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For Crying Out Loud

Arctic permafrost leaking methane (=powerful greenhouse gas)@ record levels. Rapidly rising Arctic temperature 2 blame http://bit.ly/4yxKG6 This has to be one most aggravating articles I've ever read with regards to global warming... "Such Arctic soils currently lock away billions of tonnes of methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, leading some scientists to describe melting permafrost as a ticking time bomb that could overwhelm efforts to tackle climate change." Now wait a second ... isn't it the evil US gas-guzzling SUV owners that are the problem?  First of all, you have should know a little background info on what the Arctic really is. It isn't all about cute little penguins (that is sarcasm because another news outfit out of the UK reported on Arctic penguins just late last year so I haven't found that UK reporters can be relied on anymore than the US media). The "Arctic" is places like Barrow, Alaska. It is -24°F in Barrow,…

Glow Show Postcard

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Postcard at Zazzle featuring a photo of the early morning glow off at The Great Reno Balloon Race - Dawn Patrol in northern Nevada. I've also included one of my favorite videos on YouTube featuring a cool time lapse video of the Dawn Patrol in September 2007. #reno #nevada #photography
Posted via email from Annalee Blysse @ posterous

Butterfly Nebula Print

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Butterfly Emerges from Stellar Demise in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302 From Wikipedia: NGC 6302 (also called the Bug Nebula or Butterfly Nebula), is a bipolar planetary nebula in the constellation Scorpius. It is one of the most interesting and complex planetary nebulae observed. The spectrum of NGC 6302 shows its central star is one of the hottest objects in the galaxy, with a surface temperature in excess of 200,000 K, implying that the star from which it formed must have been very large. The central star has never been observed and is surrounded by a particularly dense equatorial disc composed of gas and dust. This dense disc is postulated to have caused the star's outflows to form a bipolar structure (Gurzadyan 1997), similar to an hour-glass. This bipolar structure shows many interesting features seen in planetary nebulae such as ionization walls, knots and sharp edges to the lobes. Link to poster on Zazzle: Butterfly Nebula Print #NASA #hubble #posters Posted via email from Annale…

Tweetheart Conversation Heart Stickers

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Cute conversation heart design for Valentine's Day. You can change the "tweetheart" message to something that suits your sweetie. #twitter Tweetheart Conversation Heart Stickers Posted via email from Annalee Blysse @ posterous

Red Supergiant Postcards

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Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?

I'd read a post at Holy Kaw! about Avatar is Pocahontas in Space referring to the not-so-original plot line of the major money maker. While I was watching the movie yesterday for my first time, I had a handful of Holy Kaw moments!

I couldn't help but note the striking similarities not with Pocahantas but with my own novel Starlit Destiny that was published years ago ... so many years ago you can't buy it new at Amazon anymore. Starlit Destiny is still available in print and download at New Concepts Publishing.

Starlit Destiny and Avatar both have a soldier hero from a technological society that arrives to meet a heroine on a backward world ... and the backward planet needs saving. So, Avatar has the same overall plot as my novel. That isn't suprising. The notion of technology versus tradition has been used over and over again by writers.

There is a difference in how I carry out the overall plot in my novel. In Starlit Destiny, the hero doesn't stay to learn how to …