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Last Chance to SeePolaris

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 08:36:23 +0000

Douglas Adams is known and loved for the satirical and insane stories that make up the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I loved reading that “trilogy in four parts” during my high school and college years, but didn’t wonder until much later about what other books Adams had written in his short life, or indeed … Continue reading "Last Chance to See"

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Wed, 17 Feb 2016 01:55:00 +0000

A big difference between birds and people is that birds enjoy facing into the wind. “Enjoy” is probably not the right word, but facing into the wind certainly comes naturally to them. It ruffles their feathers the least and protects them from hypothermia. I was reminded of this on the three days that I toured by … Continue reading "Headwind"

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LighthousePolarisThe Point Reyes Lighthouse

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:12:55 +0000

  The ranger is pulling the circular curtain The demonstration is at an end Beam by beam, the lighthouse begins To swallow shafts of light, 24, 23, 22 … Until only a couple remain. Beyond a window of the illuminated cylinder The ranger lingers awhile Pronouncing the sentence Of a once-lighthouse, now a museum piece … Continue reading "Lighthouse"

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Feeder Tales, Part 3: SpeciesPolariscropped-nuthatchheader.png

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 07:41:27 +0000

Our feeder has now been up for about a year, and while the sweet sound of finches never grows old, the feeder itself is now a more natural and unsurprising item in our home, much like our plants. Many more birds have discovered it by now, and they join the chickadees, juncos, and finches in … Continue reading "Feeder Tales, Part 3: Species"

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Farewell, Leonard Nimoy.Polaris

Mon, 09 Mar 2015 07:15:36 +0000

I am what I am, Leila. And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s. [Mr. Spock, This Side of Paradise] Being someone who grew up wanting to be a pilot and astronomer before reality intervened, Star Trek was never just another TV … Continue reading "Farewell, Leonard Nimoy."

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Feeder Tales, Part 2: First visitorsPolaris

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:44:33 +0000

We put up our feeder for the first time in July.  Close to the feeder, outside the apartment, were a tree that resembles a paper birch and a couple of redwoods, in which hummingbirds and chickadees take refuge. By checking the area underneath the feeder for seed husks and bird droppings, we guessed that no bird … Continue reading "Feeder Tales, Part 2: First visitors"

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Feeder Tales, Part 1: For a JuncoPolaris

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:56:55 +0000

It has been a very long time coming, but it is good to finally begin writing a blog post again. Surely, most readers of this blog have moved on after being starved of updates for months on end. If you, dear reader (old or new), find your way to Mirkwood, allow me at least to … Continue reading "Feeder Tales, Part 1: For a Junco"

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:08:40 +0000

“The bird with the thorn in its breast, it follows an immutable law; it is driven by it knows not what to impale itself, and die singing. At the very instant the thorn enters there is no awareness in it of the dying to come; it simply sings and sings until there is not the … Continue reading "Thorns"

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Dance of GalaxiesPolaris

Sun, 30 Mar 2014 05:12:49 +0000

Whenever I watch a science documentary, I think of Carl Sagan and the book version of Cosmos and the seemingly limitless ocean of inspiration that was presented to me in those pages, to draw from in times both good and bad. Cosmos has such a ridiculously sacred place in my heart that I’ve been very … Continue reading "Dance of Galaxies"

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Footnote humorPolaris

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 04:46:56 +0000

I found today an enjoyable little footnote in Elliptic Tales, a recent book on elliptic curves and number theory written by Boston College professors Avner Ash and Robert Gross. The book is a tough and ambitious undertaking with the goal of explaining one of the most difficult areas of mathematics to a general readership. Even … Continue reading "Footnote humor"

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