In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re officially in the “dog days” of Summer, so-named because it marks the period of the heliacal rising of Sirius (colloquially known as the “Dog Star” for the way it follows the hunter Orion into the night sky). According to Wikipedia, Hellenistic astrology connected the period with “heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.” Sounds about right. It’s also the period where, as one colleague noted on Twitter, requests for peer review turn into an avalanche of “out of office” automated responses.
And so we’re taking a break and should be back sometime toward the end of next week. To help shake out your doldrums I offer you “Hot Summer” by Prince, just released from his vaults. In speaking with a different colleague last week, they noted the album’s release, declaring, “It’s Prince Week”, but as we all know, every week is Prince Week.
See you shortly, and if you haven’t done so lately, give yourself a break.