tomtac: "little green feline" (little green man feline)
This Surprise Day has been a mixed bag.

One "surprise" was that my Grand Prix is leaking oil. The good news is that means I haven't been neglecting the oil level; the bad news is I have to figure out where it is leaking.

On the other hand, there was a very nice little tree frog that ran away from me this morning, and to be safe, he hid ... under the tire of the car that I was about to drive. (So I carefully moved the car forward, away from the frog, and didn't turn steering wheel until I had traveled at least a foot.)

"Surpise!" It worked, I got out and walked over and he was sitting there still alive and still afraid of me.

* * * * *

I mentioned before that, Surprise Day 2009, both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson passed away.

This morning, I found out that the writer Richard Matheson has died.

He was writing incredible incredible stuff before I was born, more on the human side of things than any "hard sf". Just this Sunday, I was writing elsewhere that "Richard Matheson is not hard SF, and I wouldn't have him any other way".

He always managed to find the human element and wrapped his SF around that, not the other way around as some other writers seem to do.

I am going to miss him.

(If you have a decent color video screen, watch the Robin Williams rendition of "What Dreams May Come", made in 1998, based on Matheson's 1978 book. The film, depicting the Afterlife, is beautiful, worth watching slowly. The scenery was based on paintings, then shot with a landscape film known for vivid color reproduction.)
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Sometimes I see one of these things, and instead of wailing and sobbing, I can not help but smile, just a little, at someone's example of "How to Live a Life".

He's given me so much . . .

RAY BRADBURY

quote
"... peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness," HarperCollins said in a written statement.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/06/showbiz/ray-bradbury-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

Another quote.
>> The biography released by his publisher quoted a story in which Bradbury recounted meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. Electrico touched the 12-year-old Bradbury with his sword and commanded, "Live forever!"
>>"I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard," Bradbury said. "I started writing every day. I never stopped."

If anyone can live forever, I would say it might be him. So I only announce his "relocation" ... that, apparently, he will be writing at a new location.

<< CRASH >>
tomtac: "little green feline" (little green man feline)
(Yes, this is a big deal for me. *8D ) From space.com:

http://www.space.com/14684-weightless-tea-party-features-cup-toast.html?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SP_02272012

They show the US, Russian, and ESA astronauts toasting Russian Christmas.

The cup's action is based on capillary forces.

(Only disappointment is that the ISS crew didn't get rowdy. I remember footage of a "going home" party on a Soyuz, decades ago, the day before retrofire - the cosmonauts had a really good drinking party, with them drinking wine and getting silly and getting the forward module, which they were going to jettison anyway, all messed up with spilled wine. Looked like a lot more fun than this "tea sipping session".)
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June 25 is six months from Christmas, going back, or going forward.
For someone who thinks Christmas should come more than once a year,
June 25 is a good day for duplicating it.

It isn't a religious thing, but is for gift-giving.

(Sigh ... now here is the part where some people sneer. Robert
Silverberg wrote a children's science fiction book named "Lost Race of
Mars" back a long ways, about a brother and sister whose parents get a
job at the United Nations colony on Mars. A long time ago, I read it,
and it wasn't too bad.

(Chapter 1 was about 'Surprise Day', which Silverberg wasn't pushing
for an actual holiday. In the book, the parents had invented it as a
family thing, just because they wanted more than one gift day during
the year, and they would give each other gifts (or rather, the parents
would come up with most of the gifts). In Chapter 1, the parents
announced that their gift, that year, would be the move to Mars.

(A lot of people didn't like 'Lost Race of Mars', so I haven't talked
of it much. It really is necessary to remember it was a children's
book. ... But I really did like the Surprise Day idea, and all my
life I've silently given June 25 a little star on the calendar inside
my head. Not for gifts, but just surprises or keeping the eyes open.

(People who have read Rosemary's Baby might have a different take --
June 25 was supposed to be the Antichrist's birthday, for the same
reason (opposite of Dec 25, far from it as one could get).

(Last year really -was- a surprise day. Farrah Fawcett (may she rest
in peace) and Michael Jackson (ditto) both departed that day.

(This year ... I decided to post it here. My private little holiday?

(Tell you what, here's a pile of Martian pebbles on the Bar. For a
Mars Sample Return mission to get one, it would take billions of
dollars, so one of these should probably pay for a BOYC. Enjoy my
private little holiday this weekend. If you are good, I'll arrange it
so next year June 25 will be on the weekend for real, instead of a
Friday night.)
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BAD SF NOVEL: 5am: US Pres gets Nobel Peace Prize. 730am: US bombs Moon. 9am: Moon declares war on US...

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