Monthly Archives: January 2005

first extrasolar planet photograph

“Whoa”: (OK, it’s not as visually impressive as “that Topanga boulder”:, but stunning nonetheless.)

Something Silly

This is just ridiculous, but I can’t help it. A few days ago, just for fun, I decided to search for “kitten” at Wikipedia (Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit). Here is their entry for ‘kitten’. Totally adorable. What I love the most, though, is the subsection entitled “Perceptions of Cuteness.”

Entries as yet unwritten are marked in red. So I spent some of Saturday morning writing a needed entry on the Blue Bayou restaurant at Disneyland!

“It’s time for us to go fly.”

You bet it is. Good luck to the “next crew of the shuttle Discovery”:

(I still get a kick out of the fact that the average age of the 7-person crew is 45. The “youngster” is 8 years older than me. Mission Specialist Charles Camarda is making his first flight into space at 52. Maybe I’ll do something as cool in 20 years…)

whistle click beep

A recent study has shown that a whistling language developed by shepherds in the Canary Islands is “processed by the brain in the same way as ordinary speech”: It implies that the brain can process other non-verbal communication as language, too.

If you’ve read David Brin’s “Startide Rising”:, this should ring a bell. (If you haven’t, consider this a recommendation.) The book has neo-dolphins and humans communicating in a common language, developed to allow either species to make the appropriate sounds.

[Deana points out an "earlier post about Silbo":, the language in question. The new article is more about how the language is processed in the brain. ~c]