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Terry Pratchett, R.I.P.

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The author was famous for his colorful and satirical Discworld series,  died in 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.   Sir Terry wanted  “whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers,  to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all”.

Fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman,  Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator,  recently undertook the execution of this request,  and has posted  the results  of the steamroller’s passage.

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August 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Star Wars science..

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Some of the science and technology in the Star Wars franchise have become real  over the four decades it has been around.   Lasers,  energy weapons,  and droids are in use now,  even though they may not work precisely as envisioned in the movies.

On the other hand,  some of the science  remains firmly  ensconced in  he realm of fantasy,  as experts claim hyperdrives are  “implausible”.   Of course,  that’s what they said about airplanes,  and space travel,  isn’t it?   Still,  the movies are a ripe source for study and discussion by scientists and chemists and we movie-goers.

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December 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

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SOTU lies…

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There were a lot of lies in the State of the Union address Tuesday night,  but the one  about ObamaCare caught my eye since my insurance premiums have doubled.   The Washington Post actually checked some of  the facts and found fault,  as did The Daily Beast in  this piece.   Energy provided another volley of  untruths.

Of  course,  the biggest whopper was that we are  “stronger” than  before,  and there  is  “much progress”  to report.   As Charlie Hurt reported,  His Oneness is going to take more of your money,  despite his claim that he would support the middle class  without spending a dime,  about which there is  a nifty video  on how many dimes.

Andrew Malcolm calculated the  number of cliches  nearly matched the word count.   Peter Ferrara was less  kind.   Victor Davis Hanson  accurately deemed it  the same old boilerplate,  and it surely was,  but he added  new bits  about manufacturing hubs and government-private partnerships and repairing infrastructure as a means to provide jobs.    Wait a minute  —  wasn’t the first stimulus supposed to repair roads and bridges and other parts of infrastructure?    Never mind.   We live in a fantasy world  as painted by the Marxist thief in chief.

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February 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

Bradbury R.I.P.

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Ray Bradbury was  a gifted writer,  and his science fiction and fantasy works have already withstood the test of time,  especially his short stories.

What always surprised me was that, despite his interest in modern technology and what it made possible,  he never drove a car,  used a computer,  or flew in an airplane.

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June 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm