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La Bela Marso Projekto – [NASA’s 1st feed in Esperanto!]

La retejo de la HiRISE Esperanto Tumblr estas nun malfermita al la tuta mondo!

Ĉe la retejo, oni povas vidi mirindajn bildojn de Marso kun nekredebla distingivo!

La bildoj ĉe la retejo estas vere vidindaj, do iru kaj vidu!

Dankojn al NASA kaj l’Universitato de Arizono por la bonegaj bildoj.


[Dunes on cement substrate]
Dunoj sur cementa subtavolo

I am now working for NASA!

Well, kinda. I am doing some volunteer translating work for a NASA program that distributes photos from HiRISE (a high resolution camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) to the public. But hey; work is work! And I suppose that I could fairly easily argue that work without pay is more work than the same work with it – thus; I work for NASA.


Here is is the link to the English version of what I will be translating:


What do Jove and YHWH have in common?

They are pronounced the same!

Jove or Iove, also known as Jupiter was the chief god of the Romans. However, the Romans did not have a letter ‘J’ – they had an ‘I’ instead. Also, in classical Latin, the ‘v’ is pronounced more like a ‘w’, so “Jove” would have sounded like: “yoweh”

which is remarkably similar to the Hebrew name for God (though traditionally unspoken), יהוה which is commonly transliterated “YHWH” – “yaweh”.

Since we are on the subject, Zeus is the the Greek version of Iove. Zeus comes from the ancient root word for “God” (similarly, we have “deus” in Latin, and  देव [“deva”] in Sanskrit).

This curiosity was noticed when I was musing on the similarity between the Latin “vir” for “man”, and the Old English “wer”, which carried the same meaning. The only modern vestige in English of “wer” that I can think of, is in the word “werewolf”. Anyway, my mind wondered and led me to the similarity of “Iove” and “יהוה“.

One more fun tidbit: Today is Thursday, which was named after Jove/Jupiter. In Latin, “Thursday” is “Iovis Dies”.

OK, fine, one more tidbit: This post was posted during the first hour of Jupiter on the day of Jupiter, according to ancient reckonings. To figure out what in the world I am talking about, here is a link to wikipedia’s page on planetary hours.

So Mercury is retrograde again…

What your thoughts are on astrology, I do not know. However, one who denies the influences of angles and of heavenly bodies upon life on Earth is one who denies night and day and the four seasons along with the tides.

When Mercury is retrograde (that is, when Mercury appears to move backwards in the sky, as viewed from Earth, compared to its usual path), communications and related things tend to go awry more often than perhaps they otherwise would.

In 2014 the dates during which Mercury is retrograde are as follows:

February 6th to February 28th
June 7th to July 2nd
October 4th to October 25th

During the current retrograde period, I have have had two companies send me emails by or with mistakes, and then send emails apologizing and explaining their mistakes.

Donato’s tried to send me a coupon for a pizza, but later emailed me (and presumably many others) again to say that they had mistakenly left off the coupon code, and that they were sorry.

My bank also sent out an email about a feature that would no longer be offered… and then they sent an email saying that that was a mistake, and that it did not apply to my account.

What actually prompted this post, however, was that my parents mentioned that they too had received an email from their financial institution concerning a different matter, but it too was by mistake, and that bank had also issued an explanation and an apology.

All of the above happened when Mercury was retrograde. Perhaps thousands of years of the world’s wisest men watching the skies and the world around them were not spent in vain. Maybe there is something to it…

Whenever you want to find out if Mercury is retrograde, there is this handy site: http://www.ismercuryretrograde.com/

Fun fact: Today is Wednesday, called dies Mercurii in Latin, because it is named for Mercury!