Edit (2019-02-09): I’m adding a NASA link to the Science section which I’d meant to include yesterday and a Carol Emswhiller link to the Science Fiction section which just came out today.
- Just The Caffeine Talking: Class, Status, and SF.
- Just The Caffeine Talking: Class, Status, and SF Continued. An interesting variation on Snow’s theme.
- Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) – Locus Online. This is especially painful as she’s one of my favorites. Reads, re-reads, and reviews are on the way.
- Flogging Babel: Carol Emshwiller, 1921 – 2019. “She gave me (and all the rest of us) windows into worlds we never could have seen without her.”
- Story of the Week: Pelt. An illustrated biographical memorial precedes the tale. While there were several Emshwiller stories online, this apparently hadn’t been and I’m glad it now is. This was the first Emshwiller story (and one of the first SF tales) I ever read and it had a powerful effect.
- 1828-02-08 Jules Verne
- 1887-02-10 E. V. Rieu
- 1953-02-10 John Shirley
- 1567-02-12 Thomas Campion
- 1809-02-12 Charles Darwin
- 1939-02-12 Ray Manzarek
- 1923-02-13 Chuck Yeager
- 1961-02-13 Henry Rollins
The data in this section is from the ISFDB. ISFDB entries usually have SFE and/or Wikipedia links for biographies. For free works of older authors online, try sites like FreeSFOnline, Archive.org, Gutenberg, or PoemHunter.com.
- New 3D printer shapes objects with rays of light — ScienceDaily.
- After founder’s sudden death, cryptocurrency exchange can’t access $190 million in holdings – The Washington Post. Thanks to “SF and Nonsense: Crypto *what*?” for following up on a previous link and providing this one.
- Early spring rain boosts methane from thawing permafrost by 30 percent. I wouldn’t ordinarily link to this because it’s just another sign we’re doomed but I was struck by how this demonstrates another way we’re all doomed, besides climate change. The article frequently quotes Rebecca Neumann, an associate professor in the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, who says, “We believe microbes in the bog got excited…We saw the plants going crazy and methane emissions going bonkers…The microbes in this bog on some level are like ‘Oh man, we’re stuck making methane because that’s all this bog is allowing us to do’… [The plants are] providing yummy carbon… [Two factors are] a double whammy for methane production and emission.” To paraphrase Scully, “Please explain to me the scientific nature of the ‘double whammy.'” And ‘yummy,’ ‘bonkers,’ etc.
- Backreaction: String theory landscape predicts no new particles at the LHC. Grand Theft Supercollider.
- Cassini Data on Saturn’s Rings, Clouds.
- NASA honors fallen astronauts with Day of Remembrance | Astronomy.com.
- The Mind-Boggling Chess for Three Players – Learn Fun Facts. This is kind of an ad, but still neat. I particularly wonder what happens with edge pawns, though.
- The History Blog » Facial Recognition for Coins. All your face are belong to us.
- The History Blog » WWI grenade found among potatoes at chip factory. I bet most workers at a chip factory don’t usually worry about dying from a hand grenade. Oddly, there actually was a grenade called a “potato masher.”
Hilarious – the last Calvin and Hobbes brought on “Frankenstein” and this brings on…
Blue Oyster Cult – “Godzilla”
I know Calvin was doing the dino thing and not actually being Godzilla, but it’s the spirit of the thing. As far as the birthdays go, there’s some serendipity in that, while John Shirley, in addition to being an author and doing some of his own music, was also a lyricist for BOC. As far as the others, I’ve posted several Doors tracks on this blog but I don’t think I’ve posted Hank, yet. This brief melody is probably my favorite.
Rollins Band – “Joy Riding with Frank”