Monthly Archives: October 2013

Love means hiding the M&Ms

I am a chocolate addict. I have zero will power to resist it, which means that if there is chocolate in the house, I will eat it until it’s gone. But if there’s no chocolate in the house, I’m miserable. … Continue reading

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Lede of the week

With the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy upon us, the US press has been full of reflections, comparisons, opinions, and every other type of story that can be wrung out of the event. I’ve skipped over most of them, but … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

You have to admire the determination of a surfer in Hofn, Iceland, because nothing says “surfin’ safari” like wool gloves, a wool hat, and a thick coat with a puffy hood. But I’m guessing those waves aren’t crowded. The mountain … Continue reading

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Just when you thought Saturn couldn’t get any more awesome

…it goes and rains diamonds. Maybe. That’s the theory put forth by planetary scientists Kevin Baines and Mona Delitsky, at the Division for Planetary Sciences conference in Denver earlier this month. They came up with it as a way of … Continue reading

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Ommatoiulus moreletii, at home and abroad

This is Ommatoiulus moreletii, the Portuguese millipede. It’s a friendly sort of critter, minding its own business and spending most of its time tucked away under logs, rocks, and in quiet corners. As the name would indicate, it’s native to … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

The hits just keep rolling in from Cassini. This semi-polar view of Saturn is a knockout, especially with the artistic shadow. Because the full image is 4000 pixels wide, we can easily make out the hexagonal cloud wall at Saturn’s … Continue reading

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Bloggy changes

For over three and a half years, I’ve posted to this blog six days a week, with occasional breaks for vacations and visitors. You may have noticed that in the past month, my six-day-per-week schedule has gotten a bit scattered. … Continue reading

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“Gravity” review: long version (like, REALLY long)

Using will power and lightning-quick reflexes — i.e., closing browser tabs before I read too far — I managed to avoid all spoilers before seeing Gravity. But this review will be very spoilery, so stop reading at the movie poster … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

I’m in the mood for space photos after last weekend… (Click the image to aurorate.)

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“Gravity” review: short version

Gostámos imenso! We really, really loved it. I was blown away. In fact I can’t remember the last time I was so utterly sucked into a film. The best illustration I can think of is that we brought a big … Continue reading

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