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Waiting for Prometheus

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Independent asks, “Is Ridley Scott the most macho man in movies?” Well, I doubt it, but it’s a pretty interesting article. io9 proposes that if H.R. Giger made cakes, they’d look like this (although I’d also suggest Alan Clark could have been involved). Finally, are you aware that Prometheus has had several viral videos […]

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Mermaids: The Body Not Found

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I believe I posted a link about Mermaids: The Body Found a few weeks ago.  It’s a show airing this week on Animal Planet, the finale for their “monster week.”  I’m a fan of monster weeks, and I’m a fan of cryptozoology.  But this is just an unconvincing faux documentary about a government conspiracy to […]

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“Science” in The Astronomy Book

Monday, May 28th, 2012

My personal feeling is that religion is incompatible with science, but there have certainly been religious scientists capable of doing good science.  People compartmentalize and turn off their critical brains when it comes to certain topics.  I don’t see the difference between being critical about astrology and being critical about any supernatural claims.  Still, a […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Got a bunch… I love the idea of a wind-driven Mars rover, and this comes from a guy living in tumbleweed country so I am biased.  The future of space exploration might be more creative than you think. And we sure as hell need a space program.  There are asteroids out there that can kill […]

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Science Fiction Writing Workshop in Cheyenne

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

I will be running a free two-hour workshop titled: Science Fiction + Science?  Writing Facts into Fiction with Mike Brotherton. Date & Time: Tuesday, June 26th, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30PM Location: Laramie County Library, Cottonwood Room, Cheyenne, WY I was originally approached by the Laramie County Library System (which is not associated with the city […]

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Launch Pad Attendees 2012

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I’ve had a busy semester, and busy post-semester so far, and haven’t managed to post this yet.  Let me preface the list with the fact that we had more than 75 applications this year, a record, and we agonized over the choices.  There were many more we wanted to take, and there’s no guarantee we […]

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After I’ve Considered That…

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I’ve seen this on facebook recently, and another friend just emailed it to me, so let me post it here to launch a couple of points for discussion:   So how about if I knew all that already? And could even make some minor corrections? Do I get to be certain? A quick google fails […]

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A Milestar

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

On the Earth, we call them “milestones.”  In space, let us call the “milestars.” More than 60 years ago, in the movie Destination Moon, it was explained that only private industry could put us in space.  Heinlein, who wrote the story, was wrong on that point, or at least confused about how long it would […]

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My Perfect Science Fiction Novel

Monday, May 21st, 2012

My perfect SF novel, the kind I love to read, and that I’ll probably always be struggling to write, contains: -One or more heroes who use, primarily, their intelligence to reach toward their goals. -Spaceships in space. -Aliens, usually to serve as a mirror for ourselves. -Big stakes, at least life and death, and some […]

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Sunday Starlinks

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

I got my NASA grant proposal submitted finally, and have been taking a couple of days to relax.  It’s been nice. Let’s start with some science stuff.  We’ve got the case for a presidential science debate.  This should have been a no brainer decades ago as science issues are tied up in many important policy […]

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Brainwashing and Teaching Critical Thinking, Together…Unpossible!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

I got another email from the homeschooling marketing list someone subscribed me to.  The subject: How are you shaping your child’s worldview? In the body was this: Their layout was better, so don’t dis them for how I’ve taken apart their images.  You can criticize them for marketing to homeschooling parents by showing a kid […]

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Astronomers Assemble!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Guess that superheroes are the main theme of this week, so I’ll go with it. I saw someone on facebook asking what was the point of having a team of Avengers if Thor was around?  Or the way he put it, “If you have a god on your team, why do you need a team?” […]

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