Category Archives: event

She is here: Mãe Soberana

I just returned from walking in my eighth morning procession of the Mãe Soberana Festa Grande. This afternoon, I’ll go out and do it again. I’ve written in more detail about the festival of Mãe Soberana (with a bunch of … Continue reading

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May Day

Today is a state holiday in Portugal: Dia do Trabalhador, meaning Day of the Worker…or Labor Day. It’s observed by many other nations in Europe as well, and honors the ideals of social justice and the national contributions of the … Continue reading

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My book is out

I’m happy to announce that last week, my book about geeky romance on a university campus was released by Ylva Publishing in e-book format. (The paperback edition will be available in another two weeks.) It’s been doing quite well, sitting … Continue reading

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We regret to inform you that there will be no joy today.

Last Friday, one of my favorite musical artists of all time made a shock announcement: she was going to perform live, in a string of concerts at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. KATE BUSH IS PERFORMING LIVE. Other than a … Continue reading

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Another exploding whale

Two years ago, I posted about Oregon’s famous exploding whale, complete with video. (If you missed that one, go watch the video now. It’s a classic.) Now it’s time for another. This video has none of the drama or humor … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Tuesday

This is a day late, but yesterday was a busy one with lots of errands, which we capped with a viewing of “Thor: The Dark World.” (Short review: Fun if you turn off your brain — not that you should … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year…

…for the annual Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photography of the Year exhibition. As usual, the entries are gorgeous. Example: Photographer David Kingham wrote: Last night I went out to Snowy Range in Wyoming in search of dark skies for the … Continue reading

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Breaking: It’s now officially the STARSHIP Voyager

Late last night, right before I turned off my computer, an email popped into my inbox from Carolyn Porco of the Cassini Imaging Team. It was truly historic news — a first for humanity. Voyager I, the Little Probe that … Continue reading

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The spookiest natural disaster you never heard of

Oh, look at the pretty lake. Too bad it’s a DEATHTRAP. On 21 August 1986, an invisible, odorless cloud of death came out of Lake Nyos, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The nearby village of Nyos was completely wiped … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

My parents hung their US flag outside the house today, and many of my friends were either watching or participating in parades. Others were hosting gatherings of family and friends, and there was surely a lot of barbecuing and really … Continue reading

Posted in event, USA | 3 Comments