Thursday, September 30, 2010
"Age of Miracles"
Not only is this the 50th anniversary of the "Fintstones", but the wonks have just found an earth-like planet out there.
Not bad for a dreary Wednesday.
The happy planet circles Gliese 581 which is a dwarf star. That is about one-third the strength of our sun, and is 20 light years away. We can't see it with the naked eye, but the folks there can see us just fine.
There's six other balls of rock in that system, but only one in the sweet zone. Not too hot, not to bleeping cold. Odds are it's crawling with things that would like to make friends, conquer, put us in a zoo, or eat us.
So maybe we should just leave'em the hell alone.
As for the "Flinstones" like some of you I was there opening night,..same for "Star Trek", but that's another post. Anyway I nearly didn't watch. I thought it was going to be just another bland sitcom about the 1950's suburbs that my family wasn't allowed to live in.
If it weren't for our old pal Jim Crow I would have grown up in Levittown Long Island. Unfortunately "No Niggers" need apply. They didn't tell my dad that...exactly, but it came down to the same thing.
Such was life in apartheid America so I wasn't interested in yet another "Burbcom". Imagine my happy surprise when it turned out to be a cartoon! A "Creationist" one at that. What with humans, and T-Rex's running around together.
Ah,..life was good for us post war kiddies!
Cheap comic books'n movies, keds, plastic backyard wading pools, cowboy hats, and Depression, and WW2 era Daddy's that didn't take shit from anybody. ...well yeah there was that Jim Crow thing, but Dad, and his pals was working on that.