Archives for May, 2012

“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.” -Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut may have it right for most of us, but not all of us spend all of our time on Earth. A select dozen of us, in fact, have made it, as Cat Power…

“They say ‘A flat ocean is an ocean of trouble. And an ocean of waves… can also be trouble.’ So, it’s like, that balance. You know, it’s that great Oriental way of thinking, you know, they think they’ve tricked you, and then, they have.” -Nigel Tufnel Black holes* are some of the most perplexing objects…

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” -Woody Hayes There’s no doubt that we lucked out when it came to the formation of our Solar System. Our inner Solar System, where temperatures are ideal for liquid water and life-as-we-know-it, is full of rocky planets and devoid of any…

“There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.” -Adlai E. Stevenson One of the worst feelings that I’ve ever experienced is when I feel as though someone has played me for a fool, and fleeced me out of my time, my money, and my…

“Without a wish, without a will, I stood upon that silent hill And stared into the sky until My eyes were blind with stars and still I stared into the sky.” -Ralph Hodgson The next month — from May 5th to June 5th — brings three of the most spectacular astronomy sights possible on Earth…

“This is the way I wanna die. Torn apart by angry fans who want me to play a different song.” -Regina Spektor You’re familiar with the classic picture of a black hole: a dark, dense region at the center from which no light can escape, surrounded by an accretion disk of matter that constantly feeds…

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” -John Steinbeck Here on Earth, we all get to enjoy the delight of being located in an…