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Here's the 20th anniversary image release from the Hubble Space Telescope folks.

I haven't read the press release but just from my initial eyeball estimation I can tell you that this cloud in space is literally hundreds of miles across and contains dozens of stars, planets, planetisimals, plutonoids and astrodots. They call it the Mystic Mountain. If you look very, very closely at the very top of the central pillar, you can see what appears to be Frodo Baggins in climbing gear. Or is that Bilbo. I'll ask the experts.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 23, 2010; 7:49 AM ET
 
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First? More fake colours.

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

This is a Frazetta painting. I keep looking for the barbarian holding the battle ax.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Upon closer inspection, I see a warrior princess holding a longbow over her head with a sabertooth tiger at her feet. Kids quit playing "What's that cloud look like?" with me at an early age.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Anybody else see the resemblence?

http://www.popartuk.com/g/l/lgfp1416+a-new-hope-original-movie-score-star-wars-episode-iv-poster.jpg

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninckz, Boodle!

Frodo (actually the actor who played the role in LOTR) been touring the epicenter area of the Chile earthquake. Yesterday, in Curepto he was visibly shaken by the destruction.

Posted by: Braguine | April 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Gut morninckz, Boodle!

Frodo (actually the actor who played the role in LOTR) been touring the epicenter area of the Chile earthquake. Yesterday, in Curepto he was visibly shaken by the destruction.

Posted by: Braguine | April 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Beautiful image, and I like Joel's setup for a Rorschach test.

But you do *not* want to know what I see in there.

A little bit of Bosch and the "Night on Bald Mountain" from Disney's "Fantasia," though comapred to what I'm seeing, those are like an episode of Barney.

Sure, I still want to go there, and every interesting place in the 'verse (which, I suppose would be Everywhen) as long as I don't have to smell it.

Perhaps I shouldn't have had that third cup of coffee with the espresso shots this morning.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | April 23, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

What a fabulous picture.

I am back and missed a gardening kit, tried to post from my blackberry on the way home last night but couldn't figure it out.

Hope everyone had a great week, the mountains in PA were lovely in springtime, not enough time to see them but the glimpses I caught were nice and the drive was gorgeous. Love that drive south from Syracuse so beautiful.

I tried Yleugling (sp) in honour of you all, I liked it I really liked it. Today I will attempt to get caught up, but mostly I really just want to rest and relax. Beautiful and sunny here, gardens are calling me - water me, water me :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | April 23, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

To see the photos side by side:

http://livebythefoma.blogspot.com/2010/04/separated-in-photoshop-deep-space.html

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

bc: Yello, are you seeing what I'm seeing?

Yellojkt: I think so, bc, but how did the Spice Girls get into the paella? Narf.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

That's a purty picture. I don't mind the colorization. I am glad they didn't go for neon, though - too early in the morning.

I surely did enjoy reading the last few Boodles. There was thoughtful if salty comment, a fine gardening discussion, and splendid movie foolishness. I was glad to see the new posters lured out as well. Howdy y'all.

When I see pictures like this I marvel at the penny-wise pound foolishness that almost lost us the Hubble.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 23, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Yello - hehehehe. Nice picture, but I sure wouldn't want to be in the middle of *that* explosion!

Morning, all. Nephew was delivered to school on time, now I have to wait till it's time to go get a Subway sandwich for him and go enjoy his class picnic.

My fed income tax refund showed up this morning. How wonderful it is when the technology works.

Cassandra, I hope the doctor listens well to you and deals properly with your pain.

Posted by: slyness | April 23, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Hey, you guys, don't go harshing on Zolt (the dude who puts these images together for public release). He works hard to make those pictures beautiful -- and, to the knowledgeable eye, informative. My eye is not knowledgeable, so I will stick with thinking it's cool.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 23, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Er... Hundreds of miles? Those must be some rather small stars, planets, planetisimals, plutonoids and astrodots... :)

Posted by: snow_crash | April 23, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

snow_crash,
Love your alias, but turn up your Comic Exaggeration Detector just a bit.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

You don't want to hear Joel do his Carl Sagan impersonation: "Bil-yuns and bil-yuns..."

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, it's false colored and oriented in a way that makes it look mountainous instead of pendulous. Or worse.

But I've come to terms with false imagery. This is really just a way of indicating characteristic of the image, like temperature, density, or gamma-ray flux, that wouldn't be visible at all to the naked eye. Plus, of course, it makes it look real purty.

And it surely is a gloriously ambiguous scene. When I stare at it I tend to see this:

http://library.duke.edu/lilly/film-video/images/forbidden-planet.jpg

Monsters. Monsters from the Id.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 23, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"I can tell you that this cloud in space is literally hundreds of miles across . . . . ."

You mean he meant to write this, yellojkt?

Posted by: simpleton1 | April 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Snow Crash, I took that as gauge scale as facetious, much as you can when I say that I think I can see the trunk of one of the elephants that hold the world up.

And thanks for not mentioning seeing microdots.

yello, thanks for not mentioning Will I Am in that picture, who seems to be everywhere these days, too.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | April 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Hey SciTim! Tell Zolt to stop sneaking into my hard drive and pirating my "sunrise from the 16th floor" pics, OK?

:-)

Seems like ages since I've been able to visit the Boodle more than once a day... Oh wait, it has. :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 23, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes. Yes, I am pretty sure he meant to write that.

Posted by: ScienceTim | April 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

'Pendulous' is nearly as good an adjective as 'bodacious.'

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Also, I keep seeing these creepy martians from the 1967 British film "Quartermass and the Pit."

http://www.davidlrattigan.com/Quatermass%20and%20the%20Pit%20aliens.jpg

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 23, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

It's a bunny and a chicken, BTW...

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 23, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Carl claimed he never really said Billions and Billions. That was good old Johnny Carson. But it was such a good tale that Sagan used to play along.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 23, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Well, yeah. Bunnies of course. But there will always be bunnies.

Bunnies! Bunnies! Bunnies!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 23, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Comedians put words into the mouths of real people that are so much truthier than anything they actually said. Much like Sarah Palin/Tian Fey with "I can see Russia from my house."

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

snow_crash,
Love your alias, but turn up your Comic Exaggeration Detector just a bit.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

*****

Sorry, my Comic Exaggeration Detector is fueled by coffee, which I am sadly lacking today... :)

Posted by: snow_crash | April 23, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It's a bear!

Posted by: nellie4 | April 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Actually, after sufficient study, I think that on the left you have a long-faced camel-like creature turning a corner. That creature faces a furry big-nosed biped cradling an infant. Behind the biped are, clearly, copulating Triffids.

Wow. And they put this stuff out on the internet.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 23, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Gracefully done, snow_crash. Welcome. I've just put a fresh pot of French Roast on the table.

I didn't mean to in any way impugn the colourization of the Hubble pictures.

What a day! Pendulous, impugn... I guess it is vocabulary Friday.

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

It is all those things, of course, but Nellie is right. It is clearly a bear, as we must have bears. There is also a rabbit in there somewhere.

I actually like the colors, etc. I know it doesn't look like that really, but then I can't see it really, now can I? ScienceTim, thanks for putting a name to the artist. Thanks, Zolt. Or is it The Zolt?

Love the handle snow_crash. One of my favorite books.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 23, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

snow_crash,

Little known fact, but this was once a humor blog. The zen-like absence of jokes throws people off.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

No time to do sky reports on that picture, but a short image:

Red stop-light stars shine through a light blue fog which is tickling a rather brown many-knobbed beast glowing red and orange its underbelly. A few stars are on it, like freckles.

The underbelly glows the most where it's flanked by a second,more squat brown figure on its left.

That second figure looks like a well-worn wedge, with red hooded starshine shining out and down through, like car headlights going down a hill through thick night fog. It too is specked with stars from past collisons with jumbo fireflies.

Both brown blobs are collared at the top with blue fog that glows a bit greenish yellow.

The topmost knob on the righthand blob has this stylish nike-like whoosh of light which kind of makes it look like it's stringing a bow with the arrow through its head, ready to shoot.

I shall nickname it "Steve Martin Point."

In the upper left corner, there are two very faint brownish faces hidden deep in the fog. They do not seem amused by Steve Martin Point; his act is really bombing on a cosmic scale.

That somber note is the only thing that mars the beautiful whoosh around what basically, looks like two star-studded termite hills to me.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | April 23, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey y'all... by a weird set of circumstances, my entire family is home today... even Son of G! So it's a lazy morning in the G house.

Yello... the article I pointed to last night was from yesterday afternoon (2:47 pm) and noted that they are "also working on a clear opt-out feature that will be in place soon" for "those of you who don't want Network News."

So our b!tching seems to have done something.

Posted by: -TBG- | April 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Hi snow_crash! You're catching on quickly. Enjoy the French roast. Yoki is excellent with beverages.

Posted by: slyness | April 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Good morning to the boodlers and lurkers.

I checked the Detroit Free Press this morning to see if the obituary or death notice had been posted for my mother's (and my) friend's husband yet, but not yet. That being said, I *did* see the obituary for a simply wonderful guy whom perhaps some boodlers (and/or Joel) might recognize -- Ted Petok. Ted was 93 years old at his death, and if that name doesn't ring a bell, perhaps the animated short film (which won him an Academy Award in 1971 (and I remember his bounding up the stairs to receive it) will.

(Part 2 to follow)

Posted by: -ftb- | April 23, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I've decided that the photo is based on a Chevy Chase movie:

http://www.impawards.com/1983/posters/national_lampoons_vacation.jpg

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Part 2:

The film was called "The Crunch Bird". Here's the story:

A woman walks into a pet store to buy a pet. The proprietor walks up to her and obsequiously asks her if he can assist. She says that she wants to buy a pet, but doesn't know what kind. He says "Madam, I have just the thing for you" and takes her over to a perch upon which is, well, perched, an incredibly nasty looking bird. He says "Madam, *this* is a Crunch Bird". She says "What's a Crunch Bird?" He replies, "Madam, watch!" He then tells the bird "Crunch Bird - the table!" whereupon the Crunch Bird *CRUNCHES* the table. "Crunch Bird - the chair!" whereupon the Crunch Bird *CRUNCHES* the chair. The woman then says "I'll take it!" After a long day at the office, her husband comes home from work, grumbling and b * tching, grumbling and b * tching. The woman says to her husband "Look, dear. I got a Crunch Bird!" And her husband then says "Crunch Bird my a $ $!"

As it turns out, my father represented Ted and when my dad died a bit over 25 years ago, I went through all of his files and got back to all of his clients whom I could find. This is in the old pre-Internet days. Anyway, I was able to have a lovely conversation with Ted, who then sent me an original inscribed Crunch Bird (who actually had a sweet (sorta) smile on his beak) from Ted. He was a very, very sweet man.

Strangely enough, he had moved to an assisted-living place up in Rockville for the last several months before he died. If I had known, I most definitely would have visited him. He will be buried in Michigan, in the same cemetery as my parents. I can now assume that there will be laughter ensuing.

Posted by: -ftb- | April 23, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

TBG,
Thanks, I missed that part. The popularity of this new 'feature' seems to be underwhelming.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

How lovely, TBG!

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

What I can't figure out is why all that smoke is coming out of that helicopter in the upper right. They ought to do something about that.

'Morning, Boodle. Hey, Yoki. You up late or early rising?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 23, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

snow_crash, welcome. I'm one of the many resident bakers, specializing in muffins and cookies.

I'm also a Photoshop junkie and can envision all sorts of ways to digitally enhance that photo.

Noisy this morning at CasaJS with much carpentry being done.

Posted by: MsJS | April 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy your family being together TBG.

Younger daughter made me a lovely card (out of two chinet plates) to tell me how much she missed me and attached a photo on the inside - this was placed on my pillow so I would see it when I got home.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Today I am actually up early, having gone to bed at a decent hour. Now it seems like a bit of a mistake, since I am meeting some people for drinks and dinner, followed by tango. It might be a late night...

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"The Crunch Bird"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT1uKsrLKQs

Posted by: Bob-S | April 23, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

cool picture. i perused the image posted yesterday from nasa's new solar observatory (SDO?). very cool. went from there to the image gallery on the home page, seeing all kinds of images from far, far away. we *are* stardust.

Posted by: -jack- | April 23, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh how I wish I could casually say that I am meeting people for drinks and dinner followed by tango. Sounds so...sophisticated.

I most definitely see the bear in the picture. Does anyone else see the little f@rt cloud coming out the right?

Posted by: -TBG- | April 23, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

jack!

It isn't sophisticated the way I do it, TBG! :-)

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Facebook chat at 1:00

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2010/04/22/DI2010042205706.html

Posted by: -TBG- | April 23, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

TBG,
Upon further review, that Network News article by Raju Narisetti is the exact same article that I linked to a few days ago.

The keep rewriting it and reposting the changes without noting the corrections, which strikes me as journalistically suspect. Mostly they keep changing the description of the opt-out feature because they kept getting it wrong.

Also, they have taken the direct link to Narisetti's e-mail off the story. I wonder why.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

At the very top of the image, about one-third of the way from the left-hand side, we see a profile view (facing left) of this guy from "2001":
http://media.photobucket.com/image/2001%20star%20child/uhmovies/2001starchild2.jpg

Well, we knew he had to be out there somewhere!

Posted by: seismic-2 | April 23, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Is the bear in the base of the upper triangular structure looking to the left? Or is that a different bear. There are so many about you know.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | April 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

It's a happy bear trying to paw a butterfly...

AND it's a bunny and a chicken!

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 23, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Happy to see the Pentagon got this one right: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/22/AR2010042204442.html?hpid=sec-religion

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 23, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

And hello snow_crash. Love your work. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 23, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The bear is seen sort of from below, as he jumps down at you right below seismic-2's star child with the glowing belly button. It is crowded out in space.

Posted by: nellie4 | April 23, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Or the bear is looking at you from the side; you can see his ears sticking out of his head to the right. He is surrounded and obscured by forest creatures and worse (or better). I would say he is disguised, but it is a little early in the morning for adult beverages, even for a bear.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Glad people are enjoying the image, whatever you might be seeing there. ;-) Take a few moments to read about what's really going on in the landscape, and the Hubble story, that'll blow your mind too.

Zolt

Posted by: zlevay | April 23, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I liked Charles Krauthammer's column about the subtle pleasures of low-key baseball. The Krauthammer haters (and they are legion) will no doubt excoriate him for penning a paean to losing, pronouncing him unmanly and un-American.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/22/AR2010042205135.html

Posted by: Bob-S | April 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Zolt was here!

All the celebrities have discovered the Achenblog.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Y'all catch the nyt article on facebook? Yesterday, I think.

The IRS wishes it had fb's lack of accountability. Seriously, what have we learned elsewhere about thinking a corporation's keeping our best Interests in mind while they're maximizing profit?

Signed, the grumpy dba who looks at privacy issues on a daily basis :)

Posted by: -dbG- | April 23, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

That is quite possibly the most colorful African termite mound I've ever seen.

And from our Unglaublich Department- Massey Energy has denied its workers time off to attend the funerals of the 29 miners killed in its WV Upper Big Branch mine. Nice, very nice.

Posted by: kguy1 | April 23, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

George Will re-issues 'Men At Work' and Chuckie K writes a paean to baseball. I've noticed the puppy-doggish trend of the Krautster covering Will's topics two day's later but this is ridiculous.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Just the simple notion of Krauthammer writing about baseball is enough to make me wretch. I don't even need to know the details. It's like that one time I got food poisoning and spent four or five miserable hours with a raging headache and puking my guts out. K-hammer and baseball? Um...no. Just no.

If Ann Coulter writes a column about the delights of sailing in a catboat off Cape Cod, I'm going to open a vein, I swear I will. Don't try to stop me.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 23, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

snort

Posted by: dmd3 | April 23, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

For frosti,

http://www.localsknow.ca/2009/06/17/just-relaxing/

Posted by: dmd3 | April 23, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Golly, The Zolt visited! Welcome to the Boodle, and thanks for the lovely images. The press release story is interesting, and I believe the description of what's going on in the picture leaves ample room for bears.

I am short enough without considering things that are three light-years tall.

Posted by: Ivansmom | April 23, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Just called a friend in Sweden to warble the Swedish birthday song to her. When asked whether Spring had arrived yet, she said that it had -- sorta -- even if it did snow a few centimeters yesterday. But the pollen had already shown itself, as her husband was suffering right along with me. Ah, well.

Bob -- thanks for that link to the Crunch Bird. I was mostly right about it. I saved the link and sent it off to all and sundry.

I also have a huge poster of Ted's, advertising his company, saying "Save your a$$. Call Crunch Bird Studios". What a guy!

And, for the next game, I can only say: GO RED WINGS!

Posted by: -ftb- | April 23, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else getting a FB error?? *shocked, shocked I tell you*

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 23, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Where did the Facebook app go?

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Testing. Is it dead?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | April 23, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"Frazetta" and "pendulous" together were enough to induce the tune cootie Tubular Boobular Joy from MST3K.

How am I gonna get any work done now?

Posted by: qgaliana | April 23, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Yikes - an hour of lost time. The boodle was abducted by aliens!

Posted by: qgaliana | April 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I have two pair of new shoes!

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm not as concerned about the new pairs of shoes as I am about the new pairs of feet in them...

Posted by: qgaliana | April 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

*Snort*

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's the Hubble pic in even higher res-

http://frankfrazetta.org/viewimage.php?loc=frank_frazetta_thedestroyer.jpg

Posted by: kguy1 | April 23, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

kguy,
Perfect.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I had bought several new pairs of shoes for my trip, sadly my feet are not ment to withstand long hours in high heels, especially when a lot of it was standing/walking. Thank god for the time I could sit semi comatose in the meetings.

I did get compliments on my shoes though so I guess it was worthwhile.

Posted by: dmd3 | April 23, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

It was worth it! Beauty over function, mostly.

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The Network News chat used two of my comments but ignored my one begging them not to add a Twitter feed out of fear that Weingarten's icon would appear on it.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The cosmos reveals all about the Hubble 20th anniversary photo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28367496@N06/sets/72157623792549469/

Posted by: MsJS | April 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Your cartoonish visage is gone, yellojkt. The people spoke! The people won! It was a radiant eruption of democracy! But, I think that was it, fellas.

That sort of thing is not likely to happen again, because at the bottom of all our terrified souls we know that democracy is a dying giant; a sick, sick, dying, decaying political concept writhing in its final pain.

Uh, where was I?

Posted by: Jumper1 | April 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Since I missed the gardening chat, I was out enjoying the day today, made a little slideshow of the flowers I have in bloom.

http://dmdgarden.blogspot.com/

Posted by: dmd3 | April 23, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The more Iook at it, the more I'm convinced that Jean Delville had a side gig going designing nebulae.

http://www.jeandelville.org/Paintings/pages/del4.htm

http://www.jeandelville.org/Paintings/pages/delville%20treasures.htm

Delville just loved triangular compositions. There are lots of other good examples, but the Post doesn't seem to like a whole lot of links in one comment.

Oh, and here's another monster from the id, RDP:

http://www.woodka.com/wp-content/stuff/chilevolcano.jpg

Posted by: rashomon | April 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I apologize to everybody that was stuck staring at my ugly visage for two days. This was probably a result of me being the only one of your Facebook friends that deigned to link to a WaPo article on Facebook, which probably doesn't bode well for the overall success of this widget.

If and when this app returns it will supposedly have a turn-off feature. One of the complaints was by people who got big warning errors because their employers blocked Facebook. Which develops an interesting Catch-22. If the app won't load, how can the use the disable button?

Raju Narisetti's clueless recommendation was to go to your IT department and have them unblock Facebook so you could surf WaPo on your breaktime. Riiiight.

Posted by: yellojkt | April 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

YJ -- do I have this right? Despite settings in FB, the Wapo window continues at the WAPO website until they figure out an opt out? The window is sitting on the WEATHER clicks...blech.

I still see you there, btw, in the Wapo fb window.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | April 23, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Pssssssssst -- new kit!

Posted by: -ftb- | April 23, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

So the Hubble bear ate the FB widget? YAY!

Posted by: Scottynuke | April 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

That was the worst chat ever. I don't even know why they bothered, since there is no intention to really change anything except the opt-out feature, and I'm sceptical about that one.

Posted by: Yoki | April 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Another of Delville's "nebulous" paintings:

http://www.jeandelville.org/Paintings/L'Homme%20Dieu/images/L'homme%20dieu.jpg

Posted by: rashomon | April 23, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Looks like an enhanced image of the oil sheen drifting away from the sunken oil platform near Louisiana.

Posted by: steveboyington | April 23, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The Hubble telescope's 20th Anniversary reminds me of the time George Bush (2.0) tried to pull the plug on it - and which of the two has done more to increase our understanding of the universe.

Posted by: jodonnelly3413 | April 24, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: joseph010 | April 30, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

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