Bits and Pieces 8

Trying to get back into the swing of things, and there have been a few interesting items in the space exploration department at least. But before that, I'd like to wish me readers a Happy Epiphany or Feast of the Three Kings. Here's a rendition of "We Three Kings of Orient Are" that I particularly enjoy, performed by Mario Lanza:

1. First up, we've got a shot taken by the Curiosity Rover on Mars on New Year's Day. The mountain directly ahead is Aeolis Mons (apparently also known as Mount Sharp). Click on the image to get the full size view. Apparently this New Year's day was also Curiosity's 500th day on the red planet.

2. Then we've got a New Year's "selfie" that was actually worth taking. Following the trend set by Canadian astronaut Commander Hadfield, American astronaut Mike Hopkins "tweeted" this photo on Christmas Eve (source: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24806981/photo-astronaut-spacewalk-shoots-ultimate-selfie):

3. I stumbled across Arena.Xism the other day -- an RPG that works completely through Microsoft Excel. It's made my Cary Walkin, an accountant who, by his own admission "[makes] cool things in [his] spare time". Indeed he does. I haven't played it yet, but I intend do, as a hat-tip to such ingenuity.

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