blivet – 12/9/2001

Late update:

We made the plunge and purchased a Sony DCR-PC9 Mini DV Camcorder. It was on sale at Sears with 0% financing for a year, so … we did it. Because Ian’s grandparents live so far away, surely you understand? Right.

Thinking about moving? This page will rank the most hospitable metropolitan areas for you after you weight the importance of various economic, environmental, artistic, social and lifestyle variables. via Eliot

Tickets for The Lord of the Rings are ON SALE NOW.


I wanted to put a link to the American Civil Liberties Union’s Safe and Free campaign, but just could not stand the butt-ugly animated .gif that came with it. So, there is now a text link over there to the right.

ETP was unreachable from here for much of yesterday, so there were no additional updates. Like an idiot, I had to check on my way to bed. Sure enough, I got through to blivet and so here I sit “blogging” when any rational person (Audrey) would be oblivious to the web, sleeping between the sheets. But I don’t have a problem, I can not blog anytime I want, yesseriee.

blivet – April is the cruelest month

I’ve got an interesting day tomorrow. I’ve been called in to consult on a Federal ARPA (Archaeological Resources Protection Act) investigation so it could be good. The background is intriguing, I’ll see how much I’ll be able to say.

I’ve spent the last hour and a half trying to unhose my Radio Userland and My Manila on the Desktop installation. I was having path problems with enclosures (I was getting multiple folders – ‘Radio Userland˙’, ‘Radio Userland[trademark]’) and the ‘My Subs’ item in the left hand table had disappeared from the MUOTD homepage with a root update on Wednesday. So I ran the ‘fix address’ script from the Radio discussion group hoping to fix one thing and then move on to another and broke something. (eh? ‘measure twice, cut once’, says the voice in my head.) So I tried to do a new install, hoping I could begin again. But, I think I’m using the same password to enable upstreaming, but, apparently not. I’ve tried the usual iterations of the password scheme I should have used to no avail. Plus, Radio keeps dumping me into MacsBug which had never happened until I hosed the paths. I should have read more docs. Oh well, I don’t think I’m destined to generate things for syndication anyway… Enough cutting edge. I forswore beta software sometime during the great browser wars of the last millennium and should have stuck to it. I’m just playing anyway, I’ll leave the arena to the pros.

[10:30 PST] I wasn’t able to get on ETP from work at all, but other aspects of our connectivity were also broken from here so I don’t know it blivet was off the air or not…

Happy First Anniversary to Andrea’s Weblog and Andrea!

Ken writes and is exactly right. TS Eliot in The Wasteland wrote ‘April is the cruelest month’. Thanks Ken!

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A lot of times what we do for a living doesn’t really touch people in a visible way. I mean we hear ‘thank you’ and ‘good job’ but I think it soon fades into the background tapestry of our experience. I’m really impressed with the vignettes, the little scenes from Al‘s movie that he shares with us. They’re tangible, often palpable experiences for me when I read them. We’re really vulnerable when we’re sick and a lot of the pretext of our lives doesn’t follow into that space. I think it takes a special type of person to dwell in that area. … I guess what I’m trying to say is today’s scene with Mrs. P. reminded me of my Grandmother and it touched me to think of her. Thanks for doing what you do Al, and thanks for telling us about it.

Earlier, Al mentions “the discovery of a large patch of kudzu here in the Portland metro area.” I never supposed I’d hear ‘kudzu’ and ‘Oregon’ in the same sentence. The Tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) is bad enough out here in the West. The one-two punch of Tamarisk and Kudzu out here would be like a vegetative Ice-Nine on the few native communities left along the waterways. We’ve done some extensive plant censuses in the local wetlands (AKA the Wash) and I thankfully haven’t heard any reports of Kudzu. Please act quickly local agencies …

Sadness in Santa Fe. sandra and garret’s beloved winslow is gone. Farewell little one, you made more friends than you could know …

from Mike’s Weblog: Stephen’s Guide to the Logical Fallacies. “A handy site if you’ve been reading through some polemic and are trying to put your finger on just what stinks about the argument they are making. Short descriptions and examples of 60 or 70 different fallacies, together with notes on how to prove that the fallacy has occurred.” Good for scrutinizing your own arguments as well.

David at Time’s Shadow Groundhog Day saw Space Cowboys last night. It sounds like we’re going to a matinée today with SirDeath. I’m looking forward to it. Later: Its a fun movie, but not a great movie. I’d have like to see more character development and interaction with the main four (Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner) and some secondary character’s chickens never came home to roost … but hey, its a summer movie. I enjoyed it and would give it a 7.5 out of 10. And … what Dave said about it too.

I haven’t been paying much attention to it lately, but I noticed this morning that the Seti@Home client on Hayduke (the 3400 PowerBook) reports 514 units done with 9016 idle computer hours contributed to the project…

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Internet Groupware for Scientific Collaboration / Draft #3 by Jon Udell. yes, yes, yes! Dave, thanks for the pointer to this!

9 PM PDT It is raining!! Yea! It won’t last long but the cat came in damp and disgruntled and I can smell the wet sage. (Two empirical observations from which I can deduce rain.) Ahhhh.

[James at On Deciding … Better] After an interesting discussion about the ideological wars between Frequentists vs Baysians. (more …)

No rain to speak of today, at least in the NW part of town where I live and work. Audrey has to travel down south to the vicinity of the airport for her job where they apparently did get some rain. After 7 am it continued to get darker in the south while it dissipated in the north part of the valley. So the thunder was an empty promise and we ended up with no rain at the house. Bah.

Lots of good stories out there today, better commented on by a large number of the folks over there to the left. I’m able to read weblogs at work (a little) when I decide to take a break, but we’ve got so much to get done I don’t really want to take the time. I actually don’t want to be distracted by the web at work. Hmm, a part of me is amazed to see that because I am really enamored with the web. I guess I like archaeology more than even I realize sometimes.

** time out for work **

[Reuters] Pacific mood swings longer, deeper than thought. The Pacific is not only the world’s largest and deepest ocean but has mood swings that can last up to 70 years, according to research published on Tuesday. The phenomenon, known as Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) could provide clues that will help scientists better predict the Earth’s climate, said NASA oceanographer Yi Chao. Taking the pulse of the planetary mood … I’m reminded of Liet-Kynes, the half-Fremen planetary ecologist on Arrakis from Dune.

6:50 PDT THUNDER! YES!! We haven’t had rain for over 110 days, it’s time. Some context: we don’t get much rain in a year in the Mojave, less than 3 inches (about 10 cm).

via Rafé at rc3.org Daily I learned that “The beta of BookSense.com, an online retail site created by a coalition of independent booksellers is now online. If you’re one of those people who hate Amazon.com because they’re killing off the indie bookstores, now you can order online.”

via garret I learned about “common dreams, breaking news and views for progressives.” Depending on your outlook, I suspect you will either be attracted or not.

Science Fiction Weekly Interview: “Actor Robert Beltran is refreshingly honest when it comes to Star Trek: Voyager. Stick a fork in it Braga, it’s done.” (Braga is the the producer of the Star Trek franchise.) I used to love Star Trek. I mean really love it. This was ten years ago when Star Trek: The Next Generation was the only other Trek out there. I used to go to conventions and had autographed pictures of the cast. I still have the autographed copies of the Peter David novelizations. Perhaps it was a Roddenberry thing that dissipated soon after he died, anyway I didn’t care about the story on Deep Space Nine and Voyager didn’t interest me at all. I joked that I had ‘got a life’. Then in the second season of Babylon 5 I awoke to that story and was rabid about that series. TV Science Fiction hasn’t caught me up since except for the X-Files which doesn’t quite feel like Science-Fiction to me.

There was a time ˆ the first couple of seasons of Beauty and the Beast, the second and third season of Babylon 5, the second through fourth season of Next Generation ˆ that my leisure time was filled with those stories and the characters. I’ve tried to give Farscape a chance as well as several other series, but in my view the stories just aren’t there. I’m ripe for a good tale to sweep me away for an hour a week. But its got to have the writing and compelling characters you care about, not just a setting with some actors that have french fries on their noses. original link to this story from Angus at Latté.

There are multi-layered clouds this morning, though it still fells muggy. Perhaps we’ll end our record breaking interval between rains today.

constipated duck …

a favorite jeff beck tune, from his ‘blow by blow’ album. anyway.

history of medicine? civilization? have you perused the three volume series by fernand braudel, entitled ‘the structures of everyday life’? analyses of our world via available numbers and statistics from 15th century to 18th. our resident curmudgeon would love these books. enlightening to a great degree. not for casual reading, however. these books are heavy enough to make a dent in your lap, affecting bowel movements … (grin)

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[TIME Digital – June 7, 2000] Neal Stephenson and the Sci-Fi Ghetto. An interview with one of my (many) favorite authors.

Dori and Tom of Backup Brain are back from Perl Whirl 2000. Welcome back!

David Rogers at Time’s Shadow – Downbelow Station: “Uncertainty About Heisenberg: This is a good article about the misapprehension of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle and its overuse as an inappropriate metaphor for just about everything we’re not really sure about.” Not that I’ve ever been guilty of this sort of misuse you understand, in the last 45 minutes anyway.

In the spirit of the web here’s a pointer to Jeff’s Weblog – Geomagnetic Storm Alert: “Two huge solar flares were detected yesterday. They’re expected to reach Earth around 11 PM PDT.” I heard this on NPR and was putting together a set of links but I see that Jeff has done a fine job with his list. Use of the information at Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie Homepage is optional.

Montana News Daily: Perhaps we need ” http://birthdays.weblogs.com/ to help us remember occasions. The name awaits a muse.” And the muse has stepped forward!

Al asked me about electrolytes and working in the desert and in my episode today. So I have a question for you all – “What do you use as an electrolyte replacement?

Lets discuss it. I’m curious what you all have to say. Update: Al has a great response.

Susan: “You see, today’s a very special day. It’s my birthday.” Happy Birthday!

Brent: “It’s a good day when you can go from Sugar Bear to Flow-bear in a few paragraphs.” Yes it is Brent.

Serious Instructional Technology: David Carter-Tod is back. Welcome back David!

Today is day three of the head to toe creeping malaise. Monday was sinuses and head, Tuesday was lungs. Today I thought I was OK when I woke up, sinuses were clear, throat and lungs were mercifully croupy-cough free. So I thought it was one of those respiratory things and I was in the clear because, we’ve run out of respiratory system to be affected, right? So I went to the Preserve to try and dig myself out from under the unattended to tasks.

When I got to work Greg stopped in and showed me a beautiful Humboldt point he found earlier this morning, when he did the assessment for the access route for a new well rig. It’s slightly more than 7 cm long, with a nice concave base, made out of a brown mottled chert. A really nice Late Archaic (~3,000 – 1,200 B.P.) point. Suddenly, and I am told, with a shudder, I was drenched in cold sweat. In the lucidity that accompanies those situations I thought something like “uh oh”. Maybe it was just “ugh”, I don’t really remember. Seconds later the cramps hit. You know the kind – deep, sharp, and low – that say you’ll be ‘in a meeting’ very soon and for a bit. I had another shudder of sweats and cramps on the way and needless to say I went home ‘after a bit’. Now, six hours later and after several repeat performances at home punctuated with electrolyte solutions and naps, I’m more or less semi-functional again. I hope. May everyone else be well.

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Closing out the evening listening to Loreena McKennet’s the book of secrets (Warner Bros 9 46719-2). If you’ve ever pondered after noticing the connection between Celtic music and south Asian (as in India) music you might like it. Loreena’s high Celtic voice with tablas, Irish drums, sitars, and fiddles. Other songs are more conventional “New Celt” or whatever they’re calling it these days. Or, it may not be to your taste. After the Hearts of Space radio show tonight and now this CD playing, I just feel like I’m falling upward into a sky of light with visions of Dervishes spinning, their long white cloaks spreading with their motion, becoming mandalas. Zen is the path of mysticism, and there is no surer way than through sound. It is central in my order…

[MacAddict.com] Troubleshooting: Partial lobotomy for M$-infected Macs (FAQ) A good “how to” about which extensions to move and where they need to go. I tried it and amazingly, it works. Now if I could only get rid of the different versions of the Microsoft help application that Adobe applications love to install I’d be fine no you won’t! … Meanwhile, I’m awaiting Illustrator 9 to ship to my house since Avenza’s MaPublisher plugin has been updated and dreaming of the control over text that Photoshop 6 is rumored to have.

Sheila has some delightful pictures of some Allium and Poppy on her page. Which reminds me, its about time to stroll through the Desert Demonstration Gardens at lunch again.

[MacSlash] A daily dose of Macintosh News and Discussion is having its Grand Opening. Based on the open source SlashCode project, its code base is like slashdot, but the content focuses on Macintosh and Apple.

Welcome to MacSlash! Sit back, pull up your mouse, and get ready for a great time. We’ve been working hard these past few days to bring you this new web site, devoted to great discussions on everything Macintosh.

I suppose it really should be MacColon since the Mac file system use neither slashes nor dots … Nah.

I’m listening to this week’s Hearts of Space. It is incredible music.

from mathowie at Metafilter: “The Rhymezone is quick to become the poet and songwriter’s killer app”. Could be, besides finding rhymes, you can also find synonyms, homophones, similar sounding words, match consonants only, find related words, phrases, find similar spellings, search for pictures, and search for definitions.

Folks are musing about six months doing weblogs at EditThisPage. So I had to check. The weblog that came to be called blivet started on December 23, 1999. So I have a ways to go … I’m a late starter (and bloomer). Other folks hitting the six month mark are the Curmudgeonly John Marden and Jeff’s Weblog.

Al reflects and maintains We Will Brook No Babbling…: “Six Months Already?
On 12/04/1999, I made my first EditThisPage entry. So much water underneath the bridge…” These are like public journals, these weblogs we keep and put out there in the hope that folks will find them of some use. You keep a great weblog Al. I stop by daily just to see what’s going on in your world.

I guess I’m coming up on six months too at EditThisPage … I still have no idea what I’m trying to do here except to provide some daily content.

[Book Notes] “Tonight my wife and I are going to see Carmina Burana.” Sounds great guys. Have fun.

[NYT] Rebel Outpost on the Fringes of Cyberspace.

June 5, 2000, may be remembered as the date that a hardy band of true believers tried to establish the first independent colony in cyberspace. On Monday, a small international group of computer rebels plans to introduce what they are calling a data haven.

I’ve been waiting to hear more about data havens for a long time. Gibson’s Neuromancer of course introduced me to the idea, but I think it was Bruce Sterling’s Islands In the Net and the more recent Crypronomicon by Neal Stephenson that has added dimensions and kept it in my imagination. Still, I thought it would happen in the Caribbean or Pacific Rim first.

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I hope all the Americans had a good Memorial Day weekend and fostered some recognition of why we do this to our children. I was a little surprised at how many people (adults) I knew asked about the red poppy on my shirt that I got for contributing to the Veterans today.

OK, I’ll tone down the Manila Express entries. Its just too easy to add links this way! I miss the of bit extra thinking that takes place with multiple cutting and pasting … I’ll adjust.

John at Curmudgeon contributes his personal experience with The Lessons of a Lost Career. “College administrations do not always have academics as their first priority. (A bit tangential, but …)” and of course, that is where it gets interesting.

[have browser] Jim Roepcke is having major problems with his wisdom teeth. I’d watch out for that lower right one too! Ow! Been through that, more on the way elsewhere in the mouth.

[CNN] Rare Mars meteorite discovered in Middle East (a couple of days old but new to me)

A meteorite hunter combing the deserts of Oman found a stone thought to have originated on Mars. Of the 20,000 known meteorite discoveries, the brownish gray stone is only the 15th identified as coming from the red planet, scientists said this week. <…> The rock has chemical similarities to a Mars meteorite found in Antarctica in 1984, which some NASA researchers said exhibits fossilized signs of microscopic life.

more [CNN] Rocker Eddie Van Halen receiving cancer treatment Apparently its an experimental preventative treatment for cancer of the tongue. Man! Another guy my age battling the big C.

David Anderson at Montana News Daily writes: "James V. Smith, the editor of the Shelby Promoter, has written a fine reflection on Memorial Day. Lots of good stuff in this piece. Here’s a teaser:

We disdain reflection in others and fear it in ourselves.

We pack our lives with ferocious activity as if that will somehow give worth to living. In fact, what do we say about somebody not being busy? That he is wasting his life away.

But do not equate activity with achievement, nor reflection with idling and most importantly, do not fail to reflect on Memorial Day.”

They Write the Right Stuff: The right stuff kicks in at T-minus 31 seconds.

At T-minus 6.6 seconds, if the pressures, pumps, and temperatures are nominal, the computers give the order to light the shuttle main engines — each of the three engines firing off precisely 160 milliseconds apart, tons of super-cooled liquid fuel pouring into combustion chambers, the ship rocking on its launch pad, held to the ground only by bolts. As the main engines come to one million pounds of thrust, their exhausts tighten into blue diamonds of flame.

Then and only then at T-minus zero seconds, if the computers are satisfied that the engines are running true, they give the order to light the solid rocket boosters. In less than one second, they achieve 6.6 million pounds of thrust. And at that exact same moment, the computers give the order for the explosive bolts to blow, and 4.5 million pounds of spacecraft lifts majestically off its launch pad.

It’s an awesome display of hardware prowess. But no human pushes a button to make it happen, no astronaut jockeys a joy stick to settle the shuttle into orbit. <…> What makes it remarkable is how well the software works. This software never crashes. It never needs to be re-booted. This software is bug-free. It is perfect, as perfect as human beings have achieved. Consider these stats : the last three versions of the program — each 420,000 lines long-had just one error each. The last 11 versions of this software had a total of 17 errors. Commercial programs of equivalent complexity would have 5,000 errors.

The space program has always been a part of my life. I stayed home from school in the first grade to watch John Glenn fly the Friendship 7. I stayed up for three days in the middle of July 1969. I wept for several hours and was depressed for days after the Challenger disaster. These folks who write the software for the Shuttle are fantastic purveyors of their craft. One error. Wow. For whatever reason it reminds me of an interview I read once with Reinhold Messner. He was a high altitude climber who did his climbing solo. He soloed Everest, Denali, and a number of peaks in the Hindu Kush, as well as a lot of ice climbing (waterfalls in the winter, that sort of thing). He was asked if he made mistakes climbing solo in these extreme conditions and he replied: "I don’t think so, You only get to make one."

[Book Notes] A Happy 25th Anniversary to the Jensen’s!

[Book Notes] “I’m reading A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. I mentioned it last Friday as a title I was adding the Books as Characters project.” What a fantastic book! As a Science Fiction reader, I love that book. As an archaeologist I love it even more, not only as a reminder that the past (in this case the book’s far past is our present) should be spoken of with care, but that we can never fully imagine what ir was like then … Or as Anne McCaffery wrote in the Dragonrider series – somewhen.

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Jeremy’s CyberCafe and Beer Haus is up for sale, but what’s really cool about it is that it is located just outside of Joshua Tree National Park in the Southern California desert, and they have a full T-1 line that they’re selling along with the business. Hmm…T-1 access plus nearby national park? Maybe we should take up a collection and buy it ourselves? 🙂

I couldn’t agree more! I’ve given some thought to doing CRM archaeology based out of Joshua Tree but the nagging question is “is there enough work there and in the vicinity?” Still, … a cybercafé in the Mojave desert!

I just posted that with Manila Express – This is very cool. Thanks!

[Manila Express] Earlier today Brent released Manila Express for the Macintosh. Manila Express makes it easy to add links to the home page of a Manila site (like this one) without having to go there. Brent has written a How I Did It piece to help us get set up.

Dave notes that Themes are in the pipeline, also largely due to Brent’s efforts.

Al at View From the Heart used a term in his weblog this morning that is new (to me at least) and is so self-evident I don’t understand why its not more widely used in the lexicon. EditThisPage friends. Yep…

blivet 4/22/2000 It is by thought alone …

It is by thought alone I set my mind in motion

19:30 PDT

[Science Fiction – Books] The 2000 Hugo Awards nominations have been posted. Thanks to backup brain for reminding me of such things.

13:45 PDT

Terra Institute is a nonprofit organization founded to develop and promote independent political, economic and environmental ideas and values. Thanks to Dave at Scripting News for pointing out this new site. BTW, its a Manila site too. update – just minutes laterToo cool! Its one of garret‘s (of array) projects! It looks great! That quote of Aldo Leopold’s in the banner is one of my favorites.

Noon-thirty

[UniSci] Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Not From Bad Parenting. "Researchers have laid to rest the myth that another mental disorder stems from “bad parenting.” A new study from Johns Hopkins has shown that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, tends to run in families and has a strong genetic basis. " Sometimes its nature and sometimes its nurture. This certainly looks like nature. The confusion arose (I suspect, I certainly don’t know) from the familial connection. When you have this (heck, any) disorder you seek out the familiar which will be someone else who understands how the world works in the matrix of the disorder. They marry and reinforce the genetics. This works for alcholism, mania, whatever. IMHO.

I said I wouldn’t bring it up again and I won’t. I just hope its over soon.

Saturday morning

Today’s title reflects how I feel this morning. My body certainly isn’t cooperating, it wants to stay low, sluggish, inactive. Too often my mind is a willing accomplice, traveling the low road as well, all three of us planted in this old swivel chair, surplus from IBM when they shut down here in 1992. So thought comes to the rescue, if you can call it that, getting the body up, cajoling the reluctant personality (ego) into some semblance of activity. If I could tolerate watching TV I could probably be the ultimate couch potato. But, for whatever reason most TV bores me into activity, especially reruns, most sitcoms, dramas, especially anything with doctors, lawyers, or ‘military life’. Movies on TV don’t fare much better, even if they’re ‘classics’. I’m not sure what happened, but I really don’t care much for movies anymore, I used to like them, especially going to theatres. Lately, I seem to be seated very near someone who thinks they’re part of the movie, or at least thinks the character can hear them. Action movies often appear to trigger some sort of catharsis in their own life, especially if it involves blowing away someone in authority like a parent or boss. I’ve stopped asking for quiet. I just don’t go anymore.

There seems to be a conspiracy of audible clutter in our lives, ranging from the whirings, clatterings, and beeps of the machinery that infests our houses and business space, to the incessant drivel of what passes for radio disk jockeys. Somebody else’s music is often bad enough, but why do the DJs tell us so often that they ‘play more music’? How can you be doing that if you’re telling me about it? Once I agreed with the cultural critics that there was an attempt to keep us distracted so we would be more susceptible to purchasing suggestions, that there was a conspiracy by someone, ‘them’, to stifle introspection and by that, thought and growth. I think now that personal deconstructions reveal far more about the deconstructor than the deconstructee. You learn far more about yourself…

Ming Zhen once commented to me "do you think yogis like going off and living in caves with bugs and dirt?". So it is by thought alone that I seek to wrest my life back from the passivity that creeps in through fatigue and the assaults of 21st century life. We all have the power to do so, just because we hear it or see it doesn’t mean that it is part of us. It is part of the pageant of our collective lives and society, but we can choose whether or not to incorporate it into our personal lives. We must simply make the choice.

Mars and The Closest Thing to Time Travel

[AppleTalk] Happy days at the blivet estate. The long standing problems with the Macintoshes fighting with the cable modem over who got to negotiate AppleTalk nodes is over. It turns out the aggregation router was set to auto negotiate for AppleTalk on Cox’s end. With that turned off we can have shared drives and print via ethernet again, which means we can finally print to the HP 6MP from the iMac DV SE. Yea! Thank you!

[Bruce Sterling’s Hard Times: A Letter from 2035] “[W]e never quite made it to Mars, because manned space flight has no real commercial potential.” I simply don’t want to believe that could come to pass, that the lack of commercial potential would derail the exploration of space. Having said that, I must say that I really enjoy Sterling’s writings, whether it is his science fiction or ‘futurist’ works.

And speaking of Mars …

High Resolution Views Comparing the Martian North and South Polar Residual Caps.
The surfaces of the two “residual” Martian polar ice caps are very different from each other. The north polar cap has a relatively flat, pitted surface that in some places resembles cottage cheese and in others looks like the surface of a sponge that you might use in your kitchen sink. The south polar cap has larger pits, troughs, and flat mesas that resemble pieces of swiss cheese.

In a paper published March 9, 2000, by the journal Nature, members of the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team, led by MOC investigator Peter Thomas of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), have described some of the newly-discovered differences in polar geomorphology. The different shapes of the landforms on the north and south polar caps suggest that these regions have had different climates and histories for thousands or perhaps even millions of years.

This is great! The team is really beginning to examine the most likely world for humans to begin their colonization efforts. The only thing that concerns me is the recurring cheese imagery, was this written right before lunch?

[Burnt Rock Mound] The mound is going to be bisected today. We’re going to get our first look at how these spring mounds were formed. The soils we’ll be going down to could be as much as 14 million years old (the mound itself is much younger than that). All you have to do is squint and you’re back there. The worst day doing archaeology is better than the best day doing anything else!