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Another TV and movie great has left us a legacy of decades of entertaining, thought-provoking, inspiring stories. Farewell, René Auberjonois. The Great Link welcomes you home. http://blog.trekcore.com/2019/12/rene-auberjonois-star-trek-deep-space-nines-odo-dies/
Right now, engineers have got a dummy rover practising the business of retrieving packaged rock samples. And, yes, the stand-ins really are whiteboard markers. Yay! Whiteboard markers. Um. OK. But different agencies and companies are finally working together? Great! Wait. What’s the catch? It is, though, going to take more than a decade to achieve. […]
The pattern remains a mystery, but researchers are beginning to narrow the possibilities. While the changes are most likely…geological in nature, planetary scientists can’t completely rule out an explanation involving microbial life. Just as the Viking landers claimed? Uh-oh. Or is it just chemicals (perchlorate, bleach-like substances) in the soil, releasing oxygen and methane depending […]
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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
One aspect of bathrooms in Japan that surprised me at first was the water everywhere around the sink. I mean, everywhere. Not having a habit of waiting for people to wash their hands in public lavatories, I found it a … Continue reading
As I posted some time ago, we were fortunate that my oldest daughter was able to enter a city-approved nursery school. We were even more fortunate to have first choice on a new housing plot that wasn’t even technically on … Continue reading
Starting April 1st this year (the beginning of the school year in Japan), I went back to work and my daughter started her first year at a nearby private nursery school. Even prior to the official first day, we attended … Continue reading
My last post, about something now that seems totally innocuous, was on Friday, March 11th, at 10 or 11 in the morning. Japan time. We all know what happened just a few hours later.