Tuesday, June 28, 2005

There is a silver lining...

Louisiana cloudscapes can be spectacular, and views like this frequently draw my gaze upward:

The image, and more like them, can be found at Cloudman's Cloud Gallery.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Looking for tranquility

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

This begs the question: Is tranquility a natural state, achievable, or even desireable?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Are we alone among the stars

But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be
inhabited? ... Are we or they Lords of the
World? ... And how are all things made for man?

Johannes Kepler, The Anatomy of Melancholy

Friday, June 10, 2005

See the light

You can see the stars and still not see the light.

Already Gone
The Eagles

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Skidding through life

And remember this motto to live by:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming...

Damn, What a ride!!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Martian invasion

Just in time for the premiere of Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds...

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Mars is approaching. In 2003, at its point of opposition (the point when a planet is directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth) Mars was closer to Earth than it had been in 5000 years. It won't come this close to Earth for another 60,000 years.

Although the 2005 Mars opposition won't be quite as close (about 25 percent farther away), the view for people in the Northern Hemisphere may actually be better because Mars will be higher in the sky, and much further north than it was in 2003.

Sky and Telescope:
Mars will be closest to Earth on October 30th and at opposition on November 7th. It will not appear as bright — or as large in a telescope — as it did during its 2003 opposition, but it’ll certainly be a red beacon in a constellation that’s otherwise devoid of bright objects.

There's more of an explanation about this opportunity to view Mars in this 2003 Sky and Telescope article, and this National Geographic article, which described the absolute closest point Mars had come to Earth.

There's more about War of the Worlds here.

The Orson Wells radio broadcast can be found here.

And some nice stills here.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I am Qui-Gon Jinn

Thanks to La Profesora for the link.