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“Proxima is our closest neighbor in an immense universe. How could we not be charmed by it?” Well, the planet may or may not exist (the confirmation data won’t be publicly available for another couple years). And it is most likely not inhabitable — despite being dubbed a “Super-Earth” (which really only refers to size […]
File under “strange reasons to study Earth science in school” and “things to do when you have far too much free time.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-51171834
Are you sitting down for this? Well, you’re not really. Your butt isn’t actually touching the chair you’re sitting on. Since the meat of your atoms is nestled away in nuclei, when you ‘touch’ someone (or something), you aren’t actually feeling their atoms. Nobody has ever really touched anything in their lives. Sleep tight… (Not […]
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Looking back, it’s amazing to me now that I dared to even apply for a year of paternity leave while living in a foreign country. But I’ve never regretted the decision. As I told an audience of university students and … Continue reading
Just over 5 months ago, my year-long child care leave ended and I went back to work. Since then, I haven’t posted on this blog for a very good reason: I was insanely busy. Of course, not too busy to … Continue reading
I go back to work tomorrow on April 1st. My year-long paternity leave is over. No April Fools.
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.
These past few weeks have reminded me of an old Catholic joke. St. Peter’s at the Pearly Gates, and he’s checking his list of the recently departed when a new soul suddenly arrives without warning. St. Peter glances down at … Continue reading
(This was originally meant to be posted before New Year’s, but was delayed due to holiday-associated craziness. It will be presented in two parts: Christmas and New Year’s) We put up the Christmas tree just before the beginning of Advent … Continue reading