A Faire Job

I had the pleasure of debuting my first ever Victorian outfit made by my hands. I went to the Renaissance Faire last weekend and some good feedback. A couple strangers asked to take photos, a guy examined the stitching, and I felt quite satisfied. Here’s the final product after months of work and sewing on buttons in the car. I’ll have more up close and detailed photos of the garments soon, but this is the overall composition.

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My Great Migration

I’ve been wanting to move out of state for some time now so lately I’ve been calculating the cost. Sadly, the results are daunting. Renting a moving truck is nearly $2000. The apartments in the area I’m looking are hard to come by at a reasonable rate. And I’m still working on getting a car. Perhaps this isn’t the best time to move out, but if I don’t, I fear I’ll explode.

I’ve been living in the same place my whole life and I desperately want to see more of the world. I just hope and pray that I can cover the costs of my adventure. I keep getting excited then discouraged by my research. Is there a way to do this on budget? Right now I’m in my stressed out mood. I think the pressure of wanting it now is what’s making the planning so hard.

I guess it’s que sera sera from here on out.

Enter Kepler

It just so happened that my decision to begin watching Dr. Who coincided quite nicely with a trip to the Adler Planetarium. Even more astounding was that the day I was there, the project manager for NASA’s Kepler program was giving a lecture updating patrons on the current state of intergalactic affairs. Kepler is a telescope out in space that seeks planets in a certain section of the universe. NASA then sorts the data to find planets existing in an inhabitable zone. Basically, Kepler is on the lookout for planets that can potentially sustain life.

The data so far has not yielded such an environment, but there are years worth of data still to sort. NASA considers the project a huge success.

So what if we do find a life sustaining planet? Right now, we can’t get there. I suppose we can look at them and wonder if they’re looking at us. Maybe the discovery will mean something to our ancestors. The more I think about the vastness of the universe, the more I believe there must be other life. There are billions of suns and NASA asserts that all of them have at least one planet orbiting. Not all the planets are in an orbit close enough yet far enough from their sun to produce water, but of the billions of systems, there must be a few life-bearing rocks.

The moment we make contact is difficult to fathom. It might not be for ages. The way I see it, traveling through long distances in space is basically traveling through time. If the human race ever figures out warp speed, the technology will bend time as well. The two are infinitely linked.

That lecture, along with the other amazing information at Alder blew my mind. The universe is astounding and beautiful. And here I thought I had so much to see on earth. It’s nothing compared with all there is to see across galaxies.