Posts Tagged ‘science fiction’

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Whose birthday will I be celebrating?

January 20, 2013

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

STARFLEET HISTORICAL FILE: McCoy, Leonard H.
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


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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

January 7, 2013

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

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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.

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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.

Forecast

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

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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.

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Whose birthday am I celebrating today?

July 7, 2012

Robert Anson Henlein – born July 7, 1907.

A highly quotable and prolific author.   This is one of my favorite Heinlein quotes:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Read his biography here.

Bibliography here.

My favorite book- The cat who walks through walls

Happy Birthday to Sarah, too!

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Who is my favorite astrophysist?

February 28, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson.  I heard him yesterday on NPR talking about his new book, Space Chronicles: Facing the ultimate frontier.  While I love space fiction, deGrasse Tyson defines the field of space exploration in practical terms.  He holds that not only is the field full of wow, it is,

“. . . a force of nature unto itself that no other force in society can rival. Not only does that get people interested in sciences and all the related fields, [but] it transforms the culture into one that values science and technology, and that’s the culture that innovates. And in the 21st century, innovations in science and technology are the foundations of tomorrow’s economy.”

From the man who says, “Pluto is no longer a planet – get over it!” He also advises:

“What [the president] needs to say is, ‘We need to double NASA’s budget because not only is it the grandest epic adventure a human being can undertake, not only would the people who led this adventure be the ones we end up building statues to and naming high schools after and becoming the next generation’s Mercury 7 as role models, not only will there be spinoff products from these discoveries, but what’s more important than all of those, what’s more practical than all of those, is that we will transform the economy into one that will lead the world once again rather than trail the world as we are inevitably going to be doing over the next decade.’ “

Remember Zepharim Cochran High School?  I think it’s time to lobby our representatives to make that happen in this reality.

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What am I reaching for?

February 26, 2012

Project Icarus (reference from InstaPundit)

Once only the realm of science fiction with fine examples offered by Heinlein, Bradbury, Herbert and many others, inter-stellar travel is not only part of a feasibility study by the British Interplanetary Society, it has recently been added to the research agenda of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


“Why do we pay this obsessive attention to backing up a document, which we can reproduce, when we pay no attention to backing up our civilization?” – Andreas Tziolas, Project Leader, Project Icarus

more here

It’s about time.

Per Aspera Ad Astra – NASA Motto