Tuesday, March 07, 2017
If these people are making you mad, ignore them. Don't give them the attention that they crave.
I suppose some Flat Earthers actually believe that the Earth is shaped like a pancake. I don't know what you can do for these people other than invite them up to the top floor of a skyscraper or take them on an airplane ride. People got along fine for thousands of years believing that the Earth is flat. As long as these nitwits don't try to fly planes, sail ships, or attempt any activity that requires that they know the Earth is round, flat Earther will get along fine believing whatever they want to believe.
Friday, March 03, 2017
I've made bad predictions all last year, but here we go.
If Trump lasts until 2019, he'll finish out his term. His own party is more likely to remove him than the Democrats. An unpopular President is bad for a party's brand. Trump is either crazy or crooked. If Mike Pence decides it's the former, the Vice-President can ask the Cabinet to vote to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment. If Paul Ryan decides it's the latter, then Congress can impeach.
The GOP has been trying to get rid of Trump for about two years now. President Trump will supply Republicans with plenty of pretext for removing him. They just need the will and the courage to act.
Democrats on the other hand, dread Mike Pence more than they hate Trump. Pence is the fiscal conservative that other Republicans pretend to be. As a member of Congress, he voted against the bank bailout twice. Pence will want to kill a lot of federal programs. And Pence is a much more disiplined candidate than Trump. Pence is not the man that Democrats want on top of the GOP ticket in 2020.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
So don't get me anything. Not one card, not one pair of socks, nothing. Christmas is more of a holiday for children and other people who lack an income of their own. Getting a $60 video game is pretty sweet when you make $0 a year. I'm an adult with income of my own. I can get whatever I want whenever I want. Go buy something for someone in need.
Friday, November 04, 2016
So if we applied that naming system to our solar system, this is how it would work: You step out of your house and you discover a big yellow star overhead. You name it "Sol". You look down and you see that you are standing on a planet. You name it "Sol b". Sol a sets below the horizon, and you might see Sol c (Venus, usually the first thing you see in the night sky besides the moon) and Sol d (Mercury). After about an hour or so, you might notice Sol e, Sol f, and Sol g. (Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, depending on the order that you find them.) On a really clear night, you might see Sol h with the naked eye (Uranus), but you'll probably need at least a pair of binoculars. With a decent telescope, you can see Sol i (Neptune).
Why don't scientists give each planet its own name? Because not even all known stars have a name. Most of them get serial numbers. Hell, not even all people get their own name. Ever meet a family with men named "Francis Matherford IV" and "Roger Croningsworth VII"? Maybe if those people spend less money on yachts, they could afford a baby name book.
As far as I know, ALWFT is the first science fiction novel to use the same naming standard for exoplanets as the International Astronomical Union.
2) Place names on Earth do change. England used to be called Albion. New York was once New Amsterdam. Anyone who listens to 80's music knows what Istanbul used to be called. Part of ALWFT takes place in the Kekionga Municipal District, a city formally known as Fort Wayne. Enough people saw Planet of the Apes and agreed with Dr. Zaius that the name was too militaristic, so the name was finally changed.
3) The closet galaxy to Earth (aside from the Milky Way itself) might be what is known as the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy. At 28,000 years away, it's actually closer to us than the opposite side of the Milky Way. If FTL travel is developed, humans might reach the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy before the Milky Way is fully explored. If there are to be human settlements there, they'll have to change the name of that galaxy to avoid offending little people and for marketing purposes. "New Magellanic Cloud" is one possible name.
Come find out more about my novel here.
Monday, October 17, 2016
2) He is trying to get Hillary Clinton elected.
3) He has some other agenda that is completely incompatible with him getting elected President.
A man who wants to be President does not promote conspiracy theories. Some might argue that this blog post itself is a conspiracy theory. I′m ok with you all thinking that for now, since I′m not running for President. But my hunch is that Donald Trump is trying to destroy the GOP. I think that in his heart, he is a Manhattan liberal. He has mistreated women all of his life and never had to worry about getting fired or going to jail. Deep down it′s eating at him.