December 12th, 2007

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Something lovely, c/o Neil Gaiman

I wanted to see something lovely today.

Neil Gaiman provided Charles Vess's wrap-around cover for the upcoming picture book Blueberry Girl. (It's in the lower half of the entry, with a link to a larger version.)

Neil Gaiman wrote the poem "Blueberry Girl" back in 2000, as a gift for Tori Amos's newborn daughter Natashya. (She's since grown into a worthy little girl; 'round 2003 Neil called her "the funniest almost-three-year-old" he knew.) He shared it sparingly with others: on his late 2000 book tour he read it at Portland's Aladdin Theater, with the caveat that all recording devices be turned off. Soon he will share it more widely.

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Space Sex?

Someone's claiming people have really had sex in orbit:
Pierre Kohler, a respected French scientific writer, says in [his book] The Final Mission: Mir, The Human Adventure that the subject is taboo both at NASA and at Mission Control in Moscow, but that cosmic couplings have taken place.

...He cites a confidential NASA report on a space shuttle mission in 1996. A project codenamed STS-XX was to explore sexual positions possible in a weightless atmosphere.
(Geez, couldn't it've been STS-XXX? Hi, I'm juvenile.)