|The southern constellation of Tucana was named after a colorful South American bird in the late sixteenth century by Petrus Plancius. It is small but important. It contains some of our best examples of cosmic real estate, a dwarf galaxy and a globular cluster, both orbiting the Milky Way.…|
|There is a tiny constellation near the southern pole of the sky named Volans, the Flying Fish. Unfortunately there is no cute little story here about a fish getting its wish to have wings or such. The only story we have is that this part…|
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Capricornus the Seagoat
The name Capricornus has been shortened to Carpricorn by some folks. But that is a very recent thing, like only in the last hundred years maybe. Either way, it means Seagoat. And Seagoat is the oldest known name still in use for anything in the whole sky. People have been calling these stars the Seagoat for more than 7000…
Scorpius the Scorpion
In the scorpion we find lots of bright stars that make an obvious fish hook shape, especially when you ignore the claws that the Romans surgically shortened in order to make Libra. In fact some natives of the south pacific call this constellation "Maui's Hook." You see Maui is one of the gods in the lands down under. His…
Leo the Lion
The big kitty is one of the few real connect-the-dots sort of allegories. It makes a reasonable stick figure of an animal at least. The Chinese call it the horse. It takes some imagination. If you try to connect the dots you may get something that looks like a coat hanger after it's been used to unlock a car door. That's how I drew…
Taurus the Bull
Taurus is a bull, well half of a bull anyway. The front half. Actually mostly the head, with a shiny red eye. I think he’s been drinking. He’s charging Orion who appears to be perfectly prepared to defend himself from the assault. Orion also appears to have lost his pants but we don’t talk about…
My cat, spooky, has gone missing. He's been gone for 5 days now, and while I am quite worried he may have been hurt, or worse, killed or caught by the cat-catcher, I still hold hope that he's about, and that he will return soon. He's done this before, but never for so many days, and I suspect he may have another home out there somewhere. Damn cats and their curiosity! It never comes to any good! Whenever he goes missing, I can't help but think of the saying "Curiosity killed the…Continue
Added by Martin Pribble on June 14, 2011 at 12:26am — No Comments
Hey all, with the shadow of impending doom looming over us tomorrow, May 21, I thought I'd invite some of you heathens over to my bar for a Judgment Day/Rapture party. This is a shameless plug, sorry if this is frowned upon, but...I own a bar called Valhalla on 54th St and 9th Avenue in Manhattan. Lots of unintentional symbolism there, Valhalla being a mythical (maybe not?) beer hall heaven in the sky for Viking warriors, and being located in Hells Kitchen.
I’m putting together a playlist for my rapture party on Saturday. If you haven’t heard, Jesus is coming back on Saturday and you’re fucked. We’re gonna party like there’s no tomorrow. See http://wecanknow.com/ to find out how much trouble you’re in. Anyhow, I’m open to suggestions for the playlist, but I’m trying to stay away from metal, too many obscure tunes, and too many downers. I need some armageddon-themed tune…Continue
Added by Matt on May 19, 2011 at 11:07pm — No Comments
(But I'm thinking of starting a brand name. :)
I participate in more than a few news sites. In fact, my cousin owns one of my favorites (No, I'm not telling which one.)
I stay as publicly active on TA as possible.
I vote in EVERY government election.
We have come a long way.
We are quite possibly living in one of the most significant times in modern…Continue
The election is over and the American people have spoken. It is a new day, but what will…
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