- A photo of 1970s Star Trek actors at NASA is pure geek catnip, while my open love-letter to the Kepler Space Telescope got some love of its own. Jason at Animals and I laughed about how I was sneakily stealing his beat by covering sharks (and bourbon!), then the Iditarod dog race. He countered with stories about adorable endangered tiger-cubs, a baby endangered lemur, and a gorilla born by c-section and given an adorable blue knit hat. All the spaceporn in the world can't compete with that much concentrated cuteness!
- No one understands the new Kinja comments system. Even as an all-powerful subsite-editor, I still can't adequately control highlights to reliably pull up this awesome thread on the practice of science in citizen-science projects. Every time I respond to anyone, it buggers everything up again, and even starring every freaking comment in the thread isn't enough to keep them together in a conversation. If you guys figure it out in your experiments, please let me know!
- US Uniques are climbing in a terrifying oscillation between peaks and troughs, up to an average of 16k/week. Site-tracking is done on a 30-day rolling average, so half my stats are currently zeros. But, even with that caveat, I've clawed my way up to slot 267 on the most-US-uniques author rankings. Alas, hitting that essential 300k/month means being in the Top 100 (+/- a few), so I've got a ways to go.
- Space got it's first spam-comment from a burner account! That totally counts as a victory. Spam only happens where the 'bots think humans are looking, right?
Thank you for all your reading, commenting, recommending, and sharing — I will not survive the recruit trial period without you building the Space audience, and I'm grateful for your support. This week's adorable space-themed thank-you image is a dancing water bear with an umbrella from Giant Microbes:
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