Blogging will still be very slow for a while, but I couldn’t help mentioning the newly named dwarf planet Eris, formerly nicknamed Xena. Xena worked for me, seeing as it came closer to respecting a mythic figure I actually cared about than just about anything else. Gotta love a Warrior Princess.
But I’m happy for those merry, chaotic Discordians, who finally get one of their own featured in the heavens; Eris is their matron and namesake (Greek to Latin, Discordia). Discordianism was well featured on PeaceBang’s Beauty Tips blog a while back. (See the comments.)
Of course, I can’t help being even happier over the pun in Eris’s moon’s name: Dysnomia. Yes, Dysnomia is Eris’s daughter, and so appropriate for naming Eris the dwarf planet’s satellite. But it also means “lawlessness” — a tip of the hat to Lucy Lawless, who played Xena? I hope someone did that on purpose. (Thanks Wikipedians for the info!)