Star Trek: Discovery

There is a TV show true to the spirit of Star Trek, fun to watch, full of optimism, not afraid to tackle tough issues. And that show is The Orville.

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The Orville – To Blandly Go?

This week brought the debut of "The Orville," the new sci-fi television series from Seth MacFarlane. Better known as the creator of "Family Guy", MacFarlane might seem an unlikely suspect for a quality sci-fi series, but he also served as executive producer on the (rather well-done) reboot of "Cosmos". He is also well-known to be... Continue Reading →

Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego?

Recently I've been clearing out boxes of old childhood junk from my parents' attic. This gives me plenty of opportunities to revisit my youth. Here I have an old 90s computer game:¬†Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego? Children who grew up in the 80s and 90s may remember the edutainment phenomenon that was Carmen Sandiego.... Continue Reading →

To English Teachers

Today I happened to find out that my 12th grade English teacher just recently passed away. Even though my senior year was an astonishing mumbleteen years ago, some aspects of that class I remember well.

Twenty Years Ago

Today I noticed this tweet by way of a blog post by SJ O'Hart¬†that gave me pause. https://twitter.com/janemerrick23/status/858747711604088836?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fsjohart.wordpress.com%2F2017%2F05%2F01%2Fit-was-twenty-years-ago-today%2F Could it really be that 1997 was twenty years ago? By the bountiful bowels of Bacchus... I feel so old. In spring of that year, I was a scrawny beanpole of a high school freshman, shy around... Continue Reading →

I Know Places, Taylor Swift – Flash Jukebox

What can be learned from reading song lyrics as flash fiction? Today's song is "I Know Places," performed by Taylor Swift, written by Taylor Swift and Ryan Tedder, and released on the album "1989". Only this song is a little different. The deluxe version of the "1989" album includes explanatory messages from Swift about her... Continue Reading →

Cosmic Trailblazers

"Alexander Pope wrote, 'Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night. / God said, Let Newton be!'" As soon as I flicked the lighter, the spherical flame danced near my thumb. I touched it to the end of the rolled paper, then brought the other end to my lips and inhaled. "And all was light."

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