Hi Everyone, Okay, I officially forfeit. The International Year of Astronomy pwnd me. I am her eager slave and I willingly sacrifice all my spare moments to helping her succeed. I am looking for time to blog. It will happen. Eventually. In the interium, if you are in the St Louis Area, I’ll be giving a talk at 7:15pm at the St Louis Science center. Details are here....Read More
Here are summaries of a few brief stories that combine Earth data and elsewhere data to get neat understandings of other worlds 1) Carrizozo Lava Flow (image: Google): Looking at Mars, we keep finding beautify lava flows that stream across the surface and end in sprawling lobes. Pouring over images of the Earth, we find the exact same thing (image left of Carrizozo Lava flow in New Mexico). To try and understand the Mars lava flow, a...Read More
I’ve decided Mars is the taunting red planet. She hangs up there, red and provocative, reveling here poles and captivating us with her canyons. She plays a careful game of peek-a-boo with her here-today, gone-tomorrow sand storms. She spikes our curiosity with gullies that seem to have been made with water, and black streaks that could be made by water. With scientific whispers, she hits at the possible of present day liquid...Read More
A friend once sent me the following quote from Pearl S. Buck.
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.”
This quote strongly resonated with me. It recognizes that in some individuals, emotions run too strong, and like the human orchid, we blossom with powerful beauty when kissed by the Sun, but die instantly in the slightest frost. This quote recognizes that to some of us, a kiss isnâ€šÃ„Ã´t just a kiss, but rather itâ€šÃ„Ã´s a promise that there will be a tomorrow. It recognizes that to some of us a raised voice is a violent slap. And it recognizes that some of us donâ€šÃ„Ã´t know how to let go of the things that have captured our mind, heart and soul â€šÃ„Ã¬ no matter how small the obsession.
In discussing strong emotions with like-hearted souls, I learned that weâ€šÃ„Ã´ve all realized that sometimes (usually?) we ruin things simply by emoting too strongly.Read More