Monthly Archives: July 2009

A Secret History of Neil Armstrong

Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today.

Over the past several years of blogs, I have tried to keep some remembrance of our most profound anniversary, a future holiday perhaps, on a par with the discovery and taming of fire: the species’ first extraterrestrial landing.  (See 2001: A Space Odyssey for more on this.)

Walter Cronkite space

It’s especially poignant that Walter Cronkite died this weekend.  Because I watched Walter that night, that July night in 1969, when Neil and Buzz walked on the face of the Moon. But it’s a lot bigger than that. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

We pay tribute on Bastille Day  to French national symbol Mary Ann:


Marianne, a national emblem of the French Republic, is, by extension, an allegory of Liberty and Reason. She represents France as a state, and its values (as opposed to the “Gallic rooster” representing France as a nation and its history, land and culture). She is displayed in many places in France and holds a place of honour in town halls and law courts. She symbolises the “Triumph of the Republic” …

Wikipedia: Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized