Special Delivery!

It may have arrived fifty years late, but this is a letter that was worth the wait. Check out this story about a real “message in a bottle” that washed ashore in Alaska decades after landing in the ocean: Alaskan Man Finds 50-yr-old Message in a Bottle from Russia Aug 15, 2019 Ian Harvey Over fifty … Continue reading Special Delivery!

Testing 1, 2, 3 – SpaceX and the Hopper Prototype

Take a look at SpaceX’s latest experimental rocket, readers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aChE86D0c_A SpaceX Successfully Tests Hopper Prototype By David Grossman Jul 26, 2019 After multiple delays, SpaceX was finally able to achieve liftoff on its "hopper," a prototype for its next-generation Starship reusable spacecraft on Thursday night. While the flight was a brief one, lasting between 15 and … Continue reading Testing 1, 2, 3 – SpaceX and the Hopper Prototype

Romance in Fiction: The Six Types of Amorous Subplot

There is a scene in the movie Pay It Forward where the main character’s single mother tells a friend about her relationship with her son’s social studies teacher. She admits to being nervous because their rapport seems to be taking so long to form. This prompts her friend to say, “Haven’t you ever gotten to … Continue reading Romance in Fiction: The Six Types of Amorous Subplot

“One Man’s Trash…”

“…is another man’s treasure.” The old saw still holds true. Click the link below to learn more about the generous garbage collectors who turned people’s trash into a trove of knowledge and wonder: Turkish Garbage Collectors Open Library Full of Discarded Books By Thom Peart January 18, 2018 Turkish garbage collectors in the country’s capital city … Continue reading “One Man’s Trash…”

Splendor in Science Fiction – Can Something Be Both Beautiful and Futuristic?

This title might seem to be a fairly foolish one. Isn’t James T. Kirk’s Enterprise magnificent? Malcom Reynolds’ Serenity is beautiful, and despite repeated complaints to the contrary, the Millennium Falcon turns many a head even now. There is obvious majesty within the genre. Isn’t there? Yes…and no. When it comes to space ships, it … Continue reading Splendor in Science Fiction – Can Something Be Both Beautiful and Futuristic?

An Underground City – Made of Salt?

Click the link below to learn more, readers! The Wieliczka Salt Mine: An astonishing underground city, dating from 13th century Jul 28, 2017 Marija Georgievska The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in southern Poland in the town of the same name, looks like an underground kingdom made from salt blocks filled with many pits and chambers. Opened … Continue reading An Underground City – Made of Salt?