Busy with family in from out of town, so I only have time for some brief thoughts jumbled together rather than a full-blow article, pointing out and musing on a few things I've been thinking about lately.
- I'd initially heard that Peter Jackson's take on The Hobbit was going to be a two-parter. I thought that was a bit much, but okay, I like The Hobbit and I thought that the L.O.T.R. series was pretty good so I was willing to give the benefit of a doubt. But my father sent me an article that said: The Hobbit is an upcoming film series consisting of three epic fantasy-adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel of the same name. The films are, by subtitle, An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and There and Back Again (2014). Three films. Now that's just a blatant money-grab. Unfortunately this probably won't stop me from
- It's been a few weeks already since the death of Neil Armstrong. The Guardian had a pretty good article about how his legacy has been wasted, pretty much echoing some of the things I've written here at Swords and Space -- namely, that the future of space exploration may be with the private sector. I know some readers are not keen at all about the idea, and I agree to an extent. But I think it may be inevitable at this point. Governments surely haven't been getting the job done over the last 50 years.
- It's a bit of a sad thing for me that given the lack of even a hint of returning to the moon since the early 70s, when my son asked me yesterday if he might fly a space ship one day I had to say I can't make any promises. I know that my parents, who were children in 1969, had good reason to tell me that they thought there might be lots of space exploration by the time I was an adult. But having seen no significant progress in my time, I'm not so sure.
- Which means my dream of living on Mars will probably never happen. Which is really too bad because I think the cool, dry climate would rather suit me. The Martian day is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, which isn't a huge difference but I could definitely handle an extra forty minutes per day. Might actually get some writing done!