Will I regret being here?"
I offer this question upfront as one you might need by the time you are half way through one blog post. I hope you laugh, but suspect a large range of other emotions are also on offer including panic, shock and anxiety that Japan may confine the whole of the Western world to a padded cell after hearing me photograph a toilet.
Hi, my name is Elizabeth. Welcome to my life.
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Freshly cut bloggities
“According to legend, the very origin of the Japanese race depended on the outcome of a sumo match.”
It was 5:25pm and I’d dashed from my seat to catch the bookstand in the Ryogoku Kokugaikan —Tokyo’s sumo stadium— to buy the ¥100 booklet on the history and rules of sumo. Since the tournament ended at 6pm, I’d arguably left this a little late.
Typing is hard. This is because moving my arms to the appropriate level for the keyboard is deeply challenging. And this is because I rowed the streets of Babylon, rings of Saturn and covered a decent chunk of Antarctica.
You know when you go for a quick twenty minute drive in the countryside, park your car and forty-five minutes later it spontaneously combusts?
…and meanderings in planets & spaceships…
On March 5 the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) released the extraordinary video shown above. The sequence of 233 images shows a spacecraft descending to collect material from the surface of an asteroid, before rising amidst fragments of ejected debris. It is an event that has never been captured on camera before.
More than two decades before the first exoplanet was discovered, an experiment was performed using a moving flame and liquid mercury that could hold the key to habitability on tidally locked worlds.
“Chasing Exoplanets: Stories from the Centre of the Universe”: A conversation about weird planets, the search for life in the universe, and how the language of science can help tell stories about human relationships. Followed by a book signing. Free event and no registration necessary. Details here.
Space & Storytelling: Free public talk with YA author Ria Voros, hosted by Curiosity Collider & UBC. Talk will be held at UBC in the Hennings Room 202. A book signing will follow the talk. More details can be found here.
Public talk with YA author, Ria Voros, at the Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Society (FDAO) star party, held at the—very appropriately named— Centre of the Universe in Victoria, BC. Details can be found here.