Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’


What do I Lego love?

October 28, 2013


This new book from Peter Reid and Tim Goddard.  I saw it on Live Science.  If you want to take a look at the constructions – inspired by reality and fantasy – without all of the ads, click on the Amazon Look Inside site.  I think the Martian rover really is made out of Lego.

NGCI  Mars Rover - IBMS: #026356 NGCUS Five Year on Mars - Ep Code: 3963


What birthday am I celebrating?

September 9, 2013

STAR TREK first began its mission to explore strange new worlds, and so on . . .  on September 8, 1966.  The link is from

Click on this timeline to make it bigger:


This blog is Gunsmoke and KNITTING, so to celebrate the birth of Star Trek, here is a knitting project for your little Klingon.  And speaking of Klingons, did you know that Michael Dorn has a role on Castle? (If you are interested, there are a lot of links in the previous sentence.)


See more like this on All She Wants to do is Knit.


What am I remembering?

July 26, 2013


What do I remember – or do I?

Does anybody besides me remember the Red Dwarf episode where Lister gave Rimmer some of his memories?

Scientists at MIT have recently created a similar effect in mice:

When the brain forms a memory, a population of brain cells is thought to undergo lasting physical or chemical changes, creating what’s called a “memory engram.” Memory has two phases: First, the memory is acquired by activating these brain cells, and later it is recalled by reactivating these cells. Scientists had hypothesized, but never proved, these memory cells existed.

Researcher Susumu Tonegawa, who worked with mice to create a false fear memory, explains that a similar process may exist in humans.  This phenomenon may help to explain why eyewitness testimony, particularly that experienced in an emotionally charged setting, may often be inaccurate.

Credit: Live Science


Whose birthday will I be celebrating?

January 20, 2013


Leonard “Bones” McCoy, born January 20, 2227.

Mid-level Biography Brief Mode
Final Rank: Admiral, retired
Full Name: Leonard H. McCoy, M.D.
Year of birth: 2227
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. David McCoy
Education: University of Mississippi, 2245-49; medical school, 2249-53
Marital status: Divorced
Children: A daughter, Joanna
Quarters: Original Enterprise: 3F 127


Whose birthday am I celebrating?

January 7, 2013

Happy Birthday to Flash Gordon. This comic strip first appeared on January 7, 1934.


The comic strip follows the adventures of Flash Gordon, a handsome polo player and Yale graduate, and his companions Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. The story begins with Earth bombarded by fiery meteors. Dr. Zarkov invents a rocket ship to locate their place of origin in outer space. Half mad, he kidnaps Flash and Dale, whose plane has crashed in the area, and the three travel to the planet Mongo, where they discover the meteors are weapons devised by Ming the Merciless, evil ruler of Mongo.

Flash Gordon later appeared in movies and on television, as well as in the comics.

Credit for the comic strip and quote – Wikipedia.


What am I preparing for?

December 20, 2012

Reblogged from HMS Defiant

Forecasts are great planning tools. We should make use of them and not just for planning our trips.


I’m taking sunblock 10 billion just in case this is the Virginia Cleveland forecast too.


What am I noting today?

October 12, 2012

Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was published today in 1979.  The Guide is the first book of five in this science fiction trilogy.