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Cream of the Cool

The Incident Report was filed after Human Greg was admitted to the medical ward.

The official story was that the Aphonopelma Eutylenum, "ebony ground tarantula" called Quark got out of its enclosure, had clung to Technician X'melborp without the latter's knowledge, then jumped into Human Greg, causing him to lose balance and fall.

X'melborp wanted to throw himself on the Commander's mercy, but Greg insisted that they play the entire…

There are general rules with a subset of specific rules. The most recent invitation was from a local Arts Council in conjunction with Montclair Art Museum and an art gallery. The theme of artwork submitted had to be based on one of the five stages of grief.


Artwork had to be done within the last 3 years, a common requirement. There were no other limitations, which is rare. Typically, there's a size limit; 2D work must be…

There was recently news that the smallest known star had been discovered. The star itself is orbiting a larger star, and was detected because it periodically eclipsed its larger companion. Planet hunting telescopes search for such periodic dimming, and in this case, it was ascertained that the dimming object itself was giving off some light, and that rather than a massive gas giant planet, it was a small star. Other…

So we got in our car and drove to the End of the World.

Land ends only a couple of hours away from us, but we've never been. It's one of those bucket list things that, owing to proximity and ease, just gets bumped below things you want to do more but above the impractical and prohibitive. Never mind. These have been challenging times, I don't mind admitting, and we decided to have an adventure of some kind each weekend of the summer, if only a minor one. Several of my siblings'…