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Aboard this Tiny Ship

July 14, 2013

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I waste too much of my brain engaged in trivial thoughts. I’m frequently tempted to call the toll-free numbers on the sides of food packages, just to see if anyone is really there. I struggle to remember what ever happened to those poor people stranded on Gilligan’s Island. Mostly, I wonder how extension cords manage […]

The Red Planet is Orange (Part 1)

May 10, 2012

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I want to be the first human to go to Mars. I say this not because I think I’m the most qualified, or because I even have anything to offer a space program that’s been hovering close to death since the shuttle missions of the early eighties. Rather, it seems that no one else really […]

Why We Should Love Traffic Jams

October 23, 2010

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Okay, I don’t love traffic jams. In fact, I hate them. They make me late, they make me tense, and they make me smack the steering wheel and hurt my hand. But traffic jams are an example of a phenomenon that is everywhere in our lives. And without it, we wouldn’t exist. It’s the tendency […]

Pluto: Dwarf Planet, or Just Small Thinking?

May 12, 2010

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It’s been four years since the International Astronomical Union kicked Pluto out of the Planet Club. Most people may be too busy reading their horoscopes to care about actual planets, but for the rest of us, this Pluto thing isn’t over yet. Why do we care about a speck of light four billion miles away? […]