Slow, Cold, Grey Saturday

Kage Baker would have been amused at the news today. Especially on such a slow, cloudy, chilly, falling-asleep-where-you-sit day. Especially since looking it all up would have been preferable to doing any work. It’s the sort of day where you don’t know whether to gulp that extra cup of hot coffee, or pour it in your socks …

The UARS satellite that came down last night “probably” fell into the ocean and may never be found. That’s the last word from NASA, who had been tracking the thing 24/7 for 20 years, until they suddenly weren’t. Also from NORAD, who theoretically track everything potentially dangerous in near-Earth atmosphere. All that time, all those eyes, and we don’t know where it went once it was no longer where we expected it to be. Good thing it wasn’t a dinosaur-killer meteorite, though it doesn’t bode well for when one shows up.

A new kind of raptor has been found (well, its bones. Well, some of its bones) and named “Clever Girl”. If you understand why that is funny, you – like the paleontologists that named it – have watched Jurassic Park too often.

We still haven’t figured out how to re-supply the International Space Station, or get anyone off it. Does anyone still have a functioning spacecraft?

The Chinese have stopped a 600-year old carnival whose point and focus was eating dogs. In other news, deep-fried butter is now available at the Los Angeles County Fair. Sweet or savoury, your choice.

Olive pits can be used as fuel in pellet stoves. Winter is coming, lay in the Greek olives …

There might be a sub-atomic particle that travels faster than light. This could explosively re-arrange the landscape of physics. While the scientific community tries to explain and replicate the experimental results, ideas that have so far been proposed to explain the neutrino findings now include: lies, a supernova from last week, static electricity, the ever-popular “mistake”, and the phases of the moon. No one (but me) seems to find this recital of battling causes funny …

The internet service in the USA lags behind that of 25 other leading technological countries – including Romania.

Which is part of why this is a brief, silly, place-holding list today, Dear Readers. Aside from the fact that is a cold, overcast day and I’ve OD’d on carbs, my modem connection keeps flickering. Also, it’s Saturday! I have been industriously doing next to nothing all day! So should all of you be!

Get a good book and someone snuggly, and curl up for the first autumn evening. It’s coming over the western hills, with the fresh fog from the sea and a chilly wind. Time to contemplate a wood (or olive pit) fire, and some good, hot take-out Chinese food.

Time for the Kage Baker Memorial Mu Shoo Pork. With extra plum sauce. Oh, yeah.