January 4th, 2009


[links] Link salad for a freezing Sunday morning

A reader reacts to Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] — Definitely not so much with the liking.

Centauri Dreams asks, "What do you get out of science fiction?"

Scriveners Error continues to discuss the publishing apocalypse

APOD with a baffling picture and a fascinating explanationIn the distant universe, time appears to run slow

Gaza 2008: Micro-Wars and Macro-Wars — Juan Cole on the history of Arab-Israeli conflict and the current fighting in Gaza.

The end of the financial world as we know itThe New York Times on the ongoing financial mess. Interesting reading that doesn't require an economics doctorate to understand.

A President Forgotten but Not Gone The New York Times on President Bush. Even the banality of evil is too grandiose a concept for 43.

?otD: Who will bury the dead of winter?

Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning's weigh-in: 221.0
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout

Originally published at jlake.com.


[help] Satellite decay

Anybody out there have a notion of the longest expected orbital life of our various artificial satellites? I have the impression, which I can't substantiate, that nothing we put up is likely to keep station indefinitely — meaning thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. How long would it take for our swarm of spacecraft and discarded junk to fall out of the sky?

Originally published at jlake.com.