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The subtleties of learning

August 18th, 2012 (02:41 am)
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I do so appreciate headlines which describe so accurately and sympathetically the detailed work which goes into advanced scientific research:

Nasa's Curiosity rover prepares to zap Martian rocks

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/533551.html.

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Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:49 am (UTC)

It's probably a Ponder-frustrating indictment of my humanities education that I find Curiosity cute.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)

Surely Curiosity is designed to be cute, though? It is to be offered to any Martians as a pet, in case of major miscalculation about the proerties of the planet.

Posted by: widsidh (widsidh)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
K9

even the name is cute...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Marmite

The top secret natives of Mars might be feline...

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)

Invasion of the Cat-Women from Mars!!!! could have been a fifties B-movie. See also my comment below.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Marmite

If it had waited a decade or so, it could have starred Miaow Farrow...

Edited at 2012-08-18 09:33 pm (UTC)

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)

*sporfle* If that's how Auntie describes it, I shudder to think what the barely-literate USA Today says...

(When I did geology I never got to zap rocks. *pout*)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)

A friend on Facebook hailed humanity's declaration of war on all silicon-based lifeforms...

Posted by: thanatos_kalos (thanatos_kalos)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)

I, for one, welcome our new silicon overlords...

(though they're zapping a basalt, so more iron & magnesium than silica...)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
UKPolitics

They couldn't do any worse than their predecessors...

(well, actually they could, but the sentiment seemed to call for resigned glumness)

Edited at 2012-08-18 05:56 pm (UTC)

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Eleventh Doctor

Do you think when Curiosity zapped it, the screens back at Houston went all wibbly-wobbly thanks to use of mirrolon?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Troughton

That, and/or there was a camera afterimage as the vision system was overloaded.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Marxist

The other fun BBC news thing recently has been listening to newsreaders trying to say "Pussy Riot" in an appropriately BBC-type voice. I tried to imagine what Walter Greenslade would make of it all.

Of course, in my naivety, I think that Pussy Riot refers to naughty cats - has Marmite been arrested by the Russian government?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 18th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Styre

Marmite's current bad habit involves catching shrews, which perhaps is the kind of activity the Russian government would want to promote..!

Posted by: colinbj (colinbj)
Posted at: August 19th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)

The headline looks much more fun if read without the final word. I always knew there was something to be said for these portable thingies with tiny screens.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 19th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)

The rocks are probably life-forms anyway...!