Rare Pattern

These are posts that originally appeared in my longtime blog Rare Pattern.


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Photo: Richard Elzey [CC] I’ll be an entrepreneur … if you pay me to do it. I’ll paint the picture … if …

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And now Prince

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016). Let’s just agree that 57 is too young.


When I saw the news on Twitter that David Bowie had died, I started to cry. It was the middle of the night, but I couldn’t sleep anymore. I tossed and turned with “Heroes” echoing in my head.

Home on Lagrange

I first came across Lagrangian Points many years ago in Arthur C. Clarke’s novel A Fall of Moondust. It boggled my young mind, picturing satellites orbiting in seemingly static positions around the Moon!

Nebula reading

If you’re a science fiction fan like I am, here’s a new reading list. Novel Winner: Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; …

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