1. Want to send your name to Mars? The MAVEN atmospheric research spacecraft that will study Mars’ atmosphere is launching in November, and NASA is taking haiku submissions to be included on a DVD on the craft. You don’t have to win–if you just submit, your name will appear on a list on the DVD.

2. It’s been a hard month-to-six-weeks personally and professionally. I’m trying to tune in to my Buddha-nature, but sometimes even the Buddha just has to say, “Namaste, motherf***ers”: