Good morning readers. Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.
I had the vague, but mistaken notion I wouldn’t post on the blog today. I awakened fresh and full of energy, went out onto the porch to chat with the cats and none were available for comment. So I went back indoors, put coffee on, did my usual getting started routines and bounced around as though I’d become a young man of, say, 60 or 55 during the night.
By the time the coffee was prime, Hydrox spoke outside the front door. But him being an old guy, when I let him in he promptly headed for the bed and crashed. Caused me a moment of concern, because the cats here always demand a few moments of quality time, each, me talking to them, scratching them behind the ears, holding them upside down, then finally pulling their tails while they pretend anger and trying to get away.
But there he was, curled up on the bed without so much as a sidle-against-the-leg.
So I plunked down at the comp to begin the daily download ritual and glanced at the time. 3:35 AM. Sheeze! 3:36 by the time I pulled my eyes away. The damned computer clock must have gone wokkyjawed! So I pulled up the sleeve of my sweatshirt far enough to show my watch, which promptly sided with the computer, despite the fact I’ve tried to treat it well. All I demand of a watch is loyalty when it comes to a crunch, aside from occasionally telling me what time it is.
5:00 AM is when I get up. Not sometime after 3:00. I sometimes awaken at 4:30 and lie there a while savoring being alive, but I don’t hop out of bed like some fool and start making coffee.
So I’ve somehow hornswoggled myself. Might just as well see what’s blogworthy, thinks I.
The NASA site reports Spitzer’s still out there dragging surprises out of the Universe:
Astronomers using NASA‘s Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as “buckyballs,” in space for the first time. Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules that were first observed in a laboratory 25 years ago. They are named for their resemblance to architect Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, which have interlocking circles on the surface of a partial sphere. Buckyballs were thought to float around in space, but had escaped detection until now.
“We found what are now the largest molecules known to exist in space,” said astronomer Jan Cami of the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. “We are particularly excited because they have unique properties that make them important players for all sorts of physical and chemical processes going on in space.” Cami has authored a paper about the discovery that will appear online Thursday in the journal Science.
But I see by the date that was 2010. Nothing there worth blogging. Out-of-date old news. Sheeze.
Old Sol’s UV pics on spaceweather.com don’t get updated weekends, normally, so a person’s left looking at how it was October 25, 2005 compared to yesterday, instead freshly dressed and spiffed up for a Saturday in February, 2012.
Any port in a storm, I reckons.
As you can observe for yourself, the drama continues.
Anyway, I see time’s moved right along and it’s 4:59 AM. Won’t be long before the data’s posted on the various sites so I can download it. Probably just time for another cup of coffee, another moseying around outdoors to see if any felines have discovered the world made it through the night.
5:04 AM, Yeah, Niaid’s up and around, came in and had her morning hissing/swatting match with Hydrox, rousted him off the bed and stole his place. Now he’s wanting back outdoors to see what’s in the news.
The Invader-cat doesn’t know how things work around here yet, so it’s out there under the window meowing to itself in puzzlement, hoping I’ll be putting out some viddles. And the various roosters must have picked up on the house activity noise enough to get them crowing, wondering what-the-hell’s going on.
About all I can tell you about what’s in store for today is a nap. I don’t care what the Mayan calendar says.
Today on Ask Old Jules: Are We De-evolving?
Old Jules, are we de-evolving?
The rules of natural selection and competition don’t really exist now. Everything is pretty much given to you as long as you have money. Could this mean that humans could be different in the next hundred years?