Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Day We Stopped Dreaming About Tomorrow

Wow...  no dry eyes in this house-- the pride and the shame of being an American under our government regime.

The city of tomorrow, the future of tomorrow, ended when we stopped trying to go to moon.  Neil deGrasse Tyson comments, set to powerful imagery.

I absolutely lost it when I saw Megan McAurthur (of the May 2009 Space Shuttle Atlantis launch) at 4:15 and at first thought it was Christa McAuliffe, one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

Tomorrow is gone.  Nobody is dreaming about tomorrow anymore.

(From the creators of the video, scrunththethird:  The intention of this project is to stress the importance of advancing the space frontier and is focused on igniting scientific curiosity in the general public.… Read the rest

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The Aftermath of CAPTAIN OLIVER

Upon publishing the second draft of the short story CAPTAIN OLIVER HAS LOST HIS DRIVE here on the Scafverse, I immediately succumbed to a 40 hour bout (and counting-- I'm sitting up for the first time and writing this) with some kind of crazy stomach bug or food poisoning through most of which I slept.

In those moments between sleep and awake I thought about the process through which I created CAPTAIN OLIVER-- converted to text whatever thought dripped from my brain as it did, with no consideration to form or structure (in advance of writing or otherwise).  While writing is an art (hence whatever dripped from my brain) it is also a craft, a set of practical skill that can be learned-- and the next step is to work on those skills.… Read the rest

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Short story: Captain Oliver Lost His Drive

Thank you for reading this short story from Another Scafverse Production, an installment in A Novel Change in the Scafverse.

This is the second draft of CAPTAIN OLIVER LOST HIS DRIVE, the 8,000 word short story that narrates the tale of an incident aboard a Spacefaring Merchant Trading Clipper Ship.  To go right to the story, skip ahead to the title line past the line of asterisks.

If you would like to contribute to a future draft of CAPTAIN OLIVER, the author would love your feedback.  What parts of the story are interesting, and more importantly where does it drag— where did you find your attention drifting from the story?  As you read, what might be unclear if you didn’t know the ending, or once you know the ending?  Did any scene go by too quickly, or any that should just be cut?  What promises did the beginning make to you as a reader, and were those forces developed throughout the middle?… Read the rest

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Astounding Libration of the Moon

Normally I don't just post random items from the internet, but I was absolutely amazed by this video.

The moon is one of those things that we're all familiar with, heck we see it most nights-- but never like this.

This video was of particular interest to me, as I have been researching Tidal Lock (when one side of an orbiting body always faces the object it is orbiting) for my book-- and didn't fully appreciate the aspect of libration (the tipping, tilting, and rocking you see) of a tidal locked orbiting body before this video...

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Folks at the NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio created this amazing animation showing our view of the Moon with time resolution of *one hour*!… Read the rest

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A Novel Change in the Scafverse

The Scafverse is taking on a new artistic challenge: writing a full-length Science Fiction novel!

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Writing a novel sounds easy-- come up with a good plot, set it in a visually striking landscape, involve some characters and witty dialog, and POOF! you have a best-seller on your hands.

Except that we all know that for some reason it is NOT that easy.  Sitting in the audience  for whatever critically acclaimed hit Show is on one's screen, repeatedly and accurately predicting story arcs, plot twists, "revealing" scenes, and even the next snippet of dialog, should imply that one has the fundamental means to write scripts for said Show-- so what's the issue?… Read the rest

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Happy First Birthday, Scafverse!

It escaped my attention!  On March 9th, 2011 the first tongue-in-cheek "thought" was posted to the Scafverse!

Happy Birthday!… Read the rest

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Sunset to Dusk Surf Session 3/01/2012

Was planning to go out for a nice leisurely sunset paddle and listen to my WaterFi (my waterproof iPod), when I noticed that we had some real, peaking waves! I quickly donned my wetsuit and grabbed the GoPro gear.

The waves were big, but not huge–the striking feature was that they were moving quite fast, and getting quite a vertical face pretty far out. The net result was that I was picking up serious speed very, very quickly and having to get out before it closed out on me (look for a couple of "whew!"'s on my face after the rides).  Makes for a quick, short ride-- you can always tell its quick when I catch a tiny bit of air kicking out).… Read the rest

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The Dangers of an Increasingly Hack-able World

Think you`re safe from being hacked? Think again. Technology can be scary sometimes.

Could someone hack your pacemaker? At TEDxMidAtlantic, Avi Rubin explains how hackers are compromising cars, smartphones and medical devices, and warns us about the dangers of an increasingly hack-able world.
Avi Rubin is a professor of computer science and director of Health and Medical Security Lab at Johns Hopkins University. His current research is focused on the security of electronic medical records.

(Seems like this would make good scenes for a Sci-Fi book... hmmm....  )

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