Author Ray Bradbury passed on June 5th. I was saddened to hear this, as I had always been a fan of his. I loved The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes . . . eesh. It freaked me out. Bradbury had fantastic imagination and a way of making you feel part of the […]Read more "Ray Bradbury"
I never win anything. Well, that’s not entirely true. I once won a calculator in a school fund drive selling chocolate bars (I frantically sold the entire box to my relatives the night before the deadline, much to my parents’ annoyance). But normally, I’m a no-luck kind of person. So, being the space geek that […]Read more "I’m off to Mars! (Sort of)"
Last night I received an email from a fellow member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre, asking me if I knew anything about the possible closure of Efston Science, the self-proclaimed “science and astronomy superstore” located on Dufferin Street in Toronto. I didn’t believe it could be so. I thought he had […]Read more "Science Lost"
I recently received some great news: My book Hockey Trailblazers has been nominated for the B.C. Young Readers’ Choice 2012-2013 Red Cedar Award! I had a wonderful editor, Diane Kerner (editors always make you look better!) and am very honoured to be nominated amongst some wonderful authors and books. This book is about five people who became […]Read more "Thrilled!"
I know I’m a bit late in posting this, but congratulations to the L.A. Kings on winning the Stanley Cup. I don’t purport to be a Kings fan. I don’t get the chance to watch many west coast games, and really, I’m a Leafs fan, but it was good to see such a good, young […]Read more "L.A. Champions"
Finally . . . it’s here. The long-anticipated (by sci-fi geeks such as myself, at least) “prequel” to the Alien franchise. Let me tell you, I am obsessed with the Alien movies. If any of them are on TV, I’m there watching it . . . yes, even Alien3 and Alien Resurrection. I know that […]Read more "Ellen Ripley: Greatest Female Sci-fi Character of All-Time?"
Here are some of my photos from yesterday’s transit.Read more "Transit of Venus images"
Well, I’m pooped. Had a great time at the David Dunlap Observatory. Lots of folks showed up to enjoy the transit. And here share is a shot I took of Venus transiting the sun. Lots of sunspots to sweeten the view. […]Read more "Transit Success"
It’s here! It’s finally here! As I posted last week, today is the day that Venus will cross the face of the sun. This won’t happen again until 2117, so this is a pretty important day to amateur and professional astronomers around the world. And the best part is, it will be visible in most […]Read more "Happy Transit of Venus Day!"
This is a photograph of a murderer, boys and girls. Did he kill a helpless old lady? A friend? A beloved pet? No. His murder was far more profound. Professor Mike Brown killed an entire planet. Now I’m not talking something along the lines of Star Trek (2009) when Nero created a black hole at […]Read more "What’s in a name? Plenty when you’re called a “dwarf.”"