Cosmic Chronicles

semi-charmed escapades of a professional human

this is the life I chose...

previous episodes

  1. Gratitude Era
    23 Nov, 2017
    Gratitude Era
    I live (and love life) here on the Mexican coast for now, but my passport, cultural references, and tax obligations place me solidly as an American, and today is Thanksgiving for us Yanks. Like seemingly everything else in the Official Canon of America, the observation has unfortunate roots--less than shocking when you realize the national anthem is mostly about rockets and bombs--but that's not why I'm here today. I'll be happy to discuss the complex historical impact of rapacious invading
  2. The International Space Station and You
    17 Jul, 2017
    The International Space Station and You
    You know, my fascination with all things celestial isn’t just about trippy pictures of space or idle stonerings about aliens…our nascent exploration of the infinite Universe around us is perhaps the strongest driver of my faith in our species. It’s easy to talk about why humans suck…I do it a lot myself. We’re an imperfect species to be sure, but exploration of the cosmos is one of the few things we are unquestionably doing right. For instance, let’s take the colossal orbiting laboratory
  3. So...What's It Like?
    29 Jun, 2017
    So...What's It Like?
    Okay, so I do it a lot these days, we’re all aware of it by now. No secret that I enjoy it either…no shame in my game. However, I do get asked "what it’s like" on a fairly regular basis by those who consider themselves curious and uninitiated…I guess it’s not for everybody, I can dig it. It’s intense. Colorful. Introspective. If you don’t like you, you might hate it. I’m going to tell you that right there. …but I’m having a long fling with me right now, so here goes: I guess the biggest
  4. UMTJ V: Take me to Church
    24 Dec, 2016
    UMTJ V: Take me to Church
    (the next shared slice of my life in Mexico...) Finally, there was my absolute favorite part of life in Puerto Vallarta in the early days: its selection of absolutely stunning beaches. The beauty of Puerto Vallarta’s shoreline is ineffable in my view, but since I can’t write this book without trying, I’ll just try not to eff it up. The countless footprints I left in the sand were an opportunity to truly expand my perspectives on life. I often gazed at the mighty rocks that dotted the beach

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