Monday, December 29, 2008

NASA's ENDURANCE Finishes Antarctic Tests

Here is an article about NASA finishing up the tests of the ENDURANCE (Environmentally Non-Disturbing Under-ice Robotic Antarctic Explorer). The ENDURANCE passed the tests in Antarctica, which is among the final tests for it. The ENDURANCE was developed by NASA as a vehicle to send to Jupiter's moon Europa. On Europa it's mission is to go under Europa's crust and find out what is there, which might even include life. While being tested in Antarctica it discovered a new type of microbes in Lake Bonney.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Whale Wars 2008

As the Whale Wars show about the 2007 Sea Shepherd actions finishes, this year's Whale Wars is just beginning. Here is a news article about this year's actions. It includes talking about how the Japanese are not accepting Australia's ban on whaling in the water's around their Antarctic territory because the Japanese think it is international waters, which is probably very debatable. The article also mentions that the Sea Shepherds have used the tactic of ramming into one of the Japanese whaling boats.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Movies with Penguins: Animal Holiday

Animal Holiday is a short movie that is narrated by Santa. In the movie Santa reads letters from kids that ask questions about polar animals. He then answers the questions by narrating short segments that show live action footage of the animals in their natural habitats. One of the animals featured are penguins and it clearly answers the common misconception that penguins live at the North Pole. The DVD also has some good trivia special features and interesting songs that reinforce what is taught set to holiday tunes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Video Games with Penguins: Club Penguin for Nintendo DS

Club Penguin is a massive multiplayer online community game. The online part seems pretty limited if you do not pay for an account. The Nintendo DS game appears to have similarities to the online game and you can even upload coins earned in the DS game to you website account. The DS game overall is not that great because the secret agent mission get darn near impossible very fast, as I spent half an hour stuck in one room and never did figure out how to progress past the room before giving up and mailing it back to Gamefly. The penguins are cute and the graphics are good. The penguins are not entirely realistic looking, as they are kind of fat, but at least one of the possible color choices is black.

Whale Wars Episode 5 Wrap Up

I keep forgetting to post about the new Whale War episodes when I watch them. The series is getting close to finished with episode 6 airing this Friday and the final one airing next Friday, I think.

The 5th episodes focuses on them having an engine problem. They end having to return to Australia to get it fixed. There the crew changes a lot because several do not want to go back out with the Sea Shepherd. In the end they get back out there and as they begin to find the Japanese whalers they end being tailed by the Japanese spy ship again, which makes it pretty much impossible to get near the whaling ships because that ship warns those ships of where the Sea Shepherd is and the Japanese whalers can easily out run the Sea Shepherd.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Whale Wars Episode 4 Wrap Up

The fourth episode in the Whale Wars series is about the hostages returning to the Sea Shepherd. The more interesting part, though, is about them being followed by a Japanese ship, which is monitoring them to help the Japanese whalers keep away from where the Sea Shepherd is.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Video Games with Penguins: Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a role-playing series. It started with a Gamecube version and then got a portable Nintendo DS version. Last Sunday the Wii version came out called Animal Crossing: City Folk. I purchased it since I enjoy the Animal Crossing games. In the game you are a human, but all the other characters that live in your town are animals. One of the types of animals is a penguin. I sadly do not have any penguins in my town called Penguia, but I visit the City part daily and finally ran into a penguin as seen in the screenshot below.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Video Games with Penguins: Dora Saves the Snow Princess for Nintendo DS

Dora Saves the Snow Princess for Nintendo DS has some minimal penguin appearances. The main penguin appearance is in the mini game in which you search for animals. One of the scenes that you search in has you circle the penguins.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Video Games with Penguins: Madagascar Escape 2 Africa

I reviewed the Madagascar Escape 2 Africa movie here. I liked the movie and rented the game for the Wii and the DS. Both versions are good games. The Wii one does not seem to have much of a penguin presence at least in the beginning. The DS one has a penguin presence pretty quickly including a real fun penguin mission that is puzzle like because you have to get all four to the end using each penguin's special abilities.

Wii Screenshots

DS Screenshots