all time:

One Persian writer at the time estimates that one century after Genghis Khan died, he had 20,000 descendants.

Now, ya gotta understand, that’s JUST descendants.  How many times do you recken he didn’t bother to procreate?  To put it in perspective, Genghis Khan’s hobby was raping all the women and killing all the men.  Not only was he spreading his genes, he was eliminating the competition.  Today, some estimates have nearly 8% of central Asia’s population carrying the Genghis Khan DNA.

And to think 1 boy wears me out.

As far as the list goes, I never imagined this being the face of one of the most prolific charmers of all time?

Lemmy

That’s not Genghis, apparently Lemmy is god.  Should we try to imagine a future Europe where 1 in 12 people look like Lemmy?  And for that matter, another 1 in 12 look like Bill Wyman?

I think I’d rather not.

11/1/2016: Lemmy died a few months ago.  This is my throwback to him.  I’ll have another pretty soon when I can find it.

Mount Sakurajima

A volcano erupted in southern Japan on Wednesday, blowing ash about 3,000 feet into the air, the Weather Agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Mount Sakurajima erupted at 5:30 p.m. and registered as moderate on the agency’s scale for both the sound and strength of the tremors it caused, the agency said.

That’s a lot of ash.  Seems to be a big year for volcanic activity so far.  Wonder how much this is affecting global cooling?

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia – the fear of the number 666 ran amok yesterday:

Around the country, some superstitious mothers-to-be took steps Tuesday to make sure their babies were not born on the most bedeviling of dates, 6-6-6.

In New York, “people are canceling left and right because of what today represents,” said Liza Washington, an administrative assistant at Children’s Hospital of the New York-Presbyterian Medical Center. More than a dozen deliveries were postponed because of 666, which is said to be the “Number of the Beast” in the Book of Revelation.

Many of the expectant mothers had been scheduled to deliver babies by Caesarean section or after doctors artificially induced labor.

Now, ya gotta understand, the calendar we use today is not what was used a while back:

The Julian year is 365 days 6 hr, hence a little too long. Therefore, by the 16th cent. the accumulation of surplus time had displaced the vernal equinox to Mar. 11 from Mar. 21, the date set in the 4th cent. In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII rectified this error. He suppressed 10 days in the year 1582 and ordained that thereafter the years ending in hundreds should not be leap years unless they were divisible by 400. The year 1600 was a leap year under both systems, but 1700, 1800, and 1900 were leap years only in the unreformed calendar. The reform was accepted, immediately in most Roman Catholic countries, more gradually in Protestant countries, and in the Eastern Church the Julian calendar was retained into the 20th cent. The present generally accepted calendar is therefore called Gregorian, though it is only a slight modification of the Julian.

The reform was not accepted in England and the British colonies in America until 1752. By that date the English calendar was 11 days different from that of continental Europe. For the intervening period before the reform was introduced into the English calendar, the Gregorian style is called the New Style (N.S.), and the Julian the Old Style (O.S.). New Style years begin Jan. 1, but Old Style years began usually Mar. 25. Thus Washington’s birthday, which is Feb. 22, 1732 (N.S.), was Feb. 11, 1731 (O.S.). To avoid confusion sometimes both styles are given; thus 11 Feb. 1731/22 Feb. 1732.

So, it’s very easy to see that yesterday was not the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the second millennium since Christ’s death.  It’s a fairly modern standard of time and trying to figure the actual number of times the Earth has rotated the Sun since then is rather difficult.

And, to boot, according to some, 666 is not even the mark of the beast:

Where more conventional versions of the Bible give 666 as the “number of the beast,” or the sign of the anti-Christ whose coming is predicted in the book’s apocalyptic verses, the older version uses the Greek letters signifying 616.

So now I am curious about how many people will be freaking out on 6/16/06 or 6/6/16?  Apparently the word didn’t get out on 6/1/06.

Mrs. Moon just informed me that we do have something serious to concern ourselves with.  The three armed baby in the news recently was operated on successfully on 6/6/06.  He was 66 days old.  He was born a “beast” and became human on 6/6/06.  Scared yet?

Life on Mars?

Right there, towards the bottom, on the left.  That is a shoe print on Mars.

And there is the shoe.

Not only is there apparently Life on Mars, but apparently they have a keen sense of humor as well. Apparently they’ve been dancing around the Rovers for a year, staying JUST out of sight of the cameras.  Not exactly the impression War of the Worlds or Mars Attacks! paints now is it?

More definitive proof of global warming?

Another reason to worry about global warming: more and itchier poison ivy.

I kid you not.

The noxious vine grows faster and bigger as carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere rise, researchers report Monday.

Healthier plant life is something to worry about?  What about the trees and plants that gives us life and absorb those pesky greenhouse gases?

Whew.  Talk about spin.

Voyager II has left the solar system

Voyager I exited our solar system about a year ago.  Voyager II apparently exited the solar system very recently.  However, it wasn’t supposed to for another year.  This told some very smart people something.  The edge of our solar system apparently is not a circle, but an egg shaped object.  To make it understandable to people like me, they did what works best, they drew a picture:

The big red thing is apparently applying pressure to the heliopause causing it to blow away from it causing the egg shaped figure.

Now, they explain what the big red thing is, sorta:

The researchers think that the heliosphere’s asymmetry might be due to a weak interstellar magnetic field pressing inward on the southern hemisphere.

It just seems to me that something that would morph the figure of our entire solar system would be something a little more exciting than a weak interstellar magnetic field.  I bet this is where conspiracy theories come from.

2006 Hurricane Season

“For the 2006 North Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA is predicting 13 to 16 named storms, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which four to six could become ‘major’ hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Now, this is where the story gets weird:

U.S. hurricane experts say a sharp rise in Atlantic storm activity since about 1995 is related to a natural shift in climatic conditions and sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic that is expected to last from 15 to 40 years.

That part I’ve been hollering about here for a long time.  This part caught me off guard:

Some climatologists however say there are indications that human-induced global warming could be increasing the average intensity of tropical cyclones, although there is no evidence to date that it is affecting the number of hurricanes.

Wow.  Someone stating it as it is.  Don’t see that often enough.  Especially considering the media attention people like Al Gore get:

The United States is emerging from a “bubble of unreality” about the problem of global warming, former Vice President Al Gore said Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gore was in Cannes to promote the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” which chronicles his efforts to bring the dangers of climate change to greater attention.

What does Gore use as a backdrop to promote his new movie?

A “man-made” hurricane that destroyed New Orleans and killed 1,300 people of course.  He then promptly hopped into cars with his entourage to drive 500 feet.  Make no mistake about it, I think the climate is changing.  However, I don’t believe Al Gore and mankind can stick their finger in a dyke and stop it.  It’s been changing for all of time, and it will continue to do so.  What we need to be doing is figuring how to live with it.  That article IMO is what we need to be knowing.  Hurricanes are not a rare phenomena, but a natural part of the Earth’s climate and an important one as well ( see Somalia for reasons why ).  People like Al Gore are distracting the real message that needs to be delivered and heard.  We’re not going to stop catastrophic hurricanes.  If we did, it would cause other catastrophes.  What we need to do is stop overbuilding where we know hurricanes are prone to hit.  It’s that simple folks.

Mount Merapi dims the world

Mount Merapi finally blew it’s top.

Makes me wonder what all that ash is going to do to the world’s environment. And to think,. there’s a couple more very likely to blow their tops in similar fashion right about now. This ain’t exactly a comet strike philosophy either, this happens a lot. Now, I could very easily turn this into a conspiracy theory by pointing out that New England is flooding and that the weather here is closer to the all-time record lows (26 degrees) than the all-time highs (91 degrees). But, since a natural phenomena causing global cooling is the farthest thing in the world from the current politically correct paranoia, I won’t mention it. I’ll just wait till the scientists start scaring us with “the next ice age” again.