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I love NASA geeks - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
I love NASA geeks
I was looking around for lore on the names of the full moons, and I happened across this page on the official NASA site, "lobbying" for the X-games to be held on the moon. It's nothing that would be weird on a blog, or even funny, but it's on the official government site. I <3 NASA. Definitely my favorite flavor of government alphabet soup.

I feel a bit...: geeky geeky

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summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: September 30th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to agree. Reading that I'm like 'Wow, I love Nasa o_0."
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 30th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Space people rock really hard.
summoner_lenne9 From: summoner_lenne9 Date: September 30th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's more like, utter geeks being able to talk about their utter geekiness and masquerade it as government business that's awesome :).

*Shakes head at all your writings* I think it's safe to declare you my muse, lol. I'm itching to write so much it's insane (but I'm at my dad's atm.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 30th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Also Agreed

That did sound much more...whimsical than most government websites. Like one of the directors pushed the wrong button and their blog ended up on the official site and visa versa. Still, most amusing.

Also, now I get where you got your title for the fic. That's the moon from when Greyback broke out, right? (As well as sounding appropriately ominous for a title ;)

Sara Libby
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 30th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Also Agreed

Thunder Moon is when he broke out. Hunter's Moon is October (or November, depending on the system)... I'll have to come up with something significant to happen then, to justify the title, which I just sort of thought sounded cool. :sheepish:
contrail From: contrail Date: October 1st, 2007 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Also Agreed

Actually, I think that the title would make sense even without anything particular happening in October, since Greyback will be hunting Teddy *shivers* and is associated with the moon via being a werewolf. OTOH, eventful Halloween feasts are a bit of an HP tradition.

- Contrail
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 1st, 2007 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea you were a Space Geek (as we call ourselves around here). You really have to come south and spend sometime with me, particularly at work! You would die....really! I'll even teach you how to fly a shuttle.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 1st, 2007 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love space. Space is wonderfully awesome. Somehow, I missed the proper science classes (probably something to do with not taking the required math for them), but I don't get people not being enthusiastically geeky about space exploration. I mean, it's... SPACE EXPLORATION! Where could it not be ultimately cool?
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nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 1st, 2007 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly sweetie, plan a road trip to Alabama! You've got to come visit me. I even have a pal on staff who buckled the Apollo astronauts into the capsule! I'll show you the ultimate Space Geek playground. I bet I'm the only person you know who has a real live Space Shuttle parked outside her office.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 1st, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have a space shuttle parked outside your office??? *faints*
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 1st, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup! The only full stack on display anywhere! The Smithsonian has the Enterprise, but it's just the orbiter, no SRBs or ET. Ours is the Pathfinder. It's never flown. It was a full scale mock up to test equipment here on Earth. NASA considers it part of the 'fleet'. We also have one of only 3 complete Saturn V's that exist as well as bunches of other kinds of rockets just standing around. Our museum has the largest display of space artifacts in the world (more than Kennedy). I work at the coolest place in the world!
lorelei_lynn From: lorelei_lynn Date: October 1st, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Space shuttles in Alabama? I think I must have driven past your office while visiting my sister last week.
verdenia From: verdenia Date: October 6th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's awesome. Here I was, about to brag that I have a friend who is a rocket scientist for NASA. :P
He's been working in the DC office, though.
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 1st, 2007 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly sweetie, plan a road trip to Alabama! You've got to come visit me. I even have a pal on staff who buckled the Apollo astronauts into the capsule! I'll show you the ultimate Space Geek playground. I bet I'm the only person you know who has a real live Space Shuttle, complete with the external tank and both SRBs, parked outside her office.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 1st, 2007 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
You're a space geek? That gives me some ideas... *rubs hands* What's your fav topic?
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 1st, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
No reason to bring it in to your story, but Japanese has a bunch of names for the different phases of the moon. For example, izayoi is the moon of the 16th night, the night after it's full, and has often been considered one of the best loved nights of the moon (although I'm going on reading sources only there, anyone actually from Japan is welcome to laugh at me) because it embodies "mono no aware," the awareness of transient beauty. It's the night when the moon is still nearly full yet it has already begun to die.

Sorry, I keep thinking there should be something really werewolf story applicable in that, but it hasn't come yet.

Ellen
parallactic From: parallactic Date: October 1st, 2007 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
That page is a work of sheer brilliance. Now that is a sport I could really get into, and generally watching sports doesn't appeal to me.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 1st, 2007 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love the NASA pages. Plus they have all the minutiae of moonrises and such - in UT. Have to remember to send this to hubby, as he's the real geek. He was about to study astronomy when he changed his mind after a year at the Uni and went for economics instead. lol Space exploration is the coolest thing - so much to find! *bounces*
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: October 1st, 2007 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
There is also a super site called Heavens-Above.com (don't forget the hyphen!). You can pull up a sky map for whatever specific time you want to star gaze, find out when satellites are crossing your night sky (perfect for spotting the ISS) and check moon charts, etc.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 1st, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yes - heavens-above.com is a great site! And the one hubby uses before star-gazing sessions. My eyes are screwed by repeated optical neuritis, so I hardly see a blasted thing in a telescope. It's a bit depressing, so I pretend I'm not interested... Not that I manage 100%, but there isn't really much to do about it.
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