It’s my birthday, so let’s lighten things up a little.
Are They Back? — Charles P. Pierce reports on strange goings-on out in New Mexico.
The Sunspot Observatory is temporarily closed due to a security issue at the facility that’s located 17 miles south of Cloudcroft in the Sacramento Mountains Friday, an Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) spokeswoman Shari Lifson said.“The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy who manages the facility is addressing a security issue at this time,” Lifson said. “We have decided to vacate the facility at this time as precautionary measure. It was our decision to evacuate the facility.”
(Aside: how great is it that there are places in New Mexico called Sunspot and Cloudcroft? Rivendell must have been booked.)
The facility is the National Solar Observatory facility at Sacramento Peak that’s managed by AURA. Apache Point Observatory (APO) is currently in operation. APO was not evacuated. APO is about a mile away from Sunspot observatory. She said AURA does not have a comment about the type of security issue at this time. “I am actually not sure (when the facility was vacated) but it will stay vacated until further notice,” Lifson said. “It’s the people that vacated. At this time, it’s the facility that’s closed.”
She said she cannot comment on whether the FBI was involved in the situation. Otero County Sheriff Benny House said the Otero County Sheriff’s Office was asked to standby.
“The FBI is refusing to tell us what’s going on,” House said. “We’ve got people up there (at Sunspot) that requested us to standby while they evacuate it. Nobody would really elaborate on any of the circumstances as to why. The FBI were up there. What their purpose was nobody will say.” He said he has a lot of unanswered question about what occurred at Sunspot. “But for the FBI to get involved that quick and be so secretive about it, there was a lot of stuff going on up there,” House said. “There was a Blackhawk helicopter, a bunch of people around antennas and work crews on towers but nobody would tell us anything.”
Sunspot, I would point out is only 134 miles from Roswell, as the alien gravity-powered spacecraft flies.
Love Me Tinder — Irving Ruan imagines legendary lovers meeting via social networking.
Romeo and Juliet
ROMEO: My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand to smooth with a tender kiss . . .
JULIET: Um, I shalt not wanteth sexual congress.
ROMEO: Thus with a text I die!
Two days elapse.
ROMEO: Heyyy, I think I killed your cousin.
Gatsby and Daisy
GATSBY: I’m glad we finally matched. I’ve been stalking you from West Egg for five years.
DAISY: Jesus Christ.
GATSBY: I’ve missed you! And by the way, I’m very rich and look like Leonardo DiCaprio.
DAISY: James, I’m married.
GATSBY: Then why are you on Tinder?
DAISY: I’m bored. LOL.
Lancelot and Guinevere
GUINEVERE: Nice sword 😉
LANCELOT: Thanks! We probably shouldn’t be chatting—feels like betraying Arthur.
GUINEVERE: It’ll be our little secret 😉 Meet me for a drink tonight in Camelot’s dungeon?
LANCELOT: Can’t. I’m teaching a seminar on sword-juggling. Can you do Friday?
GUINEVERE: I’ll be out of town for my niece’s birthday.
LANCELOT: Scheduling in 512 A.D. suuucks.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth
LADY MACBETH: Wanna Murder King Duncan and chill?
Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy
MR. DARCY: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. Hi 😉
ELIZABETH: What the fuck.
MR. DARCY: Well, this is the first time that opening line didn’t work.
ELIZABETH: I could easily forgive your pride, if you had not mortified mine.
MR. DARCY: So . . . no sexual congress?
Dante and Beatrice
BEATRICE: Your profile says that you’re a writer who was exiled from Florence for twenty years—so, basically a travel blogger!
DANTE: Not really. I’m writing an allegorical comedy starring myself, Satan, and a tiny boat.
BEATRICE: So you’re a comedian!
DANTE: Not really.“The Divine Comedy” is just a working title. On a separate note, would you like a nude drawing I made of myself on papyrus?
Two days elapse.
DANTE: So this is Purgatory.
Catherine and Heathcliff
HEATHCLIFF: Less than a mile away, huh? 😉
CATHERINE: Hehe 😉 What’re you up to tonight?
HEATHCLIFF: Being emo. You?
Doonesbury — Getting the message out.