Things to come

“Time, why you punish me?” – “Time”, Hootie and the Blowfish

02.05.yc116 Shera < Nazdirer Constellation < Genesis

OOC: Since my return, I still find myself looking for time. It seems every time I sit down to write an entry for this blog, something comes up that diverts my attention. Then, when I come back to focus once more, I lack the time for quality and go for just getting it done. For that, I apologize, and if you’re still sticking with me, thanks so much. Some of the activities that were taking my attention away are settling down now, so I should have more time in the coming months. At least through the summer for sure. (Wonder how many times, I can say time. 😉 )

Ahbazon IX, Moon 2

Ahbazon IX, Moon 2

Some have asked what happened to my original blog entries. Well, I have to laugh, because I had learned long ago the importance of backups. Now I have learned the importance of having more than one. When I took down the site, I had made my backup, but for some reason, it was corrupted. Perhaps versions have changed enough it’s no longer good or it wasn’t a good backup to begin with, I’m not sure. Heck if I know what version things were at that time, I should have noted that as well, but didn’t think it would be a big deal if I started up again. Apparently it is. No worries and such is life.

Others have asked why I left. There’s many reasons why. Mainly, I lost my mother, then my father, both passing away within a couple of years of each other. My mother hitting me the hardest as we were close. (Katia’s story of losing her father is a reflection of that time.) My father and I never really got along that well, but we loved each other and his loss hurt just as much. Travel for work had kicked up again and I found myself getting lost in a couple of other MMO’s.

Diaderi X

Diaderi X

EVE, however, is the only MMO I keep coming back to again and again. Others, once I’ve left, I was gone, with the exception of two, which I hardly stayed a month in each of those after returning and I was gone again. But EVE…I don’t know why exactly, I can’t put my finger on it, I just keep coming back. It’s odd, because I love RP (Roleplay), creating characters, and playing out their lives. Yet, I’ve never found any RP in game, only outside the game via this blog and that’s pretty much solo. I consider myself retired from RP now, so that no longer matters.

The other thing is, I’ve been unable to get my real life friends into EVE. Some have tried it, but left, so I’ve been a solo/loner player all these years. It’ll be 11 years next month, yulp, I’ve been here since the beginning. I’ve tried a couple of corps, but they ended up not being as friendly or as active as I had thought they would’ve been. So, I’ve just kept to myself, doing my own thing.

Until now. I’m changing things up a bit. I’m going to try some new things that I’ve never done before in EVE. Since I keep coming back to this game anyway, I might as well focus my attention here and see about making new friends. This blog and Katia will continue, as I consider her my main, and it’s my hope to bring the quality up. I’ve got a couple of features in mind that I’ll be starting soon, one is a series on the “New Eden Explorers”, where I hope to post some capsuleer interviews about their journey through EVE. The other is a series about the Regions I’ve explored, sharing their lore, what’s special about them, and some of my favorite images while traveling through them.

Dom-Aphis VIII, Alal Gate

Dom-Aphis VIII, Alal Gate

Look for the first in the “New Eden Explorers” series next week!

As for the other “changing up” things going on, my two alts have joined corps. One is a PvP corp, which I have never had any experience with in EVE. I figured after a decade in and out of the game, it really is about the only thing I’ve not done. More than likely my first kill will probably get a PLEX from me because yeah, I’m gonna feel that bad, lol. My other alt has joined a Highsec industrial corp, where I hope to make some new things and friends. I’m looking forward to both and have received a much warmer welcome than I have in my past experience with corps, so things are already looking up.

Fly smart, fly safe! (and watch out! If my alt kills you, I’m truly sorry. If you kill me, which I’m sure will be more often than not, then good fight, Stay Frosty!)

Katia

Images this week are from the Genesis Region

Hesarid VI

Hesarid VI

By Katia Sae Posted in OOC

Planet Hunters in the ‘Verse

18.04.yc116 Jeni < Jatari Constellation < Kor-Azor Region

OOC (Out of character):

Voyager I in the New Eden System

If you’re a fan of EVE Online or SciFi in general, and I’m assuming that you are since you’re here, then there’s probably a better than average chance that you’re a follower of real life space related news. That’s very true in my case. As a child growing up in the 60’s, I remember sitting in my elementary class room and watching NASA’s Apollo missions. At home, I recall watching the original Star Trek series on TV. Both stirred within me the sense, wonder, and awe that is our universe.

Today, with our advances in technology, the advent of the internet, and our ever increasing connectedness, we’re able to do many things that seemed unfathomable in days past. Who would have ever thought that a common person such as myself, could lend a hand or offer services to help in scientific pursuits? I believe the first such joint venture was the SETI at Home program. Where you could lend your personal computing power to aid in the data analysis for possible signals from beyond our solar system.

My character in EVE Online, Katia Sae, has a personal mission to visit every system in the game and record her journey by taking “pictures”, screen shots, of every planet along the way. In real life, like her, I’m offering my time and services to aid in the search for extraterrestrial planets via a website called Planet Hunters. So what is Planet Hunters?

Artist’s impression of the Kepler telescope

On March 7, 2009, NASA launched the Kepler spacecraft as part of their Discovery Program. Its mission was to survey a portion of our region in the Milky Way to discover Earth-sized extrasolar planets in or near the habitable zone of that systems star. The habitable, or Goldilocks, zone is basically an orbital distance around a star that would place a planet not too close as to be too hot, or too far away to be too cold for liquid water to pool on the surface and therefore provide an environment for life to form as we understand it today. The Kepler mission basically takes observational readings of a stars emitted light and looks for dips in the brightness to determine if something, such as a planet, crosses in front of the star.

Basically like how we could measure the sharp decease in light seen by us as our moon eclipses our sun. That’s a drastic example because what Kepler is really looking for is something more along the lines of how we would observe Mercury or Venus transiting across our sun. If you were to measure the light of our sun before the transit, it would be at a higher reading than when one of those planets passes in front of it, even as small of a measurement that loss of light would be. That’s the kind of minute measurements that Kepler’s data is being analyzed for. The interesting thing is, even with our computing power and mathematical analysis that we’re able to perform, there’s nothing like the human eye that can spot patterns where machines fail.

Artist concept of Kepler 186f

That’s where Planet Hunters comes in to play. The data from the Kepler project is visually presented in a manner that allows someone, a volunteer, to see how the brightness of a star changes over time. As of July 2012, over 12 million observations had been analyzed by human eyes and of those, 34 candidate planets had been found that the machines missed. Most amazing of all, two Planet Hunter volunteers found a Neptune-like planet orbiting a four star, double binary, system. That’s two sets of two stars, all orbiting each other, and the planet orbiting them. That’s a really complex solar system and really amazing that they found it simply by looking at the data. As Spock would say, “Fascinating”.

Just this last week on April 17th, 2014, scientist announced Kepler 186f to be the first near Earth sized planet to be found within the “Goldilocks zone” of its star. Now that’s not the first planet found. So far, the Kepler project has found 962 confirmed planets and 2,800 candidates that need to be studied and verified. Those planets have all either been outside the habitable zone, too large, or too small, to be considered as truly Earth like. We may never be able to fully verify that Kepler 186f is truly Earth like because of its 500 light-year distance from us and our current technological ability to study it, but it looks pretty good from what we know so far. It may be possible to positively verify Earth like planets that are closer to us, once we find them, via telescopes that can take temperature and mass measurements or by identifying molecules in their atmospheres.

Kepler186_SystemSo, it would seem at the moment, that possible Earth like planets are 1 in 1,000 or maybe 1 in 500 if you count us. So, when you consider the billions and billions of stars out there…. hmm. The Kepler team has estimated, based on their findings, that there are at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way with at least 500 million in the habitable zone. That’s just OUR galaxy. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory stated if all galaxies have similar numbers as ours, then there could be sextillion “Earth analog” planets in our universe.

How’s that for a New Eden?

You can read more about the Kepler spacecraft and Planet Hunters via Wikipedia, which has all the links to the resources. Check out this resource of Kepler’s Tally of Planets. It visually shows and compares all of the systems and planets found so far with links to other articles about them. Really cool.

Fly safe!

Our Solar System compared to Kepler-186

PLEX Giveaway Result & CSM9 Election

06.04.yc116 Anath System < Fabai Constellation < Aridia Region

Happy to report that we have a winner of the EVE1K PLEX giveaway contest. I honestly didn’t believe that it would be too difficult, but after a few days watching folks trying and not finding the code, I realized I probably needed to hand out a few hints. Congratulations to XtraCtrl on figuring out the clues and finding the number sequence. The final clue that keyed XtraCtrl in was: “What is Katia’s home system.” Here’s how she went about figuring it out.

XtraCtrl

XtraCtrl

Thank you so much for the PLEX! It was fun trying to work out the clues, as soon as I read the ‘about me’ section of your blog I googled Achura bloodlines and came to the conclusion it was Saisio III, I had all 3 versions of the planet open in photoshop looking for watermarks or hidden numbers lol, I even tried inspect element through Google Chrome. I eventually saw the information button and found the sequence and was greatly surprised to see nobody figured it out before me.

I will put this ISK towards learning and dying in PVP. You have made a newbie very happy.

Thank you,
XtraCtrl

The answer was Saisio III and could be found in a subfolder for that system in the PreDominion expansion images. You can follow this link to see. There were a couple of factors that went into choosing that system. Just as XtraCtrl figured out, it was part of Katia’s lore and it was the very first system that was explored. Like I said, I didn’t want it to be too difficult, the tricky part was checking out the subfolders as well, not just the current images for Saisio.

It was nice getting the positive feedback from many folks that enjoyed looking for the code as well as seeing the images themselves, which is what I was hoping for most of all. Thanks again to everyone that took the time to play. I’ll have to see about doing other contest along the way as I reach future milestones.

Lastly for this post, I wanted to drop a quick reminder to be sure and vote on this upcoming CSM9 election.  If you’re one of those that think your voice isn’t heard — then it certainly isn’t if you don’t vote. Stop for a moment and think about it. If CCP believed that the CSM wasn’t worth it, then they would have done away with the council a long time ago. Just the very fact that they do continue to allow players a voice through an election process to form a council should be enough for everyone to realize just how important it is. It’s come a long way since CSM1 with many learning experiences and growth pains, but in the end, it’s been beneficial for both the players and CCP. By voting, YOU are empowering the players voices to be heard. So please, take a moment and vote. Here’s a list of the approved candidates. The elections will be soon.

Fly smart, fly safe!
Katia

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6 x 9 = 42

“I always said there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.” – Arthur Dent, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

22.03.yc116 Avaux System < Mallugier Constellation < Placid Region

For years I’ve been exploring the planets of New Eden, taking images, one system at a time. Soon I’ll pass a milestone of 1,000 systems explored. Images are nice, but they don’t really give you a full sense of the beauty that our universe contains. I felt something was lacking, a sense of wonder that should be there, but how was I to capture it. A friend, Zakn, shared with me a time lapsed video of some truly remarkable imagery and the answer to my question finally materialized. I would do a time lapse of a few select New Eden planets. Here’s the finished video. Special thanks to Roc Wieler for the background track, “New Eden” from his album “YC113”.

After putting together the video and reviewing it before publishing, I realized there was something rather odd about the temperate planet Kirras II. The cloud layers were rotating as one would expect, but the planetary body itself, was not. It appeared to be tidally locked! How was that possible? From research and reading I’ve done, I felt that what I was seeing, just couldn’t be true, because if Kirras II were truly tidally locked, it wouldn’t be a temperate planet at all.

Strange as it seemed, the video evidence before me seemed irrefutable, that was until, I ran a full diagnostic and realized I had left a stabilizing filter turned on that basically stilled the image and I ended up only catching the changing weather patterns on a frozen background image of the planet.

I think I need more Quafe!

OOC:
As it turns out, CCP Manifest replied to a tweet of mine saying…

CCP_Manifest Twitter

I don’t really know anything about Dust 514, but I did some checking around and found that districts play into that. I’m assuming the game mechanic to allow Directors and CEO’s of Dust 514 corporations to select districts brings up a planetary view and there’s some factor of a rotating planet that causes issues with that. Probably some static overlay on the planet surface that would not line up correctly if the planet was always moving.  I knew there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe, but nice to know why.

Keep watching and reading, I’m less than 50 systems away of passing 1,000 systems explored! I’ll run a contest to celebrate and give away a PLEX.

Thanks for following!

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PLEX Giveaway, Cosmos, and Whatnot

“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

OOC: For those that know me, they know what a huge fan I am of Carl Sagan and the series he hosted, “Cosmos”. I was in high school when it first aired and I was memorized. It was really the first time a scientist of his caliber was able to take such a vast and complex subject and explain it in a way that all could understand. His love for science was only out shown by his desire to share the wonders of the universe with all those that would take the time to listen and learn.

I enjoyed science, having doubled up on it in high school and I loved astronomy, which I took in college, but I never pursued it as a career. Rather, I simply read what I could, watched documentaries, and from time to time, got my telescope out to gaze upon the stars. “Cosmos” sparked my desire to explore, to learn, and to expand my knowledge of the universe not only in an educational way, but also in entertainment. Already a reader of SciFi, my journeys were limited to my own imagination and those of the authors I read. Tabletop roleplaying games took me further and of course, movies and television expanded upon that. But it wasn’t until Eve Online launched, that I felt I was really getting a sense of exploring a far off, dangerous, yet wonderful place, all on my own. So, when folks ask why am I exploring New Eden, one system at time, and not only passing through each star system, but taking a moment to snap images of all the planets, well – blame Carl Sagan.

Tonight, the new “Cosmos” will air simultaneously on 10 different Fox Network channels. The original, of course, is a bit dated now, Carl Sagan has passed on and returned to star stuff, to use his own words. So it remains to be seen if this new series will have the charm that the original did. I plan on watching it with my son, who’s soon to be in high school, and I hope it lives up to my expectations and inspires another generation of explorers.

With that in mind and in honor of my return to Eve Online as well as the new “Cosmos” airing, I updated a video I had done a few years ago. Now maybe you understand why I chose the somewhat dated, maybe campy, yet full of charm narration that I chose. Carl Sagan from “Cosmos” Episode 7: “The Backbone of Night”. I hope you enjoy it.

Now, on to the real reason you’re probably wanting to read this post. Soon I will be passing 1,000 systems explored. I’m currently at 842 systems across 10 regions of New Eden with over 7,000 images in my gallery. When I pass the 1k star systems explored mark, I plan on running a contest and will give away 1 PLEX to the winner. So keep reading and following for details. Good luck!