30 July 2014

Mother Nature Looks Like Science Fiction Part 2

British Columbia, Canada is home to the "spotted lake" Kliluk that is composed of minerals such as sodium and magnesium. It is a beautiful sight and quite unique,  yet, if we were to use our imagination and pretend we were on another planet, it would not be too difficult to call this M-Class planet by another name possibly Kliluk which sounds interesting in and of itself.

28 July 2014

Sometimes Mother Nature Looks Like Science Fiction

This beautiful Aurora Borealis looks like it could be a place on a distant planet rather than right here on planet Earth.

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27 July 2014

Musings About The Big Bang Theory TV Show

I enjoy watching The Big Bang Theory quite a bit because it does sum up my love of science fiction and science. More than anything, the way the characters enjoy watching the same shows and movies over and over, as well as new science fiction, the passion they bring to their discussions about comic books and characters is a lot of fun to watch. I hope the show will continue to an 8th season and the actors work out their differences with the producers. I think the best addition to the show was that of Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. They have added humor and maturity to the show, their relationships are fun and interesting. If these two had not entered the show, I do not believe it would have lasted this long. Mayim Bialik is an interesting person in real life as well as being a talented actress. I have liked watching all of the seasons thus far, but seasons 5 and 6 have been the best, in my opinion.

02 May 2014

Bloodmoon April 14/15 and Oct 7/8 2014

I had the great fortune to witness the total lunar eclipse on the 14th of April and it was amazing. The weather was perfect and what I witnessed was just as it apears in the photo. Yes, the moon did look red! I was able to watch the entire event in my backyard and even went in and outside throughout the night just to check the progress after the total eclipse. I am looking forward to seeing the next bloodmoon in Oct of this year and there will be two more next year.

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02 March 2014

Musings About the movies Ender's Game and After Earth.

I might as well start with  After Earth because there was not much of a plot and what existed was very simple and not too deep, and to have Will Smith’s son starring in the entire movie was boring. I am not against child actors by any means when they can act well. The only thing I liked about the movie was the message about fear. Healthy fear keeps us alive but obsessive or irrational fear can  harm us.
I know a lot of people liked Ender’s Game because they liked the novels, but I am not a fan of teaching children how to fight battles. War games, theft games, fighting games, etc. in the form of videos and movies are ways to train a young mind to be battle ready. If people want peace in the world, and I mean really want peace, then playing peaceful video games or better yet getting fresh air outside and playing sports or playing board games indoors is a good start. This is just my opinion, but if people want to live in a less chaotic world, young minds had better start reading, using their imagination, learning to play a musical instrument, playing  word games, practicing visual arts, playing sports, and learning to write creatively. Of course in my experience with school systems in two countries, these very activities are the first ones cut due to budget concerns. We need to have complete human beings if we want fresh new ideas in the form of novels, short stories, poems, television, and movies, otherwise, we will nurture individuals who will continue to write the same old stale war novels or movies which reflect the real life battles over land and resources that create death and havoc in the world. I realize the novel and movie address the option of talking before fighting, but I am still against battle training and opt for training in critical thinking skills. I know I am in the minority here, but I really am against violence and its representation as entertainment.
I prefer a movie/novel like Contact by Carl Sagan any day over a movie like Ender’s Game.
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23 February 2014

Star Shock Wave

If you thought shock waves  were only for science fiction movies, look again. JPL in Pasadena captured this infrared image of a shock wave created by a speeding star named Kappa Cassiopeiae. I have seen various movies and science fiction shows in which a star explodes and creates a shock wave that can destroy ships and space stations but to see an actual shock wave is pretty cool besides being quite beautiful.  NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is responsible for the image.
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