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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Brand New Colony

by Jay Allbritton
I want to take you far from the cynics in this town/and kiss you on the mouth.
We'll cut our bodies free from the tethers of this scene/start a brand new colony.
Where everything will change, we'll give ourselves new names/Identities erased.
The sun will heat the grounds, under our bare feet/in this brand new colony.
This Brand new colony/Everything will change.

--"Brand New Colony" Postal Service

I'm optimistic that we can make life on planet Earth work out, but evidence is mounting that we may need to get the heck out of here. We're gonna need a really bad ass space ship to get us to another planet that might work out better.

Not sure how long that space ship is going to take to put together, but we may have found the planet we're looking for.

From Scientific American:

A team of astronomers announced they have discovered the smallest and potentially most Earth-like extrasolar planet yet. Five times as massive as Earth, it orbits a relatively cool star at a distance that would provide earthly temperatures as well, signaling the possibility of liquid water.

"The separation between the planet and its star is just right for having liquid water at its surface," says astronomer and team spokesperson Stephane Udry of the Observatory of Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland. "That's why we are a bit excited."

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Of course when we get to this new Earth, it might be occupied. So, maybe it's a good idea to look into that ahead of time.

Here's Postal Service with "Brand New Colony".

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