November 19th, 2002

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Earth Bombarded By Rocks From Outer Space!

The meteor shower went great! Somehow, over the course of 5 hours, over 20 miles of thick clouds totally burned off. Spontaneously vanished. Disintegrated.

The skies were perfectly clear when my mother woke me up at 4:00 AM. This would usually be a capital offense, but it's a special situation. Throwing on a sweatshirt and warm pants, I went downstairs and got my heavy winter coat. The thermometer was just below the freezing mark as I joined my parents outside.

And watched Earth get bombarded by rocks from space.

This is the only time in my life it has ever been clear enough to see the Leonid meteor shower. I've never seen the Perseid, either.

The once-in-90-years version of the shower. The two-meteors-a-minute version.

Coooooooooool.

My luck was incredible. Simply incredible. In the course of half an hour, I saw over nine meteors, and eight of them were dead-on. Only one was seen only from my peripheral vision. My mother had the opposite luck- she went for over an hour and a half and saw about four, most only just barely.

But there is just something so neat about seeing this blue-green streak flash across the early morning sky, and know that any given meteorr will only burn up in the atmosphere once. And just watch the light show.
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An Open Challenge

If anybody's interested, I'm offering an open challenge at www.isketch.net . The game can't be played by two players, but we could join an active game and see who ends up with the higher score... if anybody thinks they can beat me at iSketch (and you probably can), email me (either address) and we'll work out a time.
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    Assorted "bleeps" and "whangs" from iSketch
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*gurgle*

Why have I been so incredibly hungry lately? Over the past three days, I have been unable to remain unhungry for more than one hour, and that's if I stuff myself.

Probably related to these cramps. A growth spurt, judging by the fact that I'm growing along the Y axis instead of X and Z. Eat something, it's immediately converted to height.

At least I'm homeschooled, and my workroom is adjacent to the kitchen. Couldn't have worked out better.

*munch munch munch*
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    The *gurgle* of an empty stomach
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Judo: Flying Arm Bar

Judo class went amusingly.

If a bit small. Only me, Keiith, Mike, and Tom showed up. But a small class size was perfect for a technical class- what Sensei usually does on Tuesday. She teaches us new techniques; Wednesday is kata, and Thursday is heavy physical training.

After the usual stretching excercizes and ankle weights, Sensei had us do our jumps.

I didn't do too badly; my timing was off, and I kept jumping too late and taking the top cushion or three off the pile. But that's better than decking the whole pile, and I always hit it going up. If my timing was on, I would have cleared the pile.

Next, Sensei had us doing our standard throwing drills. Completing them (me doing better than ever, absolutely, according to Sensei), we started to put the crash pads away. Sensei stopped us, and had us try doing one-arm throws against a stiff-arming opponent. Okay, not too bad. Then we had to convert it into the Fireman's Carry.

Ouch.

That was difficult, but a very valuble combo; class continued.

Now we had to put a sacrifice throw on the end (and fail the Fireman's Carry.) Very difficult- and rather painful when Mike twisted his thigh. And when Tom got me in the groin with his elbow.

After we recovered somewhat, it was time for the flying arm bar.

That throw is absolutely indescribable. Essentially, you actually jump a good two feet up into the air, flip onto your opponent's right arm, and hang on until your opponent collapses. Then you do an arm bar from your new position.

I didn't get it, but it was fun to watch...

Leaving class, I looked up at the almost-full moon- and discovered a 37 degree radius (astronomically, that's actually correct) ice ring. I'd never seen one before- maybe it's related to the eclipse? Whatever, it was very very cool to see.

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    The Laziest Men on Mars - THE TERRIBLE SECRET OF SPACE