Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Ancient Past: Oakland, California in 1987

The text which follows is that of another of a bunch of old letters, written some 26 years ago, found at the bottom of my desk drawer not long ago. Dear Friends: This last weekend was a busy one.  During … Continue reading

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Some Medieval Astronomy

Going deeper into quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore, I find that the brightest stellar event in recorded history was a supernova which took place in the home Milky Way galaxy, just about a thousand years ago, in 1006; it … Continue reading

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Inquisitor Raphael of Pornasio Speaks

The early nineteenth-century American poet intoned Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore — While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of … Continue reading

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