Saturday, October 10, 2020

A post on Seattle for my readers

 I have several blogs, so I find myself having to ask my readers to take a look at another blog post. This is one of those times. Please, read my post here on Knee Jerk Reactions. It talks about the Native American John T. Williams and the repercussions of his death. 

There are pictures. Here are a few more to whet you appetite. Both are Seattle, WA, at sunset.

Seattle at sunset


Vista de Seattle, Washington, Estados Unidos, 2017-09-02, DD 07-08 HDR.jpg
By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link


Both images are from WikiCommons and are used with a Creative Commons License

Saturday, January 25, 2020


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Some Days You Just Have to Laugh

What Do You Read When You Just Need Cheering Up?

amazon ad for a trilogy by EM FonerSome science fiction is read for the laughs. This series is one: EarthCentAmbassador. Currently the 16 books are listed with Kindle Unlimited.The stories are based on the adventures of an Earth ambassador to Union Station where the sentient planets send their ambassadors. The first in the series is Date Night on Union Station, rated 5 star on Amazon. Most of the series is rated 4.5-5 stars.

Amazon ad for EM Foner's book Turing TestWhat is unique about these books is that they are suitable for all ages. The author E. M. Foner claims he wrote the first book as a relaxing relief from the toils of writing his science fiction epic. His comedic and personable style can be enjoyed in the author bio on Amazon and in his blog. 

 Another series takes place in contemporary Earth-- the AI Diaries.

In the Ai Diaries an AI travels to today's Earth to observe humans. The Turing Test is the first in the series.

In Meghan's Dragon, a teenager in this coming-of-age novel must mature into a mage and control her dragon. Foner's states that his goal in writing this book is to explore the world of young adults who must face challenges as they interact with aliens and AI in adventures that are not world-shatteringly dangerous.

Enjoy the laughs!

And read these outloud to the kids. Or let them read these themselves. Have fun.

And, yes, I am an Amazon Affiliate. See the disclosure in the side panel.

I am also a believer in using good science fiction to encourage reading, to encourage an interest in science, to expand the ability to imagine and conceptualize, and to foster discussions between teachers/parents and youth. As a science teacher, I have written about this in various blog posts and my websites. Check out some of these posts by clicking on the labels. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Designing Spaceships for Games

Space Engineers -- a Game that Encourages Design

My adolescent grandson plays Space Engineers. He has designed two spaceships for the the game. He has generously allowed me to share the pictures with you. I believe he began the designs with a template. It does offer the young a way to do computer graphics. 

Needless to say, I am proud of him.

The photos are of the laptop with the spaceships on the screen.

screenshot of first spaceship he designed
screenshot of 2nd spaceship he designed
Space Engineers offers a 3-D printed model of one's spaceship for a price, of course.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

17 Equations that Changed the World

 The Equations

OK. So I took this title from Facebook. It was shared by a friend, David.
From Fotolia, which is now part of Adobe Stock
However, as one who sides with science in the culture wars, I hope an audience will take note of the ongoing effectiveness of science and math in society.

Can you name the 17 highly influential equations without reading the book? Or going to Facebook?

Look at all we as mankind have been able to do with science and math!!! From the Pythagorean Theorem to the Information Theory, Chaos Theory, and Black-Scholes Equation, Man's technology has been based on math. Remember E=mcsquared?

How much more will our world change?

Here is the Book. Click the Book to see What it is all About.

Please see Amazon Affiliate disclaimer in side panel.

Who knows? Maybe this will help solve the Plastics Problem. Solutions which, by the way, has been  posted by the World Economic Forum on Facebook and which I have posted on my own Facebook timeline.

If you need to know more about the image, I have the details still and will tell you the credits and name.