Progress

November 25, 2007

After all that grim stuff about the STFC, Casey Kazan has cheered up my evening. The Daily Planet has a posting with a quote from Kurt Vonnegut which I now shamelessly reproduce :

Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules, and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress

The Daily Planet post has a nice picture too, so check it out, and Digg it if you are young and trendy enough to be bothered. The quote is from Sirens of Titan, as I discovered when I also found it on this collection here. There are even more Vonnegut quotes here, including

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand

and even more .. ahh google it yerself.


Pluto : the final solution

September 8, 2007

Over at The Astronomy Blog, Stuart has a post about Pluto called Planet Status Apathy, and how Laurel Kornfeld has been vigorous in responding to his various posts. Gee I thought it was just me; but the comments made me realise it was others too. Laurel, where do you find the time ? Don’t you got a job ?

Through the comments on Stuart’s post, I discovered Paolo’s Demote Pluto website. This is wonderful. It has some really sane and balanced material, and links to all sorts of good stuff, including the “save pluto” campaigners. And … its really funny. There’s a great link to an interview with Pluto.

Best of all though is that Paolo has come up with the FINAL SOLUTION. Check it out.


Lolscience

September 3, 2007

Just found this very funny site, like lolcats for science. If you like the Cheezburger thing, you will like this.

p.s. ahh the wonders of the web ! I found this linked at SciencePunk, which in turn I found when Googling for “nailing jelly to the wall”, which also turned up this wonderful description of a carefully pedantic experiment.