Today Mars. Tomorrow the Galaxy

“We need to solve all the problems on earth.” That’s the litany that I’ve been hearing all my life from people who for the entire time have been crating more problems than get solved with their “solutions.” The legacy of those “problem solvers” with the trillions of wealth that they have poured down the drain is dead cities increased poverty and ruined countries filled with dispirited problems. Let’s take a different track, pursue a future and let the problems solve themselves. Which they usually do, strangely enough, so long as the busybodies don’t have the resources to screw things up.


Sf is occasionally predictive and a driving force toward a future.

Believing it major force is a vanity authors and publishers like to engage in. It does sometimes ‘make straight the way’ by preparing the public to accept concepts that were simply outside their Overton window before (the idea of space travel, for example). But… well, viewed dispassionately, 99% of sf (or fantasy or murder mysteries) are more of a reflection of their society, than society is a reflection of them.

Yes, most of it is just entertainment. I know this is a bit lowering if you had delusions of grandeur, a belief in your sacred mission to make the future gender-fluid or whatever, but at least entertainment generally pays.

The interesting part – for the working writer trying to make a living out of this is that looking at the world and its interests can give you a remarkably…

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Many Opponents to AMTRAK Scheme To Bypass Southeastern Connecticut Towns

Why HSR is not going to happen even when it’s needed. Too Many people NIMBYing and afraid of change.


Opposition to the proposed Amtrak bypass through southeastern Connecticut is more than bipartisan: It has become multi-partisan.

A recent statement warning that bullet-train tracks would erode New London’s tax base and damage historic sites was co-signed by the leaders of New London’s Republican, Democratic and Green parties.

“It is rare that political parties reach consensus on an issue, but on this we are united,” says their letter to federal railroad regulators.

For the past year and a half, the Amtrak bypass idea has been creating uncommon alliances throughout the region. Business leaders stand alongside environmentalists in fighting it, and politically conservative and liberal homeowners alike are pressing regulators to scuttle the plan.

It is a really “knock down and drag them out” battle. AMTRAK and the Federal Rail Admintration have spent all kinds of money. They keep talking about not “destroying historic towns”. Everybody wants to go to court.


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Job Stuff 79

This is more or less a newsletter for job seekers like myself.  I try to find good job search strategies, bad job search strategies, pure BS and job related articles every week.  So far I’ve never run short.  Please pass this around. I’m not doing this for any reason other than the desire to help and communicate with other job seekers.  If you have any good links or stories, especially stories please comment.  If you want the story private, just put that in the comment and I will trash it and  not let it post.\ Read More

The Day Of The Airship

A while back I posted this about the early days of airship travel. I’ve since found a bunch of pictures on Pinterest and a great article with color photos of the Hindenburg. So here’s my Pinterst board of the Age of airships.
And the article.

The Arts Mechanical

In these days of GPS and jet aircraft it’s hard to believe how short a time it was that an  around the world journey was an adventure rather than a matter of connecting flights, yet in 1929, that’s exactly what it was. Here’s a great documentary about the around the world trip.

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Project Tinkertoy

The Arts Mechanical

In looking at technology, you frequently find roads not taken, technologies that for many reason, just never happened.  On of those dead ends was the US Navy’s Project Tinkertoy in the early 1950’s. Project Tinkertoy was initiated because the navy was concerned that electronics could not be manufactured fast enough if a major war were to occur.  This was a matter of concern because as WW2 went on, and electronics became heavily used in more and more weapons and communications shortages developed.  The navy wanted to avoid future bottlenecks by developing automated assembly techniques and new ways of manufacturing components in a more modular fashion as shown on the video below.

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Coyote Gravity by Christopher M. Chupik

Well they certainly try.

But gravity is always there and the world still tries to return to function rather than dysfunction.

According To Hoyt

Coyote Gravity – by Christopher M. Chupik

You know the moment. Wile E. Coyote (Super-Genius) has ordered his high-tech equipment from Acme and is busy creating his elaborate trap which will catch the Roadrunner. But while he’s doing this, the Roadrunner sneaks up behind him and beep-beeps loudly, startling Coyote right off the cliff he’s standing on. For a moment the Coyote hangs suspended in the air. Then he looks down. Gravity reasserts itself with a vengeance and he plummets helplessly earthwards, hitting the ground with a puff of dust.

The modern Left is having that moment right now.

The 2016 Election was supposed to be the triumphant of the as-yet-unmade Hillary Clinton biopic, where the heroine defeats the designated woman-hating he-man villain and claims her rightful place as the First Female POTUS . . .

And then there’s what actually happened.

Now we’ve got witches casting anti-Trump spells, minor…

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Tech Stuff 62

This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another.  It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity.  It might relate to science large or small.  It might be art for art’s sake.  Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries.  So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old.  So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways.  Or putting them to work in imaginative ways that most people won’t even think of.  So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.

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