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Unreal Science: Lurching From Crisis To Crisis

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I'm pushing fifty, and for most of my life, the scientific/activist community has been sounding the gong of doom about what terrible ecological disaster is going to end life as we know it if we don't change our ways.  It's the Book of Revelations, only with peer-reviewed footnotes, and they always speak with such emphatic desperation that they get large portions of the public to believe that the end is nigh.

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Climate Change Is Climate Based

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I was watching a documentary on the Sahara region of Africa the other day, and there was one sentence that caught my attention--that due to changes in the Earth's orbit, the rains were driven to the south, creating the Sahara Desert within a matter of decades.  

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On Writing: Playing God With Your Creations

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Don't kill your darlings.  Torture them instead--it's much more fun!


Not too long ago, we had a short discussion here about whether or not writers are gods.  I'm of the opinion that we are--at least so far as being creators of universes, and the beings that populate them.  We give life and form to collections of words, and through the skill of our magic, we get other people to believe in our creations, to care about what happens to them, and to become emotionally involved with people and places that don't really exist.


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Real Science: NASA Feathers Back Estimate on New Rocket

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I found this article this morning, ironically whilst drinking my coffee from a NASA cup.  The estimate for the debut of the new heavy-lifting rocket, by which NASA hopes to reach Mars, is being pushed back from 2017 to 2018, in order for the space agency to be "70% sure" of its success.


http://news.msn.com/science-technology/nasa-says-new-heavy-lift-rocket-debut-not-likely-until-2018-1


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Nature Is A Mother

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Don't get me wrong, I really love nature and animals of all kinds.  But some days it seems like Mother Nature has it in for us puny humans.  Never mind the past few weeks of Arctic weather we've been having--now the wildlife is out to get us.


I'd meant to have another installment in my time travel series for today, but around 5 PM, The Husband called to say he'd hit and killed a deer with my--erhm, with our, Subaru.  That kind of shot my discretionary time in the butt.


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Between The Darkness And The Light

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I live in the infamous Northeast Corridor, where men are so civilized that they no longer have the ability to make fire.  Last night at around 3 AM, our electricity went out, with the outdoor temperatures hovering around zero.  Believe me, a post-apocalyptic world is ten seconds on the other side of a downed powerline.


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Happy New Year, World!

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I'm no psychic, but I'm going to offer some prognostications for the coming year--let's see how many I get right:


Despite their claim to being the most intelligent creatures on the planet, human beings will continue to do incredibly stupid things.


There will be a technological breakthrough that will change our lives forever.


Someone we'd thought was gone for good will be back up to his old tricks.


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Ruminations on Science Fiction

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I'll confess that I never really much cared for science fiction, but after I married a dyed-in-the-wool sci-fi geek, I've come to appreciate the genre.

My grandfather, who owned our TV, was big into sci-fi, and so I absorbed a lot of movies growing up in the days when there were only three networks and a couple of local-access channels, and one could either watch what Gramps was watching, or go outside and play. (I think that's where my love of the outdoors came from...)

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