My Daughter Has Science Fiction in Her Blood

My daughter is 2 years and 4 months old now, and hasn’t seen one bit of science fiction.  Well, maybe she has in the form of Little Einsteins, because in what world do young children have a rocket?

Well, she did something incredibly impressive.  Although she has never seen Star Trek, she very accurately reproduced a model of the USS Enterprise with giant Lego blocks.  I wouldn’t exactly say it’s the full-sized Enterprise, but probably a baby Enterprise.  Check it out.

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Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Baby Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new playgrounds, to seek out new children and new nurseries, to boldly go where no toddler has gone before.

Isn’t it an amazing reproduction?  I must get her to watch some with me.  Time to create a Star Trek fan!

SpaceX reveals the new crewed Dragon V2

This is incredible. Although it looks like a typical capsule design, from the pictures I’ve seen, it’s quite advanced. The interior is very sleek with huge touch screen panels. And the landing. You just have to watch the video to see how it lands. It seems so science fiction-like, but this is becoming reality. Visit SelfAwarePatterns to see the full blog post. And please comment there!

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Very cool.  SpaceX has been making a lot of news recently, announcing one breakthrough after another.  Their current unmanned Dragon capsule has made multiple successful supply runs to the ISS.  Now they’ve revealed a version that can transport humans.

The most eye popping aspect of it is the SuperDraco rocket engines on the capsule itself that allows it to decelerate and perform a controlled landing on land.

Spaceflight Now has a detailed write up.  Reusability appears to be incorporated into every component of the design.

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What Will You Write? Deadline in Two Hours

The deadline for the first What Will You Write? challenge is in less than two hours.  I’ll accept late entries for only a short time after the deadline, but I hope it’ll be before.

I’ll have the entries all read this weekend, and I’ll post the full text of the winner and provide links back to all entries.  Is there a prize?  Well, just knowing you did a good job.  And writing practice improves your writing.

I’ll likely have the second challenge by mid-week next week.  Thanks for joining!

Writing Course Week 5

For week 5 of the writing course I’m taking, we had to write a character sketch that was between 300 and 500 words, and was based on one of four methods of character creation.  We had to choose the one we were least familiar with.  I chose the autobiographical method, where I base the character on me, but make one really big change.  You’ll probably notice the change when you read it below.

Anyway, I’d just like to note that this was written quickly without any editing, and it has a lack of wonderful flowery words (that is, more descriptive words that aren’t so boring) that would be added after editing.  Also, while this is based on my feelings when I arrived in Japan, it is not autobiographical.  These events didn’t actually happen.  And while totally unrelated to the content of this post, this is post number 400!  Enjoy!

Jenna stepped off the train and onto the long platform. She looked left and right, trying to find the exit. She found it. The train doors closed, and the train’s songlike motors propelled it toward the next station. Everywhere around her, Jenna saw black hair. Her light brown hair contrasted with the monochrome sea of heads. Here and there, she saw another brown top, but thought it was probably dyed hair. She had never felt so out of place, an alien in another land.

Everyone lined up on the left side of the escalator down from the platform. She thought how orderly everything appeared. When she reached the bottom of the escalator, the line of people turned into a mob. Maybe not so orderly. She felt so closed in with such a large group of people rushing toward the ticket gates. She fumbled for her ticket in her pocket, and pulled it out. She approached one of the automated gates and inserted the ticket into the machine. It clicked and she passed through. No problem yet, she thought.

Jenna glanced around the street and couldn’t understand the signs she saw. Many shops had foreign letters and symbols. No, it wasn’t foreign, she was the foreign one. Everything was different. She smelled the distinct aroma of soy sauce, heard the incomprehensible chatter around her, and saw the tightly packed narrow buildings. A chill went down her spine as she thought about where she was. I’m in Japan. But she didn’t know where to go. She thought she must look like a lost puppy.

A passerby, a middle-aged woman with a large shopping bag, stopped and regarded her briefly. The woman spoke to Jenna, but she didn’t understand any of it. Strings of syllables.

“I’m sorry, I don’t speak Japanese,” she said.

“American?” asked the woman.

“No, I’m Canadian.”

“Ah, Canada! Very cold. Did you watch aurora?”

“Yes, I’ve seen aurora a few times,” said Jenna. What a strange question, she thought. “I’m lost. Can you tell me where to find this place?”

Jenna pointed at a hand-drawn map on a piece of paper.

“Very easy!” said the woman. She smiled. “Follow, please. I will teach you.”

“Oh, thank you. You’re very kind.”

Maybe this wouldn’t be so bad, she thought. If there are many people like this, I’ll be okay. At least I hope she’s a normal person.

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