Posts Tagged ‘#365Ways’

Today I was going to send you over to an asteroid launcher because hey, tweaking the universe’s nose is fun, right? 

Asteroid Launcher

But no, it turns out that once you start lobbing asteroids at the planet, as in Earth, our unique and very populated home, it all gets a bit terrifying.*

Also, despite our successes earlier this year, humanity hasn’t quite figured out the whole “killer asteroid” thing.

In NASA Simulation, Humankind Dismally Failed to Save Earth From Killer Asteroid

Hmm. Maybe Captain Kirk has a bit of planetary encouragement for us?

Last year, at the age of 90, I had a life-changing experience. I went to space, after decades of playing a science-fiction character who was exploring the universe and building connections with many diverse life forms and cultures. I thought I would experience a similar feeling: a feeling of deep connection with the immensity around us, a deep call for endless exploration. A call to indeed boldly go where no one had gone before.

I was absolutely wrong.

— My trip to space made me realise we have only one Earth – it must live long and prosper | William Shatner | The Guardian

No, that’s disturbing too. Surely, there must be something we can do to get the world on the right track.

Time for some hopepunk.

What Are Hopepunk Books, And Where Should I Get Started?

Coined by author Alexandra Rowland in 2017, the term hopepunk was created to be the anthesis of the grimdark genre. Instead of everything being sad and impossible, Alexandra was looking for books that were actually happy….

At its core, hopepunk is just about leaving the reader with hope for the future. Bad things can happen along the way, but they aren’t bad forever.

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Finally, because it’s awesome and at this point I think we can all use more positive thinking, The Amaterasu Railway Now Runs on Leftover Tonkotsu Ramen Broth.


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* For example, an asteroid hitting Lebanon, Kansas, the more or less geographic center of the continental US, would do significant damage via direct impact, shock waves, wind and earthquake. An asteroid hitting Chicago would be incomprehensibly catastrophic.

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Photo by Charles Forerunner on Unsplash

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It’s December and starting to feel like the holidays; I am behind on presents, and the tree we’ve had up since before Covid is finally seasonal again, so situation normal. I’m also planning my end-of-year donations, to food banks, animal welfare groups, medical and other help for those who need it, and more.

We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light a candle that can guide us through the darkness to a safe and sure future.

— John F. Kennedy

This video of the Children’s Choir of Ukraine is helping me get into the holiday spirit.

They also gave another performance in Grand Central: Ambassador Bridget A. Brink on Twitter: “Light amid darkness…

For more on the choir and the Ukrainian origins of the song itself, check out this article.

100 years ago, ‘Carol of the Bells’ came to America — from Ukraine : NPR

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Photo by Rob Wicks on Unsplash

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Like a Rock

For various reasons involving the fine city of Edmonton, the alarm went off at 4:15 this morning. I decided to get up and start my day, to see what it’s like to be One of Those People who gets up famously early, like Michelle Obama or The Rock. 

Will it mean a day of enviable productivity, or hours sliding into a disconnected haze? 

We shall see. 

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Pretty sure I know which way this day is going. Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

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“We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it as not as dreadful as it appears, discovering that we have the strength to stare it down.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

Next thing you know, you’ll be ready.

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Photo by ANIRUDH on Unsplash

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I’m in my final (?) round of edits for this story and it’s taking longer than expected.

Of course. 

The creation of the world did not take place once and for all time, but takes place every day.

— Samuel Beckett

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Photo by Laura Kapfer on Unsplash

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Oh, the Irony

Yesterday, I finally got in to see my doctor after many, many months.*

Everything looks good, he said.

Today I have the sniffles. 

* The delay was due in large part to our doctor’s medical leave. I still very much appreciate the Canadian health care system and its workers.

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Seriously, though, I’m fine. Photo by luizclas on Pexels.com

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Today has been all about dealing with tech issues. Along those lines:

Watch an egg fall from near space...

A former NASA engineer and now-YouTuber has created a viral sensation with a video documenting efforts to send an egg to near space to test if it cracks up on landing.

Because sure, why not?

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Photo by 青 晨 on Unsplash

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Behold my magical powers. Yes, mere hours after I committed haiku cast my spell, it is snowing. 

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Photo by Tadeusz Lakota on Unsplash

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Tomorrow is December first, I’m feeling a bit wistful, and it’s raining. I’m not big on shoveling but I can’t help thinking that snow would be much more fun.

So, a haiku.

November passes.
Leaves cling to branches despite
Rain that should be snow.

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Photo by Rhendi Rukmana on Unsplash

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Explore the wondrous interconnectivity of life with this interactive graphic:

OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer

An interactive map of the evolutionary links between all living things known to science. Discover your favourites, see which species are under threat, and be amazed by the diversity of life on earth.

How small the selection we have today, and how precious.

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Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com

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