October 2015

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                                                                                               Recurring ‘Lineae’ on Slopes at Hale Crater, Mars

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              Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. Today I start this edition of ‘The Mars Report’ with the ‘Holy Grail’ of extraterrestrial exploration, water. Essential to all life, the birthplace of mankind, and (until recently) never before found outside the surface of earth. That all changed on September 28th, 2015 with the announcement of a discovery on the Martian surface. Since early in the life of the Curiosity rover, there had been speculation and observations of other liquids. However, with the image, below, all speculation ended with a single discovery.

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Recurring ‘Lineae’ on Slopes at Hale Crater, Mars

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(Recurring ‘Lineae’ on Slopes at Hale Crater, Mars)

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That, My Dear Shoevians, is most certainly the single most famous image of modern science. Published around the world, late last month, this is the image that has ended the search for the ‘Holy Grail’ of extraterrestrial exploration. Now, this image is rather difficult to navigate for the average reader, or Shoevian.

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The dark narrow streaks that we see, left of center, in this image are “inferred” to be formed by“Seasonal flow of water on contemporary Mars.” This is not flowing water like here on earth. This is a “briny liquid water” heavy with hydrated salts. It is these hydrated salts that brought NASA’s attention to this flow, and others found on the Martian surface. It is thought that during the winter months (occurring now) on Mars moisture in the thin atmosphere collects and solidifies on the upward sides of these slopes. As the Martian surface heats, the briny liquid water flows down slopes, like those seen in this image. This is only one example of the briny liquid water flows on the Martian surface.

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Now, as for the how this image was made? Let me quote the NASA/JPL web site for their expert explanation.

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        “The image was produced by first creating a 3-D computer model (a digital terrain map) of the area based on stereo information from two HiRISE observations, and then draping a false-color image over the land-shape model. The vertical dimension is exaggerated by a factor of 1.5 compared to horizontal dimensions. The camera records brightness in three wavelength bands: infrared, red and blue-green. The draped image is one product from HiRISE observation ESP_03070_1440.[2]

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Now, as a special added treat, My Dear Shoevians, I have a short animation of this discovery as provided by NASA/JPL below. Enjoy!

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Animation of Site of Seasonal Flows in Hale Crater, Mars

 

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The image, above, is made with a process called ‘false color’. If you are a regular Shoevian then you are familiar with this process of image enhancement. Our next image is of the very same process of briny liquid water taken at Horowitz Crater, without the image enhancements.

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                                                                               Recurring “Lineae” on Slopes at Horowitz Crater

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(Recurring “Lineae” on Slopes at Horowitz Crater)

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MY Dear Shoevians, this discovery is the single most important scientific discovery of mankind. With the presence of liquid water, comes the distinct possibility of the formation of life. The possibility of life existing on the surface of another planetary body in our solar system is nothing short of incredible. Now, My Dear Shoevians, aside from the implications of life of another planetary body within our own solar system (as if that is not enough) liquid water on the Martian surface gives us the opportunity of a gas station in space!

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By breaking down liquid water into its component hydrogen and oxygen, then pressurizing said gases into a liquid form yields liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen (LOX). As well, the oxygen can be used for breathing by the astronauts and water… well, to drink!

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Now, for any still remaining nay Sayers I give you the following image, captured at the Kimberly Formation at the base of Mount Sharp.

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                                                                        NASA’s Curiosity Rover Team Confirms Ancient Lakes on Mars

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(NASA’s Curiosity Rover Team Confirms Ancient Lakes on Mars)

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Well, My Dear Shoevians, I am pretty darn good with words. However, when it comes to explaining the above captioned image, I am going to leave this one image to the experts at NASA/JPL.

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A new study from the team behind NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was once, billions of years ago, capable of storing water in lakes over an extended period of time.

Using data from the Curiosity rover, the team has determined that, long ago, water helped deposit sediment into Gale Crater, where the rover landed more than three years ago. The sediment deposited as layers that formed the foundation for Mount Sharp, the mountain found in the middle of the crater today.

“Observations from the rover suggest that a series of long-lived streams and lakes existed at some point between about 3.8 to 3.3 billion years ago, delivering sediment that slowly built up the lower layers of Mount Sharp,” said Ashwin Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and co-author of the new Science article to be published Friday, Oct. 9.”[5]

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Well, My Dear Shoevians, I have reached the very limit of my endurance to my pain… today. I had really wanted to share another ‘Gargantuan’ edition of ‘The Mars Report’ for all of your today. However, I simply am not going to push myself and be in pain for days and days to come. I hope to write, and publish, an all new edition of ‘Lost in Space’ later this week. There are still tons of great images, I have put aside, from the Chandra X-Ray Telescope for future editions. I hope to share some more of these, later on this week.

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I would like to extend my thanks to all of you, My Dear Shoevians, for dropping by today. For taking the time to revel in the scientific discovery of the ‘Holy Grail’ on the Martian surface. I know that I have been greatly absent, from these pages. I hope to change that reality and appear here on a more and more frequent basis. I do love to write, love to share my discoveries, and love to publish. But for my disabilities, my pain and growing physical limitations, I would be here every single day!

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe
                    Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe

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        Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. In my last article, the very first since my computer problem, I expressed my “Deep and Heartfelt Thanks” to all of you, My Dear Shoevians,that donated to my ‘Computer Repair Fund’. Today, my reason for writing is twofold. First, I wanted to share the proof that the donations I accepted actually did go for repairing my ‘writing computer’ (my HP DV 9500t CTO Notebook Computer). So, I present to you, My Dear Shoevians, scans of the receipts from H.B. Computerz.

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Scan of Receipt for Repairs #1
Scan of Receipt for Repairs #1

(Scan of Original Receipt for Repairs)

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As I explained, on Facebook and via; personal messages, emails and phone calls Amir (the owner ofH.B. Computerz) quoted me a price of:

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  • $195.00 for motherboard repair )parts included)
  • $130.00 for screen repair (parts included)

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As it turned out, the computer could be (simply) repaired and there was no need to replace the motherboard. However, the monitor did need to be replaced, and Amir gave me a great deal.

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Second View of the Repair Receipt
Second View of the Repair Receipt

(Second View of the Repair Receipt)

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Second, I wanted to take the time (right here, today) to express my genuine gratitude to Amir, Samand all the staff at H.B. Computerz. I could tell that Amir, and all his technical staff, took their work very seriously and treated every customer with respect. Each and every time that I called I was helped expeditiously and professionally. I have to tell you, My Dear Shoevians, that that has become a rarity in America. This level of service and professionalism is (now) the exception and not the rule. That is unfortunate, and the major reason that I have taken the time to write this article of“Thanks!”. As well, I wanted to make sure that all of you, My Dear Shoevians, that live here in Southern California (mostly South L.A. and North Orange county) that there is a great place to have your computer work preformed.

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H.B. Computerz Sticker
H.B. Computerz Sticker

(H.B. Computerz Sticker)

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Now, H.B. Computerz is not limited to just repairing computers. Rather than just mention all the services that they provide, here is a listing from their web site (you can go to their web site by clicking on their name anywhere in this article, or on any of the stickers and/or business cards).

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As you can see, MY Dear Shoevians, if you have a computer or data need, either personal of corporate, H.B. Computerz has you covered. Just to make sure that I have made my point:

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Amir, THANK YOU for your complete and professional service on my laptop computer. THANK YOU!

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H.B. Computerz Business Card
H.B. Computerz Business Card

(H.B. Computerz Business Card)

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I hope that Amir, Sam and all the technical support and sales personnel have a chance to see this article. Their service has been very important to me, as it has given me back my Voice on the Internet! With my four blog locations:

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The Other Shoe Primary Blog Location

 

The Other Shoe’s Oldest Blog Location

 

The Other Shoe Secondary Location

 

The Other Shoe Most Recent Blog Location

 

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I will be expressing my “THANKS!” and I will be posting free advertisement for the next month… or so. It is just my way for showing my genuine gratitude for your professional work, and the great dealyou gave me on the repairs. You can rest assured that any and all computer work and repairs I need in the future? I will be taking my business to H.B. Computerz.

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That brings us to the end of this article for today, October 15th, 2015. Now… for a little blog business.

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My Dear Shoevians, I wanted to take a moment and touch base with all of you. When I posted my article of heartfelt thanks to those of you, My Dear Shoevians, that kindly donated to my ‘Writing Computer Repair Fund’. I indicated that I would be returning to a regular publishing schedule as soon as was possible. I would like to express my sincere apology for not reaching that goal, as of yet.

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I am not too sure as to why I have encountered the physical problems I have… since the return of my computer. I know that last; Friday, Saturday and Sunday I spent ‘out and about’ taking care of errands (like picking up the repaired computer, purchasing a new UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) to protect my newly repaired computer, cleaning my writing desk, cleaning my power chair, and doing nine loads of laundry.

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What ever the reason, I awoke Monday morning with both my hands swollen up like two ‘hand shaped’ balloons. I could barely move my fingers, and there was an extreme amount of pain; in my hands, in my neck, and in my lower back. This difficulty has been prohibitive, with regards to reaching my goal of writing and publishing on a regular schedule. However, my hands are improving and I hope to meet this schedule starting this next week.

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I thank you for your understanding and support. I have continued to do my research for images and news on; Curiosity on Mars, the New Horizons Flight, and more and more images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Let me assure you, My Dear Shoevians, that there IS plenty of new and inspiring material for me to share. Just as soon as my pain subsides, my hands return to their regular size and I have full dexterity back? I will begin the work of returning to a regular writing and publishing schedule. Hang in there!

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe
Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe

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Welcome back My Dear Shoevians to The Other Shoe. It has been some time since my last post, but I am back and I am ready to write. However, first things first!

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The people who have made the repair of my ‘Writing Computer’ possible, well are just too numerous to name here today. Thousands responded with emails and messages of; support, kindness, understanding and caring. These voices reached out and gave me strength. Yet, out of themasses a handful stood out and lent a helping hand. I would be gravely remiss if I did not give them a mention here, today.

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The following men have reached outside their own lives, and through acts of generosity bridged the miles between us and touched the life of another human being in a way that will never be forgotten.

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Ian Cottier
Ian Cottier

(Ian Cottier)

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Ian Cottier – I met Ian through Facebook, and my life has been graced by his friendship. When I wrote of my problems with my computer, Ian did not hesitate to dig deep and bridge the ocean between us with this generosity. “Thank you very much, Ian!”

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William Booth
William Booth

(Kinky Friedman & William Booth on the right)

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William Booth – Bill and I meet though mutual friends, and our mutual love of the Great State of Texas. Bill has returned to Texas, I have stayed here in California. Though thousands of miles separate us physically, our love of ‘good governance’, and a shared dream of a better and more prosperous America (for all) bridge the physical world that separates us. When Bill learned of myneed for assistance getting my writing computer repaired. Bill did not hesitate to reach out and help.“Thank you, Bill!”

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Jack Wright
Jack Wright

(Jack Wright)

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Jack Wright – Of all the friends I have listed here, Jack and I have just met. We are both friends of William, and when we found ourselves standing together against intransigence and intolerance a friendship was forged. I was very much surprised by Jack’s generosity, for we have only known each other a short time. It just goes to show you, that a friend that reaches out, when you are in need, is a friend in deed! “Thank you, Jack!”

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Jason Kleppinger
Jason Kleppinger

(Jason Kleppinger)

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Jason Kleppinger – Though last in mentions, here today, Jason has been my friend the longest. I meet Jason back in the late 90’s. As with all the friends I have shared here, today. I met Jason via the internet. Funny that all the friends and benefactors, mentioned here today, I have never met any of them in person! Jason reached out all the way from Iowa, just to lend me a helping hand. “Thank you, Jason!”

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I must admit that I am deeply moved by the generosity of the men mentioned here, today. Thoughnone of them, have I met in person, they have not… did not hesitate to help when they say a friend in need. Here with all of you here at my side, My Dear Shoevians, I would like to express to them my most deep and heartfelt… … … “THANK YOU!”

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With every word that I write, from here on out, and every article that I publish. I want them to knowthat I think of their generosity. For, with out which, my voice would be silenced. Because of their kindness, support and caring I am able to continue my work. Continue; writing, sharing and publishing here at The Other Shoe.

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Finally, I would like to express my thanks to the Owner and workers at H.B. Computers. Amir, the owner, gave me a great deal on the repairs that my computer needed. The work they did returned to me my writing computer in great working order. In the coming week I will be preparing and posting advertisements for H.B. Computers that will appear along the sidebar of each and every one of my four blog locations. “Thank you EVERYONE at H.B. Computers!”

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Well, that about wraps it up, for today. My Dear Shoevians, the past two days have been terriblydemanding, of me physically. I have; spent hours out in 94+ degree heat, helped with shopping at several different stores, and assisted with nine loads of laundry.

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This has left me sore… well all over my hands… my neck… my back, and more. I simply must rest, and recuperate, before I begin my writing and publishing in earnest. I will return, in just a matter of days, with publications of; ‘The Mars Report’, ‘Lost in Space’, ‘Election 2016’, ‘American Governance – What We Need Today!’, and ‘A Week in Review’!

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Adieu!

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Thank you!

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Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe
Danny Hanning Writer, Editor, Research Staff and Publisher at The Other Shoe

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