So it’s been over a month since I last posted. My bad.
You know how life gets in the way of things. Lately, my life has included a large influx of work at my day job… and a new puppy. So today, I come to you with puppy photos in hand, because nothing prompts forgiveness for absence better than cute pet pics or kid pics.
Basically, he’s super cute. And super sweet when he wants to be. But he also requires a good deal of attention with respect to house-training and play time, and I’m trying to find my new normal.
In the meantime, I’ve missed posting about all kinds of awesome sciencey-or-weird stuff that’s happened over the past month. Stuff like the super wolf blood moon, which I totally planned to write about.
This blog post is the beginning of my getting back into a routine in which I continue to write the Johnson Family Curse series, work at my day job, and raise a cute pup, among other things.
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For some people, the holidays are an amazing time for eating indulgent food and spending time with loving family. For other people, the holidays are hard.
Maybe you ended them feeling bad about yourself.
Quick reminder: you are enough.
As we start the countdown to the new year, a lot of you are making resolutions.
How will you be thinner, more productive, more of what all the ads tell you that you need to be?
You are enough.
You can choose, at any moment in time, to improve yourself. You don’t have to do it just because the Earth has made yet another trip around the sun.
You don’t have to do it because everyone else is doing it. You don’t have to do it for the people who focus on your imperfections instead of all the amazing things about you. And you certainly don’t have to do it just because our society is trying to suck money out of you for gym memberships, weight loss plans, hair-removal packages, or whatnot.
So get out there and make 2019 the best you can. I believe in you.
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So despite not being a little old lady, I wear hearing aids, because apparently my ears are defective. In other words, I’m a cyborg enhanced with advanced hearing technology.
Those of you who don’t think this makes me a cyborg are probably the same group who don’t think Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and you really need to rediscover your joy.
Okay, I admit that one has nothing to do with the other. But I just read this article about how 62% of people wrongly think that Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie, even though it obviously is, and I wanted to publicly point out their wrongness.
And it’s my blog, so I do what I want.
Anyway, today is my doctor’s appointment to discuss upgrading my hearing aids. In other words, I will be upgraded with new, improved super-hearing capabilities.
Now, if I could just figure out how to use this super power for the good of humanity…
First of all, I promise that not all my blog posts will be NASA-inspired, but let’s face it: NASA is awesome. Space is awesome. We are all stuck to a giant rock circling a gianter fireball that is the center of one of billions of galaxies. So basically, there’s a lot to say.
Anyway, NASA reports that tonight is the annual Geminid meteor shower, and stargazers can watch meteors streak across the sky as they enter Earth’s atmosphere.
While you’re out there admiring the marvelous spectacle, rest assured that it is exceedingly rare for people to be struck by meteorites, and try not to think about how the dinosaurs were likely wiped out by an asteroid.
Instead, think of that obviously-true story where that guy gained super powers after being hit by a meteorite. It could happen.
On November 26, 2018, NASA’s Insight spacecraft landed on Mars, after over six months in transit. This is a photo that Insight transmitted back to us. Yes, that’s right. This is a photo of Mars:
It’s a fantasy of mine to set foot on Mars. I know it will never happen. Even if I get the opportunity, it will likely be a one-way trip, and I plan to die on this planet. So photos like these are the closest I’ll ever get.
I am in absolute awe.
But of course, my imagination runs wild with potential story ideas. What could possibly go wrong? I have some thoughts on that…
We have now alerted the Martians that we are watching them. So what happens when someone pops a super-high-tech camera into your house? Maybe you take the camera down. But if you’re a malevolent Martian being, maybe you take advantage. You stage events you want them (i.e., puny humans) to see, while all the while you are inspecting the camera to learn more about them.
In summary, the Martians know all about our technology. They are using Insight to lead us to believe Mars is a dead planet while they plan their attack.
Okay, you’ve read mine. So what do you think could go wrong?