Slow News Day, Random Thoughts, Summer 2015 Edition!

SlowNewsDayFullby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and the Boston City Paper 8/2015

In response to your literally thousands of cards, emails, and letters, and at the request of my 42,000 Twitter followers, I present you with a brand-new slow news day, random thoughts, end of summer edition!

Speaking of summer, every year in late August, we all realize the summer days are precious. That said, I JUST PUT AWAY MY SNOW THROWER FOUR MONTHS AGO.

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Super Storm Sandy’s aftermath, for this region, a time to be grateful, and to help those affected

Image Credit: NASA.gov.  I really appreciate that NASA’s image use policy that allows me to display this picture here.
Image Credit: NASA.gov

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City paper 11/2012

Tuesday morning, 11:00am; still no power at home; I am off from work for the day and at Foxboro Cable Access – command central for FCA-TV, grateful to my friends here to let me borrow a computer for an hour. I wanted to get these words out for this post-Sandy edition.

Along with most of the town, I lost electricity on Monday around 3:45pm .

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CERN Large Hadron Collider unlocks the secrets of the universe and promptly destroys half of the Earth

Large Hadron Collider - Photo credit: NASA.gov.   I really appreciate that NASA’s image use policy that allows me to display this picture here, because NO ONE will let me near this thing to get some snapshots.
Large Hadron Collider – Photo credit: NASA.gov. I really appreciate NASA’s policy for using images because NO ONE will let me near this thing.

By Robert Gillis, who decided to rewrite the AP for April Fool’s Day

Breaking news from Geneva, 3/31/2010 — “The world’s largest atom smasher conducted its first experiments at conditions nearing those after the Big Bang, breaking its own record for high-energy collisions with proton beams crashing into each other yesterday at three times more force than ever before.”- AP News Story

Exciting stuff! 

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Nine planets no more: Earth’s planetary status revoked

Photo credit: NASA.gov. I really appreciate that NASA’s image use policy that allows me to display this picture here, because it’s very hard for me to, y’know, fly into space to take pictures of Earth. And even if I could, I always get confused on the ISO and f-stop and am unsure whether or not to use a flash.

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Boston City Paper 8/2006

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Leading astronomers declared Thursday that Earth is no longer a planet under historic new guidelines that downsize the solar system from nine planets to eight.

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