Another Christmas Post


Here’s one more quick holiday post. Just an excuse to post some more pictures. Two photos aren’t extensive, but it’s better than thoseΒ light projectors shining little lights on their houses! πŸ˜‰


We don’t do holiday lights on the roof anymore, but at least we have something. πŸ™‚


The Orville


You may or may not know this, but I was not always a fan of science fiction. When I was a kid, most of the genre seemed like crap, with a few exceptions. One exception was The Twilight Zone. I hope to finish watching the whole series eventually, though one season isn’t available on Amazon Prime.

When I discovered The X-Files (It’s coming back in January!!!!) things changed. It’s what I write the most these days. What I love about science fiction is how much power you have. You can basically make up anything you want, provided it sounds logical. Though, the best Sci-Fi has some basis in fact, I believe.

The Orville is my new favorite Sci-Fi TV show! It’s sort of like Star Trek, but feels different. Seth McFarlane stars as the Captain of the ship, which the show is named after. I intended to create a OnePass on TiVo, but neglected. Oops! Better late than never.

Anyway, I ended up binge watching The Orville after the first episode and finished episode 11 by about day 3. It didn’t hurt that I was suffering back pain for one of those days. All better now though. The funny thing is that I only ended up recording the season finale. Now I have to wait for season 2, which most likely will be coming in September of 2018. Hopefully it will be a full season with at least 22 episodes.

Why is the show so great? It brings a fresh new take to a classic concept. My first thought when I heard about the show was that it was going to be “Family Guy In Space.” This can’t be further from the truth. While it funny at times, it deals with serious and interesting issues. I wouldn’t call it a comedy per-say (I’m sure some might) but the jokes work.

The show is believable, even with fiction side of things. Now my specialty is psychology, so I can’t tell you how much of the science in the show is based on real concepts, but I am willing to bet that a lot of the concepts used in the show are based on real theories.

It’s really nice that the show is based on our solar system. Earth exists, New York exists, so that really adds to the realism. Season 1 doesn’t spend a lot of time on Earth, which is a good thing, though hopefully season 2 will expand on what Earth is like. I’d also like to learn more about how all the aliens can talk to each other. In one episode its mentioned that the characters have translators, probably some kind of bio-computer implant in their brains.

Seth McFarlane’s sense of humor is in the show, but it’s a bit toned down. It’s playful and adorable, a good fit. The cast is wonderful, they all really have a great chemistry. So far I’ve liked the different alien races. I especially like Alara, she has super strength because on her home planet the levels of gravity is much higher than other planets. She’s young and inexperienced, but smart. I think a lot of people can relate to her. I certainly can since she struggles with her leadership role in the show.

Overall I think The Orville is a fantastic show and I can’t wait for season 2! I may have to wait a while for the next season, but at least there are other shows I can enjoy till then. Oh, and there is a matter of whether or not to update the TiVos to the new OS. Decisions, decisions.

It’s the Holidays!


Once again it’s time for the digital snow to fall all over! I was so excited for it to start that I have been checking my blog every other day, waiting for it to start. I’m happy to see it was an automated feature, no need to activate it! Nice!Β  Sadly, my visual theme for the blog wasn’t ideal for the effect, so I made a slight change. πŸ˜‰

The solution? Change the theme! So for now my blog will look like this until at least the end of the snowfall feature, which I think is January 4th. I’m not sure if I will be returning to my old theme or trying something new. I’ll have to cross that bridge when I come to it.

On another note, the holiday season has made me feel like writing again. I’ve gotten back into editing Like Human, my story about a robot who wants to be human. It’s wonderful to be getting back into the project. I feel bad for neglecting it for so long. I usually take breaks from my stories once I feel I need one. This particular absence has been too long, sadly.

The story is about a man named Charles who has lost his family and now only has his childhood robot left to remind him of his past. 6-40c, the robot, helps keep Charles grounded. 6-40c provides a sense of normalcy for Charles, but also it makes him feel connect to the family he lost. Once the robot changes and begins to behave bizarrely, Charles finds it difficult to cope. The robot’s change into a “human like” being threaten’s Charle’s sanity. This is why Charles is so hostile to the change his robot seeks to create, to become human. Charles fears his deep loneliness and fears losing what is left of his childhood, thus he takes out his fear on 6-40c.

Like Human is a very different kind of story than what I usually write. It’s going deeper into emotional topics and psychological issues than I normally do. This once feels like it has more heart, more emotion. It’s fun and I like challenging myself. When finished, it will be a short story, and I’ll try to shop it around to different sci-fi mags. That reminds me, I have another short story that I wrote and I’m thinking of publishing it on my blog. Might be fun πŸ™‚