February 23rd, 2006


note to self: Monster Society of Evil

explain how you got from here to here to here:

while i was about to post this:

sigh. least now i know where Djibouti is.

ps. i was at wiki searching: horn of africa asteroid.

pps. one of the monster professors at Mr. Mind's monster school is a fanged monster. is that the same as a fanged noumenon? nope, it's the unpragmatic esoteric side of things.


the white album

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea. The naked woman on the ledge outside the window on the sixteenth floor is a victim of accidie, or the naked woman is an exhibitionist, and it would be "interesting" to know which. We tell ourselves that it makes some difference whether the naked woman is about to commit a mortal sin or is about to register a political protest or is about to be, the Aristophanic view, snatched back to the human condition by the fireman in priest's clothing just visible in the window behind her, the one smiling at the telephoto lens. We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience. Or at least we do for a while. I am talking here about a time when I began to doubt the premises of all the stories I had ever told myself, a common condition but one I found troubling. —Joan Didion, The White Album


GRB 060218

Right ascension: 03h 21m 39.71s
Declination: +16° 52' 02.6"
Constellation: Aries
Southern Hemisphere

Oddball Burst

Sabaian Symbol - Taurus 22°24'30"
Taurus 23° A magnificent jewelry shop is revealed,
containing every conceivable article of value of beauty

NASA Detects 'Totally New' Mystery Explosion Nearby

Astronomers have detected a new type of cosmic outburst that they can't yet explain. The event was very close to our galaxy, they said. The eruption might portend an even brighter event to come, a supernova. It was spotted by NASA's Swift telescope and is being monitored by other telescopes around the world as scientists wait to see what will happen. Neil Gehrels, principal investigator for the Swift mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, called the event "totally new, totally unexpected." If the eruption indeed precedes a supernova, then it would reach peak brightness in about a week, scientists said. Experienced backyard astronomers can see the explosion with a telescope by using these coordinates:

RA: 03:21:39.71 Dec: +16:52:02.6
[Longitude :: 22ø24'30"7 Tau | Latitude :: -1ø33'22"4]

The event, detected Feb. 18, looks something like a gamma-ray burst (GRB), scientists said. But it is much closer—about 440 million light-years away—than others. And it lasted about 33 minutes. Most GRBs are billions of light-years away and last less than a second or just a few seconds. Other aspects of the newfound eruption were inexplicable, astronomers said. It was dimmer than most. Even so, the newly spotted point of light in the sky outshines the entire galaxy in which the event occurred. "This could be a new kind of burst, or we might be seeing a gamma-ray burst from an entirely different angle," said Swift scientist John Nousek at Penn State University. Astronomers don't fully understand gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). But they theorize that when one is pointed our way, it appears brighter than when the beams it produces shoot off in other directions.

The explosion has been catalogued as GRB 060218. It is the second-closest GRB ever detected. But it's not clear if it will ultimately be called one. Italian researchers using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile found signs in the event's optical afterglow that it may become a supernova. The scenario outlined by some researchers is that a very massive star has collapsed into a black hole and then exploded. If the event is indeed a supernova in the making, scientists may get the first look at one unfolding from start to finish. The eruption occurred in the constellation Aries.

{GRBlog :: GRB 060218A :: Swift-BAT detection of a possible burst}

time of detection :: 03:37:04 UT [EBANSSZ 380|7 :: Nammamad].

on Cycle #15 transits that's conjunct FORTUNA {22TA04}, PAMELA {22TA20} & ADHAFERA {22TA32} (aka Al Serpha, the Funeral Pyre). on (18-Feb) — Moon already in Via Combusta entering Scorpio; Nitya VAHNIVASINI (her name meaning the dweller in fire); Lunar Mansion AL-SHAULAH (Annucel). NAMMAMAD (Mirroracle) - Zone-8 Neptune; 8th Gate: ultimate numogrammatic enigma; Cyclic Chronodemon of Subterranean Commerce.

 • GRB 060218 - SN 2006aj :: The most exciting aspect of this burst was the association with a supernova explosion, called SN 2006aj. At a redshift of z=0.033, corresponding to a distance of about 440 million light-years, it is one of the closest supernova explosions ever observed to give rise to a gamma-ray burst, and shows characteristics never seen before. In combination with observations from more than 20 observatories around the world, Swift observed the afterglow of this burst to grow brighter in optical light for a few days. This brightening, along with other telltale spectral characteristics in the light, showed how the supernova was evolving. The coordinated space- and ground-based observations started at the prompt phase of the gamma-ray burst—in other words, while the burst was still going on, instead of much later as is usually the case. This gave an unprecedented view of a supernova from start to finish across many wavelengths, ranging from radio, optical, UV, through X- and gamma rays. Radio telescopes in fact have seen this burst from the day it was detected, another first.

[10-May|04:57am] :: added image, links & sabian symbol; see: champagne supernova.



ever since i heard about the destruction of the Askariya Mosque i've been trying to think of something similar — something to help me understand how people were feeling there. but, couldn't think of any religious building that, if it was destroyed, would generate the same feeling. all i could think of was my old catholic school.

several statistics mentioned on Anderson° just now; 60% of the population, subjugated under Hussein's rule & numerous deaths because of the insurgency. nothing, however, has created such an outcry until this destruction.

checking my feed, BooMan & Thoughts on Destruction:

Philip Kennicott has an excellent essay in the Washington Post discussing the destruction of the Askariya shrine in Samarra, Iraq. Kennicott compares the destruction of the Askariya shrine to the destruction of the World Trade Center, and, for me, the comparison really hit home.


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