An Old Star Cluster


An ancient globuleThis is NGC 6535, a globular cluster 22,000 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens (The Serpent). It’s about one light-year across.

Globular clusters are tightly bound groups of stars which orbit galaxies. The Latin word globulus, from which these clusters take their name, means a small sphere.  A large mass in the rich stellar centre of a globular cluster pulls the stars inward to form a ball of stars.

Globular clusters are generally very ancient objects that form around the same time as their host galaxy. Thus far, no new star formation has been observed within amy globular cluster. The lack of young stars explains the abundance of aging yellow stars in this image, most of them containing very few heavy elements.

Image Credit: NASA

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign


Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) Good morning, Johnny. How was the the fishing up north.

JOHNNY: Cold, but good. What’s up?

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) I want to do a year-in-review show.

JOHNNY: Uh, huh.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: (Telephone Filter) Go through the cases and pick out the best two or three shows.

JOHNNY: OK. I’ll take a look.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the problems that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin should be considering in the drafting of his omnibus opposition to the stack of motions to dismiss his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness is Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)(3) which requires that

the factual contentions have evidentiary support or, if specifically so identified, will likely have evidentiary support after a reasonable opportunity for further investigation or discovery …

For example, consider this from paragraph 249 of his second amended complaint.

ECF 135-249There is not only no evidence to support that contention, the evidence refutes it. With only one exception, I have never been in the same place as Brett Kimberlin other than in a courthouse (or its near environs such surrounding sidewalks or parking lots) for an open hearing where I was either a party or covering the open hearing for this blog. Obviously, when I was a party at a hearing, I had every right to be present. Similarly—as the judge told TDPK when he tried to have me thrown out of a courtroom during a hearing—members of the public have the right to attend open court hearings, and I have a First Amendment right to cover open hearing as a blogger. There’s no stalking there.

The exception occurred at the Carroll County Senior Center on 27 January, 2014, during the mediation session between Bill Schmalfeldt and me concerning the disposition of peace order violation charges against Schmalfeldt. Kimberlin was in the building. He had driven Schmalfeldt to the meeting. Of course, he had the right to give Schmalfeldt a ride, but the meeting was not open. He had no right to be hanging around the Senior Center during the meeting.

TDPK has provided transportation for Schmalfeldt for hearings in District Court in Howard County and District and Circuit Courts in Carroll County. He attended those hearings. He also attended a Hoge v. Schmalfeldt hearing in U. S. District Court in Baltimore. If the theory of hearing attendance that he wishes to apply to me is valid, then he has been stalking me. Fortunately for TDPK, that bit advice he’s had from Acme is wrong.

popcorn4bkOn the one hand, I suspect it will be somewhat exasperating to have to deal with yet another bogus court filing from TDPK. On the other, I do have a certain curiosity to see what sort of nonsense he throws out. He has until close of business next Monday to get his opposition to the court.

Tick, tock.