I saw a video of this company on my Facebook feed and was amazed by it. It sounds very close to the food replicators in Star Trek and would be a great step in restoring our environment if it is balance and wisely used. This could also be very useful in long range space exploration if they were able to use low level plants that could be produced quickly in small spaces. Just think of the potential. This is a news bit that actually excites me. Like if you agree.
Here is a little something I created from some words that stuck in my head this morning (sea song of six). It just sounded so right for prose that I had to develop it into and share it with you. This is just a quick, rough story I wrote today that I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think.
A Sea Song of Six
by Robert Garbin
Six was a seventh son in a long line of Sixes born by the sea on a Sunday.
Six’s mother sang to him of the sea on sunny days as passed the sailing ships.
She sang him haunting songs on stormy days when she feared for his sailor sire.
Sand and shells were his birth right, while the surging waves were his surcease from sorrow.
Strapping was he to shipmates when of age he came to sign his service to the master of sails.
Sighing of the surf against the shore sorrowfully pulled Six from his lover’s beds every summer.
Six’s days slowly plied the surface of time until his soul became restless for the greater sea of stars.
Slipping away at sixty and six, Six fell silent when the sea sung a lullaby to his sleepy soul.
Well, it is official, Analog did not take my story “Sensu Learns a Lesson” a story about an alien that learns what it is to be human. It saddens me to be yet again rejected, but at the same time I am glad to finally find out one way or another about the story. Now I don’t have to pull it out of the collection I am putting together called “Mystics and Misfits” for which you have seen the cover. The collection is over 12,000 words so far and I am currently expanding a short story titled “Lepidoptera”. I do not think it will reach the ambitious goal of 40,000 words I had set earlier but I am hoping for 6,000. Currently, I am at 3,952. With this story I will reach 18,000 words with many more stories to adjust and expand. What a journey it has been. On another note, I am far along in the making of a book cover I promised a friend some time ago.
Here is another of the great memes that seem to show up on my facebook page and is posted by people who are either afraid of ISIS/Islamic extremists and/or don’t believe/hate the global warming proponents. The goals of this meme are to scare the shit out of Americans and to make liberals look like fools. Yes, ISIS is an immediate threat. A threat that we had a large part in creating with poor international policies over the decades and greedy capitalistic tendencies, but knee jerk fear reactions aren’t going to solve this problem and blaming liberals exclusively is disingenuous. The meme’s underling theme is that Liberals are not doing enough to stop ISIS when, in actuality, the current administration has probably done more to attack the extremists than the previous one. It is meant to ridicule them. In addition, the side that is posting these memes is actually doing more to support the extremists through their blind greediness that grabs money from whatever source it can whether it helps the extremists or not.
Second, is global warming any less of an immediate threat? Not actually, because of our inability to quickly affect global climate changes, the sooner we work on the problem the better. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to correct the climate and the more expensive. There may also come a point where the problem is too big to fix.
Finally, why does fixing these problems have to be mutually exclusive. In actuality, working to fix global warming may help to change the nature of the threat of ISIS. As the climate changes, resources become more scarce putting increased pressure on citizens, governments, and countries, which in turn increases belligerence and lust for the resources of others. Such a situation only strengthens ISIS. Also, investing in green technology can only lead to less dependence on foreign oil, a major factor in our continued entanglement in the Arabic/Islamic world. In addition, money going to green initiatives may be less likely to end of in the hands of ISIS than that of big oil. So, you have to wonder who is really behind these memes? Who would be more interested in directing your attention away from reducing our dependence on oil production through scare tactics and humiliation? Think about these things the next time you see a meme like this one.