Steele Savage Paints the Kenekito Madual

It’s been a while since I posted a somewhat sarcastic note about the fine artist, Steele Savage.   Now I feel compelled to follow up those seven images with yet another appreciation, since I really would like to know more about Savage and his career, which as far as I can tell spanned from the 1930s […]

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Alien Fungus Alert

It’s been raining for a few days here, and I noticed some strange fungus growing on a stump along the Minuteman Bike Path.   Little did I know that two days later it would be erupting into a giant orange patch of alien shrooms!   Yikes.   I don’t remember seeing stuff like this before… June 10th June […]

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Visual Trope: the Alien Encounter

On this snowbound Solstice weekend in New England, I happened to be reading reviews of The Day The Earth Stood Still remake, and pondering the ways in which humans have envisioned our first contact with alien life forms.   Without going too heavily into the subject, I pondered the range of human-alien frission typically presented in […]

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Fires of Fomalhaut

Yes, Virginia, we have visuals of extra-solar planets!   Of course, this is nothing new to astronomers…  Since Gallileo first spotted the moons of Jupiter we knew they were out there, spinning in their orbits several light years across the black pond.  But all the same, there is a moment to savor when the dust […]

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Easter Bunny Meets Goord and Lod

As the sunny day passes, I am reading one of the finest books ever written, The Star Diaries, written by my personal hero, Stanislaw Lem. When I pause to look at the news headlines, it is always a shock to see the self-righteous proclamations of our planet’s filthiest criminal scum served up alongside tidings of […]

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Gimpy Spirit Strikes Gold

The ailing Spirit Rover–already a four-year veteran of Mars exploration–is now limping backwards over the red planet.   One of Rover’s front wheels is gone gammy, hopelessly stuck.   But, lo and behold!   The unmoving wheel is dragging a trail through the crust of Mars, revealing layers of silica and traces of titanium.  These elements are common […]

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