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Driving around tonight in the fog makes me realize that I miss weather. It’s always so hot and dry and boring here in Austin. Give me weather, dammit. Variable weather. Second-guessing weather. “Do I need a coat, an umbrella, or cargo shorts?” weather. It’s what I miss about living in my mid-latitude home state, where …

Neowise

I never saw the twin-tailed comet Neowise.I never let its dim rays flicker into my dim vision.I will now have to wait 6,700 years. I could never escape the light of the city.I could never escape the quarantine apartment.I could never escape the articles hinting where to look if I would only look at their …

Interstellar Sights and Social Rights

We have the first image of a black hole, and it took a lot of computational power and cleverness to generate it. Great! Holy crap, yes! I’m proud of scientific progress! Katie Bouman and her team did an amazing job! What’s less amazing isn’t the reporting that Dr. Bouman was the technical lead on the …

Unlimited Vistas for a Limited Horizon

Since I’ve moved from my hometown, I’ve gone on sneering rants about how much the people in my home town are in a bubble, how if it’s not within the Texarkana city limits or anywhere within the two neighboring counties, they just don’t care to know about it. Selective myopia, small lives, out-of-sight out-of-mind, and …