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Serendipitous find ...

Pablo Carlos Budassi created some fascinating map visualizations.

Especially: A logarithmic map of the observable universe.

Have a look and get lost in space.

Another photo?

"... breathing in ... breathing out ..."

So necessary.

For those of you interested in reading #sciencefiction, my post today recommends a selection of reads in various sci-fi sub-genres. Go take a look. #reading #books

Now, look at that!

Fascinating ...

And do keep in mind that we are only in the early days of JWST's science journey ...

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"And around the next corner ...

... there it waits."

Another photo?

"And around the next corner, adventure awaits you."

Finally - reached a milestone today in my current WIP story: It was planned as a circular approach, and today I finished tying the knot at the climax. Now, it's all about the final resolution down from the knot.

Feels good after all the prep and thinking. (And, no - I'm not a 100% plotter. But I like me myself having a thread to follow.)

For those who might be interested ... a two-parter interview of Nichelle Nichols, conducted by Neil deGrasse Tyson (et al Director of the Hayden Planetarium) ... about Star Trek, NASA and her work recruiting astronauts. All well known, but hearing it from her directly is fun.

Another photo?

"Magnificent Desolation."

(And: No - I am not an astronaut.
And: No - this is not the moon.
But astronauts trained not too far away from here.)

re: My re-watch of BBC One's "Hustle" (2)

At the end of the last programme. Mickey turns away, breaks the fourth wall, followed by his fellow gang members:

“Mickey: So that’s it. I am out of here. I hope you’ve picked up a few things along the way. If something seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is. Always look a gift horse in the mouth, unless you don’t much care whether it has teeth or not. And remember - you can’t cheat an honest man. So, if you bend the rules to make some easy money, you deserve what you get.

Ash: Oh, and don’t believe everything people told you.

Sean: Whoever they are.

Emma: Think things through for yourself.

Albert: Is it for real?

Stacie: Is someone telling you that story for a reason?

Danny: Or are they having you right at it?

All (mixed): But most important of all …
… whether it’s business …
… buying …
… selling …
… whether it’s someone you know …
… or someone you don’t …
… even if it’s love …
Never be a mark.”

re: My re-watch of BBC One's "Hustle" (1)


As one of the creators said, it's "a story about family and extraordinary people - I wouldn't want to be one - and the big cons they're playing".

Extraordinary - yes. All the characters bring not only feats and flaws to the table, but their abilities shine beyond the ordinary criminals we meet on tv. And, yes, initially I talked about a certain Robin Hood quality - "taking from the rich and giving to the poor" - and this does occur, but at the same time they are not above "managing their working capital".

It's shiny. It's posh. The costumes and outlooks over London (mostly) and the cinematography are beyond the ordinary feed of British tv series. Something like James Bond without the violence.

And the stories are fun to watch. It's even more fun to decode and reverse-engineer the cons they are playing. (You can read up on David Maurer's seminal "The Big Con" for more.)

Certainly enjoyable.

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