A few thoughts

An hour ago, just after 7 am, the phone rang. Oh, shit, someone’s died, I thought, scrambling to follow Anne down the stairs. But before I had got to our bedroom door, she reappeared, smiling. It was Brussels Airport: they have found my lost luggage, mislaid returning from Macedonia last week. So after my shopping of the last few days, I now have an extra suit and many more pairs of socks and underwear than I needed. But I’m awake now, so here are a couple of random thoughts:

The rapid rotation of 2003 EL61

2003 EL61 is a newly discovered planetoid, not quite as big as was first thought but still pretty big. It spins pretty fast as well – its “day” is less than once every four hours. And apparently it is cigar-shaped.

I once read, long ago, an article by the then US Consul-General in Belfast, Michael Michaud, suggesting that we should be on the lookout for large alien artifacts in the Solar System. The obvious candidate for me was always Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1, with its distant, unusually circular orbit and its unexplained periodical outbursts of gas; decrepit space station, perhaps?

One of these days I was going to write a hard sf short story about it. Now, just as astronomers are beginning to explain Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1’s peculiar behaviour, I have another candidate for the starring inanimate role.

Fantasy Bed Time Hour

Two Valley Girls discuss Lord Foul’s Bane, in bed, four pages at a time here and also Tadhg O’Higgins here. I do wonder if it is still going? O’Higgins’ article was written in 2002, just after episode 5, and they only seem to be up to episode 28; but they’re on the TV schedules in Maine, Wisconsin and California, so I suppose it’s still going.

One thought on “A few thoughts

  1. I’m surprised Where the Red Fern Grows isn’t scoring better, it was required reading in my elementary school. On the other hand, maybe that’s a good thing – I always thought it was unfair to give such a traumatizing story to a group of pre-teens….

    (here via friendsfriends)

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