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Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

The End.“

The last words twittered on Terry Pratchett’s profile on the day the Discworld died. I remember seeing a young lady I did not particularly like read those books with the funny, wimmelbook-like covers every afternoon in my favourite café cum workplace more than twenty years ago. I finally asked her, got curious and pale, morbid twenty-something that I was, I chose “Reaper Man”… about Death getting fired for being somewhat distracted from work, looking for a day job, applying for farm work: “Can you use a scythe?“ – “ I THINK THE ANSWER TO THAT IS A DEFINITE 'YES'“ quoth Death in customary capital letters and I was immediately in love. With Pratchett and the Discworld and his anger about the suchness of the world acted out in satirical, hilarious, subtle, witty, allusive and very, very funny tall tales acted out on a dish–shaped world, carried by four elephants standing on the back of a titanic turtle meandering through space. And a lot of things get their well deserved comeuppance, from forgotten heroes of forgotten wars in the guise of Conan the Barbarian to internet providers who somehow have forgotten what the word “service” means along the way. Sometimes in just wonderfully absurd settings and sometimes in almost real environs with just the perspective of grim irony added. And 16 tons of playful fabulating and spinning a yarn. And now Terry Pratchett is dead at the age of 66. Not exactly a surprise, since he publicly announced that he suffered from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, campaigned to raise awareness and donated lots of money to find a cure and stated that, for a cure, he “would gnaw a dead mole if there was any science behind it”. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one. He passed away peacefully today. And is sorely missed already.

Depicted below is an imagination of Terry Pratchett among his creations by Josh Kirby (1928 – 2001), the artist who conceived the said wimmelbook-like cover art of Pratchett’s first Discworld novels.

And more about Terry Pratchett on:

And two obits on:
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There are more than 2,000 types of sea stars worldwide. Sea stars come in various shapes and sizes and their habitats are just as diverse. While some sea stars thrive in shallow, warm waters, others have adapted to very cold temperatures and the deepest parts of the ocean.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day

2015 March 13

The Great Wall by Moonlight

Image Credit & Copyright: Francis Audet

Last Friday, an almost Full Moon rose as the Sun set, over this mountainous landscape north of Beijing, China. Also near apogee, the farthest point in its elliptical orbit around planet Earth, it was this year's smallest and faintest Full Moon. The Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China meanders through the scene, the ancient Great Wall itself the subject of an older-than-the-space-age myth that it would be visible to the eye when standing on the lunar surface. But even from low Earth orbit, the large scale artifact of human civilization is very difficult to identify. At its farthest from our fair planet, the Moon shines brightly in the twilight sky though, posing in the faint, pinkish band known as the antitwilight arch or the belt of Venus.
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Yesterday afternoon we headed to Cathedral Rocks in Kiama, during the hour and a half drive, we were in and out of rain and fog, it wasn't looking so good. When we arrived it was totally amazing, the low cloud covered the top of the cliffs and higher rocks, mixed with the volcanic style scene of the rocks, magic. This shot was taken from the top of one of the rocks, what a view, I knew if I got this shot right, it would be one of the best I have ever taken. Looking forward to a sunrise here.

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Burner - Photography by +joel durbridge. Check out his Facebook Page for more:
This was taken on my birthday in november last year. What a treat to have witnessed such an amazing display light and colour, was very thankful as it totally made my day! - Joel Durbridge

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