Author Archives: Brian H. Gill

About Brian H. Gill

I'm a sixty-something married guy with six kids, four surviving, in a small central Minnesota town. I mostly write and make digital art. I'm only interested in three things: that which exists within the universe; that which exists beyond; and that which might exist.

Notre-Dame, Paris: History, Two Cults and a Fire

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has survived Louis XIV-style redecorating, the French Revolution, Napoleon and 19th-century remodeling. I’m pretty sure it will survive repair and reconstruction, following the April 16, 2021, fire. Notre-Dame de Paris is Burning (From Getty … Continue reading

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Supernova Requiem: Reruns From a Gravity Lens

Nothing in this universe lasts forever, including stars. Massive stars live fast and die young: exploding as supernovae. One of these, AT2016jka, nicknamed “Requiem,” was first spotted in 2016. It showed up again in 2019. Scientists figure they’ll get another … Continue reading

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Remembering 9/11: Death, Daft Ideas and a Tree

These days, September 11th is mostly remembered as the date of the 9/11 attacks. But that’s not the only ‘on this day in history’ incident from my country’s history. The Halve Maen, for example, a Dutch East India Company vlieboot, … Continue reading

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COVID-19: Attitudes, Frustrations, and Perspective

Since I’ll be talking about COVID-19, variants, and the pandemic, clarifications may be in order. I had COVID-19 vaccinations in May and June, because I thought it was a good idea. Politicos, partisans and crackpots have been throwing accusations and … Continue reading

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