Nov. 16th, 2009

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Ah, hey, scans_daily is working on Dreamwidth now. Unfortunately I'm doing NaNoWriMo, so I don't have time now to post from The Thrawn Trilogy. But look at my progress!



28959 / 50000 words. 58% done!
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Two posts in one day. Weird, huh? I think this is only the third time I've done this.

Still watching Cosmos between bouts of writing. Earlier episodes mention that we are parts of the cosmos that have become self-aware; we are all a way for the cosmos to know itself. The Lives of the Stars, the ninth episode, gently reminds me of when I was younger and read that we are all star-stuff; other than hydrogen, every atom was fused into heavier elements by a star. I remember that ridiculous fragile wonder I felt reading that; this episode reinforces it and, later, rephrases it.

"Our ancestors worshipped the sun and they were far from foolish. It makes good sense to revere the sun and the stars. Because we are their children."

...I think my mind just got blown. What is this joy? I keep feeling like I should damp it down, crush it, hide it, cover it over. But... dude. I don't care if it's hippy flower-child stuff. That may be the most awesome three sentences I have ever read.

And yeah, I did see the latest XKCD. Interestingly, Sagan wasn't quite as impressed by the moon landings as he was by the other things, if I go by the chapter in "A Pale Blue Dot" where he goes over them.

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