Rather than attempt to write about this, I'm just going to embed a couple of tweets from NASA. https://twitter.com/NASA/status/648523470070923264 https://twitter.com/NASA/status/648527086299316224 Water, of course, is the elixir of life. The probability of some kind of life existing on Mars seems to have just increased.
The Fermi Paradox is the question that, if the conditions for life in the galaxy are as ubiquitous as they appear to be, so that there should be hundreds, if not thousands of alien civilizations out there, then where is everyone? Why have we found no evidence for any for those civilizations? And why aren't they here? … Continue reading Snowden’s answer to the Fermi Paradox and its assumptions
Nilay Patel has a piece at the Verge on the availability of ad blocking plugins for the web browser in the new version of iOS. She has an interesting theory of what motivated Apple to allow ad blocking, that it was essentially to attack Google's revenue model. But the overall piece seems to take the … Continue reading On ad blocking
A while back, I did a post noting the podcast Writing Excuses, an awesome resource for aspiring science fiction or fantasy writers. This weekend, I discovered another podcast that I had inexplicably missed until now. The Odyssey Podcasts are excerpts from their writing workshops, an exclusive and intense writing work camp for select beginning SFF … Continue reading Odyssey writing podcasts
Historian Michael Todd Landis has a proposal at the Historical News Network advocating that we should change the names we use to refer to American Civil War related events and institutions. The old labels and terms handed down to us from the conservative scholars of the early to mid-twentieth century no longer reflect the best … Continue reading Time to change how we refer to American Civil War events and institutions?
Writing can be a tricky business. Whenever you do it, it has to be with an audience in mind. When I do blog posts here, I'm usually aiming for a general audience. I try not to assume that my readers know obscure scientific or philosophical terminology. That's a decision I've made, hopefully one I've lived up to. … Continue reading Thoughts on knowing and targeting your audience
This week I watched the movie Mad Max:Fury Road. I had heard a lot about this movie, that it was incredibly action packed, that it had stunning visuals, that it put every other action movie to shame, that it had in fact re-defined what it means to be an action movie. Pretty high praise. With a … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road – Wow!