Miscellany and marginalia

  • The head of NASA’s former Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project has announced the formation of the Tau Zero Foundation. Named after a Poul Anderson novel, the foundation is intended to support “incremental advancements in science, technology, and education” leading to interstellar flight. (Via Roberson’s Interminable Ramble.)
  • Speaking of being on another planet, evidently the Bible says stay away from NYC for the next week.
  • Maud Newton notes: “Losing myself in books . . . was what drew me to reading as a child, but the experience is increasingly rare. These days I abandon 95% of the books I start before page 50.” While my statistics for punting on books would probably skew the other way, I wholly agree that it is increasingly rare to find books that wholly engross me.
  • A Chicago Tribune reporter takes a wry, alternative look at 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. (Via The Millions.)
  • The NHL expounds on the role of the USHL in providing NHL talent.

    I once knew a man,
    A very talented guy
    He’d sing for the people
    And people would cry

    “My Man,” Eagles, On the Border

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