PROXIMA B - The closest rocky planet outside our solar system orbits Proxima Centauri. The star is a red dwarf, gravitationally locked to Alpha Centauri, in the Centarus constellation. The planet, Proxima B, orbits within the habitable zone and is 1.3 times the size of Earth. What’s interesting about that, you might ask? Known science tells us liquid water is essential for life, to be just close enough to the sun to remain liquid and not freeze. More will be constantly revealed, so expect telescopes scouring the night sky, for evidence of the chemical signals of life on Proxima B. We are technologically closing in on the ability to send interstellar probes there. High tech devices, travelling a percentage of light speed could reach the planet within 2 decades. Every great story begins with this question – what if? Imagine streaming pictures sent back from this strange world--what plants, insects, animals--from a distance of 4 light years after a decade’s long flight. This is the next step for mankind’s evolution, to send probes and eventually humans, to our planet neighbor. Looking outward past the Milky Way and into the great beyond.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
DON’T BREATHE - Part horror, part psychological thriller, Don’t Breathe is about a home invasion gone wrong. You’ll find yourself wondering who to root for. The homeowner or the burglars? Directed by Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013) the film makes good use of suspense, setbacks and surprise twists. In my opinion, the weakest part of the movie was that it stopped, instead of coming to a satisfying resolution. But it’s an original in an industry otherwise mired in classic horror remakes and big screen comic book adaptations. Worth watching? I’d say yes, go and check it out.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
ANNA NICOLE - Anna Nicole Smith met J. Howard Marshall while working at a Houston strip club. She was characterized as a gold-digger, since she never lived with--or had sex with, the elderly oil tycoon. Meanwhile her star was rising as the Playboy Playmate of the Year and a Guess model. He died and she claimed he’d promised her half of his estate. A judge believed her and awarded her nearly $500 million. In midlife her media career swung wildly. Culminating in the year before her death, with a birth (her daughter Dannielynn), a marriage (to her attorney Howard K. Stern) and death of her son (Daniel). She died suddenly in a hotel room due to multiple drug intoxication. The autopsy delayed her funeral resulting in a closed casket service. Her photographer (Larry Birkhead) filed a paternity lawsuit since the birth certificate listed her attorney/ husband as the father. A court confirmed DNA evidence and the case was abandoned. Years later her psychiatrist (Khristine Eroshevich) and attorney/ husband faced court pressures. Apparently they’d used fake names to acquire painkillers and sedatives. Tragically, her life story shares characteristics to Marilyn Monroe’s. The icon’s striking beauty was so similar to Anna Nicole’s. A delicate flower in the bloom of youth that withered and died too soon.