Live Webcast from Coachella 2007

Tis the season for music festivals. AT&T is broadcasting live video from this year’s Coachella in Indio, California starting this Friday, the 27th of April and ending on Sunday the 29th.

The acts this year read like a hall of fame: Björk, DJ Shadow, Rufus Wainwright, Nickel Creek, Of Montreal, Amy Winehouse, The Noisettes, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Ghostface Killah, CocoRosie, The Roots, Damien Rice, Infected Mushroom, Lily Allen, Mika … I don’t know, a lot.

Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band EP

Still touring for her album Ys, now somewhere in the UK, Joanna Newsom released an EP with her acoustic band this Tuesday (the 24th of April) with one new song and two pulled in from the past and reworked. As the review on Pitchfork says:

(…) touring seems to have sanded some of the snags off of Newsom’s voice; she’s singing better here than she has on record before.

I’m not posting the new track, “Colleen” — about a woman who’s forgotten she was once a whale — because that’s shady. Go buy the EP, it’s like four dollars. And that song is really good. Here’s her remake of “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie”, originally from the album The Milk-Eyed Mender.

Previously: Joanna Newsom Redux

Extrasolar ‘Super-Earth’ Found

They say the benign temperatures on the planet mean any water there could exist in liquid form, and this raises the chances it could also harbour life.

“We have estimated that the mean temperature of this ‘super-Earth’ lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be liquid,” explained Stephane Udry of the Geneva Observatory, lead author of the scientific paper reporting the result.

“Moreover, its radius should be only 1.5 times the Earth’s radius, and models predict that the planet should be either rocky – like our Earth – or covered with oceans.”

Though the planet is 14 times closer to its star, Gliese 581, than Earth is to our Sun, Gliese 581 is smaller and cooler, leaving the planet inside the system’s “habitable zone”. More info + a size comparison diagram at BBC News.

“Obviously this newly discovered planet and its companions in the Gliese 581 system will become prominent targets for missions like Esa’s Darwin and Nasa’s Terrestrial planet Finder when they fly in about a decade.”

Update: Reading Amanda Congdon’s thoughts on this enlightened me to another, very critical fact about this discovery: that due to how close the planet is – just 20 light years – Earth-like planets are probably, statistically speaking, at least somewhat common. In our neighborhood of the galaxy anyway. And we’ll be hanging out in our neighborhood for a hot minute, so this is really good news.

Extrasolar ‘Super-Earth’ Found

They say the benign temperatures on the planet mean any water there could exist in liquid form, and this raises the chances it could also harbour life.

“We have estimated that the mean temperature of this ‘super-Earth’ lies between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius, and water would thus be liquid,” explained Stephane Udry of the Geneva Observatory, lead author of the scientific paper reporting the result.

“Moreover, its radius should be only 1.5 times the Earth’s radius, and models predict that the planet should be either rocky – like our Earth – or covered with oceans.”

Though the planet is 14 times closer to its star, Gliese 581, than Earth is to our Sun, Gliese 581 is smaller and cooler, leaving the planet inside the system’s “habitable zone”. More info + a size comparison diagram at BBC News.

“Obviously this newly discovered planet and its companions in the Gliese 581 system will become prominent targets for missions like Esa’s Darwin and Nasa’s Terrestrial planet Finder when they fly in about a decade.”

Update: Reading Amanda Congdon’s thoughts on this enlightened me to another, very critical fact about this discovery: that due to how close the planet is — just 20 light years — Earth-like planets are probably, statistically speaking, at least somewhat common. In our neighborhood of the galaxy anyway. And we’ll be hanging out in our neighborhood for a hot minute, so this is really good news.

15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will

I’ve not read much of Vonnegut’s work myself – only bits and pieces here and there. In the wake of his passing, bits of his quoted wisdom have flooded our consciousness, though none thus far have been presented as well for me as in this recent article from The A.V. Club.

Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

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15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will

I’ve not read much of Vonnegut’s work myself — only bits and pieces here and there. In the wake of his passing, bits of his quoted wisdom have flooded our consciousness, though none thus far have been presented as well for me as in this recent article from The A.V. Club.

Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, ‘Why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

brasil mp3 paranaue achemp3 achha jiachhe lagte mp3mp3 mefaridze achispin mp3 achikachille togliani mp3zeppelin achilles mp3 leddoofen die mp3 achim feat Map

Carina Nebula: 17th Anniversary Hubble Image Release

Just when you thought Hubble was down for the count (and it is, still, sadly) – scientists celebrate the 17th anniversary of the telescope’s launch and deployment with one of the largest panoramic images ever taken using the HST’s cameras. The above images are snapshots from a massive (read: 29566×14321 pixels) image spanning 50 light-years across, of a region in the Carina Nebula where, as the press release says, “a maelstrom of star birth – and death – is taking place”. The image can be downloaded in a variety of formats and sizes from HubbleSite.

Also available is a high quality flythrough video that zooms in from a spot where the Carina image is nothing more than a pixel to a full-on view, for perspective into its relative location.

Previously: From Whence We Came

Carina Nebula: 17th Anniversary Hubble Image Release

Just when you thought Hubble was down for the count (and it is, still, sadly) — scientists celebrate the 17th anniversary of the telescope’s launch and deployment with one of the largest panoramic images ever taken using the HST’s cameras. The above images are snapshots from a massive (read: 29566×14321 pixels) image spanning 50 light-years across, of a region in the Carina Nebula where, as the press release says, “a maelstrom of star birth — and death — is taking place”. The image can be downloaded in a variety of formats and sizes from HubbleSite.

Also available is a high quality flythrough video that zooms in from a spot where the Carina image is nothing more than a pixel to a full-on view, for perspective into its relative location.

Previously: From Whence We Came