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Back to Normal? Short and Long Term Goals

Now that we’re back from holiday, and I still have a couple days off from work, I can get back to work on everything. I’ve already written about plans for 2016, but I want to make some more specific things clear.

First of all, some immediate goals.

  • Catch up on comments.
  • Month in Review for December.
  • Weekly Review for the end of December/beginning of January.
  • A major project that will consist of only one post. It should come later today.

Now some long term goals.

  • Authors Answer will continue weekly, despite my time away from computers and the internet in late March/early April. I’ll just have the posts scheduled.
  • Quick Facts will be weekly, and maybe at some point bi-weekly.
  • Put up the Taste of Japan videos regularly.
  • Make Life in Japan videos based on the posts I’ve done on this blog.
  • Write regularly after our move to Canada
  • Read every day at home, and hopefully read 25 books this year.
  • Regularly update my parenting blog this year.
  • Get back to work on my Japan blog.
  • Keep my official author’s site updated every month.
  • Get a domain name for my official author’s site?
  • Start on some major content for my official author’s site.
  • Worldbuilding posts every week.
  • Study French every day.
  • Study Japanese every day.
  • Study Spanish occasionally until I finish French on duolingo. Then every day.
  • Get a car.
  • Get a new job in Canada.
  • Write multiple short stories and flash fiction.
  • Enter a couple writing competitions.
  • Join the recreation centre near our Canada home and try skating and swimming often.

Some specific aspects:

Worldbuilding – I’ve done so few posts on this, but I have so many to do. I’d like to work on writing these weekly. I have a list of topics to write about, and it’ll be extremely thorough.

Writing – Journey to Ariadne needs to be completed this year. I will also start on the first Ariadne novel and possibly the solar system novella series.

Languages – I will complete the test drives, and whenever any new language comes out, I’ll test drive that, as well. But for now, finish the course on duolingo for French while also doing Spanish at a slower pace. Once French is done, work on the reverse course and do Spanish every day while I study German at a slow pace. This pattern continues. Once I finish Spanish, German takes over, and I start Irish. Once German is finished, Irish is my focus, and I start on Norwegian. Then Russian, and so on.

Quick Facts – I’ll resume working on Astronomy Quick Facts, focusing on the moons of the solar system. I also want to get started on Geography, which will go through the countries of the world alphabetically. The other one I’d like to work on is Dinosaurs, also alphabetically.

At the beginning of the year, I feel ambitious. I just wonder if I can do all of this. These are just plans, so I can’t guarantee if they’ll all happen. I can hope.

Anything interesting catch your eye?

Mission Statement – Science

Here is the second part of the blog’s mission statement. And this time, we move into reality. Less geeky, more nerdy.

I have a very long history with science. From the very beginning when I got encyclopedias, I started reading them, especially for the science and geography entries. I also read a lot of dinosaur and astronomy books. In university, I studied physics and astronomy, though I included a couple geology classes and an atmospheric science class. I haven’t stopped reading about science. On this blog, I started the Encyclopedia Entries series, but have changed it to Quick Facts, as they’re designed to be easy to read and you’re able to find facts quickly. I also talk about various current events in science, especially related to astronomy and space exploration.

As for Quick Facts, this is what is currently planned:

Astronomy

I’m currently going through the moons of the solar system in alphabetic order. In the future, I may focus on constellations and major stars.

Space Exploration

I’m going to go through all of the space probes, both successful and unsuccessful, that were sent to study other bodies in the solar system. I’ll do them in chronological order.

Geography

I will be going through all of the countries in alphabetic order, then move on to Canadian provinces and territories, Japanese prefectures, American states, and Australian states. I may do more.

Palaeontology

I’ll be covering all of the dinosaurs in alphabetic order, which may take a long time. After that, I may take a look at pterosaurs, icthyosaurs, mosasaurs, and plesiosaurs. And I may go further back in time, too.

Zoology

I’d like to go through the birds of North America. I was often fascinated by birds, which we now know are modern dinosaurs. So, why not include them?

Beyond these, I will have to see what comes up in the future. Who knows, I may look at geology, volcanoes, or even take a look at history in some way.

One thing I’d like to do with these is have a weekly schedule to post them. It’ll either be once or twice a week. I’ll have to see which is best.

So, what are you most interested in seeing? Let me know in the comments below.

Astronomy Quick Facts – Arche

Arche is a very small moon of Jupiter’s, and is a member of the Carme group. It’s also known as Jupiter XLIII. It was discovered by a team of astronomers led by Scott S. Sheppard at the University of Hawaii in 2002. Very little is known about it.

Arche

Data

  • Mean radius: 1.5 km
  • Mass: Unknown
  • Density: Unknown
  • Surface gravity: Unknown
  • Albedo: Unknown
  • Temperature: Unknown
  • Mean orbital radius: 23,717,000 km (semi-major axis)
  • Orbital period: 746.185 d (retrograde)
  • Inclination: 162° to Saturn’s equator
  • Eccentricity: 0.149

Name Origin

Arche was the fourth of the muses of origin. She was one of the five Boeotian muses. She is one of the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne.

5 Interesting Facts

1. Arche is a member of the Carme group, which orbits retrograde and at a highly inclined and eccentric orbit. Probably a captured asteroid.

2. Its original temporary designation was S/2002 J 1.

3. It’s pronounced ar-kee.

4. Sheppard has been involved in the discovery of 75 moons.

5. There’s very little known about Arche. I can’t do five interesting facts.

With such a highly inclined and eccentric orbit, and such a small size, it’s unlikely we’ll see any kind of exploration of this moon any time soon.

Astronomy Quick Facts – Aoede

Aoede is a very small moon of Jupiter’s, and is a member of the Pasiphae group. It’s also known as Jupiter XLI. It was discovered by a team of astronomers led by Scott S. Sheppard at the University of Hawaii in 2003. Very little is known about it.

Data

  • Mean radius: 2 km
  • Mass: Unknown
  • Density: Unknown
  • Surface gravity: Unknown
  • Albedo: Unknown
  • Temperature: Unknown
  • Mean orbital radius: 23,980,000 km (semi-major axis)
  • Orbital period: 761.5 d (retrograde)
  • Inclination: 162° to Saturn’s equator
  • Eccentricity: 0.4311

Name Origin

Aoede is one of the original three muses. Her father is Zeus and mother is Mnemosyne.  She was the muse of voice and song. Her sisters are Melete and Mneme.

5 Interesting Facts

1. Aoede is a member of the Pasiphae group, which orbits retrograde and at a highly inclined and eccentric orbit. Probably a captured asteroid.

2. Its original temporary designation was S/2003 J 7.

3. It’s pronounced ay-ee-dee.

4. Sheppard has been involved in the discovery of 75 moons. Okay, so this isn’t about Aoede.

5. Really, there’s very little known about Aoede. I can’t do five interesting facts.

With such a highly inclined and eccentric orbit, and such a small size, it’s unlikely we’ll see any kind of exploration of this moon any time soon.

Astronomy Quick Facts – Anthe

Anthe is a very small moon of Saturn, and a member of the Alkyonides. It’s also known as Saturn XLIX. It was discovered by the Cassini Imaging Team on May 30, 2007. Very little is known about it.

AthneData

  • Mean radius: 1 km (estimated)
  • Mass: 5×1012 kg
  • Density: Unknown
  • Surface gravity: Unknown
  • Albedo: Unknown
  • Temperature: Unknown
  • Mean orbital radius: 197,700 km (semi-major axis)
  • Orbital period: 1.03650 d
  • Inclination: 0.1° to Saturn’s equator
  • Eccentricity: 0.001

Name Origin

Anthe is one of the Alkyonides. She was one of the seven daughters of Alcyoneus, who was killed by Heracles. When he died, they threw themselves into the sea and were changed into halcyons by Amphitrite.

5 Interesting Facts

1. It orbits between Mimas and Enceladus.

2. Its 10:11 mean-longitude resonance with Mimas causes its semi-major axis to vary by 20 km every 2 years.

3. The other Alkyonides, Methone and Pallene are in similar orbits, and they may have a similar origin, possibly a larger moon broken apart by a large impact.

4. The Anthe Ring Arc may be caused by micrometeoroid impacts on Anthe. This partial ring appears in the vicinity of Anthe.

5. It was the sixtieth confirmed moon of Saturn.

Not much is known about this moon, but there are several images available. Here’s another one with the ring arc.

Anthe-ring

Learn Science and Geography with Quick Facts

As promised, I have begun the Encyclopedia Entries spinoff, now known as Quick Facts. I’ve created a new page for it, which you can see here. If this is your first time hearing about this, you’re probably wondering what Quick Facts is.

Quick Facts is a project of mine that started off as Encyclopedia Entries. I wanted to write about various topics and give quick and easy to read information.  I thought this wasn’t organised as well as it could have been, so I started Quick Facts. I will be focusing on different topics, mainly in science and geography.  At the moment, the only topic that has been started is Astronomy. I’ve also created a page for that, as I’ve been doing the moons of the solar system already. Check it out!

In the very near future (probably this week), I’ll be writing the pages for the other three topics I’ll be covering for now. They are:

  • Geography – I will be going through every country in the world with basic information concerning physical geography, statistics, and a few images. After the countries are finished, I’ll be doing Canadian provinces, American states, Japanese prefectures, and Australian states. After that, who knows? There are more countries with political divisions.
  • Palaeontology – I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid, so I’ll be going through all of the officially recognised dinosaurs in alphabetic order. After that, probably pterosaurs.
  • Space Exploration – This is something I’d announced earlier this year, but hadn’t started yet. I’ll be going through all of the space probes that have been launched to study worlds other than Earth. I’ll be doing them in chronological order, including failed probes.

There will be other topics in the future. One I’d like to cover is birds of North America.

While this blog discusses writing fiction, particularly science fiction and fantasy, I also have a strong desire to discuss education and science. As it is called I Read Encyclopedias for Fun, it makes sense that I talk about these topics. I love reading, and it’s not limited to speculative fiction. I love to read about science, geography, and history as well. I hope you enjoy these Quick Facts.

Is there another topic you’re interested in?

Astronomy Quick Facts – Ananke

Ananke is a small retrograde moon of Jupiter, and is a member of the Ananke group of moons. This group consists of retrograde irregular moons that orbit at a high inclination. Ananke’s also known as Jupiter XII. It was discovered in 1951 by Seth Barnes Nicholson at Mount Wilson Observatory.

Ananké
Image copyright OHP/CNRS/IMCCE. Used under Creative Commons license from Wikimedia.

Data

  • Mean radius: 14 km
  • Mass: 3.0×1016 kg
  • Density: 2.6 g/cm3 (estimated)
  • Surface gravity: 0.010 m/s2 (0.001 g)
  • Albedo: 0.04 (estimated)
  • Temperature: 124 K (-149°C)
  • Mean orbital radius: 21,280,000 km
  • Orbital period: 610.45 d
  • Inclination: 149.9° (to Jupiter’s equator)
  • Eccentricity: 0.24

Name Origin

Ananke was the personification of destiny, necessity, and fate. She is the mother of the Fates, whose father is Zeus. She’s a rather powerful figure in Greek mythology, being in total control of fate.

5 Interesting Facts

1. Ananke got its name in 1975. However, it was known as Adrastea from 1955 to 1975, which is the name of another moon of Jupiter.

2. Ananke is the largest member of the Ananke group, which may have been formed from the breakup of a larger moon.

3. It appears to be light red in the visible spectrum.

4. The infrared spectrum indicates it possibly has water (ice).

5. With a surface area of approximately 2,500 km2, it’s about the same size as Luxembourg.

This is a rather small satellite, and Galileo wasn’t able to get a picture of it. It’s a very minor target anyway, and orbits quite far from Jupiter.