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Published on Nov 23, 2015
Finalist_"Outer Space"_Sander van den Berg_Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Two minutes of the astonishingly beautiful! As is our galaxy wont to be :)

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society offered filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, real NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a new short film competition. Entries used at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery and video collected throughout the agency's 50-year history. The inaugural competition drew 194 entries from 22 countries and 32 states. Prizes were awarded to the top three submissions and the two films that best demonstrated the themes "Benefits of Space to Humanity" and "Future Space Exploration."

The 2016 CineSpace Videos can be found here.

More information about CineSpace can be found here

2nd-Feb-2017 12:01 pm - A friend was wondering so...
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tumblr-logo-icon-7.png I thought I'd mention that there is a new-ish friending community, 2017 Revival, that I have joined because, frankly, while those who have remained on my friends-list throughout the ages are cherished, many others have moved on. The problem, I guess, with mainly being involved from the beginning with fandom and when that peters out, not entirely but some,not really knowing where to go next. My journal had become a little too one-sided. Me talking, no one listening. Can't help but wonder...why bother.
          So, I am now making new friends, those who post more about life, politics, art and such, and that, in turn, is making me pretty darn happy. Change is good. New friends are always good. So, just letting you know in case you are of a need to change things up a little too :)

One last thing. Livejournal has provided a cute little heart 'LIKE' button on the comments page of every post so that, if you don't feel you have anything to comment, you can click the heart 'LIKE' button and then people who are like me who get very very sad when no one comments to their painstakingly crafted, or not, posts can at least get 'LIKED'.And 'LIKED' is good. Very very good.
          I would like to thank connorblond for making me awae of this feature which, until he 'LIKED' something I'd posted, I had no idea even existed.
     Easy frickin' peasy. Yes?
1st-Feb-2017 09:36 am - Updating the mission__JANUARY
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My mission101 for 2017

Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for January.

If I had to rec a movie from this first list of 10 it would be Iris, a documentary about Iris Apfel, the 93-year-old, in 2014, style maven who shows that no matter how excentric, if you are true to yourself, and life coopertes just a little, you can lead a very genunine life. And yes, she is still alive at 95 :)

1_The Right Stuff_1983_Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Chuck Yeager, Sam Shepard, Dennis Quai
2_Lantana_2001_Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush
3_Woman in Gold_2015_Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds
4_The Infiltrator_2016_Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt
5_The Secret Lives of Pets_2016_Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate
6_Good Night, and Good Luck_George Clooney, David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson
7_Magnificent Seven_2016_Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,
          Vincent D'Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett
8_Guardians of the Galaxy_2014_James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
9_Iris_2014_Documentary about Iris Apfel directed by Albert Maysles
10_Rewatched Game of Thrones

Task 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...mayabe. And it is a task I completed for January.

If I had to rec a book from this first list of five, I couldn't. For me, books aren't like movies. They are more personal, more dependant on mood or, in the case of nonfiction, need. Maybe Watership Down which is a re-read. Or the playing-with-words of Norton Juster in Tollbooth. Hard to say :) The red indicates books read for a Book Challenge (which I snagged last year from fansee) within a my Read 50 Books task.

1_Book I've been meaning to read_Charlotte's Web by EB White
2_The 8-Minute Organizer by Regina Leeds
3_Watership Down by Richard Adams
4_Book recommended by spouse or child_The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
5_Focus by Daniel Goleman

Then there's the bits & pieces
I completed Tasks 64 throught 67_Organize Social Media which I posted about here.
          Weirdly, this has actually made a difference in my life.
And I completed Tasks 99 to 100_Organize Jewlery which I posted about here.
          This has just made me happy :D

In order to have a successful 2017 mission, I will need to complete about 10 tasks per month, which I did for January.
          I need to start strong out-the-gate because months will come when I will falter. Always happens and so, it's nice to have a little cushion.

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Image Credit: NOAA, NASA

Explanation: Launched last November 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the satellite now known as GOES-16 can now observes planet Earth from a geostationary orbit 22,300 miles above the equator. Its Advanced Baseline Imager captured this contrasting view of Earth and a gibbous Moon on January 15. The stark and airless Moon is not really the focus of GOES-16, though. Capable of providing a high resolution full disk image of Earth every 15 minutes in 16 spectral channels, the new generation satellite's instrumentation is geared to provide sharper, more detailed views of Earth's dynamic weather systems and enable more accurate weather forecasting. Like previous GOES weather satellites, GOES-16 will use the moon over our fair planet as a calibration target.


29th-Jan-2017 05:43 pm - Oh yeah!!!
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As per the Daily Kos & The Hill

ACLU Receives $19M In Donations, And 150,000 New Members, Since Saturday!
We've been members for years so we aren't part of 150,000 new members but I did donate yesterday so we are a part of the $10M. If you aren't either, you might want to consider donating or, even better, joining because it is these people, these lawyers who are going to protect true America values from Not-My-President Trump's sick form of racism, religious intolerance, and sexism.and help prove to the world who we really are, not blind-followers but decent human beings who care about diversity, refugees, and civil rights. IMO

28th-Jan-2017 02:11 pm - Gonna be straight-up honest here
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I snagged these two quote-y-quotes from grrm
And I quote him, his words not mine
The late great Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." So make no mistake, when Kellyanne Conway talks about "alternative facts," what she means is lies.

Here's another quote for you: "“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." That one is from Josef Goebbels. Keep him in mind when you hear the big lies repeated ad nauseum.
And I Unquote him

27th-Jan-2017 09:16 am - Spend Less Time Deciding
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This goes along pretty well with the post I did here about Seven Science-backed Tips for Forming Habits That Stick.
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From: Productivity501 which is a every-once-in-a-while email blog wherein, fairly obviously, betters ways to be productive are presented

And to Quote Mr. Mark Stead who produces Productivity501
One of the biggest ways people lose their productivity is in trying to decide what to do. This probably seems silly, but if you look at most planning techniques, they are mostly designed to reduce the amount of time you have to spend making a decision on what to do next. Why? Because that is probably one of the biggest time drains people face. Instead of working on something important, they spend time trying to decide or worrying about what to do next. If you are really bad about this, you can spend more time trying to decide which task to do than it would take to just complete the tasks.
          Years ago, I went to several Franklin Planner training sessions. The whole point of how they teach you to manage your tasks is to help reduce the friction of trying to decide what to do next. You make your decision during your planning and simply follow your plan so you don’t have to lose time between the actual tasks. Most other planning methods are really trying to do the same thing, though most don’t come out and say it directly.
          I’ve been watching my five-year-old daughter as she writes words. Sometimes a page takes her a very long time to complete, but it usually isn’t the actual writing that slows her down. It is the time spent in between words where she pauses and thinks. At one point, I noticed that she wasn’t doing each word in order. She was picking a random word on the page and writing that. She’d still complete all of the words she had to copy on the page, but it took her a lot longer because there was a decision point after each word to try to decide which to do next.
         I got her switched over to doing them all in order now and it seems to have helped her finish more quickly. But the thing she was doing with her words is the same thing a lot of adults do with all kinds of other areas. Every time you have to pause and make a decision, you spend valuable time that you could spend actually completing tasks. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t spend any time making a decision about what you should do next, but make sure that it isn’t consuming a significant portion of the time you have available to work.

    This principle applies to more than just deciding what task to do next. Have you ever spent so much time trying to decide which movie to watch that you don’t end up watching anything? Sometimes the best thing you can do is just make a decision and go for it. Which movie to watch may seem like an unimportant example, but have you ever felt the same way when trying to do something more important?
    You can’t let fear of making the “wrong” decision keep you from moving forward–particularly when you are in a situation where there really isn’t a “right” answer to be found.
    I’m definitely not perfect at this, but I have gotten better at just picking something when I realize that I’m wasting far too much time trying to decide between two equally valid options. Even the act of just randomly picking an option will force the decision process forward and help you clarify what you really want out of the situation.
    Back to the movie example. If two people are in decision deadlock trying to decide what to watch, the fact that one of them says, “why don’t we just watch X” can help push the discussion for the participants to realize that they both really want to watch Y. It is a lot easier to turn a ship that is moving, just like it is easier to make a good decision when you are actually moving forward and not stuck in gridlock.
And to Unquote Mr. Mark Stead who produces Productivity501


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So, way back at the end of last year, I posted a Resolutions List, which can happily still be found here, wherein one resolution under PRESENTATION was, and I quote:
Find a signature item to add color & whimsy to wardrobe (ie: break out the tons of old 50s jewelry, especially necklaces & bracelets I already own)

One of my lovely friends, lisa_thecat asked about the jewelry, requesting a photo so, thinking that would be fun, I dragged out my jewelry finding this.

I had actually organized the whole of it last year getting rid of a bunch but still, a mess and never worn because of that. Feeling inspired, I went online and ordered six cute little tie hangers, coated with that weird velvet stuff for friction, which took forever to arrive. But arrive they did. And, with suggestions by Aaron, the stuff is now sorted and hung and attached to a bedrrom wall so I can finally post a pic, or two, for Lisa.

This is everybody.
Pins. Sortof ethnic necklaces. Sortof bling necklaces. Semi-valuable, but not really, necklaces. Bracelets
And finally what Lisa asked to see, my Grandmother Inez's's and my mother Mary's costume necklaces, mainly from the 50's, with a couple of them added by me over the years.

The little basket in the top photo went to Goodwill and the little baggies went to recycle.
Thank you lisa_thecat for requesting a photo. This probably wouldn't have gotten done otherwise and I'm so glad it has.

26th-Jan-2017 10:19 am - Quote-y Quote
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Man do we, and by we I do mean Democrats, have a lot to learn from this quote.
A poor idea well written is more likely to be accepted than a good idea poorly written
          -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer_1920-1992

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Two weekends ago, Saturday the 14th to be exact and prior to the Women's March, Aaron and I joined several hundred others at an Immigrtion Advocates Rally at San Jose City Hall and March to Cesar Chavez Park. 1 & 2_Gathering at City Hall; 3_A particularly adorable demonstrator; 4_Marching; 5_Speaking is San Jose's US Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren.

We had such a wonderful time! The rally, while mainly focused on immigration, was also solidly behind the idea of unity as many minorty issues were addressed. Aaron, at first was a little unsure just what was being accomplished, after all this is only his second rally.  But the speakers brought that home for him, made their message clear. Solidarity. Unity. Resistance. That what makes this country great is that we
are a nation of immigrants each of which adds its own unique color to our national tapestry. And that everyone deserves a chance. One San Jose Councilmember told the story of how he here undocumented as a very samll child. Now he's in government having become a citizen three years ago. That's the way!!!

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