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So it's 2012 - Wasn't that Big Magnetic Space Ribbon Supposed to have Killed us by Now?

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So it's 2012, and the earth is still here, despite all paranoid schizophrenic claims to the contrary. As we all know, the Mayan Long Count calendar ended this year. People with the unfortunate combination of an anxiety disorder, scientific illiteracy, and waaaaay too much time on their hands have concluded that a stone age band of savaged who thought human sacrifice was keen, and who hadn't discovered the wheelsomehow could foretell the future. Well, ok, sure, whatever. You can't have an average IQ without at least half the population having a below-average IQ. I learn to ignore it.

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Don't Vote For Romney

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I want to make it *VERY* clear before we begin that Barak Hussein Obama is a *terrible* president, and what I’m about to say here is in no way an endorsement of him, nor of the Democratic party, either as a whole or in part. Rather, what I’m going to discuss represents, I think, a very serious problem within our party itself.

Here’s the problem as I see it:
1) We’re going to lose
2) We have no viable candidates
3) We’ve taken no steps to develop any viable candidates in the previous four years.

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The Perils Of Learning Science From Goofy TV Shows And Movies

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Alien invasions make for great stories, but they don't make one lick of common sense. People hear about D-Day, and they think, "Wow, spacemen could do that! Or we could do that to a spaceman planet! In space!" But invading another world isn't like hopping a plane and jumping out, there's enormous energies involved, carefully calculated math, long travel times. If you've got the energy to travel across the stars, frankly, you don't *need* anything Earth could offer you, not even as raw resources.

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Why Do So Many Golden Age SF Writers Look Down On Literature?

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Why do so many Golden Age SF authors look down on Literature? Heinlein is the most obvious example, in that he occasionally used the term "Literature" as an insult in his stories. Ayn Rand looked down on it, too, which is a little ironic since she's actually considered Literature these days. So why the deliberately lowbrow stance towards art?

My theory:

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I Miss The '80s Like Those ElSalvadoran Nuns Miss The Bullets In Their Heads

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"I miss the 80s like those El Salvadoran nuns miss the bullets in their heads"

That's a random line from one of my songs.

I'm not by nature a nostalgic robot. It's not that it has no appeal for me, I'm not some obsessive "Carpe Diem" type, it's just that the past is as much of a fantasyland as the future is: Tomorrow are things we hope for or fear, the past is stuff that we misremember.

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Just Like Rock And Roll, SF Films Are Best When They're A Little Bit Crappy

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A half hour ago, a total stranger asked me to recommend some SF films. She said she liked SF, but most films in the genre simply aren't very good (It's true), and she was hoping I could point her at some of the better stuff.

I said I'd do what I could, but for me, SF is at its best when it's a *little bit* crappy, kind of like rock. Make it too slick, and it loses some of its charms. Do you like The Ramones, or do you like Yes? The truth is: I like both quite a bit, but there's an energy to the less polished stuff that the virtuosity of the better stuff can't touch.

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Disquieting News about Khan and the Upcoming Star Trek Sequel

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With the recent announcement that Benicio del Toro was in negotiations to appear in the sequel to JJ Abrams Star Trek reboot (which has been pushed back from 2012 to 2013), negotiations which broke down when Benicio and the producers couldn't come to an agreement on salary, the internet has been all abuzz about Khan Noonien Singh being the villain of said sequel. If this turns out to be true, I will be highly disappointed.

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REALSPACE: Obama and the Attempt to Destroy NASA

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Boys and girls, are you sitting comfortably? Good.

Once upon a time, there was a government agency tasked with a great
undertaking, landing a man on the moon, and returning him safely to
the Earth. This great undertaking was successful. The government agency, NASA, which headed up that rare endeavour, a successful
government program, was rewarded by Congress and the President, with an attempt to destroy it. That attempt, unlike the program, was
almost successful.

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