Monthly Archives: February 2020

Betelgeuse Betelgeuse Betelgeuse

Zooming in on Betelgeuse
That’s a pretty cool video there. The interesting bits are at the end, with the infrared imaging of the dust clouds surrounding Betelgeuse, and then the final direct image of the red supergian star at the end. That bit at the end is actually the most recent imaging of the star, and a side by side comparison taken by the same telescope a year ago show the dramatic change in Betelgeuse’s shape:

Thank You Schoolhouse Rock

Last night my daughter was sitting at the computer doing homework. She asked me, “Dad, what’s an interjection?” and before I knew it, I blurted out “INTERJECTION!!! SHOWS EXCITEMENT! OR EMOTION! They’re generally set apart from a sentence by an exclamation point, or a comma if the feelings not too strong.”
I could go on… “So if you’re happy (HURRAY!), or sad (AWWW!), or frightened (EEEEK!), or mad (DRAT!), or excited (WOW!), or glad (Hey!), an interjection starts a sentence right.” Man, that shit is just burned into some neurons in my brain.
Keeping on that vein, this morning I looked up Schoolhouse Rock Rocks!, a tribute/cover album from the mid-90’s if I remember correctly. It’s got Blind Melon singing ‘Three is a Magic Number,’ which is about as mid-90’s as it gets. I wanted to treat the kids to more Schoolhouse Rock. Unfortunately, the album does not have ‘Interjection!’