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Miscellaneous thoughts and ramblings
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Geek time
Something for the geeks:

Icy Ball Is Larger Than Pluto. So, Is It a Planet?

Of course, since this story is in the New York Times, there is the obligatory speculation that the Bush adminstration will cause the ice ball to melt due to global warming.
Here's the story from FoxNews which doesn't need registration. It's interesting. This tenth body also has a moon. I'd like to name the moon Thatcher.
Oh, never mind. Looks like they already have names:

Among themselves, Brown, Trujillo and Rabinowitz have referred to the main body as "Xena," after the sword-wielding syndicated TV warrior princess. The moon naturally has been called "Gabrielle," after the TV Xena's trusty sidekick.

I think I like these astronomers.
I keep coming back and finding that no one is in the coffee house. Sigh. I guess you guys have work, families, real lives. Sigh. I'm going to have a cup of coffee without you.
Ms. Katz: It's been 5 days without a post, which must be a new low for us. I can't speak for the other Coffeehousers, but I've been feeling particularly unmotivated to post. Don't know why. Got nothin' to say, I suppose.

I'm working on a sci-fi short story, but don't hold your breath; it'll take me a few weeks. Perhaps the posting muse will inspire me again...
I read an article in Time on this. There's lots of junk orbiting our sun - what's a planet and what isn't is one of those arbitrary things like what's a continent and what isn't.
One man's planet is another man's giant sphere of ice.
It takes huge frozen balls to say that.
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