Saturday, August 06, 2011

winning isn't everything

Life got you down? Just remember it can always be worse. Case in point: You could be these lovable losers from Vilanova i al GeltrĂș, Spain, a suburb of Barcelona. The members of this co-ed soccer team haven't just lost every game they've played . . . they haven't even mustered one measly goal all season! Future stars of FC Barcelona these little Catalans ain't. I looked up the team's website after coming across this video and found amusing the organizers' confession to all who may consider joining that "the goal of [the team] isn't results." At least they're honest! And boy, are the kids adorable. So check out the 9-minute documentary, in Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles, on the team's trials and tribulations. It'll put a smile on your face, guaranteed.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

where no toy has gone before

The folks at NASA threw a cute little curveball at the pre-launch briefing for the Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft today: They announced that three specially made LEGO minifigures would be flying to the outer solar system along with the spacecraft, which is scheduled to lift off Friday from the Kennedy Space Center. The three figures represent Galileo Galilei, who used his early telescopes to study Jupiter and its moons some four centuries ago; the Roman goddess Juno, namesake of the Juno craft; and the Roman god Jupiter. (In case you've forgotten your ancient mythology, Juno is the equivalent of the Greek Hera, and Jupiter is the same as Zeus.) Unlike normal plastic LEGOs, these figs were molded out of a special aluminum blend that should withstand the harsh launch and interplanetary environments the figs will experience in the upcoming days and years on their journey to the Jovian system.

If you follow along with my blog or Twitter feed, you know that I'm a big LEGO fan, especially when brick creations help folks get excited about science and technology. It's heartening to know that LEGO and NASA have made a strong commitment to one another within the past year, since our nation's future rests on our inspiring today's children to become tomorrow's mathematicians, scientists, and engineers. Can't wait to see what's next!