This is my personal homage to the late Oliver Sacks (1933-2015), a genius who use the periodic table of elements to trace his birthdays. He reached element 82 (Lead), let’s hope to go further in that path – Einsteinium or Fermium will be good.
The title of this post is the synthesis of much of the political-oriented messages I get from the social media; it is also a demonstration of the end of any choice to establish some form of discussion in this field. It’s not a surprise, a decade of political communication based on hate and “alternative truth” left its mark in our collective subconscious, not to mention the deep state of distress of the mainstream media.
This is it. The first day of the last year (the fifth) in the first school cycle for my son.
This post is a late one, the photo has been taken September, the 15th. My boy has been thru a lot this summer and he’s not is his best shape even now. But we are looking at the future, no matter what’s going on.
The kid is growing like a young tree, isn’t it? He’s almost five foot tall, not so far from my own size.
If you would like to check out how much he grew thru the years, try here.
Things change. The end of the Moffat-era as a showrunner and the change in the main character’s role could be sensitive for the fans, but after this season (the lowest ever in the ratings) the BBC was in for something more than a few replacements.
Steven Moffat did a great job, with some minor glitch here and there, until Peter Capaldi came in the show. I’m sure it’s coincidence, but it still troubles me to see that one of the best available actors has been set up with the weakest streak of episodes in the last few years. A new showrunner was needed and Chris Chibnall is a very strong choice.
There’s a probe, far away from this little planet. Named Cassini, kicked in the deep space by our fabulous friends at NASA. Its work is almost done, soon it will take its last dive into the Saturn’s atmosphere, sending data until it will be crushed.
But this is not about Cassini. No, this isn’t about NASA or the joys of deep space exploration. Maybe another time. It’s about that little white dot. For those who haven’t understood it yet, it’s the Earth. Yeah, our glorious home world, the goddamn cradle that could turn in a mass grave sooner or later.
One of the most recurrent topics in the action movies, back in the ‘70s, was the fighting sequence in a hall of mirrors. Hero and villain chasing each other in a long series of hit-and-miss, until the dramatic end. It’s a good metaphor for what’s going on in the Middle East. A pity that there are a lot of players inside the mirrored maze and I can’t see any hero ready to save the day.
It looks like humankind is getting ready to start its long-delayed expansion in our Solar system. There are ongoing plans for establishing some kind of Moon-based station, for flights in cislunar space and finally, for a manned mission to Mars. There are also efforts to extend the life of the ISS, not to mention the proposed construction of a Chinese space station in the next few years.