Yearly Archives: 2018

New Horizons probe headed for Ultima Thule

by Greg Mayer NASA’s New Horizons probe will be making a near approach to a distant object in the Kuiper Belt, nicknamed “Ultima Thule”, tomorrow, Jan. 1, 2019, Chicago time. You can follow the progress at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory New Horizon’s webpage, with links to televised events here. Televised events are […]

Sue’s new digs

by Greg Mayer Sue, the remarkably complete Tyrannosaurus rex discovered by (and named for) Sue Hendrickson, and excavated by Pete Larson and the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, has long graced Stanley Field Hall at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. Last year, the Museum announced that Sue would be moved upstairs, into the […]

Hawaii: Day 2

Yesterday was my birthday, and though we were going to the Botanical Gardens, it was overcast in the morning and so I decided to see the famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, the most touristed part of Hawaii (hey, I had to see it once). And I had a special birthday breakfast. Normally I drink only coffee, […]

Monday: Hili dialogue

I’m writing this at 5 a.m. on my birthday (yesterday) so I can post early and spend the rest of the day having fun (I’m getting a special meal and a trip to the botanical gardens). It’s Monday, December 31, 2018: New Year’s Eve and one day after the end of Coynezaa. It should be […]

Hawaii: Day 1

I am on Oahu, the most touristed of the Hawaiian Islands, but there is also great beauty here: beaches, lovely mountains, waterfalls, and, of course, food. It is the island in red on the map below. (The island of “Hawaii” proper, to the extreme right is known as “The Big Island”). They are all in […]

Theo died

I’m terribly sad to report that Theo, the beloved cat of readers Laurie and Gethyn, passed away yesterday. Although I never met Theo, who lives with his staff in London, he’s been featured on this site several times, most notably because he drank espresso coffee without cream or sugar (see here).  I hoped to meet […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

by Grania   Good morning, I hope you all enjoy Sunday! It’s important to note that we have reached the apex of Coynezaa today. Today in history was mostly a bloody day. 1649 – King Charles I of England is beheaded. 1661 – Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed more than two years after his death, on the 12th […]

I have landed!

A stiff tailwind brought us into Honolulu an hour early (that’s a first!), but the absence of an open gate forced us to sit on the tarmac for 40 minutes. It was raining, too, but that didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for what promises to be a swell three weeks. United gave us no food on […]

Caturday felid trifecta: Cats wait for the mail, cat paw hand cream from Japan, a cat song performed by a Coyne

Happy Caturday from Hawaii! As usual, we have three items today for the devoted ailurophile. First, a lovely 15-minute video of a variety of cats getting the mail. Some are friendly, some are vicious, but all are exactly like cats: *********** This article from Grape (found by Grania) shows a variety of Japanese hand creams […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

by Grania *portions written by monkeys* Good morning, happy Saturday! In history today: 1937 – The Irish Free State is replaced by a new state called Ireland with the adoption of a new constitution. A lot of people in the UK don’t seem to have realised this yet. Apparently the same can be said of the American President. It makes Irish […]