I received the rather unpleasant news via the electronic mail that Sunny Breaks’ little brother site, theredshoes.net had been taken for a ride, so to speak. “Phishing” they call it. Something to do with the Bank of Scotland. Buggered if I know what’s going on. In any case, The Man put the shoes on ice temporarily — and then I find out the yearly rent on the space is due anyway, so it looks like it’s going down for good. We never really had time for it.
I would just like to say that I’m damn opposed, damn damn damn opposed to this announcement that Pluto is no longer considered a planet. Think what this will do the the livelihood of thousands of astrologers. Think of all the crappy old school science posters that’ll have to be replaced.
Pluto has been part of our popular planet psyche for as long as most of us can remember.
Those astronomers are forgetting what world they’re part of. If they are going to ref. popular culture by naming their new things after xena, princess warrior, and so on, then popular culture should get the last say on whether Pluto is a planet. And I reckon there’s an orange dog out there somewhere saying, “Yes, it is”.