View from the Porch – Some say the World will end in Fire, Some say in Ice

View from the Porch – Some say the World will end in Fire, Some say in Ice

Don't even try talking to me before I've sucked down a couple of cups of coffee. Coffee must be sucked down while I'm out on the front porch, with a cheap cigar.

Four thirty ay em the alarm goes off. The wife has to go to work. Weaver, the aptly named young cat, starts her five minute ritual of walking all over the bed looking for a place to settle down again. I steer her onto my wife and she walks all over her, including her head, which is covered by the blanket.


No matter how much a woman tells you they're being quiet so you can continue to sleep and rest, they're lying to you. Women are incapable of behaving that way. When they're up, everyone is up.

Five thirty ay em I'm on the front porch with coffee and cigar waving goodbye to the wife as she pulls out of the driveway. A very small hint of light is in the east, very small.

The other day I watched a show, I think it's called How the Universe was Made, or close enough. This one was on meteors. Somewhere out there is a belt of rock debris circling the sun. Now and then the rocks collide and get thrown out of orbit. I think that's when they call them asteroids and when they enter earths atmosphere they become meteors, I could be wrong, but who cares.

When the rocks collide and one gets thrown out of orbit it's no different than a car crash. The crash creates a debris field, only this one floats, is traveling at unimaginable speeds and the whole debris field is thrown out of orbit. A couple of months ago I remember hearing about a meteor that was going to pass between the moon and the earth. I don't recall a debris field ever being mentioned.

As we all know by now, a meteor/asteroid blew up over Russia yesterday. I was curious to know whether or not this had anything to do with the asteroid I had heard about a couple of months ago. I found this:

In what astronomers said was an unrelated coincidence, a larger asteroid, called 2012 DA14, passed relatively close to Earth around 2:24 p.m. ET Friday.

Stargazers in Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe could see the asteroid with the aid of a telescope or binoculars, but it never got closer than 17,100 miles to our planet's surface.

The Russian meteor was about one-third the size of the asteroid. The two bodies were on very different trajectories, scientists said.

As I stood on my front porch enjoying the quiet of a weekend morning, a meteor streaked straight down and disappeared behind the trees. It was bigger and brighter then any I had ever seen before.

Maybe the astronomers should go watch How the Universe was Made. This all sounds related to me.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.


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  • They're not related according to an astrophysicist on the Today Show this morning. He also said it's called a meteorite when it enters the earth's atmosphere.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    There seems to be an awful lot of debris around either way. Saw another short clip of one coming down around San Francisco last night. The one I saw this morning went by quickly. Makes you wonder how many you don't see.

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