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Leaving 2012

It’s New Year’s Eve 2012. I’m in jeans and a wool sweater, not in my high heels and sparkly top. My plans for a productive day and a party for one have been sidetracked. I feel lazy and low-key. And thoughtful. My neighbors are not being low-key; they’ve been shooting fireworks sporadically all evening. I […]

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The Mayans and their calendar

Sometimes I do my best writing in other people’s comments. Not fair to you, dear reader, so I’ll repost and elaborate here. The discussion in the link above was about the weather. If you’ve been paying attention to my sidebar, you know that I now have another blog where I post weather forecasts made with […]

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A couple of Norwegian oddities (for Victoria)

Victoria is a fellow expatriate who has just gotten a new puppy and is about to experience her first Easter in Norway. She posted about that and since I know something about the matter(s), chose to reply here, rather than fill up her comments. I am fairly familiar with the weirdness that is the Norwegian […]

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Return of the Rat

Today is the start of the Chinese new year, and the start of the year of the Rat. I was born in the year of the Rat, so I’m wondering if this can be seen as some sort of “return” like in western astrology, where a new cycle starts when a planet returns to the […]

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A letter to myself December 31 2007

I wrote myself a letter on New Year’s Eve, as part of a ritual I have. Here is the letter, with the most personal details removed:   This year I am spending New Year’s away from home with friends. Though I would have liked to, I have looked forward to being alone, at home, and […]

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Loud ‘n’ clear

It’s New Year’s Eve, December 31st, and all afternoon, some kids have been lighting firecrackers and simpler fireworks. It’s not legal; they need to be over 18, but not a single adult, not even me, has said a word to the 10 or so boys who have been happily lighting stuff, and diving for cover […]

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Cannibalism, cranks, and celestial stuff

The above quote is from Matthew Erwin’s blogpost on one of three most pivotal discoveries of our time. The Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy (Sag DEG) was discovered in 1994, replacing the Large Magellanic Cloud as the closest galaxy to ours. The Sagittarius DEG is currently circling the Milky Way in a dissolving loop. If we […]