Archive for August, 2010

The Last Star Gazer

August 23, 2010

Just found out that astronomer Jack Horkheimer, host of the legendary PBS series Star Gazer, passed away at age 72 last friday. There may not have been another sentient creature on Planet Earth as enthusiastic about Naked Eye Astronomy than this gentleman. His show was always fun, a little bit trippy with the amusing graphics that would feature him sitting on the rings of Saturn and such and the spacey synth theme song that played in the background. Wonderful stuff, really. As goofy as it may have appeared at times you would always be won over by Jack’s genuine love of stargazing.

The final episode, recorded recently, covering this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Keep looking up, folks.

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Make It Personal

August 20, 2010

“The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft-. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide from under it with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way, you stand a better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous marks the difference – the only difference in their eyes – between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.”

    Richard K. Morgan

A Little Ha Ha

August 19, 2010

Possibly my favorite Warren Ellis post in a long time.

Ha Ha Fuck You People

Indeed.

Everything’s Gone Green

August 18, 2010

green

I’m a bit of a naturalist. Or is it naturist? I get the two confused.