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As The ‘Spacehead’ Drools…

I don’t know about you, but after the recent setbacks on the commercial side of our space program, this is one ‘spacehead’ that could use a little good news from the space exploration front. Well my friends, there are a couple of upcoming major events, one by the folks at the European Space Agency (ESA) and another by NASA, that may provide just what dreamers like me need to boost our spirits! :D

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

Don’t You (Forget About Me)…

Had to do a major cleaning inside my PC earlier today, after the noises my processor cooling fan was making became disturbing enough to force my hand. Mind you, this happened only days after my son’s much newer PC completely crapped out on him and, well, you know, my hunk-o-junk does have a history too…

The Power of Optics

The Power Of Optics!

After hundreds, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of years struggling to free itself from the sun’s awesome grasp, a lowly photon is finally free to speed off, at 186 thousand miles per second, on an almost 93 million mile journey to arrive here, on earth, roughly 8 minutes later. And what happens then is, well, less impressive than such a journey would seem to deserve. That is until you realize that our lowly photon did not come alone.

In fact, lowly photons like that, arriving at a staggering multi-trillions per second rate, are perhaps the prime driver of all the magic that happens here on our little world. And when I say “magic” I mean life baby. And, at the top of that flourishing tree of life is us, who, after our own long and epic journey through the evolutionary grinder, have finally learned enough about how it all works to be able to do really cool things like this…

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Reflections On Fallen Leaves…

As a child, I never could quite understand people’s fascination with fragile things, since they had to keep everyone – like rambunctious little boys – away from them. I’m much older now. And while I’m still not sure I’d trust myself to take proper care of such things, I do have much more of an appreciation for what they represent.

Since seeing these very cool Omid Asadi images on Visual News and Twisted Sifter, I’ve come to think of them as excellent ‘reflections’ of just how fragile things can be, and of just how hard it might be to repair them once broken…