Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

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Through Thick and Thin 2013

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Welcome new readers! Apparently one of my old posts made the front page of Reddit on 6 January, and I received over 200,000 hits in the days that followed. Typically I only get about a thousand hits a day, so for Doug’s Darkworld this was pretty crazy. The good kind of crazy. And of course I’d like to thank whoever posted on Reddit for me in the first place, I probably could figure it out if I looked, but I’m a writer, not an Internet geek. Hell, I didn’t even know what Reddit was until a few days ago and I looked it up on Wikipedia. In any event it’s a good way to start the year, and this is a good time to set course in 2013. What’s in store for Doug’s Darkworld?

For one thing, it’s not going to be quite so dark this year. I’m going to be posting less about politics and current events, and more about science and history. I enjoy writing the later more, but am more compelled to rant about the former. Still, being a grown-up (“There are no adults.”) means controlling  one’s impulses. I plan on more movie reviews too,  again, because it gives me pleasure to both watch a movie, and to deconstruct it afterwards. Granted my movie reviews tend to be dated, as I usually wait for the CD to watch a movie, but the good things in life are worth waiting for. I may blog more on current cultural events. I was tickled pink by the Gangnam Style phenomena last year, and also amazed by the negative reaction to it in some quarters. Lastly I will also try to add a bit more levity this year. Try likely being the operative word, my humor tends to go over a lot of people’s heads. Or under or around. Like the image above, it still makes me smile.

As always, I am open to suggestions about topics to write about. Sometimes I get to them promptly. Sometimes not. I still plan a post about the battle of Pegasus Bridge for example, and that was suggested years ago. Comments are always welcome as well, as long as they are reasonably polite. Granted I have had very few comments over the years that fell into “We’re you raised in a barn?” category. I think that speaks highly of my readers. (The spam-catcher isn’t perfect, if someone’s highly crafted comment doesn’t post, it was misidentified as spam. Fire me an email and I will rectify the situation.) Also I suspect that I piss off the type of people who would make such comments, they rarely seem to follow my blog for long. I’m not complaining.

Fortunately, aside from the ongoing collapse of the US Empire, we still live in a  Golden Age of science and space exploration. Endless fodder for blog posts. And new discoveries in archeology and paleontology give new insight into our past all the time.  It’s safe to say that there has never been an era where humans were discovering so  such about the universe around us, and our own past and place in it. Even as a child it filled me with wonder, and as I have grown older, the wonder at same has increased. For me I’m perpetually a ten year on Christmas,  science puts new presents under the tree every day. It’s a dream come true, how could I not write about it?

Have a great 2013 all, old readers and new!

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It’s not being used for profit, its use here in no conceivable way interferes with the copyright holder’s commercial use of the image, and arguably Tardar Sauce is a historically significant figure. Yes, that was a joke. See what I mean about my sense of humor? Credit and copyright: Tardar Sauce. Did I mention I will post more cat posts?)

Written by unitedcats

January 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

A Change of Pace

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The Virgo Galaxy Supercluster, yes, those are are galaxies! 200 trillion stars. About 50 million light years away. Who knows how many “Earths” we are seeing in this image. And they of course are at this very moment looking at our galaxy, of course as it was 50 million years ago. What was life on Earth like 50 million years ago? Surprisingly familiar actually. Trees and grass and plants of course, very much like we have today. Ants and bees and birds and bats and butterflies were around. In fact most of the smaller animals we take for granted were established by then, even if not exactly the same as we see today. Only when we saw larger animals would it get weird. There were primitive whales, camel like things, vaguely elephant like things, but nothing really that would fit into our familiar modern categories. Still, we’d get used to it pretty quick. And they’d be just as tasty as modern animals … and vice versa I suppose.

This image (click here for a larger version) is just really cool to me. I run across a lot of stuff like that. Cool stuff that I want to share, or comment on … but there’s not really enough to write a full blog post on. Even worse, due to some recent major changes in my personal life, I’m not having a whole lot of spare time right now to do writing of any sort. Or more on point, I’m not getting the sort of time I need to write dedicated column style blog posts. This sucks, since I love writing and blogging. So, dear readers, I am making a change on Doug’s Darkworld. Henceforth I will be posting far more often, but few of the posts will be the 800 word column style posts I have been focusing on for the past few years.

I don’t know if this will be an improvement or not, but it will mean I will be posting far more material on far more topics. It will be a change. I’m hoping it will be a change for the better. As always, questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Doug,   11 May 2011

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May 11, 2011 at 10:03 pm