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Despite the b-ball team getting beat and the particularly ugly end to the hockey team's regular season, it is nevertheless Saturday night and spring is indeed in the air, with St. Patty's day just a few days away. So, what're you drinking and what is up with your weekend?
just took burgers off the grill, our own grass-fed beef about which i am a bit snobby. a glass of merlot and the kids are watching a 50's disney movie, 'johnny tremaine' about the revolutionary war.
Will be shown tomorrow on BTN tape delay (3:30 pm), so guess I should have given a spoiler warning. But this happened:
There's another session of 5 teams to compete (in Lincoln), but Michigan's winning their "Big Five" (in Minneapolis) makes them a perfect 9-0 in the Big Ten, clinching not only the regular season title but a place in the preferred later session (4:30 pm) in the B1G Tournament, which will be held right here in Crisler Center next week: March 21. (All-session passes $10, $6 for single session.)
Serge Ibaka had to sit out due to right-knee soreness, allowing Mitch his very first NBA start.
He was 6/8 on field goals, scoring 12 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds.
Go Mitch and GO BLUE!
Today, NASA confirmed that Jupiter's moon Ganymede (Jupiter's largest) has a 60-mile thick saltwater ocean under its surface. Everyone on Earth where you find liquid water, you find life. So add Ganymede to the list of possible places to look for life.
Thought occurs to me, I throw it out there to the space geeks among us. (STAND UP AND BE PROUD.) I'm appointing each of you Czar of NASA, and challening you to fund one and only one mission to a non-Earth destination, with enough equipment to find whatever life is there (whatever kind of life it is). Which one do you think has the highest probability of life, if it's anywhere off of Earth, which destination would you choose? But also consider, how difficult would the trip be to get there, and how hard would it be to get to wherever you'd expect to find the living organisms.
Your most likely candidates in mostly alphabetical order, but you can add any others:
Enceladus -- medium/small moon of Saturn, also has ice surface with undersurface water ocean, and very recently alleged to have underwater heat vents (which is particularly yummy for life, because they provide energy/food -- e.g. vents at bottom of Earth oceans harbor extremophiles).
Europa -- 4th largest moon of Jupiter; ice surface with huge flowing water ocean underneath; sometimes has holes/cracks in the ice that let its undersurface ocean spew into space; NASA is already talking about a mission to Europa. One thought isn't to actually land on Europa nor burrow through the ice (although NASA is thinking of doing that), but to send a ship thru the geysers that form when water spews out of the cracks -- and see what is in that water.
Ganymede -- 2d largest moon of Jupiter, has 60-mile thick salt water ocean under surface -- but, that surface is about 95 miles of rock and ice, so what would be the source of food/energy for life down there; and is the water too briny, and how would you get through the surface?
Mars -- the only planet on this list, has frozen ice for sure, and there are photographs that hint of water that sometimes flows down hillsides, suggesting there could be buried liquid water not terribly far below surface. "Easiest" trip (relatively speaking) on this list, for sure -- we've already had plenty of robots there.
Titan -- largest moon in the solar system, orbits Saturn; has clouds, rain, oceans, rivers, and lakes...but made of methane, not water; temperature is 100 degrees below zero...in Celcius; yet, on Earth some anerobic bacteria thrive on methane or other hydrocarbons, like in tar pits, so it's not out of the question life could live on Titan.
Columbus, OH -- hey now, I didn't ask about finding intelligent life, so it's not a valid option for this particular question. I think we can all agree that the green/brown gunk you scrape off the underside of the seats in the Big Horseshoe is some form of life.
Encore is running old Bond movies every night at 8:00 throughout March. Last night as I sat through some of "Live and Let Die", I asked myself if Yaphet Kotto's Dr. Kanaga was the worst Bond villain ever. After thinking it over, I came to the conclusion that while bad, there have been far worse villains portrayed in the Bond series:
5 - Karl Stromberg (Curd Jurgens, The Spy Who Loved Me) - You know he's bad because he never smiles, won't shake your hand, and speaks in a clipped, monotone manner. Not a very original protrayal.
4 - Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray, Diamonds Are Forever) - While Blofeld is arguably the greatest Bond villain, Gray's portrayal of him is just flat, lacking the creepiness of Donald Pleasance or the badassedness of Telly Savalas.
3 - Renard (Robert Carlyle, The World is Not Enough) - Preposterous character backstory coupled with zero charisma, Carlyle's Renard is just a boring thug.
2 - Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day) - As if the Renard backstory wasn't preposterous enough, we have a guy who was born Korean only to be genetically altered to be a preening, sneering Englishman.
1 - Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce, Tomorrow Never Dies) - The least threatening of all the Bond villains, Pryce's Elliot Carver is essentially a ridiculous internet tough guy on steroids.
Bond fans - discuss....
It is a very slow time of year re: Michigan sports, and everyone seems to like our recent convo's about some personal stuff so lets push on. Today's question is: Where are you going for your Easter/Spring break this year? If you are staying put, then detail a favorite spring trip you took, but no MTV house party stories (is that still a thing?), we want to be gracious to our lady Mgobloggers.