Ceres of images

NASA released an animated sequence of images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft today. In their description, they call attention to the mysterious white spot (actually a close pair of spots) on the dwarf planet’s right side easing into view in the animation’s last few frames. It is pretty interesting, but it isn’t what caught my eye.…

On the passing of Leonard Nimoy

When I was eight, my mother bought my siblings and I Star Trek shirts, complete with little gold insignias. It was an unexpected and thrilling gift. My younger sister’s shirt was red. She was little, so she was set loose to play any random character she pleased, as long as she knew that character would…

A Lost Sense of Wonder

A few weeks late to the game, I got to see Interstellar the other night and despite high hopes, I found it wanting. The hodgepodge of science, pseudo-science and fudged nonsense needled at me. But, I could have ignored these if the Interstellar offered something I wanted in return. But, whatever else its problems,  Interstellar failed…

The Thief of Arts

The smell of oil paints fills me with longing. The last time I used them it was twenty years ago. My “intermediate painting” teacher brought us outside for our final class – a Springtime treat. Before that, my work had been clumsy and hesitant and indoors. I always had trouble with yellows despite, or because…