If you ever secretly hankered for a giant garage full of vintage Soviet spacecraft, this photographic tour of the Energia Museum in Moscow is for you. The place has replicas of all the gear from Sputnik to Kliper, plus a damned fine collection of charred reentry vehicles. Pictured here are the Zond 5 and Soyuz 3 descent modules. Zond 5, which flew 40 years ago this September, was the first vehicle to carry earth creatures to the moon and return them safely, three months before Apollo 8. It's delightfully appropriate that the turtles won the race to the moon in one of these shells. Douglas
Elizabeth and Linda have been in Japan collecting stamps, paper goods, manga, photographs, and various wounds and abrasions that come with travelling in a wheelchair in Japan and eating unfamiliar food.. I've been following their adventures in Elizabeth's blog but hadn't expected a postcard at all at all. There was, ahem, some undignified squeaks of delight the other day when the postcard was plucked out of the mailbox--Mount Fuji on the front and a note and stickers on the back.
How manga became a subject of interest in our household is a matter of debate. Maybe it's an offshoot of comics. Maybe it's a echo of 1990s conversations about anime. Or maybe it's all Elizabeth's fault. )