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Archive for July, 2009

I Moved

Posted by AlienCG on July 23, 2009

Hi. A little over 11 months ago Alien’s Planet was blown up by the powers that be (no, I’m not blaming Grand Moff Tarkin). I opened a new blog, got a new name and started over from scratch. I always felt it would be a temporary home until I found a new place to hang out. Well, I found that place. A good web host, a real web host. I’ve heard about it on the TWiT Network podcasts and decided to give it a shot.

CLICK HERE for the New Swamp Gas

I am looking at Squarespace for my hosting.  I am currently under a free trial for 2 weeks and I will probably keep going.  I have moved all of the posts and comments to the new blog and it’s all ready to go.  Come on by and tell me what you think.  I am still tweaking the design, so bear with me.  Also, commenting has been disabled on this blog, come to the new one.


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There Are No Do-Overs

Posted by AlienCG on July 23, 2009

Television and radio broadcast transmissions travel at the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second.  The distance these transmissions travel over the period of 365 days is called a light year.  This means that some of earliest commercial television shows are about sixty light years away.  If there are any civilizations out around that sixty light year mark, they are now seeing our early television programs.  This little fact begs a question.  What were we thinking?  Another society, perhaps looking for other intelligent life in the universe, could currently be presented with a freckle-faced, wooden-headed character with a guy’s hand up his ass.  Yes, Howdy Doody is currently beaming through space for any passing alien vessel to pick up and possibly cause a universal incident.  What’s worse, in fifty or so years, this far away society will be presented with the absolute worst of our programming, reality television.  This will show them what we’re all about and truly show where earth stands on the scale of intelligence.

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Science Minds Countdown, #3

Posted by AlienCG on July 22, 2009

This Week’s Trivial Tuesday is posted below

This week, as the countdown winds down, we take a look at three of the most important men in our everyday lives.  They are instrumental in discovering and inventing the things that we use in our everyday lives.

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla

Benjamin Franklin is the inventor of bifocal glasses, the glass armonica and the lightning rod.  He successfully charted the Gulf Stream for merchant ships traveling between the colonies and England.  He discovered that lightning is, in fact, electricity.  It is disputed whether his famous kite experiment was actually conducted the way he described, but it has been proven to work.

Thomas Edison invented many things, but is best known for the electric lightbulb and the phonograph.  Edison promoted the use of direct current for electricity distribution and had 121 Edison power stations 1887.  His direct current (DC) distribution system would end up losing in the end.  Edison is also credited with the flouroscope (also known as the “X-Ray”) and the two-way telegraph.

Nikola Tesla was the winner of the power wars with his development of the alternating current (AC) power system.  It was cheaper to mass produce and distribute electricity.  Unfortunately, summing him up in a paragraph is nearly impossible.  In 1943 The Supreme Court of the United States credited him as the rightful inventor of the radio.  He is considered influential in the early development of wireless technology, remote control, computer science and modern warfare.  It is worth noting that Tesla worked for Edison for a time and was asked to redesign the Edison company’s DC generators.

So it goes for #3 in my countdown.  Their contributions to our world can not go unrecognized.  Who will it be next week?  You will just have to wait until next week to find out who’s next.

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Trivial Tuesday

Posted by AlienCG on July 21, 2009

I have decided to not go with a space program themed question this week.  Instead, this question came to me while listening to Security Now! on the TWiT network.

During a conversation on encryption algorithms, it was mentioned that this communication system was created in the 1840’s by counting the number of  letter dies, from a printing press,  used for a standard newspaper page.  What system am I referring to?

This is another question that will either be answered quickly or will go unanswered.  I hope it’s somewhere in between, but that’s just my optimism.  Have a good day and good luck.

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7 Years After

Posted by AlienCG on July 21, 2009

Yesterday, as we all know was the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, but it was also another anniversary of man’s need to explore.  I didn’t want to overshadow the big anniversary yesterday, so I decided to wait until today.  Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday was the 33rd anniversary of Viking 1 landing on the surface of Mars (July 20, 1976).  This is the first time the United States landed a probe on the red planet.  The USSR did land two probes that landed, but lost contact almost immediately after landing.  The Viking 1 mission lasted three days short of 5-years from launch to mission end.  This marks our first time as a presence on the surface of another planet.  I have no doubt that we will go back to the moon in a few short years, but I do hope that I am alive to see man land and walk on the surface of Mars.  Have a good day.

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Case Closed, 40 Years Later

Posted by AlienCG on July 20, 2009

40 years ago today (and at about the time of this post), a small vessel landed on the surface of our satellite, the moon.  Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin would become the first two explorers to step foot there, leaving their indelible footprints for the ages.  Kennedy had it right when he made his speech, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”  And we did.  And it was hard, but we persevered and made it.  But there are some who don’t believe it.

I was born a little over a year after Cpt. Eugene Cernan left the final human footprint on the moon, but just the idea of this, the thought of stepping off of our homeworld to explore another has always been an exciting prospect.  Man’s nature is to explore, to find new things and to even take a risk to find them.  The moon, at that time, was the ultimate prospect.  Like Everest is to a mountain climber, the moon was to NASA.  Of course, some people believe that the whole moon landing was an elaborate hoax perpetuated in a studio.  I’ve heard it all, no stars in the photos, astronauts visible in the shade, it’s all bunk and easily provable.  Anyway, just this past Friday, I found a Slashdot story that linked to this page which is quite interesting.  Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the end of a hoax.  There they are, to me as clear as day, the moon landing sites.

The photos were taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).  Oh, and if you think they’re just dots, it will get closer and have better pictures to pound the nail in the coffin of one unreasonable hoax.  Of course, some people will still not believe it and continue to claim it never happened.  I think it might be another facet of the human condition, there has to be a conspiracy involved with world-changing events.  With the moon landing, however, you’re talking about a whole lot of people involved in the conspiracy, somebody would have talked by now.  I do not believe there is a conspiracy, twelve men walked on the moon, if it was a hoax, then why would NASA attempt to fool the world six times (almost seven)?

Ladies and gentlemen, the next time you see the moon hanging overhead, look up at it, and take a moment to just think about how far away, yet how close it is.  Only twelve men have been there, but more will be going.  This time, though, NASA will be plotting a bigger mission, something more than collecting rocks.  Wait and see what they have planned.  Keep looking up, keep looking beyond and have a good day.

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Gardening With the Alien, Week #19

Posted by AlienCG on July 20, 2009

This week’s looking at the garden is not from the garden itself.  I did pick a couple Roma tomatoes and slice them up for a traditional (in my family, at least) lunch.  What is this lunch?

Mmmmm, floting BLT sandwich.  Both sandwiches were quite good and I enjoyed them, very much.  I will get back outdoors next week.  Have a good day, I will be back with another post at 4:41pm EDT (odd time, I know, but it will make a little more sense when you see it).

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My Musical Memories, #4

Posted by AlienCG on July 19, 2009

This is my 300th post on this blog

Last week I introduced many of you to Type O Negative as it was introduced to me on the way to the Duct Tape Festival.  My brother, being inspired by many of the people in attendence, introduced me to something else new on the way home.  Yes, there appears to be some stereotyping going on, but hey, the music is good stuff.

Nine Pound Hammer
Hayseed Timebomb

The Evil one and I were headed home from the festival, but the going was slow.  We watched the usual fair-people walking by along with all the carnies and it inspired him to put this disc in the player.  I was introduced to the sounds of a punk band….from Kentucky.  The sound was familiar, but different in a way.  Here’s a three-chord punk band with a definite southern accent.  This is a fun CD.

It’s a fast-paced, fun CD with a lot of great music.  Songs like, “Skin a Buck,” “Run, Fatboy, Run,” “Outta the Way Pigf*ckers,” a few more.  There are also a couple covers of the classics, “Wreck of the Old 97” and “Adios, Farewell and Goodbye.”  I am definitely giving this a recommendation for any punk fans out there, and especially for Ananda Girl.  Everytime I listen to this one, I think back to the Avon Lake Duct Tape festival.

Ah, the memories.  Unfortunately, the CD has been discontinued and can only be found through Marketplace sellers or eBay.  It isn’t impossible to get it, you just have to know where to look.  Next week, I have no idea what I’m posting yet, but it’s sure to be good.  Have a good Sunday.

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What’s My Obsession?

Posted by AlienCG on July 18, 2009

No lenghty intro this week, too many pictures.  The word is OBSESSION, the chooser, Ananda Girl. Here they are:



Shooting Pool

The X-Files



My Car

My Car


Video Games



My Garden

My Garden

There ya go.  Plenty of pictures to look at and comment on.  Basically, it’s a retrospective of some of my old photos, there is nothing new in this batch.  Have a good weekend.

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Swamp Gas Status Update

Posted by AlienCG on July 17, 2009

Today is my record-breaking 50th post in a row (ok, 49 in a row was the real record breaker) and I thought I would take a moment to let you know what’s coming up on the site.  I have thought about my next countdown (there are only three weeks left on this one) and finally made a decision.  That will be outlined below.  There are some big things coming up for me and in the geek community.  I hope to keep up on all of it.

The Trivial Tuesday answer is, the Apollo command module callsign was Columbia.  Laura B. got it correct, so congratulations to her.  I already have a good trivia question for this coming week.

My next countdown will be my favorite inventions and discoveries of all-time.  This may end up having some similarities to the Science Minds Countdown, but it should be interesting to say the least.  If you have any suggestions for countdowns, or you just want me to strain my brain, let me know.  I like the idea of interactivity when it comes to the blogging world.

Sunday should be, if I don’t double post today or tomorrow, be the 300th post on Swamp Gas & Moonlit Reflections.  Next month will be the one year anniversary of this blog and I would love to figure out how to get 365 posts between now and then, but I doubt it will happen.  I did make 68 posts in these past 50 days, so I think that says a lot for the topic.

Next week, Monday to be exact, I will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in history.  July 20, 1969, of course, was the day that Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first human beings to step onto an extraterrestrial body.  I will, of course, be posting my usual garden post on Monday, but I will also have a post on the moon landing.

So that’s what coming up in the future.  Trust me, I’m just getting started and I’m enjoying what I’m doing.  Remember, feel free to e-mail with suggestions, compliments, insults, idle threats or tech questions.  I enjoy hearing from people and helping them whenever I can.  Have a good weekend.

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