Monday, July 11, 2005

Skylab Anniversary

Twenty-six years ago...

The Skylab space station, at 77 tons the largest object ever orbited, flashed through the atmosphere and disintegrated in a blaze of fireworks over the Indian Ocean today, showering tons of debris across the Great Australian Desert, one of the world's most remote places.

Tomorrow begins the second summer semester; I'll be teaching two sections of government. Which means I have to once again be on top of what's happening in our government. Which means I'll have to follow those insipid stories about our government that I really am not interested in in the least. Looking forward to being able to teach upper-level courses in my expertise someday. (Explaining the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats for the 100th time just doesn't do it for me any more ... especially when there are too few.)

I've been practicing Qigong much more regularly these past few weeks. I get such a physical rush afterwards, it's hard to describe. I started reading about it's history and practice online this morning. It has been scientifically proven that a Qigong master can "produce significant structural changes in water and aqueous solutions, alter the phase behavior of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) liposomes, and enable the growth of Fab protein crystals." What the hell?!?! If I ever master this practice, I'll stick to the old-fashioned H2O structure of my water, thank you very much.

Looking forward to spending some time with my sister and niece this week. Looking forward to teaching after a two-month break. Looking forward to my afternoon coffee already.

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