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Blue Box Withdrawal

I would put a picture of a certain blue box here, but most of my photos – Taken by me or downloaded from other sources – got wiped out when my computer had a nervous breakdown recently. I refer, of course, to the old yet new – borrowed blue, bigger on the inside iconic time / space travel – machine, the TARDIS. The preferred method of travel for the mysterious Time Lords of Gallifrey, notably the Doctor.

The last episode I saw was the season ( Series in British TV – talk ) finale of Peter Capaldi’s 1st run. Then my apartment changed cable providers. Direct TV doesn’t carry BBC or BBC America in its Basic cable package whereas Comcast did. I was beginning to warm to the 12th Doctor’s curmudgeonly exterior – then the building management changed to Direct TV, & issued the Fascist decree that everyone has to have the basic package.

Doctor Who, Torchwood reruns, Orphan Black, Atlantis, Sherlock, even Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay & Top Gear – ACCESS DENIED.

What’s a Whovian / Anglo – videophile to do ? Dailymotion ? Hunger strikes are NOT an option, even though, I could use the weight – loss. Definitely.🙂

I chalk up my love of British TV to a girl I dated in the 80’s who was a Whovian & went on about it until I gave in, watched the PBS – run ” classic ” episodes ( Tom Baker ) & got hooked. Also with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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Making Humans Interplanetary – SpaceX

Elon Musk seems to be reasonably well – versed in how to explore & settle Mars, but has he any plans for the beginning of an infrastructure ? & what of the Moon ? I think the Lunar environment would be nearly ideal as a construction yard for spacecraft to Mars & beyond. Baby steps….. Then we jump.

Rationalising The Universe

This week I have had the privilege to attend the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. This is by far the biggest annual meeting of all those involved in the Space Industry, with attendance from all the major Space Agencies across the world. Now, the most anticipated talk of the week was Elon Musk’s from SpaceX and his vision to make humans an interplanetary species and take us to Mars. The excitement around this talk was palpable with queues (which slowly descended into chaotic crowds) forming outside the main hall. The Rock Star of the Space Industry was coming.

Musk opened with the statement of how humanity faces two fundamental paths, ‘one is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event’ and the alternative ‘to become a spacefaring civilisation, and a multi planetary species.’ And under SpaceX, this interplanetary opportunity would open to…

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The Donald Trump Trainwreck

21 November – I thought that The Donald didn’t have an ice cube’s chance in a volcano in Hell of winning the Presidency, especially after the revelation of his creepy conduct towards women in general, ogling underage beauty pageant contestants, his tantrums when someone says or does something earning his wrath, & many other things. Never underestimate the power of the gullible. America will survive a term of Trump, AKA Caligula mark II. What shape will it be in, though ?

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Well.  I must’ve been mistaken. Or half – awake. Or BOTH. I thought I read a Beliefnet piece taking up for The Donald being persecuted for his faith ( although I think that he believes that he’s God.🙂 ). Personally I think his whole campaign has been a multi – gazillion dollar publicity stunt.

Hey – if he wants he can move Trump Towers, Trump Plaza AND his casinos airlifted & shipped a section at a time to an island in the Pacific ( he could do Nauru Island a WORLD of good. Look up Nauru to see what I mean. Or Pitcairn. ) or someplace in the Caribbean.

His ego would take up 2 / 3rds of the space.

I also believe that Ann Coulter is a secret liberal who fakes being a raging hyper – conservative.🙂

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via The Donald Trump Trainwreck.

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10 most ridiculous death scenes in the ‘Final Destination’ franchise

# 9 – OK, I laughed when the jock bought it. Sue me. It came out of left field. The message inscribed in the gym ” What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger ” reeked of irony .
# 6 – The 2 spoiled, presumably well – to do air – heads had it coming. KARMA !
# 5 – Holy Malcolm McDowell in ” A Clockwork Orange “. Many of these deaths would win Darwin Awards. Their victims’ DNA would be, presumably, removed from the gene pool. Sorry, your ticket to Valhalla is void. I’ve never done activities that risky, not even when I tried to open a wine bottle with my Swiss Army pocket knife & punctured my thumb, striking a gusher. Being inept takes talent.🙂

The Gore Gaze

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Dir: James Wong / Studio: New Line Cinema

The Final Destination franchise has been a huge part of post-Millennium horror cinema since the first film was released in 2000.

Each film in the franchise follows a series of, often photogenic, teens as they are slowly picked off by Death after escaping their original fate by virtue of a fortunate premonition. The premise is simple ? no one can cheat death.

Increasingly, it is the elaborate death sequences that have come to define the franchise. For many fans, the plot is nothing more than a sideshow as it is the highly choreographed and stylised flourishes of violence that keep audiences coming to the cinema. The five films have made in excess of $600m at the global box office* and another sequel seems almost inevitable.

So, in celebration of one of cinema’s splatteriest series, here are the ten…

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I Believe in God, but I’m Not Christian

I’m not conventionally religious. I am ” spiritually independent ” or whatever nebulous term they’re using this week / month / season. I think of myself as a Deist in the tradition of our Founding Fathers in the U.S.
I live in the Bible Belt where independent thought not linked to the Good Book or Christian theologians is disparaged or dissed, but I haven’t been really been given a lot of static for my rebellious ( ? ) ways. I believe that concepts like ” The Kingdom of God ” & ” Second Coming ” could be figurative / metaphorical rather than literal & I have no problem with secular humanism, the practitioners of the GLBTQ lifestyle, unlike, say, my relatives. Freedom from from religion is healthier than addiction to doctrine & dogma, just IMHO.

Reaching for The Sky

churchToday is Thursday, July 25, 2013.

This quote is going around Facebook:

If one person were to say to another, “I love you.  You will love me, too, and do what I say, without ever questioning me, or I will punish you with the worst torture you can imagine for the rest of your existence,” we would, as a society, cry out loudly, “That’s not love, that’s abuse!”   But apparently, it’s okay if it’s coming from a Deity.  – Unknown

I am not an atheist.  I do believe in God.  I’m just not Christian, and this is one of the reasons why.  I don’t really think God says this.  I think the Christian church says this – Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant denominations.  Some Protestant churches seem to allow a bit more questioning, but basically, there is a belief in heaven and hell, and if you don’t “believe…

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Tallahassee Vs. Daryl Dixon…Who Is Your Pick?

I like both of these guys, Daryl the dirty redneck with a heart of gold & Tallahassee, who’s like a redneck Zen / Taoist master mixed with Don Quixote. Tallahassee is a being who seemingly lives in the moment & who is on a quest for Twinkies amidst carnage. Will blog more, friends, so stay tuned.

Sean's Humble Opinion

In My Humble Opinion:  This is a tough one!  Who’s the better zombie killer?

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Growing Up as a Fantasy Writer

This speaks to me, because I’ve been pretty much a lifelong fan of sci – fantasy, horror, mystery, action – adventure. I’ve written some short ( very short ) stories heavily influenced by science – fiction & fantasy, which have vanished into cyberspace Nerdvana. Perhaps it’s for the best…..

The Life & Times of Miguel Olmedo Morell

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Today’s post is a little bit long and personal, but please bear with me. Please…?

I am a fantasy writer. I always have been. Other than short stories, I have never written a single piece that didn’t involve swords and sorcery, heroes and villains, and a bookload of ridiculously epic scenes. Right now I’m juggling three projects, one of which I intend to make public fairly soon, and they are all fantasy.

It would be cliché to say that I haven’t always been like this—and a lie. Because, the truth is, I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t fascinated with the idea of creating new worlds and populating them with people and creatures arising from my imagination.

So how did I become this kind of person? What went wrong!?

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A Glimpse At Something Beautiful

Sounds slightly like Rumi or perhaps Rumi – & Zen ( ? ) – inspired. Interesting versification, & I need to start writing again in earnest.

The Poetry Of Paradise

Imagine if you will a somewhat subtle ripple in time, a fatal glimpse at something beautiful
A wonderment that could bring envy to those blooming flowers, and to that benevolent sky
Take for a second a moment to envision a division from what we labeled as the norm
To view a beloved sight of a radiant woman that sparks the inspiration within a man’s soul

Somewhere lost in that isolated drifting twilight zone I dared to be so bold

As I versified the image of a pearl like perceptional daydream
Which, pertains to one that personifies my thoughts of celestial beings
…Angels is what I mean…An angel that for a moment alleviated my foolish iniquities
And, who am I to deny what seems so divine…this second a certain breathe left fading into time

Therefore, I ask why are creatures of your caliber created by the hands of whatever god?
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