Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Lest you should think I never read the newspaper, the following; Saddam Hussein was at the heighth of arrogance during his appearance before the Iraqi court yesterday. "I am the president of the Republic of Iraq." The trial next year should be both entertaining and infuriating. I don't think Saddam gets it yet.

The other item that fascinated me was the report of Cassini's approach to Saturn and the maneuvering that Nasa accomplished in getting the spacecraft through the rings. Sure, there was a 270-mile space between the rings through which they had to maneuver the craft, but NASA engineers were also a long ways away. It must have been delicate. I watched the faces of the engineers in the lab as they accomplished this and could see the excitement on their faces. And the spokeswoman later said that this was more important than most laypersons could possibly envision. They hope to find more about the birth of the universe. Well done, NASA. You've taken a lot of heat in the past few years. Maybe this makes up for some of it.


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