Saturday Show and Tell 10/1/16

Saturday Show and Tell – a showcase of things each week that lit up my brain and fired my imagination. Enjoy!

I spent the better part of this week daydreaming. Now, that’s not new for me, but this time it was focused on one thing: MARS.

This was the week of the International Astronomical Conference 2016. It started for me with a tweet from Elon Musk in the middle of the night. The view of Mach Diamonds shimmering in a tail of pure force from his Raptor engine was the precursor to his presentation on making humans an interplanetary species.

machdiamonds

I can’t explain it better than his video can, but keep in mind the video is from actual CAD blueprints. It’s not simply art, although it is also that.

Which led to my thoughts on an essay this week entitled: New Words Were Needed by M. Thomas Gammarino in OMNI magazine. I remember getting OMNI magazine as a kid. A big thank-you to my mother for providing me with exposure to great science early in my life.

This essay packs a lot into a tiny space, but because I was already considering Mars and the implications to the next generation, I started thinking about how our arts and literature will be changed by having an entire culture of humans based on another planet. How will our tribal and nationalistic attitudes be changed?  How will language change? Where will we stretch our imaginations once we’ve had our fill of space flight?

 

In other news…one of my favorite websites for poetry – OneSentencePoems – is featuring one of MY poems today.

 

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