Since some people missed it, and I was up all night upgrading my server (it was acting like it did when it was being hammered by attacks in 2015), I’m making the Akane Bunny pics available again. But you still only get one day for the rotation…
You might recall Akane did a photoshoot a while back. Anton not only talked her into wearing a bunny suit. But talked her out of it, too.
I’m bringing them back as vote incentives. They’ll rotate out every day or so thru the 10th.
Obviously, if you don’t vote every day, you’ll miss one. Bwahahahah!
I have a cold. One of the worst colds I’ve had, but it pales to the few times a flu virus has gotten through.
There are particularly bad strains of flu going around this year. I’m going to renew my recommendation of getting a current flu shot.
Now I know some of you would like to say that these shots are ineffective or even detrimental. Well, don’t.
This is one of those things where everyone is free to agree with me. Praise is good, too.
On Facebook, Cj Cherryh posted a commentary on where the aliens mighty be.
Of course, in my own comic, The Orions are out there, and occasionally drop by Earth, but they haven’t made themselves known. There’s also Greys, and The Varnier (Sasquates), also not presenting themselves openly.
But below is my own (slightly edited since posting) contribution. Thought it should go here, too.
Let’s set the Drake Equation aside for now. And let’s not worry about other galaxies. Given the number of stars in our own galaxy, the presence of more than one galactic civilization seems certain. And, of course, the question is “Where are they?”
On the face of it, you might think in the age of The Milky Way (13By), or even just our own Solar System (4.5By) , there should have been enough time for extraterrestrial intelligences to reach Earth. But, maybe not.
The first problem isn’t that there should have been enough time for other galactic civilizations to rise, I suspect there have been older civilizations, but without the heavier elements of a third generation star system, there was no leaving their home worlds. At least nothing intergalactic. So until 3rd gen stars like ours developed, no technologically advanced civilizations. For that matter, we’re a long time off from doing that, ourselves. So space travel would seem a relatively recent thing.
Our own Solar System is only about 4.5 billion years old. We should take into account that there have been many setbacks in that time, or we might have been incredibly lucky. So, perhaps space travel is a very recent thing.
The next thing to consider is distance. At the best likely sub-light speeds it would take decades or even centuries to reach another habitable star. It would take a loooong time to get a return on that investment. Let’s go to light-speed and you’re still looking at decades in most cases. Ten times light-speed, and were still looking at years to reach any where good. A hundred times? A thousand? How about 10,000 and you’re talking. Travel up and down the spiral arm might approach practicality. It still might be a few years to reach the further destinations. But, heck, expeditions on sailing ships often did take years.
But, there’s a vast, empty gulf between the galaxy’s spiral arms. Crossing the gulf means leaving the support of “nearby” star systems. “Last chance for antimatter! 1000 light years!” Probably not a trip to be taken lightly.
Add to that, we’re part of what is known as The Orion Spur. A shortened spiral arm not connected to either of the neighboring arms. Each could have vast civilizations and we’d never know it. They might know of us, but it’s a difficult trip for tourists. Maybe there’s the occasional study expedition.
Getting closer, other civilizations on The Orion Spur might not have much interest in visiting planets at all. Any resources needed can be collected from the outer fringes of nearly any star system. Industry will be near the resources are. One’s population would want to live and work where the jobs are; industrial or gathering. That means space habitats. Why go all the way into a star system just because one planet is habitable.
The most we have to offer interstellar travelers is our culture. But, is tourism practical? Is there profit in Earth artifacts? Doesn’t seem likely.
So, where are the aliens? It seems likely that they’re out there. BUT WE’RE JUST BUMPKINS IN THE BOONDOCKS AND NOBODY WANTS TO COME HERE.
This is a movie that is going to be a classic. In the future it will be studied in classrooms.
Every American should see it.
If you understand the plight of blacks and women in the early ’60s.
If you don’t understand.
If black women working for NASA, and prevailing sounds interesting.
And to anyone not interested, you need to see it most of all. If it doesn’t change you, there’s no hope.
AND it’s a seriously good movie. The best writing and performances I’ve ever seen. If this movie doesn’t sweep the Oscars, then either something somehow better, or something seriously wrong with The Academy.
Following Paul Taylor, creator of Wapsi Square, I also want to make a quick shout out to ComicPress and Comic Easel, the WordPress Theme and Plugin that makes it possible for me to post my comics, and the creator, Phillip M Hofer. Seriously, no ComicPress/Easel, no TMI.
Phillip now has a Patreon page (yeah, I’m looking into it) now to support his creation. Given that I can’t do without CP/E, I felt it was high time to toss a few bucks his way.
But, I don’t got a lot. Maybe you might want to pitch in. You’d literally be helping to support most of the online comics you follow now.
PS New comic in progress, but Mom wants to see Hidden Figures…
So much for resolutions.
Just about the very first thing I did the morning of the First is trash my right elbow. Nothing major, but it hurts like heck. I got the new incentive done, but I’m just not up to doing more.
Might be a day or so getting the comic going, but I really do want to get regular updates going again.
I’m probably not the only one eager to bid 2016 a somewhat less than fond “Fuck you.”
We add Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds to the list of beloved celebrities taken too soon.
Because Hillary was a certain shoe-in, people blew off voting, and we ended up with
President-Elect King TanTrump.
Climate Change is the worst ever. With permafrost melting and methane blowing out of huge holes in the ground, it seems very likely that we passed the tipping point this last year or so. A nuclear winter might be all that can save us.
Fracking just coincidentally happens to be where ground water is poisoned and earthquakes are picking up ind strength and frequency.
I know some good things happened, but I’m hard pressed to call any up right now.
However, I’m resolved to begin regular updates starting on the Jan 2nd. So, see you next year.
A little late to mention this, but I’ve survived another orbit of the sun today. That makes 53. Bought myself 2 new David Weber books and a ticket to Ory Con.
Hoping for a woman president for my present.
Mom’s going to treat me to dinner at the Koreana in Beaverton. Unfortunately, it’s just the 2 of us, so we can’t do the grill.
Cheers, and best wishes to you all.
(You may have seen this back in 2012, but I feel it bears repeating. And just for the record, you’re free to speak your mind on this subject, as long as you agree with me.)
If you haven’t submitted your ballot already, you REALLY REALLY should make plans to cast your votes this year. I believe that voter apathy is among the worst threats to a free nation. So I’d like your indulgence as I share my arguments against not voting.
1) I’m not voting in protest. – If you live in a country that always seems to have nearly (or more than) 100% voter turn out in overwhelming favor of Glorious Leader, that might make sense. Or, if your community always votes overwhelmingly in your preference, maybe. But, by not voting, you’re surrendering your voice to the majority.
2) My vote doesn’t really count. – This couldn’t be more wrong, but not in the way one might be thinking. The numbers matter. Every person that votes, is one more person that’s at least paying token attention to what’s going on. If your party or issue never seems to win, voting may seem pointless, but sometimes only a few votes make the difference in an election. And afterward, most sensible officials are going to look at the numbers. If they won with 41% of the vote, and the other party got 40%, you can bet that they will probably consider what the 40% wants (again, assuming they have some sense), but the wants and needs of the remaining 9%, who could make all the difference in the next election, are also going to receive some scrutiny. But those that rarely or never vote, barely matter at all to the powers that be.
3) It doesn’t matter who I vote for anyway. – Do you recall reading “Horton Hears a Who?” In the end it’s just one voice that makes the difference. And it was a simple “Yap.” Sometimes it may seem like your one vote has little statistical value. But, voter turnout always matters. When someone wins on a huge voter turnout, it’s pretty clear that the voters should not be ignored. So perhaps who or what you vote for may in the long run matter considerably less than the fact that you actually voted.
4) Nobody cares if I vote or not. – Nope, nope, nope. The people in power do care if you voted. If you send a letter to your congressional representative and/or senator, the first thing their staff is going to do is check your voting record. If you didn’t vote, it’s probably going into the round file (the trash). I once brought up an issue to my congressman, and he not only payed attention, but he supported and helped pass a bill on that very issue. Did he do that all on my spurring? Probably not. But obviously enough voters cared that it made a difference.
5) My party/issue never wins anyway. – Well, DUH!
Simply put: If you don’t vote, you don’t matter.
This year, it really is important to vote. Some of the closest elections ever are likely this year. And with all the tales of voter suppression and election fraud, it’s more important than ever to support your causes and candidates. If you vote GOP I might even forgive you some day.