If Planet Mercury's age was the equivalent of one day, the Greco-Roman pantheon from which the name comes from would have appeared only within the last one-tenth of a second of the day. As such, if someone tried to talk to Planet Mercury about its retrograde motion and its impact on our travel and communication, the ancient planet would likely respond, "Wait, what?"
Soundtrack in my head: Talking Heads, "Life During Wartime" geralt / Pixabay In my last three posts I talked about the revelation of the mass surveillance program in which our emails, internet searches, and mobile phone data are collected, stored and subject to review by the U.S. government at any time. It could be said … Continue reading everything we know about politics is wrong (paranoia run amuck version)
A tale of two views of the same street, but different weather, a year apart: This time last year, we had May weather in March, including some 80°F days. This year, still a lot of snow on the ground, with our most recent snowfall on Sunday. So this means global warming's over, right? (Ba-bump, crash). … Continue reading what a difference a year makes with the weather–or does it?
Soundtrack in my head: Beat Happening, "Indian Summer" I don't know what it is about this fall's "Indian Summer" but there's something about it that seems, well...strange. Brief spells of summer-like weather in October or even November aren't unusual. Perhaps it's because this year's Indian Summer is so cloudy as to be gloomy. Might it … Continue reading funny, i don’t remember “Indian Summer” being this creepy
Soundtrack in my head: INXS, "Burn For You" Maybe it was stubbornness, but I don't think it was pride. After all, I'd owned an air conditioner before, and it wasn't a terrible experience. But for nine summers I'd resisted getting an air conditioner. Really, I just didn't feel like spending the money, even though it … Continue reading okay, okay, i give up! i’m getting an air conditioner!
Soundtrack in my head: School of Fish, "3 Strange Days" This picture reflects what Madison WI usually looks like during the first or second week of May. It looks like fun and games. The lawns are green and ready to be mowed, and the tree buds are turning into real leaves. But with the last … Continue reading correction: it’s NOT all fun and games before the polar ice caps melt
Soundtrack in my head: Tommy Roe, "Dizzy" Years ago I read a short story by Robert Heinlein called "The Year of the Jackpot." It was written in 1952 and the story takes place in 1962. It is about a statistician who makes notes of trends and plots them on a graph, which he refers to … Continue reading is this now silly season?
Early this morning marked Daylight Savings time. With daylight going an hour later on our clocks, you could see more children playing outside, more people walking through the neighborhood and more bicyclists out on the street. It was a sunny day, with the temperature reaching 64 degrees. In the morning I walked outside with a … Continue reading it’s all fun until the polar icecaps melt