A week full of awesome

Well, Rick left me this week. He’s out in Boston for work & won’t be back until Friday. I could sit around the house missing him, but where’s the fun in that?

Tomorrow night (Wednesday) I’ll be going to a sneak preview of The Cabin In The Woods. It’s a horror movie written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, and directed by Drew Goddard. Rick & I already saw this movie last December in Austin at Butt-Numb-A-Thon and it is AWESOME! Even better, the sneak preview tomorrow will have Drew Goddard & one of the actresses there for a Q&A afterwards.

I was just going to hang out at home on Thursday, but I got a Twitter message from a friend today asking me if I was going to the John Hodgman show at the Varsity Theater because the Hodgman was looking for experienced merch volunteers. So now I’ll be going to that tomorrow. Comp ticket in exchange for work that’s fun? Heck yeah!

Sharon, Moose & the Hodgman at the November 2011 WITS show

And Friday. Rick will be home Friday afternoon and that night we will be attending both of The Nerdist Podcast Live shows at the Varsity. I absolutely adore Chris Hardwick & it will be fun to get to meet Matt & Jonah too. No word yet on who his guests will be, and if there will be different guests for the two shows or the same guest for both. But it will be awesome.

Moose & Nerdist at Chris' May 2011 show

“Interim Problem Report 119V-0080” aka Space Bat

How did I never hear of this before now?

There was a stowaway on the March 15, 2009 launch of space shuttle Discovery.

Here’s the text from NASA’s page about it.

Bat Hung onto Shuttle During Liftoff

 

A bat that was clinging to space shuttle Discovery’s external fuel tank during the countdown to launch the STS-119 mission remained with the spacecraft as it cleared the tower, analysts at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center concluded.

Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist. The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery’s climb into orbit.

Because the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge coexists inside Kennedy Space Center, the launch pads have a number of measures available, including warning sirens, to deter birds and other creatures from getting too close. The launch team also uses radar to watch for birds before a shuttle liftoff.

Nevertheless, the bat stayed in place and it was seen changing positions from time to time.

Launch controllers spotted the bat after it had clawed onto the foam of the external tank as Discovery stood at Launch Pad 39A. The temperature never dropped below 60 degrees at that part of the tank, and infrared cameras showed that the bat was 70 degrees through launch.

The final inspection team that surveys the outside of the shuttle and tank for signs of ice buildup observed the small bat, hoping it would wake up and fly away before the shuttle engines ignited.

It was not the first bat to land on a shuttle during a countdown. Previously, one of the winged creatures landed on the tank during the countdown to launch shuttle Columbia on its STS-90 mission in 1998.

Steven Siceloff NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

It’s a Space Bat!

 

The red circle shows where he’s clinging to the external fuel tank.

If I was an injured bat who was going to die anyway, this would be an awesome way to go!

 

It’s my blog too!

(Sharon gave Moose his own log in for the site and he’s feeling mighty important now.)

“Hello everyone, and welcome to this important announcement. I,  Moose Snyder, am awesome. I travel the world and I meet cool people. Since Sharon has given me my own log-in for this site I plan to hijack it regularly to post pictures of my awesomeness. As you can see by the podium in this picture, even NASA thinks I’m amazing. Rocket scientists are so smart.”

Oh the Humanity!

Now that I have lured y’all in with a picture of my adorable kitty, it’s time to see how many of you I can chase off by revealing how freaking twisted my sense of humor can be.

There is an amazing game called Cards Against Humanity that I discovered last summer. They keep printing more copies and putting them up for sale on Amazon and they keep selling out. Their expansion set was sold out in only 3 hours last time it was available. Have you ever played Apples to Apples? CAH is kind of the same except completely R-rated.

One player plays a black question card, and all the other players pick the best white answer card from their hand. The player who played the black card then picks the winning card.

Some of the black cards: _______________? There’s an app for that. Why can’t I sleep at night? I drink to forget _______________. In the new Disney Channel Original Movie, Hannah Montana struggles with ____________ for the first time.

These questions could be relatively harmless if the answers weren’t horribly awesomely twisted: Steven Hawking talking dirty. An erection that lasts longer than four hours. Roofies. Nazis.

If you want the game and can’t wait until a new printing is in stock, the CAH folks also provide it on their website as a downloadable print at home PDF.

We played at a friend’s house last night. This was one of my favorite combos.

Hello everyone!

I miss blogging. Facebook and Twitter are too fleeting. I want something more permanent.

So… Hey, look. I have a blog now! I’m going to share it with Moose. Eventually I will make some pages for his adventures and all the places he’s travelled and people he’s met. The dude’s kind of a celebrity whore.

Because this is the internets, we will start this blog off with the required picture of a cat!

Lump

Her Royal Highness, Queen of the House, Lump

This is my cat, Lump. She’s a cranky bitch, but she’s my cranky bitch!

We have a dog too. He’s a Shiba Inu named Dogasaurus Rex. You’ll just have to come back again if you want to see pictures of him.

And now, despite my good intentions of starting this blog tonight with something more substantial than a picture of a cat, I’m off to do more important stuff.

Like this:

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Yes, this is an Advanced Reader Copy of the not yet released book from the amazing Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess!

If you’ve never heard of The Bloggess, I’m sorry. You have not truly lived. We can fix that though.

Her name is Jenny & she is wicked funny. This post about getting lost had me laughing so hard I thought I would burst something. The story of James Garfield will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you go WTF? And then you discover that there is more. Eventually, you will come to the conclusion that The Bloggess is an alcoholic. Or maybe a cocker spaniel. Then you will decide that really, she’s just a normal girl with a cat on her head. Jenny commented on this description the first time I linked to her on a blog in a galaxy far, far away with this:

Ha! I’m actually an alcoholic cat with a spaniel on my head. Confusing…I know. Jenny (the bloggess)

Because that is how awesome she is. And I’ve got my grubby little paws on an Advance Reader Copy of her not-yet-released book Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir). So, my fresh start at blogging will have to wait because I’ve got some reading to do!