Dark Spots

A few weeks ago, a previously unknown-to-me solar observatory in Sunspot, AZ was shut down and evacuated by FBI action. Rumors circulated. Turns out their reason was that an Internet crime had happened at a related IP address. Something about child porn. Troublesome to hear, but whatever. That’s just an appendix. The backstory behind the […]

Earthbound and Down

Perhaps the most sobering thought is that, after a lifetime of dreaming, I’m still going to die on this planet. That after thinking about galaxies, looking up at the stars, writing about extra-planetary travel, reading books and listening to programs about life out there, and trying to raise myself above whatever provincial concerns that surround […]

Golden Jerks

Travesty. I found the “video images” track from the Voyager Golden Disk on archive.org, officially from NASA. Was thinking about writing software to decode it to get the source images. Y’know, as an exercise. However, on closer inspection, it sounds like it has been intentionally denatured with a chorus and delay to keep it from […]

Condense, Drop

The University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) has come up with an innovative solution to the potable water shortage problem that troubles its inhabitants that live in the deserts between the Pacific coast and the Andes Mountains. Rainfall in south coastal Peru averages less than 150mm per year (10mm totals during the summer), […]