Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Broken toys for a mad king. August 29, 2012 Posted by Mookie
I'd had another title in mind for this flashback arc, but Broken Toys for a Mad King is sticking out for me right now. I just like the way it sounds.

This was posted a short time ago, but I neglected to mention it because I was so distracted by my recent move. I was interviewed by NASA's Blueshift blog at Otakon. I have a small feature in the article, which is about the relation between science fiction and science fact, and the science fantasy that lies somewhere in between.

I'm excited to do some science this weekend. And by "science" I mean "indulge in my amateur astronomy." And by that, given my limited mental capacity for actual science, I really mean "stargazing." I may even have another go at astrophotography.

Last summer I took my friends on a small tour of the late summer night sky, showing them such wonders as the double cluster in Perseus, the M13 globular cluster in Hercules, the double star Albireo, the Whirlpool and Andromeda galaxies, and (in the latest hours of the night) Jupiter. This weekend I hope to repeat my summer tour with those same friends, but with some new sights. There's a unique thrill in finding a celestial object with your telescope, but there's a somewhat greater excitement to be had when you can share that discovery with others.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on.