Thursday, July 24, 2008

The country of the metaphor

I was talking with a colleague yesterday, and she referred to someone who she couldn't get a hold of as being incognito. That triggered an idea.

If I was designing my own country, I'd like to have some cities with names like this:

Cognito - The city where everyone travels in disguise. If I can't find someone, he (or she) must be in Cognito.

Effable - If I'm looking for someone who's often subject to hard-to-express ideas, I'd be sure to look in Effable.

Ept - The clumsy, useless people are in Ept.

Effigy - This will be where all the hangings take place. "The murderer was hung in Effigy."

Ertia - The people are hard to get going, but once they do, they're hard to stop in Ertia.


You get the idea. If you're looking for me, I'll be in Scrutable.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

That cat again

Simon Tofield has made another one of his delightful cartoons again - a man, a cat, a sofa, and a TV. Once again, cat wins.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?

We've acquired a new feline overlord. Her name is Pepper, for the salt n' pepper pattern of some of her fur. We obtained her from Citizens for Animal Protection in Houston, and so far she seems to think it's all right to be waited on hand and paw by the strange hairless apes in the house (i.e., me and Linda).

She likes to crawl up on my chest when I'm in the recliner and chew on my beard.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Blogging on Space

The Houston Chronicle has a new space blog and I'm one of the authors. About a month ago, Eric Berger, AKA SciGuy on the Houston Chronicle website, announced plans to expand the science blogs with new content. The first one, ATMO.SPHERE, was launched a month ago. Now we have COSMO.SPHERE, and I will be contributing posts related to amateur astronomy.

Justin Kugler, a NASA engineer, and Fritz Benedict, a professional astronomer based at UT, will be making contributions on space and astronomy. I already have a post up about the constellation Scorpius and what may be found there.

I'm looking forward to making further contributions, and reading what the others have to say. I'm very excited about this.