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Testing this blog thing

I’m testing a new method for posting blog entries.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m going to start posting blog
entries—but you never know!

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Um…What comes after Mercury?

The IAU has settled on a definition of the word “planet.” They have rejected the sensible proposal offered last week by the committee and have accepted an incoherent mess.

A “planet” is a celestial body that (a) is in orbit around the Sun, (b) has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape, and (c) has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

Since a planet must orbit “around the Sun,” excluding bodies around other stars, and a planet must have “cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit” (just try to pin down what that means), the implications of this definition are clear. According to this definition, there are only two planets in the entire universe: Mercury and Venus.

The kids in school today are going to have an easy time memorizing that list.

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I bought two hotdogs and a light fixture.

Last Saturday we went to Ray Winder Field to watch the Arkansas Travelers play baseball. Since the dilapidated old ballpark is going to be torn down after this season, we had to go and pay our respects.
Next year the games will be played in the shiny new Dickey-Stephens Park. I like shiny new things, and it will be several miles closer to my home than the old Ray whatsit.
Unlike many people around here, I say, “Tear it down!”
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I am still avoiding the nightmarish 67/167.

There are now three west-bound lanes on interstate 40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas between Burns Park and Crystal Hill. What a beautiful sight!
The three west-bound bridges from the north interchange to Burns Park are not yet built, nor is there any concrete between them, so it’ll be a while before the whole project is finished. Future generations are certainly going to have it easier than we do. Lucky kids.
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The force is strong with this video.

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The murderer’s name starts with a “B.” Or a “D”!

I had nothing to read today at lunch. This is terrible. You know how a shark is said to be in mortal peril if it ever stops swimming? That is like my brain. Not that my head is swimming, but I have to constantly take in new information or I might die or something. Fortunately, the restaurant had a television tuned to MSNBC, so I carefully positioned myself to see and hear the news while I ate.

Sadly, it was MSNBC. My entire lunch was spent watching an interview with a psychic about the recent suspect in the JonBenet Ramsey case. That’s right—a psychic.

First of all, the story of this suspect is not inherently interesting or relevant. It is certainly not worthy of all the media coverage that it’s received.

But to interview a psychic? To earnestly interview someone who has no knowledge of the case and whose profession is to be a liar and a fraud?

This is why I get my news from newspapers rather than the idiot box.

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