Yesterday afternoon, my buddy Julio Angel Ortiz quote-tweeted this to his Twitter timeline: I thought about it for a moment or three, and one scene came to mind: I ran out of characters while typing that, hence some brutal edits that resulted in the double “and” I noticed five seconds after hitting “Tweet.” The longer … Continue reading Contact
I saw this on Facebook a few days ago, meant to answer it, and got sidetracked into other things. That happens. The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. List 15 authors (poets and comic writers included) who have influenced you and who will always stick with you. List the first 15 you … Continue reading Fifteen Influential Authors
Let’s talk today’s big science news! I remember — or I think I remember — Carl Sagan saying in the original Cosmos, “We are made of starstuff.” That’s true. We are. The Big Bang produced a lot of plasma and a lot of hydrogren. The hydrogen came together and formed the first stars. As stars … Continue reading Cosmic Death and Rebirth: The Discovery of Supernova ASASSN-15lh
There’s a link that’s making the rounds on my Facebook and Twitter timelines — io9 has an article about a message recorded by Carl Sagan to future Mars explorers. I shared the link on my Facebook wall. This is the comment I appended to it: Carl Sagan did a lot when I was very small … Continue reading On Carl Sagan’s Message to Martian Explorers
Some cosmic thoughts for a Saturday morning, taken from a Serbian proverb: Or as Carl Sagan puts it: Cosmic!
As I left the office Monday evening, the moon, a waxing crescent, held in the sky to the south southwest. There was a planet nearby in the sky, I presumed it was Jupiter, just from its brightness, but I didn’t honestly know. In general, the sky was remarkably clear. Monday had been a brutally windy … Continue reading On Childhood Memories and the Christmas Sensawunder
I have read a lot of books in my time. I have owned a lot of books in my time. More of either than I would care to admit. I could tell you what my favorite books are. (My favorite book of all time, by the way, is The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir … Continue reading On a Book Everyone Should Read
Plinky asks today: "If you were offered a free trip to the moon, would you go?" And there's a part of me that wants to say, "Well… duh." And then there's the part of me that wants to say, "Now that I've gotten the snarky answer out of the way…" Who hasn't dreamt of going … Continue reading On Venturing Forth to the Moon
I read today on Talking Points Memo that a Louisiana Congressman, John Fleming, said: We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle — one is going to have to win. We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western … Continue reading On What I (Don’t) Believe
Following up on yesterday’s post on atheism, philosophy, and man’s place in the universe, Carl Sagan weighs in with his own views: Sagan was inspirational to me when I was young. He remains, nearly fifteen years after his death, an inspiration. His wisdom and insight are missed.
It’s another scorcher of a day, and I’ve started it out with coffee… And reading about atheism! :spock: Posted just a few days ago, Greta Christina writes about 6 (unlikely) developments that could convince her to abandon her atheism and believe in god. She has a good list, but really only the first — an … Continue reading On Early Morning Atheist Philosophy
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” “The sky calls to us; if we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day venture to the stars.” For someone who watched Cosmos at a young age and had his life shaped by it, this video is really … Continue reading On Carl Sagan’s “A Glorious Dawn”