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2015-06-30 17:50:52 (151 comments, 9 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

We are thinking less like citizens….more like sides in a war.

Most reshares: 42

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2015-06-22 19:11:36 (15 comments, 42 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Isaac Asimov reads aloud  "The Last Question" in one sitting. It appeared in the November 1956 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly and Asimov said it was "by far my favorite story of all those I have written."

Most plusones: 204

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2015-06-10 16:32:28 (57 comments, 38 reshares, 204 +1s)Open 

As usual, Elon dreams big! Musk wants to put a million people on Mars….within a century! As a first step, he will unveil SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter plan later this year – a fleet of spaceships and re-usable rockets for travel to Mars. As this article notes, “If someone can pull it off, it's probably him.”

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2015-07-05 21:11:03 (60 comments, 7 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Boeing's new Compact Laser Weapon System (LWS) is capable of generating an energy beam of up to 10 kilowatts that can, depending on the power level, be used to acquire, track, and identify a target -- or even destroy it -- at ranges of at least 22 miles. The weapon is designed specifically to track and attack moving aerial targets such as incoming artillery rounds, and low-flying aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.  Combine this with the new radars’ ability to track-back shells to pinpoint their origin, and we may be witnessing the end of Napoleon’s dictum that artillery is Queen of the Battlefield.  Of course the ones paying closest attention to all this?  Not Boeing’s customers or potential adversaries…. But sci fi authors.  

Boeing's new Compact Laser Weapon System (LWS) is capable of generating an energy beam of up to 10 kilowatts that can, depending on the power level, be used to acquire, track, and identify a target -- or even destroy it -- at ranges of at least 22 miles. The weapon is designed specifically to track and attack moving aerial targets such as incoming artillery rounds, and low-flying aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles.  Combine this with the new radars’ ability to track-back shells to pinpoint their origin, and we may be witnessing the end of Napoleon’s dictum that artillery is Queen of the Battlefield.  Of course the ones paying closest attention to all this?  Not Boeing’s customers or potential adversaries…. But sci fi authors.  ___

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2015-07-05 17:35:17 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

A couple of pictures from the Westercon 68 Science Fiction convention in San Diego: catching up with Vernor Vinge, and an intense discussion of transparency, accountability and privacy in this panel on The Transparent Society with Larry Niven, Henry Herz, Cody Goodfellow, David Ross and Karen Wilson.

A couple of pictures from the Westercon 68 Science Fiction convention in San Diego: catching up with Vernor Vinge, and an intense discussion of transparency, accountability and privacy in this panel on The Transparent Society with Larry Niven, Henry Herz, Cody Goodfellow, David Ross and Karen Wilson.___

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2015-07-04 15:56:12 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is an older article that has never appeared anywhere online till now. It won the best fact article prize from Analog Magazine in 1984 -- "The Deadly Thing at 2.4 Kiloparsecs!" It covers one postulate or hypothesis to explain the apparently cyclical nature of past extinction events on Planet Earth.  (That is, till the cycle got pushed ahead by our own actions in the Anthropocene.) Come have a look at the craziest-yet-plausible theory you've seen yet!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-deadly-thing-at-24-kiloparsecs-are.html

My weekend posting is an older article that has never appeared anywhere online till now. It won the best fact article prize from Analog Magazine in 1984 -- "The Deadly Thing at 2.4 Kiloparsecs!" It covers one postulate or hypothesis to explain the apparently cyclical nature of past extinction events on Planet Earth.  (That is, till the cycle got pushed ahead by our own actions in the Anthropocene.) Come have a look at the craziest-yet-plausible theory you've seen yet!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-deadly-thing-at-24-kiloparsecs-are.html___

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2015-07-03 16:23:24 (11 comments, 11 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

The key point here is not the one pushed by law enforcement or by its civil libertarian opponents, both of whom suffer from technological myopia and “tradeoff disease” – a mental ailment that causes sincere people to make statements like “we must sacrifice a little privacy for public safety” or – alternatively – “we must be brave enough to endure some danger in order to preserve freedom.”  It is the noxious notion of the zero-sum game. That we must choose between freedom and safety for our children.  A choice that I absolutely refuse to make. A choice put forward by simplistic morons.
 
Proof: No people in all of human history have ever been safer than we are right now… and no people have ever been as free. 
 
The tech-myopia comes in when federal agents act as if tools like Stingray can be kept secret over an extended period.  My Gosh, what kind of society dothey think they are livin... more »

The key point here is not the one pushed by law enforcement or by its civil libertarian opponents, both of whom suffer from technological myopia and “tradeoff disease” – a mental ailment that causes sincere people to make statements like “we must sacrifice a little privacy for public safety” or – alternatively – “we must be brave enough to endure some danger in order to preserve freedom.”  It is the noxious notion of the zero-sum game. That we must choose between freedom and safety for our children.  A choice that I absolutely refuse to make. A choice put forward by simplistic morons.
 
Proof: No people in all of human history have ever been safer than we are right now… and no people have ever been as free. 
 
The tech-myopia comes in when federal agents act as if tools like Stingray can be kept secret over an extended period.  My Gosh, what kind of society do they think they are living in?  All they accomplish with blanket and frantic gag orders is to increase the frisson of suspicion aimed toward them by citizens who know that they must be aware of what civil servants are doing, lest freedom vanish.
 
Temporary and tactical secrecy are useful tools for the Professional Protector Caste (PPC).  But technology and society keep moving forward and gag orders will not prevent it. 
 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-big-secret-surrounding-stingray-surveillance/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20150701___

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2015-07-02 19:00:34 (47 comments, 34 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Here’s a cute rumination. You are offered eight different – mutually exclusive – superpower pills. 

Here’s a cute rumination. You are offered eight different – mutually exclusive – superpower pills. ___

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2015-07-01 22:58:01 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

My mid-week posting is about Science Fiction: scenarios for the future, ranging from Cli-Fi to Post-human…
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/sci-fi-news.html

My mid-week posting is about Science Fiction: scenarios for the future, ranging from Cli-Fi to Post-human…
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/07/sci-fi-news.html___

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2015-07-01 19:14:19 (22 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

"Amazon is changing its ratings system. The company will  assign more weight to recent reviews, as well as reviews that have been written by verified purchasers of a particular product. (Naturally, it's probably best to hear about a person's experiences with something when you know, for sure, that they have actually used it.) Amazon will also weigh reviews that have been deemed helpful by other Amazon users" The latter reform has been needed for a long time. And #2 seems reasonable, but will tend to have side effects, e.g. that authors like me will be motivated to want loyal fans to buy via Amazon, so they can also review.  Clever, Jeff.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2486445,00.asp

"Amazon is changing its ratings system. The company will  assign more weight to recent reviews, as well as reviews that have been written by verified purchasers of a particular product. (Naturally, it's probably best to hear about a person's experiences with something when you know, for sure, that they have actually used it.) Amazon will also weigh reviews that have been deemed helpful by other Amazon users" The latter reform has been needed for a long time. And #2 seems reasonable, but will tend to have side effects, e.g. that authors like me will be motivated to want loyal fans to buy via Amazon, so they can also review.  Clever, Jeff.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2486445,00.asp___

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2015-06-30 17:50:52 (151 comments, 9 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

We are thinking less like citizens….more like sides in a war.

We are thinking less like citizens….more like sides in a war.___

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2015-06-29 19:17:20 (26 comments, 15 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

The Supreme Court in June allowed to stand the independent redistricting commission that the voters in Arizona established, to take rabid partisanship out of the drawing of state and federal districts.  But Republicans who control the legislature say the Constitution gives them the right to draw congressional districts, and they cannot be cut out of the power.  California is the only other state that has diminished the legislature’s role similar to Arizona, but 11 other states have created commissions that have some sort of say about reapportionment.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-rule-5-4-that-independent-panels-can-draw-election-district-lines/2015/06/29/c91269aa-1ae6-11e5-ab92-c75ae6ab94b5_story.html
 
I have long railed against gerrymandering, which is only the most blatant of a dozen ways that modern political parties have found to cheat thevoter... more »

The Supreme Court in June allowed to stand the independent redistricting commission that the voters in Arizona established, to take rabid partisanship out of the drawing of state and federal districts.  But Republicans who control the legislature say the Constitution gives them the right to draw congressional districts, and they cannot be cut out of the power.  California is the only other state that has diminished the legislature’s role similar to Arizona, but 11 other states have created commissions that have some sort of say about reapportionment.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-rule-5-4-that-independent-panels-can-draw-election-district-lines/2015/06/29/c91269aa-1ae6-11e5-ab92-c75ae6ab94b5_story.html
 
I have long railed against gerrymandering, which is only the most blatant of a dozen ways that modern political parties have found to cheat the voters.  Nothing more spectacularly proved the stunning dogmatic partisanship of justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito more than they way they have blocked (till now) any serious judicial review of these hijackings of sovereign citizen will.
 
The cheating is not balanced and equally distributed.  While yes, there a blue states where gerrymandering creates contorted, illogical and nasty district boundaries – Maryland and Illinois rise almost to the level of creativity of Texas and Georgia – it should be noted that it is in blue states that mostly democratic-leaning populations have rebelled against the practice. Of the 13 states where voters have pushed back against gerrymandering, twelve are blue.
 
“The Supreme Court has largely stayed out of partisan gerrymandering cases, unable to agree on a test that would allow the court to discern when expected political maneuvering rises to the level of being unconstitutional.”
 
But it does not have to get embroiled!  Nor is there even a need for impartial redistricting commissions!  All that is needed is one simple rule, that can be expressed in a single sentence. This one rule would not completely end gerrymandering… but it would render it moot and useless as a rampant method for stealing sovereignty and choice from American voters.
 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-simple-trick-allowing-citizens-to.html
 
THE RULE: District boundaries shall be drawn in such a way that (1) minimizes the ratio of perimeter to area and (2) minimizes OVERLAP between the districts for the state assembly, the state senate and the U.S. Congress.   
 
What this means is that the state legislature can Gerry assembly districts to benefit the majority party… but all this will do is ensure that the boundaries for state senate and Congress are not optimized for partisanship.  Your state senator will have to consider different sets of neighborhoods and needs and alliances than the assemblywoman, making democracy more thoughtful and prone to negotiation.
 
Above all, this reform does not require a grinding process of establishing one “commission” after another, or “agreeing on a test that would allow the court to discern when expected political maneuvering rises to the level of being unconstitutional.” 
 
Above all, though.  NOTICE which party cheats far more than the other.  Ask yourselves why it’s been arranged that all the companies that make VOTING machines are controlled by rabid GOP partisans.  And why is it that – in red states – there usually is no provision for those voting machines to leave an independent record that can be precinct-audited.  Sure, there are corrupt democrats.  But they have not turned cheating into a passionately-dedicated matter of party principle, policy and disciplined practice.
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2015-06-29 15:55:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Support the next generation of writers... with the Clarion Write-a-Thon. http://clarionwriteathon.org

Support the next generation of writers... with the Clarion Write-a-Thon. http://clarionwriteathon.org___

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2015-06-28 17:35:55 (48 comments, 9 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

One flag goes down; another goes up. So goes progress...

One flag goes down; another goes up. So goes progress...___

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2015-06-27 17:01:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is all sci and tech!  Electrical healing?  Whole sheets of graphene? Brain implants and a link to my talk at the big Augmented Reality conference.  Wallow in cool stuff.

My weekend posting is all sci and tech!  Electrical healing?  Whole sheets of graphene? Brain implants and a link to my talk at the big Augmented Reality conference.  Wallow in cool stuff.___

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2015-06-26 16:21:34 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Back in the 1970s some of us at Caltech and then UC had an interesting topic of discussion. “Say you are invited to a science conference in the USSR. What items can you bring with you that would (1) not get confiscated/destroyed by the KGB upon arrival, and (2) nevertheless, help to undermine the system and sway locals toward a freer, more open way of life?"

Jeans and rock albums?  The first things border agents would seize.  Sci fi books?  Sure, bring a few.  But any large number will be taken and pulped.

“Toothpaste,” said one visiting Russian scholar. “One fellow from JPL gave us all small tubes of American toothpaste when he visited Moscow. As soon as they ran out and we had to go back to our regular products, we all were guaranteed to hate the system, three times a day.”

Ooh, clever.  But my own opinion was simple.  Frisbees. No simple, lightweight,inexpensive obj... more »

Back in the 1970s some of us at Caltech and then UC had an interesting topic of discussion. “Say you are invited to a science conference in the USSR. What items can you bring with you that would (1) not get confiscated/destroyed by the KGB upon arrival, and (2) nevertheless, help to undermine the system and sway locals toward a freer, more open way of life?"

Jeans and rock albums?  The first things border agents would seize.  Sci fi books?  Sure, bring a few.  But any large number will be taken and pulped.

“Toothpaste,” said one visiting Russian scholar. “One fellow from JPL gave us all small tubes of American toothpaste when he visited Moscow. As soon as they ran out and we had to go back to our regular products, we all were guaranteed to hate the system, three times a day.”

Ooh, clever.  But my own opinion was simple.  Frisbees. No simple, lightweight, inexpensive object is more inherently about freedom, looseness, ad-hoc mixing of cooperation and competition… and making up rules as you go along.  You can even play with one, all by yourself, or with your dog, or… as in this article about frisbee empowerment… just learning to feel free.   

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/06/how-would-you-personally-undermine.html___

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2015-06-25 18:10:27 (36 comments, 10 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

“According to Samir Mathur. professor of physics at The Ohio State University, the recently proposed idea that black holes have “firewalls” that destroy all they touch is wrong. He believes that a black hole converts anything that touches it into a hologram — a near-perfect copy of itself that continues to exist just as before.  Mathur says if our world could be captured by a black hole, and we wouldn’t even notice.”
 
Okaaay!  Very interesting.  Though of course the thing to be recorded would be your bloody mess, after being tidally squished, on your way to the holographic absorption layer.  Still, this is weirdly and wonderfully reminiscent of a scene from volume three of Liu Cixin’s THE THREE BODY PROBLEM.  Volume one is up for a Hugo Award, with my blurb on the cover; get it!  But you won’t get to see vol. III – terrifically translated by Ken Liu – till late 2016. I have, though!  Nyah nya... more »

“According to Samir Mathur. professor of physics at The Ohio State University, the recently proposed idea that black holes have “firewalls” that destroy all they touch is wrong. He believes that a black hole converts anything that touches it into a hologram — a near-perfect copy of itself that continues to exist just as before.  Mathur says if our world could be captured by a black hole, and we wouldn’t even notice.”
 
Okaaay!  Very interesting.  Though of course the thing to be recorded would be your bloody mess, after being tidally squished, on your way to the holographic absorption layer.  Still, this is weirdly and wonderfully reminiscent of a scene from volume three of Liu Cixin’s THE THREE BODY PROBLEM.  Volume one is up for a Hugo Award, with my blurb on the cover; get it!  But you won’t get to see vol. III – terrifically translated by Ken Liu – till late 2016.  I have, though!  Nyah nyah.___

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2015-06-25 16:38:13 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

... One minute from John Rhys Davies, more punchy than any  60 from me -- entertainingly haranguing  us all to support the new Museum of Science Fiction, planned for Washington DC!  

https://vimeo.com/130019763 

... One minute from John Rhys Davies, more punchy than any  60 from me -- entertainingly haranguing  us all to support the new Museum of Science Fiction, planned for Washington DC!  

https://vimeo.com/130019763 ___

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2015-06-24 16:17:56 (51 comments, 5 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Where do you stand on the Confederate Battle Flag issue?  It's the topic of this week's posting. And sure to raise ire, because it is about symbolism.  And symbolism and made up tales are just about the only things that the wagers of our re-ignited Civil War have, as real grievances.  "Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors...  even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate." 

We have a future to win.  Science and all that blue stuff are vital to our childrens' future. We would rather not have this be about symbols... but if you insist....
http://da... more »

Where do you stand on the Confederate Battle Flag issue?  It's the topic of this week's posting. And sure to raise ire, because it is about symbolism.  And symbolism and made up tales are just about the only things that the wagers of our re-ignited Civil War have, as real grievances.  "Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors...  even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate." 

We have a future to win.  Science and all that blue stuff are vital to our childrens' future. We would rather not have this be about symbols... but if you insist....

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/06/fort-sumter-redux-battle-flag-and-re.html___

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2015-06-23 21:14:59 (14 comments, 22 reshares, 129 +1s)Open 

Blood donors in Sweden get a text message whenever their blood saves someone's life. Not that I needed that -- after my 80th donation. (I just received my commemorative Ten Gallon hat from the blood bank!) Still it might be nice if they did that here.

Blood donors in Sweden get a text message whenever their blood saves someone's life. Not that I needed that -- after my 80th donation. (I just received my commemorative Ten Gallon hat from the blood bank!) Still it might be nice if they did that here.___

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2015-06-23 15:56:58 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

In honor of Asteroid Day... Phil Plait offers up a little allegory about an asteroid heading toward the Earth, and how easy it might be to save ourselves, if not for mistrust of science itself.  

Me?  I om on the advisory boards of the B612 Foundation... actively seeking to protect our planet from rocks... and NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group.  So I am doing my part.  The rest of you can too, but laying into the War on Science crowd and finding every opportunity to call them what they are -- enemies of our kids' future.

In honor of Asteroid Day... Phil Plait offers up a little allegory about an asteroid heading toward the Earth, and how easy it might be to save ourselves, if not for mistrust of science itself.  

Me?  I om on the advisory boards of the B612 Foundation... actively seeking to protect our planet from rocks... and NASA's Innovative and Advanced Concepts group.  So I am doing my part.  The rest of you can too, but laying into the War on Science crowd and finding every opportunity to call them what they are -- enemies of our kids' future.___

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2015-06-22 21:44:14 (117 comments, 5 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

Speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Thursday, Obama noted: “You don’t see murder on this kind of scale with this kind of frequency in any other advanced nation on Earth. Every country has violent, hateful, or mentally unstable people. What’s different is not every country is awash with easily accessible guns.”

Speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Thursday, Obama noted: “You don’t see murder on this kind of scale with this kind of frequency in any other advanced nation on Earth. Every country has violent, hateful, or mentally unstable people. What’s different is not every country is awash with easily accessible guns.”___

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2015-06-22 19:11:36 (15 comments, 42 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Isaac Asimov reads aloud  "The Last Question" in one sitting. It appeared in the November 1956 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly and Asimov said it was "by far my favorite story of all those I have written."

Isaac Asimov reads aloud  "The Last Question" in one sitting. It appeared in the November 1956 issue of Science Fiction Quarterly and Asimov said it was "by far my favorite story of all those I have written."___

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2015-06-21 15:32:08 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Remembering my father today, the remarkable Herb Brin: poet, investigative reporter, publisher, seeker of justice…

I Invented Time, by Herb Brin

Hold back your clocks
Damn it, no requiem for me!
I’ll rust those gears
With the fine spray of seas
That sweep my autumn years.

Crusts of age clog my knees
But I’ll get along
At a lesser pace.

And softer my sighs
Gentler, more gentle
And as suns descend
I’ll get along
It’s moonlight saving time
For me.

I’ve many a mountain yet to climb
And the hot breath of lips on mine
And the touch of tender hips.

Are there promises to keep?
Don’t count my ways
Don’t count my ways.

The brook, the stream, the massive sea
Hold many mysteries for me
And books unread
And paths untrod
Primevalforests beckon ... more »

Remembering my father today, the remarkable Herb Brin: poet, investigative reporter, publisher, seeker of justice…

I Invented Time, by Herb Brin

Hold back your clocks
Damn it, no requiem for me!
I’ll rust those gears
With the fine spray of seas
That sweep my autumn years.

Crusts of age clog my knees
But I’ll get along
At a lesser pace.

And softer my sighs
Gentler, more gentle
And as suns descend
I’ll get along
It’s moonlight saving time
For me.

I’ve many a mountain yet to climb
And the hot breath of lips on mine
And the touch of tender hips.

Are there promises to keep?
Don’t count my ways
Don’t count my ways.

The brook, the stream, the massive sea
Hold many mysteries for me
And books unread
And paths untrod
Primeval forests beckon me.

Don’t speed my way to dreams undreamed
I’ve cantatas to create
I’ve heady lilacs yet to sense
And little foxes to divine.

Take back your clocks
Hold back your clocks
With searing breath of lips
On mine

I invented time.

Written April 28, 1982
From : My Spanish Years
http://www.davidbrin.com/herbbrin/index.html___

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2015-06-20 20:49:51 (34 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting lays out the "name an exception challenge," The most devastating way to win an argument, if you can corner the other guy with his inability to cite even one example of his side ever being right.  Normally in life, you don't get many opportunities to use the technique.  But I show a dozen that apply -- with absolute perfection -- to the worst dogmatists in today's society.  Use this method!  It truly works.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-name-one-exception-challenge.html

My weekend posting lays out the "name an exception challenge," The most devastating way to win an argument, if you can corner the other guy with his inability to cite even one example of his side ever being right.  Normally in life, you don't get many opportunities to use the technique.  But I show a dozen that apply -- with absolute perfection -- to the worst dogmatists in today's society.  Use this method!  It truly works.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-name-one-exception-challenge.html___

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2015-06-17 17:52:37 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

My latest posting: How would you personally - undermine - a tyrannical regime?

My latest posting: How would you personally - undermine - a tyrannical regime?___

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2015-06-12 20:33:52 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Our weekend posting - (while in Portugal!) - ends my hiatus on politics. And boy are there items! For example: the media focused on the least important parts of the recent NSA-reform bill. A few tentatively good things happened... that weren't covered at all, but I'll explain here.  Plus - the blatant attempt to gather intell to BLACKMAIL U.S. officials.  Plus huzzah, for the comeuppance of one of the worst traitors to the republic in the last 50 years... a fellow named Dennis Hastert  And no, I do not exaggerate in the slightest.  Hey you politics-junkies... I'm baaaaack! ;-)

http://davidbrin.blogspot.pt/2015/06/truly-major-issues-helping-decide-fate.html

Our weekend posting - (while in Portugal!) - ends my hiatus on politics. And boy are there items! For example: the media focused on the least important parts of the recent NSA-reform bill. A few tentatively good things happened... that weren't covered at all, but I'll explain here.  Plus - the blatant attempt to gather intell to BLACKMAIL U.S. officials.  Plus huzzah, for the comeuppance of one of the worst traitors to the republic in the last 50 years... a fellow named Dennis Hastert  And no, I do not exaggerate in the slightest.  Hey you politics-junkies... I'm baaaaack! ;-)

http://davidbrin.blogspot.pt/2015/06/truly-major-issues-helping-decide-fate.html___

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2015-06-10 16:32:28 (57 comments, 38 reshares, 204 +1s)Open 

As usual, Elon dreams big! Musk wants to put a million people on Mars….within a century! As a first step, he will unveil SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter plan later this year – a fleet of spaceships and re-usable rockets for travel to Mars. As this article notes, “If someone can pull it off, it's probably him.”

As usual, Elon dreams big! Musk wants to put a million people on Mars….within a century! As a first step, he will unveil SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter plan later this year – a fleet of spaceships and re-usable rockets for travel to Mars. As this article notes, “If someone can pull it off, it's probably him.”___

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2015-06-09 16:56:41 (20 comments, 39 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

This puts things in perspective! Proportional map of the world’s languages...Informative ... but this graphic should ALWAYS be accompanied by a graphic showing which languages are actively being studied as a SECOND language or used to communicate across cultural barriers.

This puts things in perspective! Proportional map of the world’s languages...Informative ... but this graphic should ALWAYS be accompanied by a graphic showing which languages are actively being studied as a SECOND language or used to communicate across cultural barriers.___

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2015-06-08 22:20:39 (5 comments, 19 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Success...after a series of worrisome setbacks and silences! The Planetary Society's LightSail deploys its Solar Sails in space! Something that should have been done at the very dawn of the Space Era, almost a lifetime ago… developing useful, reliable, deployable light sails (or “solar sails”) to send small craft cheaply across the community of planets.

Support the worthy efforts of The Planetary Society and Bill Nye to keep our eyes on space:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theplanetarysociety/lightsail-a-revolutionary-solar-sailing-spacecraft

Success...after a series of worrisome setbacks and silences! The Planetary Society's LightSail deploys its Solar Sails in space! Something that should have been done at the very dawn of the Space Era, almost a lifetime ago… developing useful, reliable, deployable light sails (or “solar sails”) to send small craft cheaply across the community of planets.

Support the worthy efforts of The Planetary Society and Bill Nye to keep our eyes on space:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/theplanetarysociety/lightsail-a-revolutionary-solar-sailing-spacecraft___

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2015-06-08 17:08:54 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

In honor of the “AWE” Augmented World Expo at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center – where I will speak Wednesday morning – I’ve decided to post this excerpt-chapter from my novel Existence.  It is set at a transhumanist convention in the year 2040. And the point of view character is using a LOT of augmented reality (AR) gear as she strolls the aisles, sampling the hottest new tech trends.  Not the most action-packed scene in the book… but still, I think you geeks, especially, will be amused.  

In honor of the “AWE” Augmented World Expo at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center – where I will speak Wednesday morning – I’ve decided to post this excerpt-chapter from my novel Existence.  It is set at a transhumanist convention in the year 2040. And the point of view character is using a LOT of augmented reality (AR) gear as she strolls the aisles, sampling the hottest new tech trends.  Not the most action-packed scene in the book… but still, I think you geeks, especially, will be amused.  ___

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2015-06-07 18:24:10 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Nicely narrated on Escape Pod: Listen to Aficionado -- a chapter from Existence http://escapepod.org/2015/06/06/ep495-aficionado/

Nicely narrated on Escape Pod: Listen to Aficionado -- a chapter from Existence http://escapepod.org/2015/06/06/ep495-aficionado/___

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2015-06-07 16:34:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

I'm speaking at the Augmented World Expo, AWE2015, the largest event for AR, VR, wearables & IoT. Join me June 10 for a peek at the future of technology... http://augmentedworldexpo.com/

I'm speaking at the Augmented World Expo, AWE2015, the largest event for AR, VR, wearables & IoT. Join me June 10 for a peek at the future of technology... http://augmentedworldexpo.com/___

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2015-06-06 17:19:15 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

You thought I was done talking about space?  We are currently living through the most exciting time for astronomy and spaceflight and expanding our horizons since the 1970s... cool stuff is happening monthly!  

I don't know which to be more amazed-at. The wonders spilling forth from human competence and cooperative effort... or the astonishing silliness of a people who paid for it all, and cannot turn their head to be cheered by such wonders!

You thought I was done talking about space?  We are currently living through the most exciting time for astronomy and spaceflight and expanding our horizons since the 1970s... cool stuff is happening monthly!  

I don't know which to be more amazed-at. The wonders spilling forth from human competence and cooperative effort... or the astonishing silliness of a people who paid for it all, and cannot turn their head to be cheered by such wonders!___

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2015-06-05 17:00:23 (64 comments, 17 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

George Martin has been slagged – and the directors of the Game of Thrones series – for depicting sexual violence against women.  George answers well in this interview.  But he does not drive home the point.  Which is: if you don’t like that kind of stuff, don’t romanticize the creepy-awful-horrid feudal way of life that trapped our ancestors – and especially women – for most of the last 10,000 years!
 
While the story and dramatization of Game of Thrones are vividly captivating, they should also cure anyone of actually wanting anything like feudalism to even begin to rear its head outside of fantasy flicks, ever again.  And yet, I run into romantics who claim they would like to live in such a world… or that of Tolkien, or Frank Herbert’s Dune… oy!  Dig it fools.  Herbert and Martin wrote these nasty worlds so that millions will be girded to oppose any sign (and there aresigns today) of a return... more »

George Martin has been slagged – and the directors of the Game of Thrones series – for depicting sexual violence against women.  George answers well in this interview.  But he does not drive home the point.  Which is: if you don’t like that kind of stuff, don’t romanticize the creepy-awful-horrid feudal way of life that trapped our ancestors – and especially women – for most of the last 10,000 years!
 
While the story and dramatization of Game of Thrones are vividly captivating, they should also cure anyone of actually wanting anything like feudalism to even begin to rear its head outside of fantasy flicks, ever again.  And yet, I run into romantics who claim they would like to live in such a world… or that of Tolkien, or Frank Herbert’s Dune… oy!  Dig it fools.  Herbert and Martin wrote these nasty worlds so that millions will be girded to oppose any sign (and there are signs today) of a return to such monstrously unfair societies!
 
You activists who decry vividly cringeworthy depictions of behaviors that were common in the past … you are not true paladins of progress.  You should be praising this art form. “Look at what used to be normal in other civilizations!” you should cry. “This is the kind of thing we must make, and we are now making, extinct. Now fight to make this never reappear outside of fiction.”___

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2015-06-04 20:38:13 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

What will travel look like in 100 years? Support The Museum of Science Fiction’s Kickstarter for “The Future of Travel”—to open this summer at Reagan National Airport. They are hosting a private opening reception for the  exhibition, in advance of the installation’s “on-time arrival” at Washington, DC’s Reagan National Airport on July 7.  The preview will be 6pm Friday, June 26, 2015, at the offices of SmithGroupJJR on New York Avenue in DC. RSVP at  rsvp@museumofsciencefiction.org

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/437873227/museum-of-science-fiction-future-of-travel-exhibit

What will travel look like in 100 years? Support The Museum of Science Fiction’s Kickstarter for “The Future of Travel”—to open this summer at Reagan National Airport. They are hosting a private opening reception for the  exhibition, in advance of the installation’s “on-time arrival” at Washington, DC’s Reagan National Airport on July 7.  The preview will be 6pm Friday, June 26, 2015, at the offices of SmithGroupJJR on New York Avenue in DC. RSVP at  rsvp@museumofsciencefiction.org

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/437873227/museum-of-science-fiction-future-of-travel-exhibit___

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2015-06-04 16:13:43 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

CCTV NATION is a location Based Augmented MMO Game created by Open Realities Inc. "Watch the watchers! Surveillance tech is around you!Choose a side: Security vs Privacy!" -- This kickstarter  game aims at a practical purpose as players crowdsource-input locations of surveillance devices. "The outcome of playing CCTV Nation will be an Open Data map with all security cams and mobile networks on it."  

My reaction? Well, I start with irritation at the zero-sum notion of a tradeoff between two things we absolutely need, both security and freedom. I have been battling this dismal (and disproved) notion for a quarter of a century.

On the other hand, I can see its utility in game-play mode… at least at the lower levels of play.  I’d hope that more positive sum subtlety builds, as the designers pull you in…

But the overall goal?  Using play —outdoors an... more »

CCTV NATION is a location Based Augmented MMO Game created by Open Realities Inc. "Watch the watchers! Surveillance tech is around you!Choose a side: Security vs Privacy!" -- This kickstarter  game aims at a practical purpose as players crowdsource-input locations of surveillance devices. "The outcome of playing CCTV Nation will be an Open Data map with all security cams and mobile networks on it."  

My reaction? Well, I start with irritation at the zero-sum notion of a tradeoff between two things we absolutely need, both security and freedom. I have been battling this dismal (and disproved) notion for a quarter of a century.

On the other hand, I can see its utility in game-play mode… at least at the lower levels of play.  I’d hope that more positive sum subtlety builds, as the designers pull you in…

But the overall goal?  Using play — outdoors and active and location based — to create a crowd-sourced database of info for citizens?  This is the heart and soul of the “smart mob” methods I described in both EARTH and EXISTENCE.  Sure, this particular database will be rendered moot, as cameras keep getting smaller.  But we can keep up, if we develop habits of a Sousveillance Society.  And although I know almost nothing about CCTV Nation, I have to admit I find the concept and plan way above average.___

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2015-06-03 21:07:06 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Inkitt has just launched their Mystery/Thriller writing contest for June, called "Fated Paradox".
They accept original fiction stories of any length. The contest closes on July 4th.
Free to enter, and authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest.
http://inkitt.com/fatedparadox

Inkitt has just launched their Mystery/Thriller writing contest for June, called "Fated Paradox".
They accept original fiction stories of any length. The contest closes on July 4th.
Free to enter, and authors will retain all rights to any and all works submitted in the contest.
http://inkitt.com/fatedparadox___

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2015-06-03 16:32:52 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The passage of a bill to ramp back US government surveillance abilities is a modest victory for those who always believed the Patriot Act was over-reach.  Indeed, look at page 206 of The Transparent Society (1997) to see how - back in the 20th Century - I warned about the "ratchet effect" of governmental powers, that moves them forward in a time of crisis, but never unwinds the ratchet when things calm down.

This particular "unwinding" is a minor one, but symbolically it re-asserts the right of the people to sway their politicians and remind them that our watch-dogs are not wolves.  So why am I holding off any victory dance?  Because, in fact, the news media is filled with morons who aim their gaze at the wrong things.  It does not matter -- nor did it ever matter -- how much the NSA could see.  Indeed, they will be using insiders to do delicate and occasional meta-datasift... more »

The passage of a bill to ramp back US government surveillance abilities is a modest victory for those who always believed the Patriot Act was over-reach.  Indeed, look at page 206 of The Transparent Society (1997) to see how - back in the 20th Century - I warned about the "ratchet effect" of governmental powers, that moves them forward in a time of crisis, but never unwinds the ratchet when things calm down.

This particular "unwinding" is a minor one, but symbolically it re-asserts the right of the people to sway their politicians and remind them that our watch-dogs are not wolves.  So why am I holding off any victory dance?  Because, in fact, the news media is filled with morons who aim their gaze at the wrong things.  It does not matter -- nor did it ever matter -- how much the NSA could see.  Indeed, they will be using insiders to do delicate and occasional meta-data sifts inside AT&T and Verizon and so-on.

What matters are other parts of this law, which we have barely seen reported by media.  Portions that (with Obama Administration support) actually add greater SUPERVISION of our Professional Protector Caste (PPC.) SLightly improving the adversarial processes in the FISA Court, for example, so that sweeping data-trawls must be justified with Plausible (if not probable) Cause.  Or constraining the formerly unlimited gag orders that were slapped willy-nilly on carriers for unlimited time spans.  Indeed, the Obama-generated reforms are welcome -- they transform FISA from a mockery of a star chamber into an actual "court."  But I want to know who appoints the court advocates who will question government search order requests!  These should be chosen by stakeholders like the ACLU... from a pool of highly security-cleared individuals.  If this is not the case, then THAT is where our scrutiny should go.

Try, try to grasp this.  It is futile to demand that elites not see!  What we might be able to do, is force them to be supervised and held accountable, whenever they look at us.  The former is a fantasm.  The latter is how we got the freedom we have.  And it is how we'll keep from losing it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-moves-ahead-with-retooling-of-us-surveillance-powers/2015/06/02/28f5e1ce-092d-11e5-a7ad-b430fc1d3f5c_story.html___

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2015-06-02 16:51:34 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Let's start the working week with my latest posting about... Space!  The new solar sail! The bright spots on Ceres! June 30 is Asteroid Day!  Plus rogue stars and new Mars missions and crazy galaxies!  And exclamation points!!!

Let's start the working week with my latest posting about... Space!  The new solar sail! The bright spots on Ceres! June 30 is Asteroid Day!  Plus rogue stars and new Mars missions and crazy galaxies!  And exclamation points!!!___

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2015-06-01 16:59:54 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Snowden revealed no illegality but provoked a badly needed debate over what _ should be legal. The real issue is not what NSA can see. It is how well we can supervise. Watching the watchers. 

Snowden revealed no illegality but provoked a badly needed debate over what _ should be legal. The real issue is not what NSA can see. It is how well we can supervise. Watching the watchers. ___

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2015-05-31 23:53:04 (29 comments, 38 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

Biometrics are advancing so fast that technology now allows the scanning of irises from a distance of up to 40 feet (12 metres) away… exactly as we saw in Steven Spielberg’s film Minority Report.  In fact, “Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US demonstrated they were able to use their iris recognition technology to identify drivers from an image of their eye captured from their vehicle’s side mirror.”
 
The good news… portrayed in both EARTH (1989) and EXISTENCE… is that: “By using measurements of physiological characteristics, people no longer need security tokens or cumbersome passwords to identify themselves.”  The harsh news is that every measure that you thought would conceal you is probably moot.
 
Nothing could be more stupid than trying to protect your freedom and safety by hiding and secrecy.  Only one endeavor will prevent this stuff fromempowering Big Brother... more »

Biometrics are advancing so fast that technology now allows the scanning of irises from a distance of up to 40 feet (12 metres) away… exactly as we saw in Steven Spielberg’s film Minority Report.  In fact, “Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US demonstrated they were able to use their iris recognition technology to identify drivers from an image of their eye captured from their vehicle’s side mirror.”
 
The good news… portrayed in both EARTH (1989) and EXISTENCE… is that: “By using measurements of physiological characteristics, people no longer need security tokens or cumbersome passwords to identify themselves.”  The harsh news is that every measure that you thought would conceal you is probably moot.
 
Nothing could be more stupid than trying to protect your freedom and safety by hiding and secrecy.  Only one endeavor will prevent this stuff from empowering Big Brother.  Sousveillance.  Looking back.___

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2015-05-29 16:14:32 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

For my weekend posting, I'll stir a hornet's nest. With deep respect for my colleague Charles Stross, I reply to one of his recent essays about the "iron laws" that (purportedly) ensure an imminent decline and collapse of the Western Enlightenment Experiment. I doubt Charlie will mind a bit!  He loves sagacious argument. But I am standing back from the screen, sure that some others (who don't get it) will be heated.  Hey fellows, we want the same thing.  I just think cheering up and relishing our revolution's powerful-positive tools will help a whole lot more than cynical despair.

For my weekend posting, I'll stir a hornet's nest. With deep respect for my colleague Charles Stross, I reply to one of his recent essays about the "iron laws" that (purportedly) ensure an imminent decline and collapse of the Western Enlightenment Experiment. I doubt Charlie will mind a bit!  He loves sagacious argument. But I am standing back from the screen, sure that some others (who don't get it) will be heated.  Hey fellows, we want the same thing.  I just think cheering up and relishing our revolution's powerful-positive tools will help a whole lot more than cynical despair.___

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2015-05-28 16:34:26 (34 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Now here’s an interesting take on the matter: conservatives often demand that we take into account the Framers intent, when interpreting the Constitution.  And indeed, the Framers clearly and decisively meant for non-voting persons in a district to be counted in determining representation!  Not only women citizens – who could not vote - but also 3/5ths of any non citizen… which um meant slaves.  Am I actually citing the heinously cynical “3/5ths Rule” in arguing FOR the enumerating and counting of non-citizens in modern districting?  Yeow!

Now here’s an interesting take on the matter: conservatives often demand that we take into account the Framers intent, when interpreting the Constitution.  And indeed, the Framers clearly and decisively meant for non-voting persons in a district to be counted in determining representation!  Not only women citizens – who could not vote - but also 3/5ths of any non citizen… which um meant slaves.  Am I actually citing the heinously cynical “3/5ths Rule” in arguing FOR the enumerating and counting of non-citizens in modern districting?  Yeow!___

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2015-05-27 18:29:37 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

A new radio telescope array developed by a consortium led by Caltech and now operating at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory has the ability to image simultaneously the entire sky at radio wavelengths with unmatched speed, helping astronomers to search for objects and phenomena that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode. -Our new telescope lets us see the entire sky all at once, and we can image everything instantaneously," says Gregg Hallinan, an assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech and OV-LWA's principal investigator. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/powerful-new-radio-telescope-array-searches-entire-sky-247-46754#sthash.5l2wLwBf.dpuf  

A new radio telescope array developed by a consortium led by Caltech and now operating at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory has the ability to image simultaneously the entire sky at radio wavelengths with unmatched speed, helping astronomers to search for objects and phenomena that pulse, flicker, flare, or explode. -Our new telescope lets us see the entire sky all at once, and we can image everything instantaneously," says Gregg Hallinan, an assistant professor of astronomy at Caltech and OV-LWA's principal investigator. - See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/powerful-new-radio-telescope-array-searches-entire-sky-247-46754#sthash.5l2wLwBf.dpuf  ___

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2015-05-26 16:45:08 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

This video portraying the construction and operation of a GEO space solar power system is very well made… and kinda inspiring.  The contest it was entered in was won by a team supported by the Chinese government.  Worth noting.  Just 3000 of these could entirely replace the three cubic miles of oil (equivalent) of fossil fuel the human race uses each year. “By the early 2030s if we got on it soon,” says system architect Keith Henson.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Lrj35HcbQ&feature=youtu.be

This video portraying the construction and operation of a GEO space solar power system is very well made… and kinda inspiring.  The contest it was entered in was won by a team supported by the Chinese government.  Worth noting.  Just 3000 of these could entirely replace the three cubic miles of oil (equivalent) of fossil fuel the human race uses each year. “By the early 2030s if we got on it soon,” says system architect Keith Henson.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Lrj35HcbQ&feature=youtu.be___

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2015-05-26 00:37:36 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

This week's Big Blog posting is about matters of foreign and domestic politics: Is America still the "indispensable nation"? I dissect a book that starts with an agreeable assumption, then turns it into a sly excuse to let neocons -- our mad uncles -- back at the adult table.  Also, shall we double down on supply side "economics" by giving one third of a TRILLION dollars in tax gifts to just 5,000 families?  It's the GOP's top legislative priority, so look into it!

I've not done politics in a while, so gird yourselves. There's some pent-up energy here....

This week's Big Blog posting is about matters of foreign and domestic politics: Is America still the "indispensable nation"? I dissect a book that starts with an agreeable assumption, then turns it into a sly excuse to let neocons -- our mad uncles -- back at the adult table.  Also, shall we double down on supply side "economics" by giving one third of a TRILLION dollars in tax gifts to just 5,000 families?  It's the GOP's top legislative priority, so look into it!

I've not done politics in a while, so gird yourselves. There's some pent-up energy here....___

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2015-05-25 17:39:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

San Diego, 2055: What will remain? What will be lost? What will we have done to face our region's most pressing challenges and seize its most exciting opportunities? Join The San Diego Foundation and leading futurist David Brin for Everything is Science Fiction, an exploration of possibilities for San Diego's future. Event will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 5pm at University of San Diego. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.
 

San Diego, 2055: What will remain? What will be lost? What will we have done to face our region's most pressing challenges and seize its most exciting opportunities? Join The San Diego Foundation and leading futurist David Brin for Everything is Science Fiction, an exploration of possibilities for San Diego's future. Event will be held on Wednesday, May 27 at 5pm at University of San Diego. It is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.
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2015-05-22 15:06:20 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

My weekend posting is about... Space!  I haven't seen an era like this one, since the 1960s. Almost monthly there are wonderful news items about our progress in exploring or utilizing new technologies or the solar system. What a time. And even more fascinating is how media -- and our neighbors -- strain so hard to find it boring.  But they will not succeed. These are exciting times.  SHAKE your neighbors and your kids till they wake up! 

My weekend posting is about... Space!  I haven't seen an era like this one, since the 1960s. Almost monthly there are wonderful news items about our progress in exploring or utilizing new technologies or the solar system. What a time. And even more fascinating is how media -- and our neighbors -- strain so hard to find it boring.  But they will not succeed. These are exciting times.  SHAKE your neighbors and your kids till they wake up! ___

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2015-05-18 20:20:08 (16 comments, 11 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

This Monday's posting takes a look back at human origins, from the fate of Neanderthals all the way back to our ancestral links to Archaea micro-organisms!  Get to know your family tree!  And all that that en-tails.  And this one is in honor of our own bio-anthropologist!  Yay Ari!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-look-back-at-our-origins.html

This Monday's posting takes a look back at human origins, from the fate of Neanderthals all the way back to our ancestral links to Archaea micro-organisms!  Get to know your family tree!  And all that that en-tails.  And this one is in honor of our own bio-anthropologist!  Yay Ari!

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-look-back-at-our-origins.html___

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2015-05-17 19:56:27 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Just released: an excellent audio version of The River of Time, beautifully narrated by my friend, actor +Stephen Mendel! The book is also back in print, in paperback and ebook formats…

http://www.davidbrin.com/riveroftime.html

Just released: an excellent audio version of The River of Time, beautifully narrated by my friend, actor +Stephen Mendel! The book is also back in print, in paperback and ebook formats…

http://www.davidbrin.com/riveroftime.html___

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2015-05-17 16:30:39 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: The dialog contained some moments of intellectual heft and there’s genuine acting. The film proved that a small team can do inexpensive thought-provoking science fiction. Alas, the story arc and the villain, were banal caricatures of a yawning predictable Frankenstein remake, including Shelly’s fundamental: the creator is not punished for hubristically picking up god’s tools, he is punished for being a horrible dad. 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/sf-on-big-screenand-tv.html

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina: The dialog contained some moments of intellectual heft and there’s genuine acting. The film proved that a small team can do inexpensive thought-provoking science fiction. Alas, the story arc and the villain, were banal caricatures of a yawning predictable Frankenstein remake, including Shelly’s fundamental: the creator is not punished for hubristically picking up god’s tools, he is punished for being a horrible dad. 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/05/sf-on-big-screenand-tv.html___

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2015-05-16 21:58:08 (18 comments, 10 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Gregory Benford offers a terrific and moving article about both the scientific and science-fiction wonders of Pluto... as we near the epochal New Horizons encounter in July. 

Gregory Benford offers a terrific and moving article about both the scientific and science-fiction wonders of Pluto... as we near the epochal New Horizons encounter in July. ___

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