Resonant Dancing

This simulation shows the complex but predictable pattern, called an orbital resonance, which occurs as the recently discovered TRAPPIST-1 planets exert a periodic gravitational tug on each other as they orbit their star. The three-body resonance of the outer three planets causes the planets to repeat the same relative positions. The expect effects of that resonance was used to predict the orbital period of TRAPPIST-1h.

The animation shows the planets orbiting for 90 Earth-days. After 15 Earth-days, the animation only shows the outer three planets: TRAPPIST-1f, TRAPPIST-1g, TRAPPIST-1h. The the simulations stops briefly each time two adjacent planets pass each other, and an arrow appears pointing to the location of the third planet.

Video Credit: NASA

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Meanwhile, in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit—

T-minus 3 days and counting.

UPDATE—This may come as a shock to the Cabin Boy™, but the Team Kimberlin Post of the Day is not always about him. Hint: Those blog hits are from a Maryland IP address.

Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign

ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype rings once. Telephone handset picked up.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

LAWYER: (Telephone Filter) Mr. Atsign, my name is Matti Sorensen. I’m calling from Fortion Energy. We are a power company in Finland.


LAWYER: (Telephone Filter) You have been recommended to me as someone to conduct an Internet investigation in the United States.

JOHNNY: That’s my line of work. Exactly what sort of investigation?

LAWYER: (Telephone Filter) We believe that someone in the U.S. is infringing our intellectual property on Twitter.

JOHNNY: Why not simply send a takedown notice?

LAWYER: (Telephone Filter) We want to know more before we act.

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!

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Leadership on Impeachment

There’s a growing group among the Democrats in Congress agitating for the impeachment of President Trump. It may be that they are just throwing some political mud around as a form of self-promotion. OTOH, they may really believe that Trump should go. If the later is the case, they need to get themselves better organized. Not all of them were around for the Clinton impeachment 19 years ago, so they should pick a leader with some actual practical experience with the impeachment process. Alcee Hastings comes to mind.