To Reach for the Stars

​I pray this picture will not foreshadow the embers of space exploration and colonization, slowly fading until we lose interest and forget we once had the opportunity to walk on other worlds. Once upon a time, we listened to the sky’s siren call, and answered it. As it was with the sirens of myth, soContinue reading “To Reach for the Stars”

The Magic of Practical Effects: An Open Letter to the Makers of Jurassic World 2

[Important Update: It seems the “news” of no new animatronic dinosaurs in the Jurassic films was based on reactions that misinterpreted what the director had said, so I have deleted the paragraph that linked to the news sites. However, I will keep this post up mainly because its point is still an important one inContinue reading “The Magic of Practical Effects: An Open Letter to the Makers of Jurassic World 2”

A Plausible Monster? Part One

[Now that they are published, here’s part two and part three-A, and three-B will be released soon] I could go back to staying “safe” on this blog, and not stick my neck out again. Nothing weird or controversial. But that’s boring. And in some respects, it wouldn’t be right. For today, I thought a niceContinue reading “A Plausible Monster? Part One”

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

A happy Purim to all, my friends and family! Ladies and gentlemen, it is a rare thing to find courage and conviction among the leaders of today’s nations. But Benjamin Netanyahu exemplifies both in yesterday’s address to Congress. Normally I won’t touch political issues with a ten foot pole. I weary of the arguments andContinue reading “Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress”