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 →

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 →

In Memoriam: Harrelson Hall

For over fifty years, Harrelson Hall stood on the NC State University campus like a tacky alien mothership hovering over the brickyard... After five decades, the much-hated building is well into the process of demolition.

Resonant Cavity Thrusters

EmDrive. Q drive. Cannae drive. All of these are a class of devices known as resonant cavity thrusters, and for the past few years they've been popping up in the media from time to time. What's the big idea? Take an ordinary household magnetron (you'll find one in every microwave oven). Use it to pump... Continue Reading →

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