Tue, 23 Sep 2003


galileo and the last day of summer

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As I was wandering through Walgreens, I caught "Galileo" by the Indigo Girls [lyrics][iTMS] (off of "Rites of Passage") and immediately, I thought of the demise of the unmanned space craft Galileo, which met its fate in the atmosphere of Jupiter on Sunday. NASA made sure to sacrifice Galileo for fear of contaminating Europa's surface with terrestrial microbes, bringing to mind the warning from Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: "All these worlds are yours—except Europa. Attempt no landings there."

How long till my soul gets it right? Can any human being ever reach that kind of light? —"Galileo" by the Indigo Girls

Of course, this also brought to mind the Cure song "Jupiter Crash"[lyrics][iTMS] (off of "Wild Mood Swings") This song is really about the comet Shoemaker-Levy slamming into Jupiter in 1995 but it's still appropriate.

Yeah that was it That was the Jupiter crash Drawn too close and gone in a flash Just a few bruises in the region of the splash...
She left to the sound of the sea She just drifted away from me So much for gravity... —"Jupiter Crash" by the Cure

And thinking of the Cure made me realize that summer is finally over. The autumn equinox is upon us. "The last day of summer always seems so cold." (From, appropriately enough, "The Last Day of Summer" by the Cure [lyrics][iTMS]) There is something about this time of year that just makes me sad and makes me aware of how lonely I am. (Then there is that poem "Spring and Fall: To a Young Child" by Gerard Manley Hopkins that I read in high school.) I mean, I have a lot of sad memories from this time of year (including great, grave things from long before I started keeping a blog) so maybe it's understandable. Ah, hell.

You now, though, last year wasn't so bad. What is it that changed?

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