Uncategorized – Beacon News http://www.beacon-news.com News of the Net Wed, 27 May 2015 00:16:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 Medieval Mayhem and Fun http://www.beacon-news.com/medieval-mayhem-fun/222646/ Mon, 27 Jun 2011 18:08:42 +0000 http://www.beacon-news.com/?p=2646 Its officially over. The season of the corset, the sword and the bestial cries of ME LORD!

Scarborough Fair has come and gone. But here were some of the highlights:

As always Sholo the Nubian greeted the merry fair comers in his stoic way near the entrance. Once we arrived, properly dressed in our pirate get up of course,  his belt was already sporting several dollar bills from young ladies eager for a photo with the Fair fixture.

Twiggy, the adorable fairy, fluttered and played with children and adults alike; her wings glittering in the abnormally cool summer sun.

Free roasted pecans and almonds abounded and all the garb was top tier.

For anyone looking to get their medieval drink on, Scarby opened on liqueur venue this year. However it was not partaken of since the hunt for Mead took presidency. Nothing like sipping mead in garb at the Fair!

The King’s and Queen’s presence was better felt this year as they and a royal entourage Vincent Chase would envy toured the events of the day. Or maybe it was simple because he was stocking our pretty group…

The whip demonstration was a real treat. Lively acts and funny banter coupled with the rhythmic snap of whips. The show was ended with lighting a whip on fire. The first snap created a fire ball that had the kids squealing with delight.

The Tinker Gnome is always a great attraction for the young and old alike. His jokes span the age group, keeping just right of inappropriate. It always seems to successfully go over the kidos heads why mom and dad are laughing.  His Gnome contraption, with its smoky bubbles and whirling representations of the solar system is really something to behold. His shop and helper elves was a fun experience and the newly developed fairy area was quite charming.

The annual Mead Hunt was had, “Me Lord” was over used, a Dragon Wrist Companion was bought and leather armor was tried on. Coupled with playing mancala with a Pirate, a lady and a Duchess, Scarborough was marvelous medieval merriment.

Until next year ladies, gents, fairies and trolls.

NASA Seeks Nonprofit To Manage Space Station National Lab Research http://www.beacon-news.com/nasa-seeks-nonprofit-manage-space-station-national-lab-research/222488/ Thu, 02 Dec 2010 20:58:52 +0000 http://www.beacon-news.com/?p=2488 WASHINGTON — As the International Space Station transitions from its assembly phase to full utilization as a unique scientific outpost, NASA is investing in the station’s future use by ensuring a wide pool of organizations outside the agency have access to the orbiting lab.

NASA is seeking an independent, nonprofit research management organization to develop and manage the U.S. portion of the station, which was designated a national laboratory in 2005. The NASA Authorization Act of 2010, in addition to extending station operations until at least 2020, also directed NASA to establish this organization to manage station research by other U.S. government agencies, academic institutions and private firms.

The organization will stimulate uses of the station as a national laboratory and maximize the U.S. investment in this initiative. The selected organization will capitalize on the unique venue of the orbiting laboratory as a national resource; and develop and manage a diversified research and development portfolio based on U.S. needs for basic and applied research in a variety of fields.

“NASA recognizes the station is an extraordinary asset for the nation,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Scientific research and development and education are critical to our national growth and prosperity as a high technology society. The station offers exceptional opportunities to contribute to this growth. By taking this action, we are ensuring the station is available for broad, meaningful and sustained use.”

The NASA Authorization Act for 2010 established eligibility criteria regarding the selected recipient of this planned cooperative agreement. The organization must be “exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986” and must not have “any other organizational objective or responsibilities on behalf of the organization or any parent organization or other entity.”

NASA will host a public forum for organizations that want to learn more about the cooperative agreement from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 10, in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

The forum will allow NASA to describe its vision and objectives for the national lab. The event also will help promote competition on the National Laboratory Management Organization Cooperative Agreement Notice. Managers of national laboratory initiatives and representatives from NASA’s Procurement Office will be available to answer questions.

Organizations and members of the media interested in registering for the forum should send an e-mail to jsc-iss-payloads-helpline@mail.nasa.gov by 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Only registered parties may attend; no walk-ins will be permitted.

The registration e-mail must include:
– Subject line: “ISS National Lab Public Day Registration”
– Point-of-contact’s name, telephone number and organization
– Names of all attendees from the organization

The draft cooperative agreement is due for release by Dec. 10. It will be available on the national laboratory website and the NASA Research Opportunities site at:


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