2011 finished for me with a delightful flourish - the unexpected survival of Comet Lovejoy after passing through its proximity to the sun. In our Southern Christmas skies those who rose early for those few festive days were treated to a gorgeous yuletide display of the fading comet with an incredibly long tail flaring high above the horizon. Glorious.
Here's to more unexpected survivals for 2012. Hope you have a good one.
According to the famous mathematical thought experiment, Schroedinger's cat is neither dead nor alive. So it's a cool concept if you don't like being locked into binaries. Not so good if you don't like being locked into a lethal booby-trapped box. And from the cat's point of view, there is no ambiguity at all.