System has four stars and a planet-forming disk oriented vertically

A solar system has been identified with two sets of binary stars.

the two binary systems have stars that orbit their mutual centers of gravity at a distance about the same as the Earth’s distance from the Sun. The two binary systems are separated by about 54 times that distance, or about 1.8 times the Sun-Neptune distance.

If that weren’t enough, there is a ring orbiting on the polar axis that is primed to produce a planet

the material in the disk appears to have condensed into dust particles, a key early step that enables planet formation. So, at some point in the future, there may be planets orbiting the system graced with two suns and two very bright, very nearby stars.

Insert Yelp! review ratings joke somewhere in here…

Source: System has four stars and a planet-forming disk oriented vertically | Ars Technica

2,630-Calorie Meal

His former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski wrote, in “Let Trump Be Trump,” his book chronicling the campaign, that “on Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke,” and that his boss’s go-to McDonald’s order was two Big Macs, two Filet-o-Fishes, and a chocolate milkshake.

That’s a lot of food for one sitting.

Source: The Pure American Banality of Donald Trump’s White House Fast-Food Buffet | The New Yorker

Downtown gets free 1GB Wi-Fi; ‘smart parking’ next

Montgomery has launched free 1-gigabyte Wi-Fi through the central part of downtown, and bigger changes are on the way. Plans include street cameras, a fiber network, 22,000 new LED lights and “smart parking” through an app, all part of a wider effort to create a “Smart City Living Lab” in the heart of the city.The free internet service quietly launched along Commerce Street and Dexter Avenue earlier this month, paid for by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

This is pretty impressive. I would love to see further expansion of MGMIX to include surrounding neighborhoods with access to fiber.

Source: Downtown gets free 1GB Wi-Fi; ‘smart parking’ next

I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America.

She said she was sorry about him. I said, “It’s fine.” I said there really wasn’t anything I could do. She blinked back the flood of tears she’d been holding since God knows when. She said, “It’s just, when he has Fox, he has Obama to hate. If he doesn’t have that …” She kept looking over her shoulder. She was terrified of him. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I just need him to have Fox.” I got out of my van.

An eye-opening account of being a gay woman as a “cable guy” in America.

Warning: There is some salty language and adult themes


We took a nice little day trip to Chewacla State Park the other day.


Mentone, AL

Just before the world changed

I bought the album Toxicity by System Of A Down the day it came out. I forgot how close to 9/11 it was; released exactly 1 week before the terrorist attack on the USA. 

I am not a huge metal fan. I do find some heavier music to be enjoyable. I loved System Of A Down’s previous self-titled release. The music spoke to me because it had humor and some catchy hooks, something most metal and other hard music lacks.

I was reunited with their music today while watching, of all things, a youtube review of the Microsoft Surface Studio 2. She played Prison Song in the video, but then I remembered songs like Chop Suey, Bounce, and Toxicity. Their breakout from that album, Aerials, stands out. It toned down their metal foundations and discovered a new sound. Harmony, something closer to pop rock, but still something edgier. 


No Connection

I spent the last 4 days without ANY connection to the Internet. I can’t remember the last time I had that much time away. It is kinda strange because I remember when having an Internet connection was a big deal, and a hard thing to come about; now it is nearly ubiquitous. 

No twitter or Instagram.

No blogs or podcasts.

No news or notifications.

The world I have lived in the last few days has actually been quit enice.

Aggressive driving

There was an old man driving in a white pickup truck behind me for the largest part of my drive down I-65 south today. He continued to ride my tail and get upset with me. Eventually, when I would need to pass somebody, and change into the left lane, (the lane he occupied constantly) he would turn his high beams on and speed up until he was only a few feet away from my bumper. He would then back away, then turn on his hazard lights. After a few more seconds he sped up again, and was riding my bumper.

As soon as I was able to get back into the right lane, he got next to me and just looked.

I don’t know why this has had such an affect on me, but I am still bothered by it. I would love to go and visit him to ask him why. I just want to know what was going through his mind.

HWB 11-16