YANN TIERSEN’S “Les Jours Triste”

These two videos bring me to tears.

I’ve heard many versions of Yann Tiersen‘s “Les Jours Tristes” from the soundtrack of the movie Amelie. These two videos are among my favorites.

The ballet makes me wonder what dancing we will do in the zero-g of space stations and the one-sixth gravity on the Moon.

To see the video click on it.
Then you can click on the YouTube logo to watch on YouTube.
Or click on the [ ] symbol to watch full-screen.

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MS MARVEL is terrific

I normally don’t recommend a streaming series until I’ve seen the last episode. I just saw Ms. Marvel’s finale and can now happily say that I loved the six-episode series.

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SHAPECHANGER’S DESTINY 60% along

I just passed the 60% mark toward a projected 100,000 words in the last book of the trilogy called MARY MCARTHY: SHAPECHANGER. To celebrate and urge me on I created a cover for the book.

For the curious readers of the previous two books right now she is in Pittsburgh in 1880 and about to meet 45-year old Andrew Carnegie and hobnob with the three (or four) Mellons, 34-year old George Westinghouse, and 36-year old Henry Heinz.

More importantly, she is going to be a force in the fledgling aviation industry in Pittsburgh (and the US). Yeah, in this timeline many technologies get kickstarted sooner than in ours.

Click images to read the first few pages and to buy the books.

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THE EMPRESS OF UNITY timeline

THE EMPRESS OF UNITY, a companion piece to THE SPACE ORPHAN trilogy, is contemporaneous with the middle book.

Click image to read the first few pages and to buy the books.


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Wonderful movie CARRIE PILBY

I just watched for the umpteenth time “Carrie Pilby” starring Bel Powley. Watching her face is a fascinating process; she reveals her feelings so clearly yet so subtly.

The action takes place from just before Thanksgiving through Christmas to New Year’s Eve. In that time Carrie journeys from blahness to happiness while meeting interesting characters, including one cad (who meets his just deserts, I’m glad to say).

I’m heartbroken that I’m not friends with this fictional character. Happily, I have some real-life friends who are just as terrific. I urge you to meet her too. To find out how go HERE.

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More FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Rasputin, performed by the German all-Black vocal group Boney M.

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ILIZA SHLESINGER hilarious comedy specials

I recently came across a genius comedienne, smart, creative, and most of all HILARIOUSLY funny. She is Iliza Shlesinger.

She has been working steadily since 2007. She is best known for five comedy specials. Here they are, from earliest to latest. I eagerly look forward to what she does next.

Click image to preview & add to your Watchlist/MyList.
The first two are on Amazon Video, the next three are on Netflix.

     

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FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Footloose.

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to: ELON MUSK, subject: LUNA CITY

I’m an aerospace software and systems engineer, working most recently at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Boeing’s Phantom Works. I am now retired and spend much of each day writing, mostly fiction.

I am also one of many diverse professionals who study, think, and discuss how to colonize the Moon. Here are some ideas your own engineers may not have suggested to you.

BUILD WITH TELEROBOTS – Drones remotely operated from Earth are most cost effective. “Deaths” among them are not tragic, they need no air or water or food or habitats, they need not be returned home.

BUILD WITH PREFABBED PARTS – Construction on the Moon can be done faster and better by doing the hardest work here on Earth.

USE LOCAL MATERIALS – Lunar rocks and soil contain useful minerals which can be extracted in several ways. These include oxygen and the metals iron, calcium, aluminum, and magnesium.

USE VR/AR HEADSETS – “Vears” are an infant industry slowly ramping up to a big business. Remote operation of drones and viewing of the Moon by long-distance “tourists” is a way to give Earth-bound humans a better way of visiting the Moon.

Putting people on the Moon is a practical near-term goal, a necessary precursor to putting them on Mars. It’s time to build a moon base, or better a moon city.

After the base or city is built it would be covered by a thin layer of dirt to protect it from meteorites and extremes of heat and cold. Artwork by Chris Butler, available in several different versions at his web site.

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WOMEN with SWORDS – hypnotic

The title says it all!

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