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June 1st, 2003

The Power Of Cat

From Christopher Smart's ecstatic poetry

For when his day's work is done his business more properly begins.
For he keeps The Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
For he counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.

(While the poem gave our Maine Coon Jeoffrey his name, these lines work better with the evilkittyeyes icon...)

One step closer...

...to space.

Veteran aircraft designer Burt Rutan's entry for the X Prize, the White Knight/SpaceShipOne combination is now flight testing.

You can find a flight test log and plenty of photos (the full size images are big!) on the Scaled Composites web site.

Not been paying attention...

...as I suddenly discover that the lead singer of one of my favourite bands of all time is putting out his first solo album tomorrow...

And it's available as streamed web content, too...

"It is dark, often confused album inspired by McAloon losing his sight and being denied his greatest joy, the simple act of reading a book or a newspaper. So like many partially blind people he retreated into the world of radio, getting his fix somewhere else."

So...

"I Trawl The Megahertz"

What a wonderful title, what wonderful music... It's one of my greatest fears turned into art.