A letter to the American People

When I was a child, I was taught that I couldn’t have everything, but that I may have one thing with persistence and patience. That working with others required compromise and respect, even when I didn’t agree. That in times of trouble, great leaders arose–people like Washington and Lincoln–who put country above personal gain and even their own safety.

I was taught that America was Beautiful. The Land of Opportunity. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Continue reading

Physics of the Future

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I recently finished reading Michio Kaku’s thought-provoking book, Physics of the Future. It was packed with vignettes about nanotechnology, robotics, AI, and the future of energy, which are all interesting in their own rights. However, I was most intrigued when Kaku hinted at or asked the reader to consider how we react to science and technology and what it tells us about human nature. Continue reading

Nothing worth having comes easy

Mt. Fitz Roy, Patagonia

Mt. Fitz Roy, Patagonia

Ah Patagonia…a magical land at the end of the world. The name itself has always evoked a sense of wonder for me. Magellan believed it to be the home of giants, the Patagones. He was right, but the giants were towers of ice and stone, not a race of men. I realized a dream of mine by visiting Patagonia in January 2013. It was one of the hardest, most rewarding experiences of my life. Continue reading

Planetes: great hard sci-fi anime

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Japanese animation, or anime, has a long, rich science fiction heritage; however, anime often gravitates toward giant robots, super powers, and aliens. Sometimes, though, a series comes along that bucks the trend. In the 1990s, that series was Ghost in the Shell, a plausible take on the near future where the lines between the cyberworld and the real world begin to blur. Recently, I stumbled upon another great hard sci-fi anime series, Planetes. Continue reading