Sometimes as I am drifting off to sleep I imagine a live news story on discovery of a habitable Earth-like exoplanet. The feelings of wonder, joy, curiosity and triumph combine to create a comforting carriage into slumber. In as little as 90 seconds this short clip from the space thriller “Pandorum” in its portrayal of humankind’s discovery of Tanis shows a reverent family receiving such fantastic news. It was my favorite part of a great entry into the sci-fi genre but an otherwise unremarkable movie.
I have renewed my personal studies on world federalism, international governance generally and how people around the world are helping to enhance understanding and appreciation of our common humanity. One book that I am excited to read is by Paul Ehrlich and Robert Ornstein titled “Humanity on a Tightrope” from which the following quote was found:
“Now we’ve entered a new, uncontained, and bloodless “battle” for creativity and compassion, where the very viability of global civilization is at stake. And the battle isn’t against an invasion of resource hungry aliens from an extraterrestrial empire, which science fiction writers have often posited as a cause that would unite humanity. That’s too bad, because human beings tend to stick together in the face of a common enemy… Rather, the “common foe” is the actions of that weirdly cooperatively breeding small-group animal that has gained dominance over everything but its own behavior. The situation is summed up in a famous phrase from the noted intellectual Pogo on a 1970 Earth Day poster: ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’.”
I have slowly began to settle into Alaska after about three months. The weather is cold, which is to my liking. I am also pleased to announce that I’ve gone and started an online poetry and fiction magazine. It’s called CENTURY 121–which someone has informed me sounds much like the real estate company–and the first issue is online. We had over a dozen contributors in the inaugural issue with a mixture of short fiction and poetry.
What was intended as a short hiatus here at Nascence stretched into several months. Well, I hope to be back into the blogging routine for 2013. As a starter, here is the year in review for Nascence from the clever people at WordPress:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
See you next year :)
So it is just a ‘concept’ hovercar? But I want one. Now. =) Leave it to Volkswagen to make it look so very cool.