“…the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.” –Carl Sagan As many of you know, I’m fortunate enough to live in a city that values science and scientific knowledge so highly that the our local news … Read moreCosmic Awe
“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” –Oscar Wilde It’s an intense world out there, and life can leave you weary in many ways. And sometimes, making your way through each day makes it feel like the whole world is watching, and there’s no hiding. Have a listen, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: …it might just be their face?
“The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” –Carl … Read moreWhat Makes Up The Universe?
“Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” –Mark Twain I am unimpressed with speculations that have no basis in fact, but if you can show how your claims are factually grounded and arrived at, they’re certainly worth a listen to. And if your facts, logic and extrapolations are sound, you … Read moreWeekend Diversion: True Facts About…
“In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.” –John Archibald Wheeler Sometimes, things get difficult. Sometimes, there are challenges you have to face that you never even expected, much less were prepared for. And sometimes, it seems like there’s no point in even holding on to hope that things will get better. … Read moreWeekend Diversion: The Methuselah of Mars
“Aristotle taught that stars are made of a different matter than the four earthly elements— a quintessence— that also happens to be what the human psyche is made of. Which is why man’s spirit corresponds to the stars. Perhaps that’s not a very scientific view, but I do like the idea that there’s a little … Read moreThe Evolution of Starlight
“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” –Mark Twain While it’s hard to imagine for me now that I have one, there are plenty of people out there who have never known the rewards and joys … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
“The man’s a born straggler… another lucky exception to the rules of natural selection. A million years ago he would’ve been an easy snack for a saber-toothed tiger.” -Carl Hiaasen Welcome to the latest Messier Monday, where each week we take a look at one of Charles Messier’s original catalogue of 110 deep-sky objects that … Read moreMessier Monday: A Straggling Globular Cluster, M30
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!’” –Hunter S. Thompson For those of you who’ve never … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Make Yourself Hallucinate (Safely)
“We live in an atmosphere of shame. We are ashamed of everything that is real about us; ashamed of ourselves, of our relatives, of our incomes, of our accents, of our opinions, of our experience, just as we are ashamed of our naked skins.” –George Bernard Shaw All that is real about ourselves is nothing … Read moreGiving thanks for our place in the Universe