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Though discovered nearly four years ago, an asteroid in orbit near Jupiter ( BZ509, or just “bee-zee” for short) is now said to be originally from outside our solar system. The aliens are here (have been here…).
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn! In his house at R’yleh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming… …because of course his ancestral DNA was brought to Earth aboard an asteroid, as part of an ancient bombardment that seeded life… Well, maybe not. It’s a controversial idea only in the sense that octopi are not aliens and no […]
During the first week of May my family and I had a chance to explore ancient Greece. Well, OK, modern Greece. With some ruins thrown in. In addition to the museums of Byzantine culture, early Christian churches, old Turkish baths, reconstructed tombs of Phillip II of Macedon and all that, we also wandered around downtown […]
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Category Archives: holidays
Friday, my two daughters (aged 7 and 4) and I set off on a four-hour bullet train (Shinkansen) ride without my wife. She did see us off at the Shin-Osaka bullet train station, but since she had a week-long business … Continue reading
There are lots of parties in Japan. Parties when people get hired. Parties when people retire. Parties when a sporting event is held. Parties when a building is officially opened. Parties to “forget the year,” and parties to start the new one. Even parties to celebrate the release of a new book. Continue reading
It seems like no coincidence that Nana-kusa is at the beginning of the final solar period of winter. Continue reading
As I wrote a couple days ago, I’ve been spending the New Year’s holidays with my wife’s family in Kagoshima for a decade now. In that span of time, there have been five children born into the immediate extended family, … Continue reading
After a series of fairly serious blog posts related to an ongoing complaint against Amazon (which was somewhat, but not entirely, resolved), I thought it was about time to post about a slightly more innocuous topic: Making pottery at the … Continue reading
I’ve spent the past five New Year’s at my in-laws’ house in Kagoshima, in the southern island of Kyushu. “Family” consists of my wife’s parents, my brother-in-law (who works at a hospital and is usually on call and/or working throughout … Continue reading