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May 21 2009

What’s that dominating the right side of the shot?

Why, it’s the Canadarm!

Here’s my new desktop wallpaper. If you don’t already know this, Canadians are insanely proud of the Canadarm Mk.II. That it was used in the repair of the Hubble is obvious, but that we get to see the space shuttle, the Hubble, the Canadarm with the unambiguous “Made In” stamp, AND the radiant crescent edge of the new day dawning on the Earth below — this is a magnificent shot on so many levels.

I have a desk-mounted monitor arm, on which my printer sits presently, that I got for free when helping Mark and Sara move a while back — they dubbed it the Canadarm, and Jodi refused to let me take it, but I did anyway. I love that thing. No way I would have let that end up curbside, if for no other reason than that it’s big, it’s bulky, it’s strong (seriously, it can hold a hell of a lot of weight), and it was named the Canadarm even before I got to it.

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