Partial eclipse of the Snow Moon

Tonight we had a partial eclipse of the Snow Moon. A Snow Moon is a full moon in February. This year (2017) we had a Snow Moon, partial lunar eclipse and a comet  (not pictured) all at the same time.
I took this photo, with a local streetlight in the foreground, tonight shortly after moonrise.

Star Trek and Pluto

It’s round. Big enough that it’s own gravity makes it a sphere rather than a lump of coal or a cube or some other oddly shaped object. If you were on the Star Trek Enterprise, went into orbit around this object and looked outside your view screen, this is what you’d see. You have arrived at the Planet Pluto.
Or have you?
Astronomers who “decided” Pluto wasn’t a planet but a dwarf planet, have not only disappointed generations of mankind, but were wrong.
They were wrong because a dwarf planet is still a planet, as much as a dwarf star is still a star. Indubitably.

Many people don’t know that our sun is a dwarf star. There are two kinds of dwarf stars: yellow dwarfs and the more common red dwarfs. Our sun is a yellow dwarf. Still a star, just a dwarf star. 

So just because our sun is a dwarf star doesn’t mean it’s not a star. Therefore just because Pluto is now labeled a dwarf planet orbiting around in the Kuiper Belt doesn’t mean Pluto no longer exists or that it’s s not a planet.
Another example:
Dwarf people are people. Black, white, Muslim, Hindu, Christian people. They’re all people. The operating word is the noun not the adjective. Dwarf is the adjective. Planet is the operating word. Pluto is a planet.
Proof positive. Q.E.D. Enough said. Point made. De facto verum. Just look outside at the object in the view screen. Gather the away team. We’re beaming down to the planet’s surface.

Unkaputing my Kaput Computer

Suffice it to say you don’t need anything Microsoft to have a perfectly wonderful PC.

My poor computer, running the Linuxmint operating system, cool though it is with it’s huge RAM and 2.5 terabytes of storage, needs servicing.
Oh don’t have me rant about how I seriously dislike having to spend actual money to have virus protection on a Windows machine, or actual money for the operating system itself. Or that Windows is not the operating system on those devices anyway. It’s still MSDOS with an interface layer so you don’t have to use the command prompt directly like it was before Windows came along. But I digress. I’ve been ranting. Suffice it to say you don’t need anything Microsoft to have a perfectly wonderful PC.
My computer was built by us assembling the parts, such as the tower, the motherboard, disk drives, fans, etc. It was a blank machine with no OS, and I installed the easiest and best operating system on it, Linuxmint, built on top of Ubuntu. Still works, but the DVD writer is kaput. And it’s dirty inside.
Time to get it serviced. I’ll pay someone. Too much for me to bother with personally anymore.

Frustrating Weight Loss

My diet plan predicts that I should be losing 3 lbs. per week. But the last week the scale moves not. It’s frustrating! I am working so hard, diligently and dare I say faithfully on keeping to the diet plan. Yet my weight remains fixed.
Oh gravity is so strong!

IoT Headache

When my gadgets work together, my own mini IoT, it’s super. When they don’t, like they didn’t this morning, it’s frustrating. Electronic gadget interfaces can be a cinch or a headache. Today it’s a headache.

Irksome Protests

Yeah, I’m concerned about the future of the world during a Trump presidency, but I voted and my candidate lost. Did you vote?
Fine well and dandy to protest but obviously someone dropped the ball, didn’t they and now he’s in charge of the Executive Office. 
Voting for someone because you don’t like the other candidate doesn’t inspire people. As a family member told me. “I’m not voting because the lesser of two evils is still evil.”
The core supporters for Obama didn’t turn out in big numbers like the disgruntled lower middle class did.
So to some extent the protests irk me. Too late too little. 

Irrational Situational Stress

That’s me. Not always rational. Situational stress the doctor calls it. Drives my blood pressure up for days.
People tell me to calm down. No one in the history of mankind  (somewhat longer than 6,000 years) has ever calmed down by being told to calm down.
Besides, physically and verbally I’m calm. I’m not like running around and talking excitedly. You wouldn’t know it if you saw me. Not always but today I am. 
Just sharing a few thoughts. 

Annihilating the Truth

“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.” –Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Visiting Fellow at Oxford Martin, Author, speaker, 13th World Chess Champion

The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.

So says Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Visiting Fellow at Oxford Martin. Author, speaker, 13th World Chess Champion
George Orwell, author of the disturbing book, 1984, said:

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.

We are really entering Orwellian times filled with doublespeak and “alternative facts.”