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Friday, January 25, 2024

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. But more importantly for our purposes, it comprises a whole bunch of single steps in the middle, too. In other words, this is not my most robust issue. But it still gets us a little closer to our goal (me giving up on the newsletter and doing something else).

I’ve had a lot of thoughts about the history of NASA, but until I read this article I never really contemplated whether they ever worried an astronaut in orbit might just… open the door. I guess it’s unlikely that I would bring the question up if the answer were “no” and, indeed, it’s not. It’s “yes”.

Item 2: a list

The 10 bowling pins, numbered.

Bowling Pins, ranked:

  1. Pin 1
  2. Pin 5
  3. Pin 3
  4. Pin 2
  5. Pin 6
  6. Pin 4
  7. Pin 10
  8. Pin 9
  9. Pin 8
  10. Pin 7

Item 3: a media recommendation

Desmond Dekker & The Aces - “007”

Item 4: word of the week


As society has evolved we’ve really lost sight of the essential role of the chatelaine in a well-run household. By which I of course mean the decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it, each chain mounted with useful household appendages such as scissors, thimbles, watches, keys, smelling salts, and household seals. Not a woman in charge of a large house.

Item 5: a photograph

I took this.

See ya!

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