I viewed the Lunar Eclipse last night primarily alone. Scott and Felicia saw some of the opening stages, but soon retired to bed, leaving the darkening of the moon solely to me.
Conditions were just about perfect here. Few clouds in the sky helped, and less city lights than I am used to dealing with helped the viewing enormously. The relatively low angle of the Moon was a blessing, the optical illusion that allows the moon to seem larger when it is lower in the sky helped in seeing the details.
If only I had my binocs here.
Locus Online: News Log, April 2003, p3
Seattle is high on the places I want to visit list, not the least because of the proximity of Mt. Rainier, which I do wish to see. Now, however, Paul Allen (the co-founder of Microsoft) and Greg Bear (whom I’ve mentioned on my blog as one of my five favorite current SF writers) are going to create an Science Fiction museum in Seattle, to open next year.
A convergence of museums and SF. Good grief, this place sounds like heaven.
Perverse Access Memory: Never Tell Me The Odds!
Ginger points us toward a Soul Mate Calculator. I guess I am less finicky, so to speak, than her, because my odds of finding my soul mate are “only” 1 in 122 million.
Still…speaking as someone without that someone, its a steep mountain of loneliness indeed.
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I picked up a bargain book at B&N a little while ago that is an introduction to Latin. Called Learn Latin, by Peter Jones, it purports to be a lively introduction to reading the language.
U.S. adds a little color to $20 bills
Doubtless many of you have heard this, or seen them, but I thought that I would give a link to a news article. I think that probably I’d have to see the bills for myself before passing judgement. I do recognize, though, that the US was one of the few major nations with monochromatic currency. This will break that.
Lunar Eclipse Computer
The above link brings you to the US navy lunar eclipse computer, which will calculate times for moon rise, entering and leaving the eclipse, based on where you are.
For here in Blaine, the moon will rise 8:22 PM local time and will enter the umbra of the Earth about 40 minutes later and will not exit it until 1:14 in the morning. Mid-point of the Eclipse will be at 10:40 PM.
The next Lunar Eclipse after this will be in early November.
Perverse Access Memory: WISH 46: Plot, Plot, Plot
Ginger’s WISH this week is a technical question: How do you define the word �plot� in a roleplaying game? What is plot and how does it come about? What is the GM�s role in developing plot? What is the players� role? Are the answers different for different genres?
I just saw this article linked above on MSNBC. It’s a few days old and it discusses blogging and the blogging world…
…and our very own Ginger is quoted in the article. Way to go, Ginger!
Scientific American: Parallel Universes
That staple of science fiction (and Amber games!) is the parallel universe. While in Cub Foods today shopping, I saw this issue of SciAm (Scientific American) and this was the “cover article”. Highly recommended. There are more versions of “parallel universes” than you think…and there might be evidence in this world to support their existence…
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