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Friday, December 30, 2022

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A truly incredible illustration of the solar system drawn by one Jacob H. Wolman

Happy Friday and welcome to the last issue of 2022. I hope you have enjoyed some of my newsletter this year. If not, there are still a few more items to share with you that might just change your mind. But honestly, if you didn't like the other stuff I don't have high hopes for this slapdash last minute edition. Anyway... here.

The California Zephyr dining car at lunch - photo credit Marta Giaccone

Sharing Stories, and a View, Aboard the California Zephyr

Here's a photo essay, and also a regular essay, about a train I'd like to take someday.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr, considered by many rail enthusiasts to be among the most scenic long-distance train routes in the United States, operates between Chicago and Emeryville, Calif., near Oakland. The entire route takes some 52 hours and includes 33 stops. In 2018, while traveling through the United States on a three-month photography project, I completed a majority of the trip, departing from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, on a sweltering mid-August day.

Item 2: a list

Avatar: The Way of Water major characters, ranked

  1. Kiri
  2. Quaritch
  3. Scoresby
  4. Tuk
  5. Neytiri
  6. Neteyam
  7. Tonowari
  8. Lo’ak
  9. General Ardmore
  10. Dr. Garvin
  11. Tsireya
  12. Mo’at
  13. Jake
  14. Spider
  15. Norm
  16. Ronal

Item 3: a media recommendation

Jamiroquai - The Story of Virtual Insanity (this will be a huge hit with people born between 1979 and 1983 and no one else will care)

Item 4: word of the week


Item 5: a photograph

James Webb Space Telescope -Southern Ring
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has revealed details of the Southern Ring planetary nebula that were previously hidden from astronomers. Planetary nebulae are the shells of gas and dust ejected from dying stars.
Webb’s powerful infrared view brings this nebula’s second star into full view, along with exceptional structures created as the stars shape the gas and dust around them.
New details like these, from the late stages of a star’s life, will help us better understand how stars evolve and transform their environments.
These images also reveal a cache of distant galaxies in the background. Most of the multi-colored points of light seen here are galaxies – not stars.

See ya!

Thanks for another year of enthusiastic emails of support from a few, downright rude texts from several, and silent lurking from the great majority. I hope the rest of your 2022 is a delight. See you again next year.