26 February 2019 is another February day that seems to lack much significance. It is Theodore Sturgeon’s birthday, at any rate. And it was the day Christopher Marlowe was baptized, which is as close as we get to a birthday for most Elizabethan writers. In the news I see that Steven Avery, the convicted murderer of photographer Teresa Halbach, may get a new trial. I have mixed feelings on this one; on the one hand it is hard to see how the guy can be innocent; on the other the investigators seem to have really mismanaged things beyond all reason. I don’t see how a new trial is likely to improve matters any, what with key evidence being lost and/or contaminated and all. Still, it may be the best that can be done at this stage.