Little islands of life

I like to take breaks at work to walk around and think, but it was raining so I walked around in the parking garage. With springtime arriving, the spiders are out in force, and I noticed that nearly every overhead light I walked under was surrounded and covered in spiderwebs, with multiple spiders clearly visible--a …

Star Trek: Discovery, episode 5

War war war war, Michael Burnham war. War, war war war, war spore drive war war. War Klingons war tardigrade war war. Captain Lorca punches Klingons, someone dies, I don't care. Cue opening credits. Another 'exciting' episode of Star Trek: Discovery, where nothing is discovered, they don't go anywhere no one has gone before, and …

Gravity

I watched this thrilling sci fi movie while on a plane over the ocean, and the turbulence really added to the tense feel of it. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play astronauts working on repairing the Hubble telescope, when an accident sends them into a dire situation. There is a kind of deep, uneasy fear …

SN 1006 thoughts

Over one thousand years ago, in AD 1006, a supernova lit up the night sky brighter than Venus, and visible during the day for weeks. Today, a new image taken by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory gives us a deliciously detailed look at this ancient explosion. Looking at this picture, I wonder what surrounding worlds must …