Escaping Isolation via Web Cam #1

March 27, 2020

If you just need to stare at a screen and bliss out for a bit, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has some live web cams on YouTube of jellyfish, penguins, sharks, and birds. This is my current favourite:

These guys know nothing about physical distancing: they bump into, across, and though each other.  I am amazed their plumages don’t get tangled up.


15,560 Days

March 27, 2020

15,560 days ago, Elvis Presley had been dead four days and Groucho Marx for one; Jimmy Carter was into the eighth month of his presidency and serial killer Son of Sam had just been captured. On that day, August 20 1977, Voyager 2 was launched into space.

This morning, 15,560 days later, she is about 17 hours 8 light-minutes away from earth, still heading out. She left the Solar System 508 days ago, heading into the Interstellar Medium, and is still sending us valuable data every day.

Voyager 2 was built in 1976-1977 with tools that we would consider archaic today, and yet these days we have trouble keeping a toaster alive for more than six months!

It has been a glorious and useful and enhancing project and I hope it has many more thousands of days to chat with us.


Wise Words of Existential Epicurianism

March 27, 2020

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Image: Red Tulips #4

March 27, 2020


Grandview 27th March 1920

March 27, 2020

“Province”, 19200327, p.16