Day by Day

Thursday, January 12, 2006

A 4RWW Exclusive !!!

Emergency Stress Management

I know what you're thinking. You are all wound up about Alito's Senate hearings. You wonder how anyone could survive hypoxia, much less think straight, with Pat & Ted sucking all the oxygen out of the room. You may even harbor violent and illegal fantasies about the matter. You need a break. Please follow these directions carefully.

Fill a short cocktail glass with cracked ice. This is an important part of the therapy--no cubes. I use a rolling pin and dish towel to get nice sharp crystals. Pour Drambuie over the ice to cover. Go ahead and let the bottle glug a bit, it's still mostly ice. Toss in a twist of lemon peel and settle down to view my movie.

This is a short epic of Epimetheus eclipsing Titan in apparent retrograde motion around Saturn. I made it from a series of 30 Cassini images. It has a calming effect that I feel obliged to share in these troubled times. As you watch it loop, focus on this perspective: After Senators Leahy and Kennedy have achieved room temperature, the planets will still wander the skies. And Samuel Alito will still be a Supreme Court Justice.

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