Look! Up In The Sky!

It’s a comet!

Starting today March 10th, Comet Pan-STARRS makes its closest approach to the sun, inside the orbit of Mercury.

Over the next several days as it moves away from the Sun it should become more visible. March 12th and 13th the comet will pass not far from the crescent Moon, providing an excelent opportunity for sunset viewing. As the week progresses it should be easily visible to the naked eye.

So if you’ve got clear skies grab the kids for this rare astronomical event

Curious about Curiosity? Mars rover landing tonight!

Curiosity Shadow

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After years of planning & construction, a voyage of millions of miles since it’s launch in November 2011, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) otherwise know as the Curiosity rover will be attempting to land in Gale Crater on Mars tonight (tomorrow morning 05:31 UTC)

You can find out tons of great information about this car sized rover and its unusual landing method at numerous locations across the net. From NASA’s 7 Minutes of Terror: Curiosity Rover’s Risky Mars Landing video, to Emily Lakdawalla’s excellent post over at Nerdist and her videos about the rover itself.

There are several live feeds tonight as we all wait to see if the rover lands successfully.

You can also follow the action on twitter #MSL

– Laith

UPDATE 1:15am CT 8/6: When I posted this initially it was 9:30pm CT and we had three hours to wait and see if the landing was a success. I am pleased to update that at around 12:17am Curiosity landed successfully on Mars and confirmation was received shortly after the half hour. Within minutes the first photos from the low-resolution obstacle cameras at the wheels were arriving back at earth. We live in an amazing time.

Curiosity 1st Photo

First Photo (via @MarsCuriosity)


Curiosity Shadow

Rover Shadow (@MarsCuriosity)

Update 2 (By Susie): Here’s a great article by Emily Lakdawalla of The Planetary Society about the landing over at Nerdist! And here’s where to watch the mission briefings from NASA – http://www.ustream.tv/NASAJPL

I’m Protesting SOPA/PIPA, and you should too!


Hi folks – although it doesn’t look like it here, I’m protesting SOPA/PIPA too! (What are these things? Read this article here!)

Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works

I’m just too lame in my WP Fu to be able to easily black out my site, so I decided to blog a quick post and give you info sites to visit for more information!

The Official Strike against SOPA site

And here’s how to strike if you agree! Follow me on Twitter @susiethegeek for more info – I’m not putting anything political up on @howtogrowgeek.

A short delay ….

Hey everyone! Sorry about the delay getting the 100th show out! I was gathering well-wishes, got sick with strep throat, lost my voice, and now have a blown microphone. I’ve ordered a replacement, so as soon as I get it up and working, I’ll get this show out to you!

Thanks again for being wonderful listeners! Feel free to give us a shout-out!


Congratulations to the 2010 Parsec Award Winners!

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

“The Tank” by Scott Sigler

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)

Personal Effects: Sword of Blood by J.C. Hutchins

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form)

Captain’s Share by Nathan Lowell

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

The Metamor City Podcast – “Whispers in the Wood” by Chris Lester

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

Decoder Ring Theatre by Gregg Taylor

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

GOLD: Season 1 by David Nett & Andrew R. Deutsch

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

The Drabblecast edited by Norm Sherman

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

In The Gloaming by Nathaniel Tapley

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

The Signal featuring Kari Haley, Kevin Bachelder, Kara Helgren, Les Howard, Jutta Jordans, Dave Tomasic, Andy King, Nick Edwards, Miranda Thomas, Helen Eaton, Anna Snyder, James Parkinson, & Jill Arroway

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

Galactic Watercooler featuring Audra, Chuck, & Sean

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

Writing Excuses featuring Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Eric James Stone, Howard Tayler, & Stacy Whitman

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

Skeptoid featuring Brian Dunning

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

Teknikal Diffikulties featuring Cayenne Chris Conroy

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

Radio Free Hipster featuring Z.

Science Rules! Neil Tyson and Bill Nye!


Cool pic from Neil Tyson’s twitter @neiltyson

Darcy’s post – Facebook, decisions and parents.

Hi Guys,
As some of you already know, I no longer have a Facebook page. It wasn’t them, it was something Dad and Jenny decided was best for me. So i wanted to talk about that and parents in general. Because I think it’s important and maybe help my younger followers.

First off, let me say Facebook was cool and fun. But there were things going on I didn’t know about until later. See, once you put yourself out on the internet, and you’re young like us. It’s going attract bad people and creeps. I was totally locked down, only people I added was people we know. And dad says I still got like six or seven people trying to follow me that he said looked very scary. (That was weekly.)

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Help Tee Morris and Sonic Boom in their time of need!

A Chip-in fund has been started for Tee and Sonic Boom to get some cash for their current expenses. A second Chip-in fund will be setup tonight for people to send money so we can open a trust fund for Sonic Boom. Ron Dauphin, a friend of the family, SVAllie, and Paul Fischer will be setting up the trust fund according to the family’s wishes. I will post that URL as soon as Ron sets it up.

The link to the Chip-in site for their current expenses can be found in the column to the right here – you can also post the Chip-in widget on your own site!

Thank you all for any support you can give to Tee and Sonic Boom in their time of need.

In Memory of Natalie Morris

Natalie Morris, wife of writer/podcaster Tee Morris, passed away today due to complications with the flu. Please join us in remembering her and her family, especially her daughter, affectionately known as “Sonic Boom”, today. If you are interested in the Sonic Boom Trust Fund, you and fill out the form here to be put on the mailing list.

Tee, our hearts go out to you and SB. We love you!

Susie, Amanda, John and Kevin

A new episode is coming soon! UPDATED!

Update again: Apparently my podcast server got hacked and is now in the process of being cleaned up. Please report anything unusual you might find on my site to me. Hopefully we will be up and running soon!

Update: The podcast is recorded and I just need to reconfigure my FTP client to let me upload it. It will be up ASAP!

Hi guys,

I promise a new episode is coming soon – just got slowed down by a sick Kevin and a Windows 7 upgrade. But both are improving, so you will get something soon! I intend to cover “Hidden Talents and Halloween”, so feel free to voicemail in your stories of either! 206-202-7309!