Adventures in Ethics and Science

The Earth, then and now.

… as drawn by the younger Free-Ride offspring.

The Earth as described in 2006:


The moon was going through its phases, the meteor catcher was catching meteors, and the ozone layer, while holey, was still there.

The Earth as described in 2009:


The meteor catcher appears to have been replaced by a large satellite dish. Maybe we have better options with which to handle falling meteors now. (Or maybe we’ve just prioritized telecommunications.)

Just past the asteroid belt, Mars seems in a very close approach to Earth (possibly because the Mars Rover would appears to be back on Earth — for repairs?).

The moon’s still there. Volcanos are still erupting. Giant palm trees are still visible from space.

But where the hell is the ozone layer?

2009 may be a good year to invest in sunscreen.


  1. #1 skyotter
    January 2, 2009

    “… the ozone layer, while holey …”

    i saw that as the “zone” where all the O’s live. hey, i laughed

  2. #2 ScienceWoman
    January 2, 2009

    My first thought was that Younger Offspring still has not bowed to the convention of North being up on maps. Either that or we’re in for a very topsy-turvy ride this year.

  3. #3 Don
    January 3, 2009

    Wow, your kids know the Big Whack theory, now that is progressive education! Did they learn astrophysix in a California public school?

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