I'm hoping to remedy the camera situation shortly after the first of the year. I've got my eye on a Canon Powershot A570 IS. It's just a little point-and-shooter, but it's inexpensive and will fit my momentary needs. I just want a little camera that I can fit into a coat or jacket pocket or a small case so that I can have it with me at all times. I want to be able to just whip it out whenever or wherever. Then again, I might go with another Olympus. I've been with them a while; my last SLR was also an Olympus. Familiarity always cuts down on the learning curve. Well, there's still time to do more research between now and then. Maybe you have some recommendations???
In the meantime, I'm going to post more old photos, try to get in a few more shots with the trusty Olympus before retiring her, and throw in a shot every now and then from other sources that are not me.
On to the picture -- from one of those "other sources." Since the blog is called "Life, the Universe and Everything," it's probably overdue that I'm bringing up the actual universe. This is from NASA and shows a ray from a black hole destroying a galaxy. A galaxy! From the NASA website...
This composite image shows the jet from a black hole at the center of a galaxy striking the edge of another galaxy, the first time such an interaction has been found. In the image, data from several wavelengths have been combined. X-rays from Chandra (colored purple), optical and ultraviolet (UV) data from Hubble (red and orange), and radio emission from the Very Large Array (VLA) and MERLIN (blue) show how the jet from the main galaxy on the lower left is striking its companion galaxy to the upper right. The jet impacts the companion galaxy at its edge and is then disrupted and deflected, much like how a stream of water from a hose will splay out after hitting a wall at an angle.
Here's a link to an artist's illustration of what's going on here.