our world is just vibrations

What is light? It brings us information but is itself insubstantial. Sound is has no mass, or weight. Light and sound aren't objects or material in themselves, only energy... motion... but they seem to be most of what our human experience is made of. Someone or something that knew how to manipulate light and sound …

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Other worlds

A visitor from outside our solar system is flying by, and while the odds of it being something sent by alien intelligence, it is still quite exciting to think something from another star, another part of our galaxy, is coming close enough for us to get a good look at. I can't help but imagine …

The Orville, Episode 9

In another somewhat dull episode of The Orville, all the crew members fall in love with each other.¬†This one was more focused on humor and relationship stuff than real adventure or thoughtful things. The blue alien that Kelly cheated on Ed with ends up on the ship as a forensic archaeologist, to determine which of …

Annihilation movie

Have you seen this trailer? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaDurSCKOk I'm excited mostly by the 'writer and director of Ex Machina' which is one of the few good sci fi movies to come out in years. The concept and ambiance of this novel (Annihilation (The Southern Reach Trilogy)) was very creepy, weird, and interesting, and if they can translate …

Solaris (film)

I watched this, partially on the plane and partially after arriving, and my first thoughts were 'they sure don't make movies like this anymore' and 'music is very overused in modern movies'. This was a very slow, quiet, and subtle movie. There were lots of long, silent shots of scenery, and of characters looking at …

Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem

The end of this novel went in a different direction than I expected. I was drawn into it right away and was excited by the story and the ideas and the potential, but it feels like in the end it left much unexplored. There was a lot of attention focused on the technical details, research, …

Your darkest secret

I've been listening to Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem, and it is so far amazing. Imagine your darkest, most embarrassing, strangest thought. The thing you are most ashamed or guilty for thinking--maybe it just popped into your head, unplanned, as thoughts often do. Now imagine that thought made flesh, and following you around for all to …