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Christmas, Octaves and History

The American holiday and Christmas seasons overlap, with fuzzy terminuses. Termini. Beginnings and endings.

For some, Christmas starts with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

That fine old American tradition has been joined by Cyber Monday.

Oddly enough, I haven't noticed anguished laments over that newfangled technology and Macy's inflated cartoon characters....

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The Webcam’s Back

Webcam: Sauk Centre MN is back online. And has been for several days.

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Corpus Christi Procession, 2015, Sauk Centre

I talked about Sauk Centre's Corpus Christi procession last year: and, in another post, background on why this is a special day and what that in the procession is. I put links to that one at the end of this post.

(Before Mass, at Our Lady of Angels church. The monstrance is there on the altar, between the candelabras, with its back open.)...

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Ticks in Amber, Mutant Crickets, and Paleolithic London

Studying ticks preserved in amber, mutant crickets in Hawaii, and flint tools from paleolithic London give scientists a few pages from Earth's story: and help us understand how this astounding world works....

...Living Amid Ancient Splendors
(From NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team; used w/o permission.)

About a half-dozen centuries after Sargon of Akkad became the first known emperor, quite a few folks thought we lived on a circular plate, surrounded by a cosmic ocean. That's where we get the Old Testament's poetic imagery about this universe. (January 3, 2014)

More recently, a 17th century Calvinist decided that God created the universe at nightfall before October 23, 4004 BC. A remarkable number of folks still think he was right. (April 4, 2014)

I'll grant that, as far as my personal experience goes, the universe might be no more than a few thousand miles across:…