As I wrote previously , Mia (my wife) and I spent last weekend at Capricon, a Chicagoland science fiction convention. We went to most of the Capricons in the ’80’s and ’90’s, but in our first years in Minnesota the pressures of parenthood prevented us from going. Those have eased somewhat and we have been to most of the Capricons (and Windycons) since 2009. While most Capricons have been in the Chicago suburbs, this year the convention was downtown, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.
Mia (my wife) and I spent last weekend in Chicago for the Capricon, another science fiction convention that has been part of our life for decades. This year the convention was downtown, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Our room was on north side of the 28th floor and the view from our window was magnificent by night and day:
My wife Mia and I spend the past weekend in Chicagoland. Friday and Saturday we were at Windycon, a science fiction convention that we have frequently attended since the 1970s. This was first SF con we have been to since the world shut down for Covid-19. There was no Windycon in 2020. Covid, of course, has not gone away, but this year Windycon was back, with changes. There were very strict and detailed Covid policies. Proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test were required for admission. Masks were required everywhere except “while … actively consuming food or drink in the consuite or green room” or for performers while performing and at least 6 feet from anyone else. Bill Roper has a positive con report, with which I completely agree.
Boladh … smell, scent; Boladh an scéil, hint of the
story; Boladh na húire, the smell of earth, a smell presaging death
(Ker.); Boladh an tsionnnaigh, “a fox smell,” a peculiar smell
said to be hereditary in certain families …
Bhí an tAthair Pádraig ag obair ag a bhinse sa Leabharlann
Náisiúnta nuair a thug sé foai ndeara go raibh lochán gréine ar
an urlár. Ni scáil na gréine, go fírinneach, a dhúisigh óna néal é
ach scáil phréacháin a dhubhaigh an ghile ar an urlár le rince
beag earraigh a dhein se ar dhíon gloine na leabharlainne.
‘Badhbh!’ arsa an tAthair Pádraig. ‘Leid ón mBé.
Father Patrick was working at his bench in the National Library when he noticed a
pool of sunlight on the floor. It was not the image of the sun, in fact, that
woke him from his nap, but the shadow of a crow that darkened the light on
the floor with a little spring dance that he performed on the glass roof of the library.
‘War-goddess!’ said Fr. Patrick. ‘A sign from the woman/muse.’
Professional astrophotography used to be done on emulsion-coasted glass places. That was how astromical discoveries were made for nearly a
More than an estimated 2.4 million glass plates are out there in collections in North America alone. These were taken starting in
the 1890s right up until the 1970s, when CCD (Charged Couple Device) detectors started to come online for astronomy. Of these, only an
estimated 400,000 plates have been digitized to research quality
The team in this article has found a much cheaper way to proceed with this process, using
In The Two Towers Legolas claims to clearly see the horsemen of Rohan at a distance of 5 leagues.
How is this possible when you consider the curvature of the Earth? You can come up with some bizarre
ideas about Elven anatomy which are not suggested in the books or seen in the movies. However, there is a
an elegant answer based on the nature of Arda, Tolkien’s world. It was flat, not round, until the end of the
second age. At that time the Valar made it round so that mortals could not access Valinor. But Elves
could still go there. For them the Earth was still flat and they could sail the straight path to Valinor.
Hence for Legolas the curvature of the Earth and the horizon
did not exist and hence he could accurately see the horsemen 5 leagues away.