November 14th, 2008

sneaker

stop press from the islands of lost feet

I'm indebted to pds_lit for bringing to my attention the news that yet another sneaker-clad disarticulated foot has been found in the Pacific Northwest. This makes seven since August last year. The irony of this is that last week, for the first time in some months, I checked the Post-Intelligencer to see if there had been any activity and everything seemed quiet.
Something has only just occurred to me. All these feet seem to be washing up in the same relatively small area. If we follow the slightly eerie wisdom of Dr Ebbesmeyer, this is because currents are simply bringing them here, but if that's true, why hasn't this been happening for years? Have the currents changed over the past year and a half? Has there been a sudden influx of dead folks in just the right place? Is there something about the modern sports shoe which lends itself to this kind of thing? And who, in the name of christ, are all these people?
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Y'all have heard about this by now, but I felt my old soul go all fluttery when I heard that astronomers have finally taken visible-light photographs of planets orbiting a star twenty-five light-years away.
The three planets they've managed to capture in visible and infra-red orbit the star Fomalhaut, and obviously they're all gas giants rather than terrestrial-sized rocky bodies, but my god. When I was a kiddie what we knew about Mars was still educated guesswork, and now we're actually looking at planets orbiting another star. Land of wonders, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Land of wonders.
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