Fire at Notre-Dame

I was deeply distressed when I heard of the fire at Notre-Dame de Paris but very relieved that no one was injured and that the structure wasn’t a total loss.  I was privileged to have visited the cathedral some years ago.  This may sound strange but what left the greatest impression on me wasn’t the […]

First Video Game & Hidden Subplot of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Years before the Magnavox Odyssey Stanley Kubrick showed the world what video games would look like in his groundbreaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Bound for Jupiter aboard the spaceship Discovery Astronaut Frank Poole passes the time by playing a friendly game of chess with super computer HAL 9000.  Space being limited the game pieces […]

Today’s Cartoon:  December 17th 2018

What a difference two years makes.    

Michael Cohen’s Full Sentencing Statement

I stand before Your Honor humbly and painfully aware that we are here today for one reason: Because of my actions that I pled guilty to on Aug. 21, and as well on Nov. 29. I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to, the personal ones to me and those involving […]

Khashoggi Murder Evidence

“The rotten tree-trunk, until the very moment when the storm-blast breaks it in two, has all the appearance of might it ever had. The storm-blast whistles through the branches of the Empire even now. Listen with the ears of psychohistory, and you will hear the creaking.” — Hari Seldon The above quote is from the […]

Trump Bends a Knee to the Prince

It’s painfully obvious to even the most casual observer that Mohammad bin Salman was responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.  Saudi Arabia publicly beheads people for the “crimes” of apostasy, witchcraft, premarital sex, and being gay.  Does anyone believe for a moment that MBS would be the least bit squeamish about ordering the killing […]

Bad Earth: Apollo 11 Mission Patch

In an earlier post I wrote about examples of a Bad Earth.  That’s the Earth when depicted in an improper phase or orientation.  My case in point was the cover art from a Casper the Friendly Ghost comic book.  Here’s a more glaring example; the mission patch from Apollo 11.  In the upper left is a […]

A Fun, Educational and Inexpensive Stocking Stuffer

I’ve been attending public star parties for years as well as going solo for the Guy-with-the-Telescope thing.  It always saddens me to see that most people simply have no idea whatsoever as to what’s in the night sky.  They’re missing out on so much wonder and adventure.  How can we rectify this unfortunate state of […]

The Geriatric Giant of Gujarat:  Enter the Age of Mega Monuments

What silly creatures we humans are.  Each of us has his or her own strengths and weaknesses.  We are all unique, a mixture of redeeming qualities and unfortunate faults.  And yet, we single out a rare few to be elevated and exalted beyond all measure.  It isn’t the scientists, or the explorers, or the movie […]

Kellyanne Conway Blames Comedians and Atheists for Synagogue Massacre

The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anybody of faith, to constantly be making fun of people that express religion, the late, night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows, it’s always anti-religious.  These people (Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting victims) were gunned down in their place of […]