Days ago, Dan Kukwa, Erin and I walking away from a Molly Bloom's restaurant, after discussing the cameo role of the Sock Ninja in the epic amateur DVD production of Infinity Man 11, by a friend of Wayne and Marguerite...
Me: You know what you need to write about, Dan?
Me: A story about Polish ninjas
Dan: Polish ninjas.
Me: Yeah. Instead of ninja stars, what would they throw, do you think?
Dan: Vodka bottles. (Dan is Polish, by the way)
Me: And for num-chucks?
Dan: Kielbasa tied with string.
Me: Yeah! I can't believe nobody's ever written about Polish ninjas.
Dan: I can't believe we're having this conversation!
Erin: And sober, no less!
This dense cloud of gas and dust is being deleted. Likely, within a few million years, the intense light from bright stars will have boiled it away completely. Stars not yet formed in the molecular cloud's interior will then stop growing. The cloud has broken off of part of the greater Carina Nebula, a star forming region about 8000 light years away. Newly formed stars are visible nearby, their images reddened by blue light being preferentially scattered by the pervasive dust. This unusually-colored image spans about two light years and was taken by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope in 1999. This Carina sub-cloud is particularly striking partly because its clear definition stimulates the human imagination (e.g. it could be perceived as a superhero flying through a cloud, arm up, with a saved person in tow below).
Me, I look at this image, and I see some interstellar cloud giving the Hubble Telescope the finger. Can anybody else see that?
Not only was yesterday Canada's 136th birthday, it was the birthday of Therese Nevinski, one of Erin's best friends and maid of honour at our wedding. We'll be calling to wish you Happy Birthday more personally later today...
Otherwise, I'm all prepared for the job interview coming up this morning. If you kind readers could send kind thoughts my way around 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, I'd appreciate it.
Tomorrow, I hope to have some writing news to blog about.