if I had told myself, back when I was in my early teens (pre everything) that I would one day be able to step outside my back door and look up to see a space launch on a weekly basis–– yeah… I would believe it, because I was such a SciFi geek then and now–– but I would not know how much of a thrill I would feel each and every launch. The cool thing is hearing the rumble almost 10 minutes later. I never get tired of this
I’m looking forward to next week’s, Atlas V 541 Launch on March 1st @ 4:32 PM.
And so it begins… again. After reading Neal Stephenson’s, “Snow Crash“, (pre internet), the 1992 Sci-Fi that coined the Metaverse–– I had such hope for virtual online tech. I was thrilled when SecondLife.com arrived and the creators (Linden Labs) stated using Snow Crash as their blueprint. In the beginning it was very much like the novel: mind-bendingly awesome, explosive, brilliant, and inventive. But as I observed its stages of Eutrophication over the years, it eventually became Hypereutrophic and a cesspool for porn.
With Playboy wanting to build a virtual mansion on Meta, and seeing the current level of sophistication of what Facebook allows today, it is easy to extrapolate that what became of SecondLife will be the same for Meta. But heck… Porn is the oldest industry and was the first industry to profit on the world wide web.
However, I do not see this happening to Eve Online, an MMO–– the likes of which you have never seen.
I don’t see this happening to Eve Online, an MMO the likes you have never seen.
Not since the 2006 movie, Idiocracy, has there been a good parody of where we are today (Politically, Socially, Environmentally, Economically, etc.). Watching Don’t Look Up –– as much as I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of this movie–– I found myself cringing at scenes that were a little to close to home.
The casting was brilliant as was the acting. The storyline is, in my regard, the next big thing Corporate America will chase.
After 9-11 it became a yearly ritual to practice Disaster Recovery–– which was looked forward to as much as a root canal. I know the concept was a good idea, but in practice it was like chasing lightning–– no matter what was rehearsed would be yesterday’s news: 9-11, Viral Pandemic, Stormageddon, Towering Inferno, Disgruntled Employee, flood, blackout, and the list goes on. I tried to explain to upper management that there was no such thing as being proactive; the best scenario one could hope for was to react to an event faster than it’s effects were felt by the majority of the population. This was my mantra, as an Enterprise Management Guru of SNMP & RMON, for most of my career.
Which brings me back to “Look Up.” This was a great Sci-Fi Parody. If you want to learn a little more about asteroids–– waiting for the big one–– sign up at Asteroid Day, led by Brian May (Queen Guitarist and Astrophysicist).
I was so preoccupied with Astronomical disasters that I wrote a series of Sci-Fi Shorts under the title, END OF DAYS, available on Amazon’s Vella Platform. Feel free to download the first three for free, then for a small fee you can read the others and feed a non-so-starving author.
Mark, i know you are out there. This would have been a fun Monday Morning rehash before our day of Idiocracy began.
With a very smooth and successful launch on Christmas day, The James Webb Telescope is on its way, traveling 1,000,000 miles from Earth, where it will slowly unravel over a two week period, calibrate the mirrors and run through various configurations, while cooling down to -230 C so there is no heat interference gathering the radiation (light) from space. The mirror is three times larger than Hubble and will be our eyes into the 13.3 billion year past (baby pictures are always so cute).
Congratulations to the ESA, CSA, NASA and to all the team members for this human achievement.
I think this is a great use of tech (Halo collar), which replaces your underground electric fence with wireless GPS—a fence you can take with you. Absolutely brilliant!
Imagine, going to a park or beach, pulling up the app and drawing a box on the screen and off your dog, cat, leopard, etc., goes staying within the perimeter. Awesome!
Now think about dismantling all our prisons and outfitting the incarcerated with halo collars that keeps them in their confinement!! Now expand that to every citizen who refuses to get vaccinated or doesn’t think the way others think or who have blue or brown eyes!!!!
Tomorrow is already here. This is so much the stuff of a great dystopian SCI-Fi that I need to get working on!!!!! Thank you HALO COLLAR…. Thank you.
Half of you may be alarmed by this technology, that we are nearing the end of humanity. And why wouldn’t you think that way? I mean isn’t this what we authors of Sci-Fi write about–– our dystopian replacements?
Fortunately, I do’t think it will pan out that way. After a decade of studying animal physiology, sociobiology, ecology, ethology, mico/macro biology organic chemistry, physics and genetics and applying that knowledge in the field as a Marine Biologist, then making a career adjustment into the realm of Information Technology, adding decades of computer engineering, programming, network engineering, enterprise monitoring, and web development into the mix and finally tossing all that knowledge into a blender to write Sci-Fi…. well… “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.” – Batty, Blade Runner, movie 1982 (Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? )
What my path in life has taught me is to think freely, reason that all sides are correct, and extrapolate all of this into the future, that we humans, simply put, are these beautiful and magnificent container ships (1976 – The Selfish Gene: Richard Dawkins), governed by both science and faith as a means to protect and propagate our DNA. For millions upon millions of years our strain of DNA has been a passenger on the road map of Natural Selection. But at some point it picked up a willing hitchhiker and entered into a partnership with, Humanity. Then within the last hundred years Humanity made significant strides, pushing aside what was once our road map, now seemingly coming to odds with our partnership.
One shortfall of humanity–– that our DNA does not have–– is binary reasoning. This is easily observed in everything humanity thinks and does: Up/Down, Left/Right, In/Out, Yes/No, True/False, Good/Evil and so on and so on. In fact, Humanity has created tools of Information Technology to work the same as they do (binary), which has proved to be very successful for us both.
Referring to the video above, either we (again, still restricted by binary thinking) are devising a new and better tool or we are dissolving the partnership and Humanity .
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
Humanity and its contents (DNA) are still governed by Physical and Biological controls: Sunlight, Oxygen, Water, Temperature, Gravity and a slew of biologics, such as mutation, disease, aging which eventually leads to death. As long as the propagation can stay ahead of death, then our partnership remains successful. But we know some things, that everything that has ever lived, dies and nothing lasts forever. We are confined to this world and this world will not last forever, either.
So here we are approaching the threshold of Humanity revising the partnership with our DNA. First, we need convince Humanity and DNA that we are passing on the baton, but still in the race. To do that we need a better container ship, one that is free of physical and biological controls (Time to die – Batty, Blade Runner). Secondly, we need to become a Quantum being: In/Out and the Other Thing (Thank you JFK), free of binary reasoning. Thirdly, we need to transfer our partnership (Our Soul) into this new entity saying goodby to Humanity and DNA once and for all, but carrying on the memes (see: The Selfish Gene / Richard Dawkins – 1976), of everything that ever was until the next partnership renewal, other realms, where we will get closer to understanding who are the Engineers (Robert Reed series: Beyond The Veil Of Stars/Beneath The Gated Sky).
I don’t ever recall seeing this question on my SAT, but, like it or not, we, and I mean our brother and sister planets, have been playing a game of galactic roulette for billions of years. The sun, our keeper, our destroyer, fires off FLARES & CORONAL MASS EJECTIONS (CME)constantly, but we (Earth) are not the easiest target to hit. The farther away the planet is to the sun, the harder the target is to hit. Of the two, the CME is the one to worry about. These CMEs can shoot off from the sun’s surface in any direction, but hitting us directly s like shooting at clay pigeons with a blindfold on.
Maybe not knowing what is heading our way is bliss, but if you have an inquiring mind, here are some tools to get you informed.
First, sign up on a good space weather app to get alerts. I chose to use NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. A typical alert looks like this: (see below: This was from Nov. 4th, 2021… now, as of this writing). This is a G3, K-index of 7….. considered strong and likely to disrupt HF radio and some navigation. The lucky ones might be able to see an Aurora
Aurora may be seen as low as Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon.
To aid you in what the K-index, NOAA Scale and horizontal Geomagnetic latitude are: use these charts:
Was Mars an unlucky clay pigeon? Maybe one day we will find out.
Amazon has launched a new platform called Kindle Vella. Unlike traditional Kindle eBooks, Vella is a platform for writers and readers to share feedback – one episode at a time.
The Vella platform offers readers the first three episodes for free. To unlock additional episodes requires an investment in tokens, but from what I have seen, Amazon is currently awarding FREE tokens to readers in the early phase of this platform release. And if you need to buy additional tokens they cost less than the price of a beer in a bar, but unlike the beer, these stories stay with you forever.
I was waiting for my cousin in his back yard to go kayaking, lying in his hammock, looking up at a ring around the sun. It was a gorgeous day to be alive…. but what if it were my last?
That is how these stories started. I then started asking friends and family: If this was your last day on Earth, how would you feel? Any regrets? Where do you think you would like to be and with whom? How you go out… is left up to me…….
Having watched both the Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin tourist missions, I think, as a tourist, I would choose Virgin Galactic over Blue Origin for a ride into space; there is just something about the civility of Virgin Galactic’s approach over Blue Origin’s. One thing Branson knows is tourism and entertainment. Taking off and landing at a SPACEPORT, with all the creature comforts, has such an appeal over something that looks vintage Russian (landing in a dirt field). The long term options seem better for Virgin Galactic with an ability to take off and land almost anywhere. I can see high-speed travel and eventually a transport to a Virgin Space Hotel. Blue Origin’s future seems limited.
That said, my bet is on SpaceX for going beyond tourism.
The Amazon Vella platform has been released. This platform brings writers together with their readers, one episode at a time. My collection of shorts is called End Of Days. I was kicking back with a friend and we got to talking about life, and what if it was our last day on Earth. One of my friends is convinced she is going to be taken out by a Walmart truck. That story, The Price Of Always, will be released next week. I would love to hear what your End Of Days would be–who knows, it might appear here.
If you like the story, select it as your FAVE and I will enjoy your feedback.