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The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | Mother’s Day 2016 Special


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Good morning! Things have been busy this week, as I’m working on my touch-typing skills and studying to correct my weak points in Bengali script; the incredibly graceful but difficult conjunct letters (well, difficult for foreigner Ingreji speakers like me…). These letters combine short groups of consonants in one letter, and which join in what letter are not always apparent from the conjunct’s shape. But that’s cool, because the challenge makes it interesting and fun. I’ve created two virtual decks of flashcards, and started retrieval-practice sessions to learn by testing myself on the first such deck. So far, I’ve successfully recalled 117 letters twice, and 5 letters once, so I’ll work on recalling all four times in a row before continuing with the next deck. So, on other matters, (whispers) I’ve got a surprise for the Parental Unit™ this Sunday, while trying to get the new cat to stop snubbing her–rotten little beast! Ricky still seems reclusive, only coming out of his crypt at sundown to feast on the kibble of the living…well, at least he’s adorable even though hiding through much of the day! So, as I’m going through a disc of lectures, I bid you all to have an awesome, or at least a survivable, Sunday, and a good week ahead.

Stay brilliant!


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A. R. Rahman: “Jiya Jale” (Dil Se) Berklee Indian Ensemble (cover)

13 Word Story: Here, Kitty!


What if, in some future era, owning animals of any sort, especially pets, were a crime punishable by death? As a cat owner, this is of some concern to me, as I would hate to be separated from my beasties, Gorgeous, Mr. Eccles and Ricky. This is a tale from such a world, where humans are separated by law from all animal contact. Here too is a tale of a girl who risks her life for the animals she loves and cares for.

Tf. Tk. Tts.


Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2016.04.02

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G’day! I’ve good news this Caturday: We have a new play-buddy for Eccles, a new cat we named Ricky! He’s part Maine Coon and part Tabby, but looks Maine Coon though a bit on the small size. At four years of age, he’s in Eccles’ peerage, and though a bit skittish around other cats, once the two get used to each other they should get on famously. Ricky was brought home from the shelter just yesterday, and can hide like a ninja. I’ll update this post with pics of the new arrival once they’re available, when he’s used to being here and accustomed to the other cats…and oh, not hiding like a ninja!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

(Update: 2016.04.05) I finally have pics of Ricky!





A Picturesque Equinox Sunset

Alaskan Moondogs

Rainbow Airglow over the Azores

The Great Nebula in Carina

Hickson 91 in Piscis Austrinus

Close Comet and the Milky Way

Solstice to Equinox Cubed

NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars

Orion’s Belt and Sword over Teides Peak

NASA’s Curiosity Rover at Namib Dune (360 View)

NGC 6188 and NGC 6164

Big Dipper to Southern Cross

Europa: Discover Life Under the Ice

Pluto’s Bladed Terrain in 3D

Image Of The Week: Vibrant Gaseous Ribbons: The Veil Supernova Remnant

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Mars Colony Will Have to Wait, Say NASA Scientists

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New Search for Signals from 20,000 Star Systems Begins

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Jupiter Just Got Nailed by Something

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Maximum Extent in 2016

RIP Kenneth Souza

Investigating the Mystery of Migrating ‘Hot Jupiters’

Japan’s Black Hole Telescope is in Trouble

Tribeca Pulls Anti-Vax Documentary by Andrew Wakefield from Its Lineup

Big Picture Science: Skeptic Check: How Low  Can You Go?

NASA Announces Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellows for 2016

Carl Sagan On Extraterrestrials | Blank On Blank

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Cat Thursday | Gracious, it’s Gorgeous!!


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Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It’s all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

Gorgeous is being annoyed by the diabolical Mr. Eccles.

She’s sooo fluffy!