Two interesting FEM TV COMEDY SHOWS

I like books with women main characters more than those with men MCs. Not sure why. Neither of the likely reasons apply. I like being tall, big, male; I’ve no desire to change genders. I am also strictly straight; men’s bodies don’t appeal to me. So there’s no wish-fulfillment working; women’s stories just interest me more.

I suspect it has something to do with the three fems I’ve known and lost: a very dear childhood friend, my infant daughter with a heart problem, and my wife who had cancer. In stories I can find them again.

There are two TV shows I’m enjoying now which you might also enjoy. Both have appealing characters with interesting problems. Both are extraordinarily beautiful in their city exteriors and the interiors and the fashions they inhabit.

In the first episode of Younger 40-year-old Liza (Sutton Foster) attempts to get a job in the field of her dreams: publishing, but has to start at the bottom, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. During her hunt, she meets Josh (Nico Tortorella), a 26-year-old tattoo artist who thinks that they are about the same age. Maggie (Debi Mazar), Liza’s best friend, comes up with the idea of giving Liza a makeover in order to pass her off as a 26-year-old. Now she just has to make sure no one discovers her secret. Also stars Hilary Duff, Miriam Shor, and Peter Hermann.

The Bold Type is centered around three friends – Jane (Katie Stevens), Kat (Aisha Dee), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) – who all work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine. The show explores their outrageous lives in New York City as they learn to find their own voices and explore their sexuality, identity, love, and fashion.

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GIANT ROCKETS – a new generation

Space exploration and exploitation is now big business, no longer the private playpen of governments. As witness the several new launch vehicles being used and in the works, an example being the Falcon Heavy which SpaceX is expected to launch this year, to take over some of the duties of its workhorse Falcon 9.

A recent report in the LA Times gives details. To read the article click the following image.

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New ERIC FLINT book available – The Alexander Inheritance

I’ve bought this. As I autobuy all of Eric Flint’s alt-history books. His first book was 1632, which has developed into an entire series of books. Lately he’s branched out into books based on the cosmic cataclysm at the root of the 1632 series.

From Baen Books: “Twice before, mysterious cosmic catastrophes have sent portions of the Earth across space and back in time—first, with the Grantville Disaster in West Virginia, and then again with a maximum security prison in southern Illinois.

Now, the planet is struck with yet another such cataclysm, whose direct impact falls upon the Queen of the Sea, a cruise ship in the Caribbean. When the convulsions subside, the crew and passengers of the ship discover that they have arrived in a new and frightening world.

They are in the Mediterranean now, not the Caribbean. Still worse, they discover that the disaster has sent them more than two thousand years back in time. Following the advice of an historian among the passengers, Marie Easley, they sail to Egypt—or, at least, where they hope Egypt will be.”

Click the image to read the first few chapters of each book. Click the list Baen supplied for The Alexander Inheritance to find your bookstore.

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Fabulous Netflix show STRANGER THINGS season 2 done & scheduled

Just saw a 45 minute video Netflix put out with the creators and cast of Stranger Things. I was excited to hear that season 2 has been completed and that the 9 episodes are scheduled for Halloween, October 31st

It was fascinating to put faces to the two brothers who wrote, produced, and directed season 1 and 2. So young! And so clearly fans of SF and fantasy.

The five kid actors at the core of the movie were also amazing. One minute seasoned professionals and the next instant kids again. Then back to being pros.


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WORLD’S LARGEST AIRCRAFT to launch spacecraft

Remember all those suggestions for two-stage-to-orbit space vehicles where the first stage was reusable?

One suggestion was for the first stage to be a rocket which returned and landed by backing down a rocket exhaust. Elon Musk’s SpaceX made that real with their Reusable Launch System.

Another suggestion was for the first stage to be an aircraft of some kind. Now that too is real with Stratolaunch SystemsSystem Carrier made for them by Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites company. Each of the two approaches have advantages over the other. Time will tell whether we see both used, which is what I’d guess.

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X-37B MINI SPACE SHUTTLE drone lands

This last May another X-37B mini spaceplane landed after almost two years in orbit. It did so under remote and mostly autopilot control. During the time in orbit it performed a number of experiments and jobs, some of them classified.

There are currently two of these spaceplanes, each of which has done two long-term space missions. A larger variant which could carry humans into orbit has been proposed but so far only conceptual studies have been done.

Click the image for more info on the mission and its ending. There is also a useful X-37 Wikipedia entry.

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ALL SYSTEMS RED: great new SF by Martha Wells

In a far future Murderbot, its chosen name, is a robot with full AI: not only intelligence but also self-awareness and emotions. Its non-biological body is covered with a human body to ease working with humans and using their tools.

Owned by The Company, it is assigned to protect one of several survey teams on a newly discovered planet which can support human life. It begins to suspect that recent accidents were deliberate murder attempts, perhaps by other teams or another species.

As danger escalates Murderbot and its team discover more about each other, and themselves. Which is the real story within the overall excitement of an action-adventure tale. I’m hoping for sequels, suggested by its subtitle ALL SYSTEMS RED: The Murderbot Diaries. So I clicked the FOLLOW button on Wells’ Amazon Author’s Page.

Click the image to read a preview.

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Kate Beckinsale’s UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS surprisingly watchable

I delayed watching Kate Beckinsale’s UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS till I could get it cheaply. I thought the series was played out and the latest episode might be barely watchable. I wasn’t willing to spend the time and money going to the theater. Or buying it to stream. When it was available to cheaply rent to stream I finally watched it.

I was pleasantly surprised. It has several surprising twists and turns, double- and even triple-crosses, plenty of action, and the always watchable Kate Beckinsale. I was very satisfied that I’d finally stepped up to watch it.

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I want what SEVEN OF NINE had!

Recently people have started having radio ID chips surgically implanted. Stupid. You have to undergo surgery, which is dangerous even at its most innocuous. To upgrade you need more surgery. To fix problems yet more surgery. Worst, you can be tracked and hacked by hostile people.

Much better would be something had by Seven of Nine of Star Trek: Voyager, played by Jeri Ryan. SevenOfNine had a jewel-like device pasted above an eyebrow, another near an ear, and a chic semi-glove worn on one hand. As I remember it (perhaps wrongly) the eye jewel talked to her optic nerves, the ear jewel to her aural nerves, and the glove to all sorts of devices, including the two she wore.

image credit: FanPop
Jeri Ryan page on Internet Movie Database

Star Trek: Voyager
1997 Gallery/ Season 4
Photo By:
Julie Dennis

(Julie Dennis Brothers is an award-winning photographer who is still very much active. For more info see this article and her web site.)

The advantage of these devices is that they can be pasted on via a weak glue like that on Post-it notes, and easily removed and replaced. They can also be made decorative. The woman (and man) of the near future might have several sets for different occasions.

The only problem? The non-surgical neural links haven’t been invented yet!

Still, we already have all the tech we need for a modern version. Earbuds are old hat. So are datagloves, used mostly by gamers. Google Glasses and their imitators are here, and coming down to a price many of us can afford. The only thing which remains is some company to combine all three into a system tied together by Bluetooth. (And made cheap, convenient, and attractive enough to be fashionable.)

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SUPERHERO BELLE from Beauty and the Beast

I am eagerly awaiting the live action Beauty and the Beast this Friday, March 17th. Meanwhile, I revisited Disney’s 1991 animated version. It was even more magical than I remembered. I suggest you also watch it. It’s available from several sources.

Amazon Apple Google Vudu YouTube

For fun I created a superhero picture of Belle. Click on it to see the trailer for the animated film.

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