The Big Bang Theory (season 11)

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “I don’t have a super secret enemies list — I’m not a Bond villain. I’m just a regular guy, with a regular enemies list.” The Big Bang Theory season 11, aired in 2017-18 Amy says yes to Sheldon’s marriage proposal. Bernadette finds out that she’s pregnant again — she and Howard didn’t intend to […]

Star Trek: Vulcan’s Heart

Posted on May 13th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Spock let out his breath in a silent sigh. Pardek might well be imprisoned or, by now, dead. With no Federation diplomatic relations with Romulus after Tomed, and only the scantiest of data from Intelligence, he had no recourse. He must go to Romulus, quite outside the law — and alone.” Star Trek: Vulcan’s […]

Star Trek: Vulcan’s Forge

Posted on May 13th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Spock paused, considering the starkness about him. A younger Spock would have agreed stiffly that there was an esthetic correctness to the arrangement of plain and mesa and mountains. Now he could say simply, ‘Yes. I, too, find it beautiful.’” Star Trek: Vulcan’s Forge by Josepha Sherman & Susan Shwartz, published in 1997 In […]

Foundation’s Triumph

Posted on May 13th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “The good of humanity at large had to supersede that of individual human beings. The early Calvinians who rejected the Zeroth Law were simply wrong, and Daneel was right. That was not the discovery upsetting Dors. It was finding out that Giskard and Daneel had proceeded down this path without consulting any humans at […]

DaCapo Chamber Choir’s “This Thirsty Land”

Posted on April 28th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I attended the DaCapo Chamber Choir’s concert “This Thirsty Land.” From the program: “Today — as a result of climate change, political decisions, wars, industry agriculture, deforestation — access to potable (and other) water is becoming an increasingly significant cause of population displacement, while at the same time flooding and rising waters levels are shifting […]

Oldest wooden sculpture is 11 500 years old

Posted on April 28th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

The wooden sculpture known as the Shigir Idol has been carbon dated, giving us a better idea of how old it is — and it turns out it’s twice as old as the Egyptian Pyramids. It was discovered by gold miners in 1894 and it’s amazing it’s survived as much as it has. More details, including […]

Foundation and Chaos

Posted on April 27th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “The humans who made us both, in different times and for different purposes, interest me. I am concerned for their welfare. However wrongly, I regard myself as human, and that is why I have returned.” Foundation and Chaos by Greg Bear, published in 1998 Even as an old man, Hari Seldon continues to work […]

Foundation’s Fear

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Hari felt in his soul that unpredictability was bad — for humanity, for his mathematics. But it was inescapable. This was the secret the Emperor and others must never know. That until he could rule chaos — or at least peer into it — psychohistory was a fraud.” Foundation’s Fear by Gregory Benford, published […]

Fuzzy Nation

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “He paused at the cabin door and pointed to Baby Fuzzy, who now appeared to be dozing lightly. ‘If that is a person, then this becomes a Class Three-a planet — a planet with native sapient life — and Zara Corp’s E and E charter is suspended… No more mining, no more drilling, no […]

How to Stop Time

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “For years now I had convinced myself that the sadness of the memories weighed more and lasted longer than the moments of happiness themselves. So I had, though some crude emotional mathematics, decided it was better not to seek out love or companionship or even friendship. ” How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, […]