Monday, October 24, 2016


I had a really good time at my son's high school's parent's dance organized by the parent association. It was a fundraiser that included a meal, drinks and prizes. There was a silent auction where I bid on a few different items and fortunately only won one of them - I got twelve bottles of wine for 230$. We went with friends and at a seat yourself at a table event, it worked out well that we were with people who are good friends.

Back when I was roughly between 4200 and 4850 days old I had learned some break dancing moves by watching music videos and forming a group with neighbourhood friends. Some how, 11,075 days later, I still remember and am able to do some of them:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

wow, a tube

Amazingly, the thing I noticed off the port side on the way in to Proxima Centauri, I've just passed through on the way out; it is a worm hole that put me smack dab into the orbit of Earth. This made the trip home way faster; it is too bad I didn't see this end of the wormhole on my way out to the Proxima Centauri system.

All in all it was a great trip. I haven't any plans for another any time soon, so I am considering donating my golf cart space ship to the Canadian Aviation and Space museum.

Of course, it being fall now, as soon as I got home I had to rake five bags of leaves. This is the first time I do this, this fall, so the total leaf bag count so far this fall is five bags.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

brok vlok sock

Heading home, at last.

It's been a great trip to visit the Proxima Centauri system, and it was quite the adventure to see Proxima Centauri B so close, but for the most part the trip was pretty dull as there isn't a lot to see in the empty space between celestial systems. The probe came back on schedule two days ago and reported that within the 10km circle it found was mostly Granulite with a small but significant portion of Phyllite with hints of Calcium, Chromium, Iron and Nickel. It is possible that there are large deposits of some of these deeper down, or elsewhere on the planet, so likely in addition to being a candidate for terraforming due to its gravity, pressure and temperature, it may have large deposits of minerals that make it resourceful.

About five days out from 'B' on the way in I noticed something peculiar off my port-bow, so now on the starboard side I'm going to veer off a little to investigate.

Sunday, October 16, 2016


I've arrived! I'm safely in orbit around Proxima Centuari B; here's a photo with Proxima Centauri in the distance:

With my rather elaborate array of sensors I am pleased to tell you that B has the slightest of atmospheres made up mostly of Argon with traces of Hydrogen. The surface is completely barren and devoid of any life, well at least, none that my sensor array can pick up. There are numerous shallow craters and vast areas of uninterrupted flatness. It seems that Proxima Centauri is grabbing all of the asteroids in its gravity well, leaving B in peace. The very thin atmosphere over these last billions of years has smoothed it all out. Gravity on the surface is about 0.64g and the pressure is about a twelfth of an Earth atmosphere. It is all pretty good as a candidate for terra-forming except for the light - only about 15% of the insolation of Sol is landing here on B from Proxima Centauri. So the 'Sunny' side of B feels like it is in a bit of a perpetual twilight. I've sent down a probe to check on what the ground of B contains; it will move around in a 10km circle to take samples. This isn't great as it is only a really small portion of the entire planet, but it is about all I can do with what I've brought with me.

I've got enough supplies to stick around here for another day or two, but will then have to head back.

Friday, October 14, 2016

bot and cot

I'm slowing down a little more aggressively now to come down to a proper orbit speed. B is noticeably getting larger now, I should be in orbit on Sunday at around 11h13 Proxima Centauri B time.

I'm really glad that my TRS-80 (Model 16) is working out great to calculate the engine burns and guidance systems. I've got this clunker up on the dash of the golf cart on the passenger side, giving me a better view out the front on the driver side. I have a number of backup diskettes in case any one of the 'production' ones fails; these I've stored under the dash, beneath the TRS-80 in a radiation protective sleeve.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


So, only five more days and I'll be orbiting Proxima Centauri B; I've already started a very gradual slow down so as not to zoom right by it.

My scatterometer picked up something of note just a few light-microseconds off my port bow; it may be a shortcut for me to return home. I'll check it out on the way home from B.

It is good to know that my food supplies are holding out. I still have plenty of Doritos and celery.

Here's Proxima Cenaturi:

Proxima Centauri B is on the other side when I took the photo.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

transit pairing

While idling away on this voyage to Proxima Centauri to see how nice Proxima Centauri B can be, I thought back to a recent morning commute to work.

I take the train each day and in the morning am generally in the second passenger car from the front, standing in the vestibule part. In the vestibule there are five seats along one side of the car that face the aisle with opposing seats on the other side and a standing area that is adjacent.

Often, on the 7h27 train, I see two ladies that sit next to each other, who are always talking. While it may seem inconsequential to them, and perhaps even hardly worth noting to most people, I am rather impressed with this ability to have an ongoing non-stop conversation that seems it can go without end. I am not usually close enough to them to actually hear what they are saying, so I don't know the mechanics of how they move from topic to topic or how much time they spend on any one topic.

This unremarkable talent is one with which I am not particularly skilled.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016


With only about 12 days to arrive, I can finally get a glimpse of the Earth-sized (1.3 times the size of Earth) planet going around Proxima Centauri. I must tell you, from this distance it doesn't look like much, just a dark ball. These little red stars do not give off much light.

Here is a comparison for you.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

when a kite blows her nose

Blin blin blinb blinbbb bop

kressedly flimnopter wakl

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

When an antelope, an elbow and an equine all sell smores

2012 was the year that too many pickles were sold to twenty-one year old people of Hungarian descent.

The least melancholy soup stain has no melons.

If a person was to read a blog, then ride a unicycle three laps around a dysfunctional fountain, then throw darts to pop gold-coloured balloons, would that same person forget how to double-knot a shoe lace?

There are too many windows!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


So I was chopping my cucumbers (the last ones left on this trip to Proxima Centauri B) when I inadvertently sliced into my thumb.

Fortunately it did not go deeper and in time it will heal okay.

I am now closer to Proxima Centauri B than I am to Earth, but still, the little red sun is barely a smudge in the distance. The two Alpha's are starting to brighten, however. Soon I'll need to put my sunglasses on.