Sunday, April 18, 2021

“The Eastern Bluebird: Once Nearly Gone”

Eastern Bluebird


“The Eastern Bluebird: Once Nearly Gone” by Lesley the Bird Nerd.

It’s true we don’t see bluebirds nearly as often as robins, and I used to note well the rare instances I saw them in the yard growing up.

The film explains the blue color of the feathers in terms of selective light refraction, not pigment.

Wikipedia embed: click for attribution

Saturday, April 17, 2021

"Why So Many People Want to Be Writers", animated


my high school, rebuilt 

The School of Life presents “Why So Many People Want to Be Writers”, animated, 5 minutes, 2019, 

Why not change “be writers” to “write”? Yup, many first novels are autobiographical, from those prolific with the pen or keyboard but who don't bond to people in groups easily. 

The short film makes us wonder if literature, even as we study it in high school English and undergraduate college, was a replacement for “real life” for the authors.  Remember the 1950's card game "Authors"? 

It is a desire to be heard when the real world won’t listen and is already too polarized by its own intersectional whining.  But then, for tribal people, rioting is the remedy of the unheard. 

Even Socrates said this.

So I wonder what School of Life would think of Tyler Mowery’s recent YT series “The Writer’s Mind”, on Patreon (part of it members only).

Friday, April 16, 2021

“Did Scientists Just Discover the Best Ever Super Earth?” Because it is easy to observe, not because it is habitable

Exoplanet Comparison Gliese 581 d


“Did Scientists Just Discover the Best Ever Super Earth?” from Unveiled, April 12, 2021

The planet in question is Gliese 486b, around a red dwarf 26 light years away.  It has 10 times Earth’s mass and is thought to be a hot, volcanic planet like Venus. It transits its star frequently in a manner that makes it very easy for astronomers to study it.

Gliese 581c is around an even nearer red dwarf star, 20 light years away, 5 times Earth’s mass, gets discusses. thinks it might be too hot.

A better chance is 581d, or even 581g, if it exists.

Picture: Wikipedia diagram of proposed 581 planet model, click for attribution 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

"The Mind of a Writer", a short meta-film


The Mind of a Writer”, directed by Andrew Kan, story by Tyler Cucuzza.

A portly young man tries to write a story for a job assignment in a company making short films. He is working from home (although this little film was shot in 2016).

A homely couple comes in, sits on the couch and makes various skits   Finally when they get serious bout some romance, Kan comes up with a story that the boss likes. Ironically this film comes up if you look for Tyler Mowery's "Writer's Mind". 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

"What If We Found Earth 2.0"?


underground on an alien world

The WhatIf Channel presents the little short, “What If We Found Earth 2.0”?  There was a series called this ("Earth 2") in the 1990s with Anthony Sabato and an underground civilization of humanoids.

It’s likely to be somewhat larger than Earth and near a K star or possibly mature red dwarf (no longer flaring), and tidally locked.

But it would take many generations reproducing on a closed O’Neill-like spaceship with authoritarian politics to get there. 

The short had an annoying long advertorial by NetSuite in the middle.

At the end, the video takes another look at Titan.

You can also watch “What If We Discover Life After Death?” on the same channel.  It does explain the Greyson scale of 1983, and the syncing of brain to heart and nervous systems during death.

Monday, April 12, 2021

“1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted Culture”: preview and description and funding pitch from producers (concerns a Biblical translation that caused evangelical Christianity to be focused on homosexuality)


Cathedral of Hope, UCC, Dallas, 2018

There is a film in development named “1946: The Mistranslation that Shifted Culture”, to be directed by Sharon “Rocky” Roggio, and produced by Daniel Karslake.  This is the official site so far, and this is the Facebook page. There is also a second official site to advertise the film. 

The film will maintain that the word “homosexual” as such did not appear in editions of the Bible until February 1946, the Revised Standard Version, in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6.

It then maintains that the pervasive anti-gay culture that persisted until Stonewall and then gradually improved was instigated by this translation change.

The film website has a donation page.  I don’t know it is using indiegogo or gofundme. 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Titan: A Better Planet than Earth (?)



Ridddle presents “A Better Planet than Earth Discovered in the Galaxy”, 14 min, March 2021.

That “planet” is really Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, sometimes previously covered.  But the phrase in the title “discovered in the Galaxy” indeed sounds, well, pleonastic.

The video mentions organic compounds associated with cell membranes, including vinyl cyanide, and acrylonitrile.

You will wear a mask, indeed a spacesuit, but you might be able to fly in your uniform with the low gravity and thick atmosphere.

The video mentions the hardships of COVID lockdowns in jest.

Artist conception of ice-rimmed methane lakes, p.d., NASA, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution