The Asteroid Project

My name is Damian Marley, and I am not the son of Bob, and Bob's not me uncle. I am, however, a teacher-hubby-dad-nerdbomber type person from Melbourne, Australia. Astronomy, space, science, books, filmmaking, education and music are some of the things I bang on about. Most stuff I post is original. And you?
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whendoiturnbackintoapumpkin:

We joke about these walk-and-talks, but you don’t know how crazy they are until you really look at what’s going on. This is CJ going from her office to the Press Briefing Room, joined by various other staff members.

I also love seeing what they do during their wanderings. Picking up folders from trays, signing things that are silently presented by a junior staffer (who always knows where to rendezvous), photocopying something, filling a cup of coffee …

whendoiturnbackintoapumpkin:

We joke about these walk-and-talks, but you don’t know how crazy they are until you really look at what’s going on. This is CJ going from her office to the Press Briefing Room, joined by various other staff members.

I also love seeing what they do during their wanderings. Picking up folders from trays, signing things that are silently presented by a junior staffer (who always knows where to rendezvous), photocopying something, filling a cup of coffee …

explore-blog:


[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work.

The psychology of writing and the cognitive science of the perfect daily routine – a comprehensive look at the research on how work schedules, behavioral rituals, and writing environments affect the amount of time invested in trying to write and the degree to which that time is spent in a state of boredom, anxiety, or creative flow.
(Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton)

Now this is fascinating.

explore-blog:

[There is] evidence that environments, schedules, and rituals restructure the writing process and amplify performance… The principles of memory retrieval suggest that certain practices should amplify performance. These practices encourage a state of flow rather than one of anxiety or boredom. Like strategies, these other aspects of a writer’s method may alleviate the difficulty of attentional overload. The room, time of day, or ritual selected for working may enable or even induce intense concentration or a favorable motivational or emotional state. Moreover, in accordance with encoding specificity, each of these aspects of method may trigger retrieval of ideas, facts, plans, and other relevant knowledge associated with the place, time, or frame of mind selected by the writer for work.

The psychology of writing and the cognitive science of the perfect daily routine – a comprehensive look at the research on how work schedules, behavioral rituals, and writing environments affect the amount of time invested in trying to write and the degree to which that time is spent in a state of boredomanxiety, or creative flow.

(Illustration by Wendy MacNaughton)

Now this is fascinating.

I’m editing a silly little animated movie right now, and I am reminded how the stitching together of sound and image is truly one of the most invigorating and satisfying activities, no matter how “low-stakes” the end result may be.

Luna and I at the Yarra River, Warburton.

Luna and I at the Yarra River, Warburton.

mucholderthen:

Twinkling worlds in motion:
New Horizons’ first optical navigation images of Pluto and Charon
Captuded by the high-powered Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla at The Planetary Society 2014/08/07

Image credit: NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

[TOP] This animation of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, was taken by New Horizons spacecraft as it traveled toward Pluto in July 2014. Covering almost one full rotation of Charon around Pluto, the 12 images that make up the movie were taken July 19-24 with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at distances ranging from about 429 million to 422 million kilometers.

[MIDDLE] What I think is especially cool about this animation is the fact that you can clearly see that neither Pluto nor Charon is still; Charon’s mass is a large enough fraction of Pluto’s that both are in a mutual orbit around a point in empty space, above Pluto’s surface, called the system’s barycenter.

[BOTTOM] If you are wondering why Charon seems to be getting closer to and farther from Pluto, it’s because we’re looking at the system from an angle, so the circular motions of Pluto and Charon appear ellitpical. 

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