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Landing on a Duck-Shaped Comet

Via this item at Vox comes the video below from the ESA (European Space Agency) that details what will be happening over the next few hours in a galaxy far, far away (no, not really on the Star Wars reference but, in human terms, it’s pretty far away).

This amazing feat can be followed at the ESA’s website and via the live stream available here.

Back in a Few…

We’re all done with travel for the year after trips to the West and to the South over the last month or so, but extending this break here at the blog seemed like a good thing to do amid all the market upheaval of late (I think crude oil will soon cost $8 a barrel again).

Renewed Interest in World Population

The story Climate change isn’t the problem. A population bomb is killing us at Marketwatch that was prompted by a new study in the journal Science that is currently making the rounds (also see The New Population Boom Could Easily Be a Dud at the WSJ) prompted a quick look at world population growth as shown below via this item at worldometers.

Recall that a few decades ago, this was the world’s number one problem, however, the recent flattening of the curve has eased those concerns substantially. The Science report argues that expectations of world population stabilizing during this century are likely wrong and that there could be more than 12 million people on the planet by 2100.

A couple of rather remarkable stats from worldometers:

  • During the 20th century, world population has grown from 1.65 billion to 6 billion.
  • In 1970, there were roughly half as many people in the world as there are now.

Robin Williams Live at the Met – 1986

Lots of retrospectives on Robin Williams today, all of which make for some good reading about celebrity, entertainment, depression, etc.

I’ll never forget this performance from almost 30 years ago – not sure if we had it on tape or whether we’d catch it on HBO, but it is an indelible memory of a master comedian at work.

Click on the YouTube logo directly above  to navigate to Part 2. Don’t know where it appears in this, but the discussion of his cocaine usage is pretty funny. I recall him talking about waking up in the morning (or afternoon or evening) with Buddy Rich drumming on his chest.

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