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On 11 September 2013, an unusually long and bright impact flash was observed on the Moon. Its peak luminosity was equivalent to a stellar magnitude of around 2.9.
What happened? A meteorite with a mass of around 400 kg hit the lunar surface at a speed of over 61,000 kilometres per hour.
Rocks often collide with the lunar surface at high speed (tens of thousands of kilometres per hour) and are instantaneously vaporised at the impact site. This gives rise to a thermal glow that can be detected by telescopes from Earth as short duration flashes. These flashes, in general, last just a fraction of a second.
The extraordinary flash in September was recorded from Spain by two telescopes operating in the framework of the Moon Impacts Detection and Analysis System (MIDAS). These devices were aimed to the same area in the night side of the Moon. With a duration of over eight seconds, this is the brightest and longest confirmed impact flash ever recorded on the Moon.
Our calculations show that the impact, which took place at 20:07 GMT, created a new crater with a diameter of around 40 meters in Mare Nubium. This rock had a size raging between 0.6 and 1.4 metres. The impact energy was equivalent to over 15 tons of TNT under the assumption of a luminous efficiency of 0.002 (the fraction of kinetic energy converted into visible radiation as a consequence of the hypervelocity impact).
The detection of impact flashes is one of the techniques suitable to analyze the flux of incoming bodies to the Earth. One of the characteristics of the lunar impacts monitoring technique is that it is not possible to unambiguously associate an impact flash with a given meteoroid stream. Nevertheless, our analysis shows that the most likely scenario is that the impactor had a sporadic origin (i.e., was not associated to any known meteoroid stream). From the analysis of this event we have learnt that that one metre-sized objects may strike our planet about ten times as often as previously thought.
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Okay this is an ad for Ikea, but it is also a fantasy for most of us. Like, a Sex in the City/Axe ad level fantasy.
Imagine being a cosplayer in your small room, and all the parts of your Axis Powers Hetalia, Slam Dunk and other costumes are just strewn about, willy nilly, making your tiny living quarters a squalid mess. LIke you do. And then Ikea comes along and magically, wonderfully, enchantingly CLEANS EVERYTHING UP and puts all your wigs, satin gowns and plastic swords in a Besta or a Kassett. Lots and lots of Kassetts. And when you come back by MAGIC you have a clean organized home! And even your girl/boyfriend approves.
Admit it, you’ve had this fantasy MORE than the one about a $50,000 shopping spree at Nordstrom’s, haven’t you?
Frank is a Singapore cosplayer who has competed in the World Cosplay Summit for his country. And he has lived the fantasy.
However, it is only a fantasy, as one of the you tube commenters put it. “And truth be told…that room will be tidy until next con.”
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
New pancake art video up today on how to make a PBJ sandwich! I love PBJs. I kind of wonder if I'm like the only adult who actually really loves them?? I know they're considered a food for kids but I could eat them every day...
<!--[if gte mso 9]>Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONE<![endif]-->The purpose of this video:Peanut butter and jelly will stain the bread and there's nothing you can really do to get it off.This represents sin in our life and how there's nothing we can do on our own to wash ourselves clean. We need the blood of Jesus to wash away our sins. It’s a gift from God waiting for you to receive! I think it's important to add on a last note here, that while doing good works won't save you, they are a reflection of your faith and the love you have for God.
After school, my daughter made this mini PBJ with real peanut butter and jelly from the leftover batter. So cute!
Mini PBJs are simple really. All you have to do is the same basic steps but on a smaller scale.
Naturally this was created for James Kennedy’s 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Those of you in the Chicago area will want to reserve your (free) seats for the February 1st screening here. If nothing else I urge you to check out the posters that Aaron Zenz created in conjunction with this.
Aw, shoot. I know for a fact I never put THIS 90-Second Newbery video up either (you see what happens when you try to post just one?). This is my favorite, bar none, version of The Giver. If I were a producer on a comedy show I would hire this kid NOW NOW NOW.
From this awesomeness we now turn to the ultimate delight. Self-deprecation. Marc Tyler Nobleman had a brilliant notion. He was watching Jimmy Kimmel Live! and saw the bit where celebrities read insulting tweets about themselves. It gave him an idea – what if children’s authors did the same with bad Amazon reviews? Though my temptation is to post all three videos here, I’m going to be a good pooky and only post one. If you would like to see the other two (which are just as good and feature just loads of famous folks) go to Marc’s blog right here. Here’s part one:
In book trailer news, or rather live-action book trailer news, Lorie Ann Grover’s YA novel Firstborn is coming out and the trailer looks pretty darn strong. To the point, well shot, the works. Love the brevity of it. Well played, folks.
If you like your trailers a little more nonfiction picture booky, try on for size this one for Patricia Hruby Powell’s Josephine about you-know-who:
And in this corner, stealing prodigiously from fellow SLJ blogger Travis Jonker (if you read his Morning Notes you’ll do wonders for my conscience), here is Kate DiCamillo fresh outta National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature-ship, on the PBS Newshour.
The only cool video I could NOT find this week was something appropriately off-topic. So here’s a cat failing a jump. The internet, if nothing else, is good for a couple of these. Plus the cat’s clearly okay at the end.
Shout-out to my buddy Haddon Kime. The man wrote the music and lyrics for a new musical version of The Snow Queen now playing at the San Jose Repertory Theatre with dreams of Broadway. Years ago he created the opening music and words for my now long dead podcast. It’s great seeing his star on the rise. This past Christmas we discussed various children’s versions of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, including this year’s by Bagram Ibatoulline (which he hadn’t seen) and Breadcrumbs (which he thinks is brilliant). This is a tiny look at the production but I do love that in this Steampunky SQ the little robber girl gets to sing a punk rock song. Awesome. She has always been my favorite character anyway.
Small children standing on chairs. If book trailers need anything more than this, I don’t want to hear about it. Here we have fantastic MG author N.D. Wilson’s daughter reading his self-published (and, if I hear correctly, soon to be professionally published) picture book Hello, Ninja.
Of course I can’t link to a video by N.D. Wilson without thinking of that AMAZING one he created years ago for the first Ashtown Burials book. I was reminded of that video when I saw this recent one for Cragbridge Hall: The Inventor’s Secret by Chad Morris. Many of us only DREAM of having a trailer of this caliber for our own titles:
With the advent of Saving Mr. Banks, some of you may be curious about the real P.L. Travers. Fortunately it looks as if the documentary P.L. Travers: The Real Mary Poppins is available through YouTube. Here’s the first part:
And for today’s off-topic video, special thanks to Gregory K for this one. It looks like the world’s most ambitious flashmob. It’s not. The amount of attention paid to facial hair should have given that much away.
Tom Hazuka (editor of Flash Fiction Funny and co-editor of Sudden Flash Youth and the original Flash Fiction anthology) is soliciting humorous short stories, essays, poems, and audiovisual performances for the spring issue of Drunken Boat magazine. Maximum length of 750 words. If a recorded performance, it also has to hew to the word limit. Send previously unpublished (or published in a small circulation print journal) literary work in a Microsoft Word attachment or send links to audio/video to:
tomATtomhazukaDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
Writers will be notified when work is accepted; rejection letters will not be sent.
Today we are doing one and only ONE video because it was sent to me by approximately 500 people and on the strength of that alone I think it deserves to be our one and only video today. Et voila, Mike Jung and Co.:
It’s got a beat and you can dance to it. Good job, folks!
This is probably going to be of the most interest to those of you who have an interest in comic book inking in general. Paul Karasik, who is the head of programming for Comic Arts Brooklyn, interviewed Jeff Smith while he (the creator of the Bone graphic novel series) inked a Bone illustration for the audience. I admit it. I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff.
Thanks to Phil Nel for the link.
Someday I hope I’m a big enough picture book author that I’m able to encourage grown people to put tacos down their pants. It’s a dream, but I think it’s one worth pursuing. Note: Ignore the contest mention at the end. The date is long past, children. Long past.
Thanks to Lori for the link (and for starring in it!).
We had the pleasure of hosting French illustrator Marc Boutavant at a recent Children’s Literary Salon at NYPL last month. He is, as you may know, the man behind the art of Mouk, his best known picture book creation. There is, in fact, a Mouk television show debuting here. I, for my part, much prefer the French. The intro is just doggone charming. Can’t vouch for the show itself, but dig that catchy rhythm:
Speaking of television shows based on works of children’s literature, I was inordinately pleased to hear that they were turning Michael Rex’s Fangbone into a show of its own. Makes perfect sense. They’ve a fun little video element up right now where kids can vote on the animated voices and background sounds. Enjoy!
Oh yeah. This next guy’s embraced his time in France.
Probably fits in like a native.
I was pleased to see this Steve Jenkins video for his latest collage masterpiece The Animal Book making the rounds. If only because it gives you insight into how he creates his art.
Finally, for our off-topic video, a commercial. A blatant, sentimental commercial. And danged if it didn’t make me well-up. I must be getting soft in my old age.
We’re accepting poems, comics, videos, stories, flash fiction, and anything else you’d like to send our way.
On top of our normal submissions for the upcoming issue, we’re taking submissions for a special sub-issue. Maybe you remember last year’s online marathon reading for the Mayan apocalypse called “The Last Reading on Earth, Ever.” Well, this will be a little in that spirit. Except this time there will be a sub-issue to go along with our marathon reading.
This sub-issue will be themed around the Olympics, it’s called “A Reading About the Olympics That Definitely Doesn’t Have the Word Olympics in the Title.” We’re looking for work that deals broadly with the Olympics. This can be interpreted any way you’d like, though we’re a little more interested in discussing the proxy politics of the event, the environmental costs, the social displacement of Olympic-urban construction than we are interested in hearing about the spirit of international sporting and collaboration or poems about five rings. But whatever, if you think it’s worth talking about, send it on over. We’ll gladly take a look. Have the joy of this sub-issue is that we won’t be 100% sure what we’re looking for until we see it. Send over your comics, videos, poems, flash fiction, photography, paintings, or whatever else you can come up with. We’re looking forward to reading it.
(NOTE: This issue will have an online issue element and an online reading – via Youtube – element.)
We’ll be reading for the new issue and the “A Reading About the Olympics That Definitely Doesn’t Have the Word Olympics in the Title” sub-issue/online reading through December 15, 2013. Submit here.
I am pleased as punch to announce that here at A Fuse #8 Production today we are showing off the world premiere of the book trailer of Ice Dogs, the upcoming 2014 middle grade novel by Terry Lynn Johnson. Created by Bookcandy, this trailer has everything I love in it. Live action (I’ve REALLY been enjoying the ones I’ve been seeing this year), dogs, and live action dogs. I am a woman of simple tastes.
For more info you can find Terry at her website here or her blog here. Many thanks to her for allowing me this reveal.
Red Savina Review is a place to take the risk of authenticity. Send exceptional art, flash fiction, short fiction, creative nonfiction, creative non flash, poems and short films for Spring. We want smart, non-pretentious work that leads to an authentic investigation into the concept of identity and how it constitutes human experience.
Siren is a biannual online zine looking for artists of all genres who create new, edgy, and experimental work. We want work that pushes boundaries, that surprises in terms of structure and content, that provokes a visceral response. We want to be shocked. We want to blush. We want Art that is provocative, raw and beautiful. We want Art with wings, teeth, claws.
We welcome submissions from artists of all genres. This includes, but is not limited to, poets and writers of ALL genres, audio/visual and graphic artists, video and film makers, performance and spoken word artists, musicians, fine artists, and photographers...
The submission deadline for our fourth issue is November 30, 2013. To submit, send an email to:
sirenwebzineATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to .)
with the type of submission and your last name in the subject line. Please include your contact information, a short bio, and your submission in the body of the email. Our guidelines are as follows: Poetry – 3 poems max. Prose – 1500 words max. Audio/Visual Media – 3 to 5 minutes max. Visual Art – 3 images max. As an online zine, your work will be free to all who visit the site. You retain all rights to your work. For more details, visit Siren at our website.
Empty Sink Publishing is looking for professional-quality prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual media submissions that stretch the mind, defy convention, and offer a new perspective on life. We currently pay all writers with a pat on the back and a byline. We hope to change that soon. Submissions can be sent at any time. For submission guidelines, please visit our website. .
Took me a couple minutes to get into this one, but once I remembered the premise it helped. This is basically The Wizard of Oz redone with pop songs. A lot of which, sad to say, I have never heard of. Fortunately I could at least recognize the weird genius of the line, “You’re just a lion on the cold hard ground” from Taylor Swift’s “Trouble”. I’m not completely out of it. Plus you should check out The Wizard himself. A more badass Wiz I’ve yet to see.
Thanks to Marci for the link.
Next up, I’m just a tiny bit mad that there was a trailer for Boxers & Saints out there that was THIS GOOD and yet it took me roughly six months to discover it on my own. Your required watching of the day:
Um . . . may I work for Chronicle now? Please? I mean seriously . . . pretty please? No, honestly. I would work for you. Make me an offer. This video? I want to go to there.
The sole fault that I can find is that they do not properly credit everyone by name at the end. That is a mistake. I want to know who these folks are.
The Scholastic Reading Club blog Book Box Daily has a tendency to produce adorable videos. None so adorable as this, though. Here we have my friend Lori. Short of showing you puppies romping on a field, I could not display anything quite as cute. Particularly when she involves her siblings in her readings.
Finally, our off-topic video. I confess that had Stephany Aulenback not posted this on her blog Crooked House I probably would never have heard of artist Grace Weston at all. This might as well be called “Grace Weston: The artist you’d actually like to meet and hang out with for long periods of time”. Stephany says she has a “Mr Roger’s Neighborhood and Hieronymous Bosch” sensibility, and I see that but for me she’s filling the gap that The Far Side left in our hearts when Gary Larson fled the scene.
“. . . and then the laundry gets destroyed by ash!” *laughs hysterically*
The first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released, combining cast members from different films about the comic book heroes.
We’ve embedded the trailer above. The movie comes out May 23rd, 2014. Will you be there? Check it out:
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past — to save our future.
Instead of hiding corrections, maybe writers and publishers should celebrate suggestions from fans.
At Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles this week, the Conan show’s digital team shared the Conan Fan Corrections feature. On the show’s website, they share videos from fans pointing out mistakes made on the show.
While the process helps keep the content fact-checked, it also lets fans have a voice on the show. Team Coco member Aaron Bleyaert summarized: “It’s like we get a focus group every day.”
Bloom explained that despite starring in the films, he initially had no idea what his finished scenes would look like since he’s often filmed “hanging upside-down with wires on a green screen.” He said he spent “hours flailing around, stabbing at things in the air” and then when he finally saw the film discovered that “it looks better than I thought!”
Could you write a story in five minutes? In front of a live audience? While wearing a mask?
In the Peruvian Lucha Libro competition, masked must improvise stories in front of a live audience while mood music blares overhead. Above, we’ve embedded a video from the organizers about the writing series. PRI recently ran a piece about the literary sport:
New writers don masks, and head onto a stage where they’re given three random words, a laptop hooked up to a gigantic screen, and five minutes to write a short story. At the end of a match, the losing writer has to take off his or her mask. The winner goes on to the next round, a week later. And the grand prize? It’s a book contract.
Have you ever tried to speak J.R.R. Tolkien‘s elvish language?
The animated video embedded above features a five-minute TED Ed lesson on “conlangs” (fantasy constructed languages). It focuses on Elvish from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dothraki from A Song of Ice & Fire book series, Na’vi from the 2009 Avatar movie, and Klingon from the Star Trek franchise.
Earlier this year, we wrote about how filmmaker Hannah Jayantiraised funds on Kickstarter to finish the documentary about the making of The Phantom Tollbooth documentary. Here’s more about the film:
Through interviews, animation and archival materials, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century. Starting with its opening sequence, featuring actor David Hyde Pierce narrating an animated sequence created for the documentary, the film introduces viewers to the hilarious world of The Phantom Tollbooth, along with some of the novel’s more serious themes. Discover Norton Juster’s word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo for the camera, and hear children’s author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.
It is my supreme pleasure and honor today to present to you a little video that you shan’t find much of anywhere else. Many of you are aware that Aaron Becker’s debut picture book Journey is getting a lot of critical acclaim and book buzz. What you may not know is that back in 2011 he contacted a friend of his to film the book’s progress. The result is today’s video. Ladies and gentlemen I give you The Making of “Journey”.
He showcased excerpts of “Twitter fiction done right” by authors like Elliot Holt, who spontaneously created a narrative through the Twitter accounts of her characters, and Jennifer Egan, who used @NYerFiction to create episodes of Black Box, a novel she storyboarded into 140-character pieces. Twitter, Fitzgerald said, is not just a means of publication but one of production, as is the case with parody accounts like the foul-mouthed, sci-fi version of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, captured in @MayorEmanuel, or “fictional characters that engage the real world,” like the accounts of the entire cast of The West Wing.
All right. Me stuff off the bat. I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association. The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash. During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance party. Joanne was kind enough to edit the footage and the results . . . well, here you go. I’m the one in the middle, for the record.
In other news, NYPL recently turned my Children’s Literary Salon that featured Leonard Marcus talking about the current NYPL exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter as interviewed by Jenny Brown into a Google+ Hangout. Here is the gist of it. You’ll probably want to start watching after the 5 minute mark. Unless you like watching empty chairs. In which case, go crazy.
It’s worth it for the info on the ivory umbrella handle info alone.
And since I’m on a roll with the NYPL events, any interest in hearing Leonard Marcus interview Judy Blume and Eric Carle at the same time? Hit the 9:50 mark on this l’il ole video and it’s all yours.
Okay. Now it’s time to acknowledge that Halloween is nigh. Scaredy Squirrel created a PSA / book trailer. Pretty good, though I’m amused that Scaredy is still drilling home the fear of apples. In the history of man I’m pretty darn sure no one ever actually put a razorblade in a fruit. That was a myth. Ah well. Scaredy wouldn’t care. It’s still a potential threat.
In other book trailer news, this one’s pretty cute. Let’s hear it for effective Flash animation paired with music that bloody gets caught in your brain.