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“There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.” -Jorge Luis Borges Have you ever been so mad at someone that you needed revenge? That you needed to take something delightful and use it for…

“He who would search for pearls must dive below.” -John Dryden Sometimes falling can be a painful thing, as Ween might sing you in their ominous composition, Falling Out, but sometimes it can be absolutely wonderful, like when the Hubble space telescope allows you to “fall in” to the closest large galaxy to us: Andromeda. Thanks to…

“Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” -Oscar Wilde While the AAS meeting is about to start, I couldn’t resist sharing a song and a wonderful project with you this weekend. Have a listen to a song that talks about what it…

“I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life — whoever you are, whatever our differences.” -John Denver So why not lead by example? If you think there’s too much carbon in the atmosphere (because there is), if you think…

The Rising Star of Science (Synopsis)

We don’t normally think about it in our day-to-day work, but as scientists, our equations, our models, our observations, our experiments and our instruments are more than just our tools for approaching our work. In a very real way, they’re our connection to the Universe itself. Yet some people miss out on that connection, never…

“Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment.” -Simon Newcomb For most of us, news of a total solar eclipse — even though they happen (on average) once every three years — seems…

“If there are things you don’t like in the world you grew up in, make your own life different.” -Dave Thomas That’s great advice, and is the same advice that the iconic Grandmaster Flash not only pushed in his legendary song, The Message, but also lived. The music style he helped developed had a tremendous impact…

“The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search the chance of success is zero.” -Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison Although, for many various reasons, most of us may find the prospect of journeying into deep space beyond our physical grasp, that doesn’t means we can’t journey there in our imaginations.…

“Devote yourself, but do not lose who you are!” -Marvel vs. Capcom With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s officially the holiday season here in the USA (and in many other places across the world), and so it’s time to kick that off with a great holiday song by Calexico, Gift X-change, and to check out the fusion…

“We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.”  -W. Somerset Maugham There are so many things out there in this world to marvel at, that it’s important to remember to appreciate all that’s out…