Gliese 581g is the 6th planet in the Gliese 581 system located in the Libra constellation. Astronomers have determined 581g is neither too hot nor too cold for water to exist in liquid form, it also appears to have an atmosphere and gravity. All of these thing point to the possibility of sustaining life. This leads to two exciting possibilities, first life may have already developed there and second, it could be a possible location for colonization at some point in the future. Unfortunately we will probably not know either of these things for a very very long time. Gliese 581g is 120,000 billion miles away, considering at our current technological level it would take us theoretically 85 years (realistically more like 50,000 years) to reach our nearest neighbor, Alpha Centauri, a mere 4 light years away, traveling to Gliese 581g is WAY out of our league.
In my book this is pretty exciting stuff. Okay, I have excepted I will never get into space, the Challenger accident ended serious space exploration for a generation, we are only now recovering. However, this has never deterred me from dreaming the dream of every 8 year old boy of someday visiting another planet, I may never get there, but now I know there is a chance some distant decedent will someday walk on Gliese 581g and maybe even call it home.
Edit: I updated the travel times to Alpha Centauri
The Origins System EON17 laptop is a monster system starting at $2500. It has an i7 processor, 2 NVIDIA 480M video cards in SLI, 24 GB of RAM, Blu-Ray optical drive and three hard drives. My guess is this machine gets about 3 minutes of battery life, but who cares, this thing will laugh at you for playing World of Warcraft and demand you put a worthy game in it.
I just learned Frank Stevens is in the hospital after an emergency amputation of his lower leg, I have no idea the cause of this. Back in the day, we use to goto Franks house and play D&D in his basement. I have not seen him in many many years, but as I remember him, he always had a dirty joke and the offer of a beer ready for anyone visiting his home. He is also the man who got me interested in joining the National Guard, I am not sure it was the wisest choice I ever made, but it certainly had a great effect on my life.
Frank, I wish you well.
Here is what the cake looked like after I finished with it.
We went to Fredericksburg yesterday, just for an afternoon excursion. This morning I am really beat, my right knee and lower back are killing me. I also seem to have some odd muscles aching me in peculiar ways. Normally I am pretty okay with getting older, but only because it is better than the alternative. However, today, with my body being in direct rebellion, I really wish I was 25 again, heck, I’d settle for 35.
Today is my Wifes birthday. Evey year I make her a cake, which is practically the only cooking I do beyond the bbq. As you can see from the picture below, some years are more successful than others.
The cake was made with three 9 inch round pans. the first two I baked cake made from a cake mix and spruced up with pudding mix, sour cream and 4 eggs. The third pan I pressed ice cream into. Once the baking was done, I stacked them with the ice cream in the middle and frosted it. Later today I will decorate it with some white frosting and strawberries. For some strange reason PezWitch has been walking around the house all morning mumbling “The cake is a lie.”. I think I should have gotten her a bottle Prozac for her birthday rather than a Kindle.
Nothing of interest is bubbling to the surface of my mind today. Tomorrow is PezWitch’s birthday. I will probably have something to say then.