DRONES. What The Hell Are They. A Primer.

Source: DRONES. What The Hell Are They. A Primer.

I would love to get my own drone with my motivation being sheer curiosity & because I will likely never pilot a manned / crewed aircraft, small OR large. I can thank a National Geographic segment about British expat Reginald Denny  for fanning the flames as well as a YouTube short 2 – minute movie showing an aerial view of the Swiss countryside & a small feature about single – use cardboard ( YES, cardboard….. ) supply drones.

A camera with HD  capabilities thereon would make things really interesting…..

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John Lennon’s 75th Birthday –

He worked for peace through music & art. Passive resistance. Some people equated him Mahatma Gandhi & Martin Luther King, Jr.

I watched the televised tribute to him on AMC & am watching the encore presentation now.

May his hope & idea for a peaceful Christmas be recognized, after too many mindless acts of terrorism & violence, too many to count, over too many years…..

As usual lately, the Youtube link was improperly cut – & – pasted. I wish WordPress had way to post videos from Youtube directly…..

Sci-Fi Classic ‘Childhood’s End’ TV Miniseries Debuts Tonight

I’m watching the 1st installment of the Syfy production ” Childhood’s End ” ( based on ) Arthur C. Clarke’s novel – Which, unfortunately, I never read.

The initial scenes come off like the re – vamped ” V ” series & MAYBE ( maybe ) the classic Twilight Zone episode ” To Serve Man “, & a few dashes of ” The Day the Earth Stood Still “ ( Klaatu, Barada, Nikto ? )

Classic benevolent would – be leaders, the Overlords, disable all the weaponry of the planet ( I’m assuming this means firearms. Sorry, NRA ), leaving us effectively vulnerable, however. There are apparently 2 groups – Those who’ve given up on God / A ” Higher Power ” / Goddess, etc., & those apparently willing to accept the Overlords as Gods / Goddesses / ” Higher Power ” surrogates – substitutes, SO religion & the trappings therein, belief, faith & spirituality do exist as an element in ” Childhood’s End “, although not blatantly nor ” loudly “.

I’m watching this with something of a critical eye. Some science – fiction & fantasy writers’ work ( Ray Bradbury is a good example of a sci – fi writer whose prose doesn’t always translate smoothly into the visual medium ) doesn’t make an easy transition to the big or small screen, A. C. Clarke’s is no exception

I hold out hope, though. Syfy alienated / put off its fan following in 2010 with a spate of ” reality ” / occult / unexplained series, deliberately BAD made – for – Syfy movies & WRESTLING. They’re trying, bless their hearts, to get them back.

” Childhood’s End ” may tend towards the formulaic, but let’s see….. What Would Arthur Think ?SETI Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

P.S. & BTW : I am watching the 2 – night miniseries ” The Expanse “, & apart from a ( Ronald D. Moore ) Battlestar Galactica flashback, so far I am NOT blown away overmuch.

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A TV miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction classic “Childhood’s End,” debuts tonight (Dec. 14) on the Syfy network.

Source: Sci-Fi Classic ‘Childhood’s End’ TV Miniseries Debuts Tonight

Christmas / Yuletide Greetings – From Ted Neeley !

For those of you who weren’t brought up Amish / Mennonite in your early years, or missed out on the 70’s, Ted Neeley may not have been a household name, but he gained no small measure of recognition / fame / even infamy for playing Jesus Himself in ( of course ) the Rock opera ” Jesus Christ Superstar ” He had some small, one shot roles in some TV series & smaller roles in other movies ( ” Django Unchained ” which I haven’t seen. End of discussion. )

The man is 70 years old, & still sings with the passion he had when he was in ” JCS “, & very likely still has his fans, AKA ” Tedheads.

Anyway, enough from me as a humble messenger – A Christmas treat from MR. Ted Neeley. ( If the links work, it’ll be counted as a Christmas / holiday miracle. 🙂 )

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OK, I see the links aren’t going anywhere – Anyway Ted Neeley has his own channel on Youtube. & his Rock Opera can be found THERE. So trust me, this WILL find a place on your playlist for the holidays – Unless you’ve had my experiences with Youtube…..