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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

  Epicycles

I just stumbled across the best graphic illumnation of what an epicycle was (left) - from Sparkleberry springs - this pic is an earth centric view of what the solar system looked like to early stargazers.

Can you imagine what a wrench in our worldview it was to finally apply occam's razor and put the sun at the center of the solar system - and our solar system at the edge of a thin ring of otherwise insignificant stars?

The odd white track is of near earth asteroid 1999RQ36 - which will be passing earth at about 4 million miles away next weekend.
 
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Hello fellow fisherman,

Did you know that 16% of the U.S. population goes fishing at least 16 days a year?

Did you also know that over 75% of the nations fishermen do not fish during "prime time"; fish feeding hours?

Those precious few moments before twilight can be absolutely magical. Even up until 11pm at night, the largest predators of any species feed ravenously.

Don't believe me? Check out Daniel Eggertsen's story, and a picture of a couple of his catches here : "Evening Secrets plus more"

I want you to do me a favor and try it out so I can see what you think of it, and if it works for you as well as it did for me.

You will be one of the first to try it out.

Gone Fishin',

Neil
 
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