Thursday, July 16, 2015

Times and Relatives passed

How fast it is all over,
How soon relatives are sent
to the great beyond out there,
The monies left all get spent.

Left with only memories,
happy times and love;
thought of past times please
oneself more than a treasure trove.

Routine reality binds one to all,
no ungainly, unusual windfall
to generate shame and a downfall.
Rest enjoyed at home, not in any mall.

Good memories of my mom and dad
remain long after the cash has fled.
They will always make my heart glad,
long after any inheritance has been bled.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

We Should Carry On

Here is hoping that the youth in this country and others get interested in space exploration, and carry the torch. Since the New Horizons probe reached Pluto, we have made it to every classical planet in our Solar System, in the space of 50 years. To bridge the time until humans make the outward journey to settle distant worlds, our younger generation must continue to explore. They can use telescopes and space probes to learn everything the can about our mighty Solar System. So that when the day arrives for distant astronauts to make outward journeys, they will know what to expect, and how to get where they are going.

One plan involves establishing a permanent base on the Moon. Three astronauts could get this started, landing in a huge crater with a beefed-up version of the old Lunar Lander. They could use an inflatable living module, (modeled on the Bigelow inflatable habs) anchored to the wall of a crater. More of these modules could be sent up later as add-ons. Meantime, the astronauts would get busy setting up a primitive mining camp. They would survey the area, search for useful ores, and work on smelting the ores and fashioning structural members for a meteor shield. This in addition to valuable astronomical observing and the like. Over the course of a decade or so, a large base could be established and re-supplied in this manner.

A regular, routine flight service to the Moon and back would have to be established, using expendable rockets, or perhaps a Moon Shuttle that would dock with the ISS, and then land on the Moon, and return. Fuel depots could be built near the Colony - but not too close. This could and should be an international effort. If a permanent budget allocation could be agreed upon, and set, for this endeavor, then the colony could be a reality. Humanity would then have a permanent foothold on the Moon. From there, they could erect larger spacecraft to go further out. Next stop, Mars.

This is worth doing for several reasons. The international co-operation it would generate. The resource availability. The new frontier aspect, where humanity could aspire to go further than the Earth, to go out and reach new vistas. Technologies would be developed that would have applications on Earth. The money spent would be a good investment, generating returns both tangible and intangible. Most of all, the youth of today and tomorrow would have something to look forward to besides ever-more-violent games and constant warfare. In my view, exploration beats extermination any day. Let's do it.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Does Dr Who think in circles

Time is just an overarching term for moving forward, going on, a process unfolding. And if we try to go back, re-fold or go backwards, all we are really doing is starting another process that moves forward – the Arrow of Process. You can't undo that without re-initializing new process. Everything we do vibrates forward – to un-vibrate is impossible.

But nature and evolution have given us one great way to re-create the past: our long-term memories, where we can relive the past endlessly, however inaccurate. Of course there are artificial means, including journals, video documentaries, etc. But to actually counter the massive force of reality in all its manifestations and go back in time – no way. Stuff of fiction, period. 

YMMV.  Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Humanity reaches long,
stretches eager arms far distances,
all the way out to touch Pluto.
A distant, faint Kuiper-belt object
we strained towards and finally grasped.

One more generation, one more planet – or planetesimal.
Humanity's reach extended further across the cosmos.
If our Solar System were a stadium,
we knocked the ball out of the park.

It will only whet our appetites for more!
Someday human-crewed ships will cross
vast distances and see Pluto, up close
and personal. Present scientists will be a memory,
their names used to tag future features of
asteroid and planetary landscapes.

Congratulations are in order:
We refrained from destroying
ourselves or our planet long enough
to reach out and photograph yet another.

Well done, Human Race. :-)

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another beautiful weekend in Central Iowa

Star Trek festival, Art show, Walk in the park, etc.   Lots going on this time of year.  Hope all can enjoy it half as much as I have.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Values still available

Here they are:

New Venture - two guys on an asteroid, anything can happen - and does.  (not a love story)

The Osmotics - in an aquatic vision of the future, a young man embarks on a life-changing journey.

Shadow Intersection - a collection of poems.  Light summer reading.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Greenery Frames Chicanery

They buzz, keen, hover,
probe, bite, sting...
DEET defenses little comfort against tiny
dive-bombers attacking.

Sweet Cicada serenades fade,
replaced by mosquito brigades.
Moths flutter at the fringes,
tease eyesight with motes of excitement.

In the winter there are no bugs;
we shiver and stomp through snow un-assaulted.
Cold and wet on a day in January,
but one will soon dry - seems great from a distance.

But on this summer morning beauty
shimmers and gives way to heavy heat.
Sweaty bodies slap, trying to fend off gnats.

“Was this what we were waiting for?”

yep yep yep.