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Writing Streak

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

This might work for some people. I think that if you are going to write, you don’t need it. If you are not going to write, it won’t help.

Write fiction every day!

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Letters of Note: Why Explore Space?

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

In 1970, a Zambia-based nun named Sister Mary Jucunda wrote to Dr. Ernst Stuhlinger, then-associate director of science at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, in response to his ongoing research into a piloted mission to Mars. Specifically, she asked how he could suggest spending billions of dollars on such a project at a time when so many children were starving on Earth.

Stuhlinger soon sent the following letter of explanation to Sister Jucunda, along with a copy of “Earthrise,” the iconic photograph of Earth taken in 1968 by astronaut William Anders, from the Moon (also embedded in the transcript). His thoughtful reply was later published by NASA, and titled, “Why Explore Space?”


Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence.

Source: Letters of Note: Why Explore Space?

Capabilities & Services | SpaceX

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

For 62 million dollars, you too can go to Mars.

“SpaceX offers open and fixed pricing for its Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch services. Modest discounts are available, for contractually committed, multi-launch purchases. SpaceX can also offer crew transportation services to commercial customers seeking to transport astronauts to alternate LEO destinations.”

Source: Capabilities & Services | SpaceX

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell | High Existence

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

A clever comic over on the accuracy of George Orwell’s predictions about future society over those of Aldous Huxley. It’s informative and scary at the same time. “In short, Orwell feared that what we hate would ruin us. Huxley that what we love will ruin us.” It’s unfortunate that Huxley got it right because the latter is much less obvious.

Source: Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell | High Existence

Could Cats and Dogs Feel the Same Emotions We Do?

Friday, April 29th, 2016

When I first adopted Lucas nine years ago from a cat rescue organization in Washington, D.C., his name was Puck. “Because he’s…

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Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World’s Most Powerful Particle Collider : The Two-Way : NPR

Friday, April 29th, 2016

The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is offline, following a run-in with a small mammal that munched on a power cord.

Source: Weasel Apparently Shuts Down World’s Most Powerful Particle Collider : The Two-Way : NPR

Off the grid – Official site of Stephen Fry

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

This shouldn’t be a blog. It really shouldn’t be a blog. But it has to be a blog I think. So here is this blog.

Source: Off the grid – Official site of Stephen Fry

Michael Peter Fomenko | Tarzan | Cairns

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Tarzan isn’t in his jungle tree house. He isn’t under a bridge, or holed up in an empty building, or sleeping off his exertions in a cane field. He was seen just 48 hours ago, tucking into a Chinese takeaway in Cairns, and a few days before that at his bank, where staff complimented him on his smart new shirt.

Source: Michael Peter Fomenko | Tarzan | Cairns

Maps Mania: The Illegal Map of Swedish Art

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102 – The Washington Post

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Source: Joe Medicine Crow, a war chief, historian and the last link to the Battle of Little Big Horn, dies at 102 – The Washington Post

When Book Lovers Guarded Their Prized Possessions With Tiny Artworks | Collectors Weekly

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Source: When Book Lovers Guarded Their Prized Possessions With Tiny Artworks | Collectors Weekly

The Mystery of the Phantom Page Turner

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

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Here Be Dragons: In Literature on AbeBooks

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

About 12 years ago I tried writing a “Dragon” book for nanowrimo when I saw that new books with “Dragon” in the title sold 10 times better than other books.

I wrote about 30,000 words and then moved on to other things. I am now 65 and will soon be officially retired. The first thing I want to do in my retirement is go back to that book and see if it is worth finishing. It was very different from anything I’ve ever written or even read, and I think it might be a good thing to work on.
Source: Here Be Dragons: In Literature on AbeBooks

The Broderers Of St Paul’s Cathedral | Spitalfields Life

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Source: The Broderers Of St Paul’s Cathedral | Spitalfields Life