Thoughts on a kaboom
First reaction (on admittedly too little sleep) to SpaceX's Starship/Falcon Super Heavy test flight April 20, 2023.
Space Battleship Red Dwarf
Somehow recently I had the themes of both "Space Battleship Yamato" and "Red Dwarf" on the brain, and this mashup was the result.
A fire in the sky, 20 years later
I knew it would be my last chance to see a space shuttle passing over Waco during re-entry; what I got wrong was why Columbia’s return would be the last time. An updated version of my Waco Trib column from 2013.
Hope Is The Thing…
There have been several recent discussions concerning Emily Dickinson’s description of hope, and the accuracy thereof. Today in my mind they crystalized into this. The image by Xing Lida and Song Qijin accompanied a Science News item from April 2010 about fossil evidence suggesting that at least one feathered dinosaur molted during development the way modern birds do, as reported in a letter to the journal Nature. There will probably be a song about this in the near future.
Toast for Talos Builders
I've been trying to come up with a song for this bit of Final Fantasy XIV plot for a while now, and finally twigged to how close the feeling I was aiming for was to Leslie Fish's ode to the shipbuilders and Mission Control crew of Apollo...
A song about lazy mornings, especially in winter. It came to me on such a morning, naturally.
There Will Be Light
This is me trying to get at the common feature in the ways we celebrate the season — the promise even amid the longest night that light, and Light, will return. Happy holidays, however you choose to celebrate!
The Arms of Thal
So this is my first Final Fantasy XIV Online song (to go with all the World of Warcraft ones I've written). Notionally, it's written by my bard character as a tribute to fallen friends (in at least two cases, falling specifically in the act of protecting him).
You Can Call Me HAL
Fairly obvious what inspired this one.
Gymnastics and rocket science
Simone Biles was right to call NO GO.